Dr. Chan Kin Ming
Dr Chan Kin Ming graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) in Year 1983, and subsequently obtained his Masters in Internal Medicine in 1988. In 1991, he obtained his Diplomat in Geriatric Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. He was elected to be a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine , Singapore , in 1993.
He set up Singapore 's first Geriatric Centre in Alexandra Hospital in 1994 and became the first Head of Department of the centre. In 1998, he was appointed concurrent Head of Department of Geriatric Medicine in Changi General Hospital , and Senior Clinical Lecturer of the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
During his time in the public sector hospitals, Dr Chan was awarded a research grant to conduct a community study on “The State of Health among Elderly People in Singapore ” in 1992. He has many publications in both foreign and local journals and chapters in many books. He has also edited the first comprehensive textbook in geriatric medicine in Singapore - “Geriatric Medicine for Singapore ”. This textbook was used as a standard textbook for the Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine course for doctors and the Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing course at Nanyang Polytechnic. Recently, he has also published another book for the public, titled “Common Problems of the Aged” (Times Edition).
Dr Chan resigned from his positions as Head of Department in both Alexandra Hospital and Changi General Hospital , to set up his own private practice in Gleneagles Medical Centre in July 2000.
Even in private practice, he continues to serve as Visiting Consultant to the Geriatric Departments of Changi General Hospital and Singapore General Hospital . He is also the Executive Chairman of Ang Mo Kio - Thye Hwa Kwan Hospital (a step-down care hospital dedicated to convalescent and rehabilitative care of the elderly), Chairman of Geylang and Toa Payoh Senior Citizen's Health Care Centre, Chairman of Medifund Committee of Lion's Home for Senior Citizens, part of a panel of advisers to PRIME magazine (dedicated to the middle age and seniors in the community). He still serves on the Specialist Training Committee for Geriatric Medicine in the Ministry of Health, and in the Graduate Medical Studies program for Geriatric Medicine.
Treatments & Services at Chan KM Geriatric & Medical Clinic:
Dr Chan Kin Ming's Geriatric Medicine services include:
• Treatment of Common Medical Conditions in Old Age: for example, Hypertension, Diabetes, Stroke and Parkinson's disease.
• Treatment of Specific Problems in Old Age: for example, conditions such as urine or bowel incontinence, constipation, falls, unsteady gait, forgetfulness, dementia, osteoporosis and arthritis.
• Dormiciliary Medical Service (House Call Service) - the older person may be disabled or unable to get out of the house to seek medical help. Consultations are provided at the comfort of the patient's home. This includes specialist visits to those who are admitted to nursing homes as well.
• Multiphasic Screening for Men and Women - please note that there is a difference in screening between both genders. Current available programmes are similar for both sexes and not catered to the elderly. Dr Chan's programme screens for important and common illnesses in the elderly.
• “Anti-Ageing” Programme: assesses the ageing person and prescribes the most appropriate treatment, including hormonal treatment, where appropriate.
• Dementia Screening Programme: screens for people with poor memory. To assess if they are just forgetful or have early onset dementia.
• Rehabilitative Services: this can be provided as an inpatient or home-based programme, and include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These services will help the disabled person to improve his/her functional status.
• Home Modification Services: the home can be the most hazardous place for the elderly, especially if they are frail or disabled. This service reviews the home environment, makes recommendations, and institutes the necessary changes to transform the home into a safer and more functional place for the elderly.
• Sourcing for Equipment Required At Home: to assist the family in sourcing for the necessary equipment required at home. Some of these equipment include hoists, specialized wheelchairs, transfer equipments, etc.
• Patient Education and Caregiver Training: this is a very important part in the overall care of the older person. Dr Chan's clinic can provide personalized caregiver training in the comfort of the person's home.
The committees Dr Chan Kin Ming served in include:
Chairman, Co-ordinating Committee for Geriatric Care (from 1995 to 1998)
Member, Committee for Community Care Network
Member, Committee for Nursing Home Network
Member, Advisory Committee on Medicine (Geriatric Medicine)
Member, Specialist Training Committee for Geriatric Medicine in the Ministry of Health (MOH)
Member, Geriatric Service Planning Committee, MOH.
In his spare time, Dr Chan performs voluntary community services. He has been in the Community Resource Volunteers Corps since 1989. For his efforts, he received a President's Citation in 1992, a Tributes Award in 1999 from National Council of Social Services, Outstanding Services Medal in 2003 and Distinguished Service Medal for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC in 2008.
He is a founding member and Vice President of the Society of Geriatric Medicine, Singapore, and former Vice President of the Society for Study of Aging Male, Singapore, member of the Training Sub-Committee member of the Alzheimer's Disease Association, sub-committee member of the elderly support group of the Diabetic Society of Singapore, member of the Gerontological Society of Singapore, member of the American Geriatric Society, and member of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr Chan was Council-Elect and Honorary Treasurer of the College of Physicians Singapore (CFPS). In 2006, he was elected as CFPS' Vice-President. He is listed in the Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering Publication Board (2003), and Medicine and Healthcare (2004) - as recognition for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their own fields of endeavor.