Professor Julian Thumboo

Professor Julian Thumboo

Health Services Research Centre



Health Services Research In The SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre – Applications In Primary Care
Date: 22 September 2017, Friday
Time: 1.30pm – 2pm
Synopsis: The Vision for Health Services Research (HSR) in the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medicine Centre (AMC) is to improve the health of Singapore and the region through HSR driving excellence in population health. To achieve this vision, The SingHealth Health Services Research Centre was set up in August 2015 to facilitate HSR in SingHealth, working together with Duke-NUS through the Health Services Research Institute. One major initiative has been the formation of living laboratories for HSR in Primary Care, the Regional Health System and the Community. These living laboratories (termed “Health Engagement and Action Labs” or HEALS) have yielded promising results in population segmentation and characterization of the burden of chronic diseases. The Community HEAL has also served as a testbed for the expansion of an integrated community of care to support subjects at high risk readmission in the community. These HEALS have also served as the platform for career development for promising HSR researchers in Primary Care. This presentation will provide an overview of these and other initiatives in HSR and their potential impact on improving outcomes in primary care in Singapore.


Dr Thumboo is a Senior Consultant in and past Head of the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Singapore General Hospital, and Professor in Duke-NUS Medical School. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1988 where he was awarded the Nestle Gold Medal for Paediatrics. He subsequently trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology (with an interest in Clinical Epidemiology) in Singapore and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

His research interests in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis and Patient Reported Outcomes (including assessment of Health-related Quality of Life in multi-ethnic/linguistic populations and in patients with rheumatic diseases) have resulted in over 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has served in as chair/co-chair of several Ministry of Health (MOH)/National Medical Research Council Committees and is a member of the Residency Advisory Committee for Rheumatology, MOH.