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Milestones, Achievements & Awards

Milestones, Achievements & Awards


  • 15 Years of NUHCS

    15 years as a Specialty National Centre - Shaping Medicine, Transforming Care. Committed to continuously delivering world-class patient care, we strive to provide a full spectrum of cardiovascular specialties and services.

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  • NUHCS Opens New Heart Clinic At Jurong Medical Centre (JMC)

    In order to enhance the heart care services provided to patients in the community, NUHCS Heart Clinic @ Jurong Medical Centre (JMC) brings cardiac specialised services nearer to home. Recently opened in January 2023, NUHCS Heart Clinic @ JMC offers less waiting time and easier access to heart clinic for patients referred in by their primary care physicians.


  • The NUHCS Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) Simulation Centre is the First of its Kind in Southeast Asia

    The development of the CTVS Simulation Centre aims to provide training to the next generation of surgeons for better patient care. Designed to spearhead contemporary surgery in the field of CTVS through advanced simulation training and education, NUHCS is proud to be the first in region to cater to such a level of surgical training.


  • Caring Hearts Support Group (CHSG) Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    CHSG is a voluntary initiative by NUHCS heart patients, launched in 2018 with the vision to build an inspiring and caring heart patient support group that brings positive changes to the lives of patients and the community. Over the past 5 years, CHSG has been active in engaging members by forging and fostering bonds of friendship and showing support not only to heart patients, but to their families and friends as well.

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  • ​The Asian Representative At The EuroPCR 2023 Conference

    NUHCS was the only live transmission centre in Asia and presented 2 cases at the EuroPCR 2023 - the world's leading course in interventional cardiovascular medicine, held in Paris, France, from 16-19 May. Attended by more than 12,000 delegates worldwide, the presentation from NUHCS served as an invaluable opportunity to provide an Asian perspective to the contemporary interventional approach to patients with increasingly complex disease and comorbidities. This invitation also serves as a testament of NUHCS' recognition as a Centre of Excellence in catheter-based interventional cardiology in Asia.


  • 15th Anniversary Charity Golf & Dinner Event

    In commemoration of NUHCS' 15th Anniversary as a Specialty National Centre, NUHCS organised its inaugural Charity Golf & Dinner event, with Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam gracing the event as our Guest-of-Honour. This charity event has collectively raised over $1.4million (as of Aug 2023). The generous donation to the NUHCS Heart Fund, a sub-fund of NUHS Fund Limited, has helped to support our financially disadvantaged heart patients on their journey towards better heart health and a hopeful future.


  • ​NUHCS Awarded Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals Cardiac Surgery for 3 Years Consecutively

    NUHCS is proud to be the only cardiac centre in Singapore to rank globally in Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery specialty, in 2022, 2023 and 2024, for 3 years consecutively.


  • NUHCS Awarded Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2022 - Cardiac Surgery

    NUHCS is proud to be the only cardiac centre in Singapore to rank globally in Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2022 for Cardiac Surgery specialty.

  • ​Singapore's First Large Scale Aortic Screening Programme

    Aortic Aneurysms and Aortic Dissections do not have any obvious symptoms until it is at risk of rupture and death. The only way to prevent a rupture is to detect Aneurysm or Dissection through early screening. However, it is not clear why and how fast these conditions grow. To better understand why and how these conditions occur, NUHCS conducted an Aortic Screening Programme where aortic screening was offered to participants to detect any fatal conditions early. 

    As early detection will help save lives, NUHCS hope to better identify individuals at high-risk of a rupture in their aorta and receive prompt treatment, through this programme.

  • Book Launch: "Extracorporeal Life Support: The ELSO RED Book 6th Edition"

    Written by over 200 experts from around the world with Associate Professor Graeme MacLaren as the Editor-in-Chief, this new edition is the definitive reference text on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Life Support, providing both the latest evidence and practical advice on how to clinically manage patients of all ages.



  • Leadership Changes Hands at NUHCS

    After serving 13 years as Centre Director of NUHCS, Professor Tan Huay Cheem passed on the leadership role to Associate Professor Yip Wei Luen James. As the baton of leadership passes onward, the evolution of NUHCS will continue on its trajectory and nurture the next generation of cardiovascular professionals and further expand on its world-class research facilities.

  • ​Expansion of Thoracic Surgery Services at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH)

    To meet the need to scale up the provision of thoracic (lung) surgery services in NTFGH, NUHCS collaborated with the team from NTFGH to detail the provision of urgent and outpatient thoracic services at NTFGH. By increasing the thoracic surgery capacity at NTFGH, residents in the Western region of Singapore will be better served and can expect a more efficient system under the OneNUHS cluster.

  • The New Cath Labs

    In January this year, NUHCS builds modern cardiac invasive catherisation laboratories with new upgrades for all 3 cath labs to meet with the increasing demands for angiography procedures such as Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. These upgrades mark yet another milestone in the expansion of the cath lab facility and services at NUHCS.

  • A New Institutional Peak of Excellence

    NUHCS has reached a new institutional peak of excellence with its Minimally Invasive and Hybrid Cardiothoracic Surgery (MICTS) programme. Professor Theodoros Kofidis, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery (CTVS), NUHCS, has worked closely with a team to review, refine and adapt the best practices of keyhole surgeries from around the world to establish the MICTS programme here in Singapore, as a standard of care across a wide range of possible cardiac and thoracic surgical procedures.

  • Book Launch: "Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery: A Practical Guide"

    Worldwide keyhole surgeries have rapidly evolved to become the preferred approach for procedures such as mitral valve surgeries and transcatheter procedures. Professor Theodoros Kofidis, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery (CTVS), NUHCS, and his team have captured their insights in a new book, "Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery: A Practical Guide", aimed to advance patient care and extend the benefits of this technique in the region. The book has been specially designed with interactive multimedia through QR codes to better demonstrate key concepts expounded in the text.

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  • ​The Next Generation in Heart Recovery

    The National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) established a Cardiogenic Shock team, comprising of cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and nurses specially trained to care for patients suffering from cardiogenic shock. The team is trained to quickly employ catheter-based left ventricular assist device, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients needing mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices. With the establishment of the Cardiogenic Shock team and the adoption of a multi-disciplinary management approach, outcomes for this group of patients have been improved, and paving the way for future procedures.

  • Drum Lab Creates First Man-Made Shells to Protect Delicate Proteins

    The Drum Lab at the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) has re-engineered an iron storing protein to construct the first nanoparticulate thermostable Exoshell (tES). This first man-made encapsulating technology has proven to improve the yield of functional in vitro folding by approximately 100-fold and protects the proteins within from external damage. With tES, targeted cancer treatment could be more determinative with the facilitation and with further research, the team hopes to develop tES into a universal platform for the delivery of a wide variety of therapeutics via oral administration with a high degree of target specificity in cancer treatment.

  • ​Asia's First Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (RACPC) at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) Wins Excellence Award

    RACPC at NTFGH, pilot nurse-led and cardiologist-supervised, allows patients who are experiencing chest pains to be seen by heart specialists within 24 hours of referral and receive same day, one-stop evaluation and diagnosis of their condition. The pilot registered a 98% decrease in waiting time for evaluation by a cardiologist. Selected from a total of 200 entries from 89 hospitals across 16 countries, NTFGH RACPC is the first established clinic of its kind in Asia and was recognised at the Asian Hospital Management Awards 2020, with an Excellence Award in the Patience Experience Improvement Category. 

  • ​First Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) Nurse In Singapore

    Specialised nurses play a critical role in a patient's journey. To stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the fast evolving technologies within the healthcare industry, Ms Lai Lee Wah, earned her credentials from the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) to become the first CCDS-certified nurse in Singapore, and has been instrumental in providing in-service training to other nurses in the areas of Electrophysiology (EP).


  • Making a Mark in the Global Interventional Cardiology Landscape

    Two teams from NUHCS were invited to transmit a live demonstration of a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) to EuroPCR, the largest European interventional cardiology meeting. Both teams transmitted two complex coronary cases to an international audience of about 7000 delegates in Paris, France. The transmission embodied the close collaboration between NUHCS and the entire European fraternity, marking another significant milestone for NUHCS in the global interventional cardiology landscape.


  • Establishment of the Chia Boon Lock Memorial Fund


    To honour and continue the noble work of the late Prof. Chia Boon Lock, the Chia Boon Lock Memorial Fund is being set up to support doctors and medical students in their education and research.

  • Discovery of a Key Molecule: Progress for Heart Failure Treatment

    The Cardiovascular Research Institute at National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) discovered that a group of molecules known as chondroitin sulfate, normally found only in connective tissues such as the cartilage, accumulates in heart tissue and causes chronic inflammation in patients with heart failure.

  • Accreditation as Training Centre by Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS)


    It is a great honour for NUH to be the first in South East Asia to receive the status of an accreditated training centre by the APHRS. The accreditation recognizes the high-quality education and training courses in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing that we have been organising since 2007.

  • Launch of Caring Hearts Support Group (CHSG)

    Caring Hearts Support Group (CHSG) is a voluntary intiative by patients of NUHCS. The support group was established with the vision to build an inspiring and caring heart patient support group that brings positive changes to the lives of cardiac patients and the community.

  • Champion of American College of Cardiology 2018 (ACC.18) International Fellow-in-training (FIT) Jeopardy Competition

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    The NUHCS team, comprising of Dr. Sim Hui Wen, Dr. Christopher Koo and Dr. Eugene Tan, represented Singapore in the inaugural international fellow-in-training (FIT) jeopardy competition during ACC.18 in Orlando, USA from 10th to 12th March 2018. They emerged as the winner of the inaugural international FIT jeopardy competition.

  • Winners of C-factor Jeopardy Challenge at the Singapore Cardiac Society's (SCS) 30th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) 2018

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    ​The NUHCS team comprising Dr. Laureen Wang, Dr. Thet Khaing and Dr. Lim Ying Hao, won the C-factor Jeopardy Challenge at ASM 2018 by a large margin and will be representing Singapore at another Jeopardy Challenge at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in 2019.

  • NUHCS Celebrates 10th Anniversary!


    NUHCS officially launched the year-long celebration of our 10th Anniversary at the sculpture garden on 25 June 2018. It was marked by the unveiling of a large clinic wall facade featuring NUHCS staff and services, as well as a tree planting ceremony.

  • Participation in NDP 2018 as Marching Contingent

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    NUHCS proudly formed a significant proportion of the marching contingent from NUHS for the NDP 2018 to celebrate Singapore's 53rd birthday.


  • Launch of the Lung Surgery Centre

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  • ​Integration of Cardiovascular Services between National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH)

    In January 2017, the Ministry of Health announced the regrouping of Singapore's six Regional Health Systems (RHS) into three integrated clusters. The regrouping has led to an integration of NUHCS's and NTFGH's cardiology division. The integration also provided a broadened platform for professional development through cross-learnings. 

  • Endorsement of the Sydney Brenner Fund

    The Sydney Brenner Fund was established to help needy heart patients at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS), where Nobel Laureate Dr. Sydney Brenner was treated after he was diagnosed with heart disease. Realising how fortunate he is in being able to afford treatment, he recovered and resolved to give back by endorsing the Sydney Brenner Fund - his way of helping the underprivileged receive the treatment they need. 

  • Launch of the Aortic Centre

    To provide up-to-date and evidence-based management and aortic disease to the nation, a dedicated Aortic Centre was introduced in National University Heart Centre, Singapore, in 2017. As a one-stop centre for the diagnosis, screening and management of aortic disease, it willl take on a multi-collaborative approach by bringing together a multi-disciplinary team comprising cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, intenventional radiologists and cardiologists. 

  • Securing of Open Fund - Large Collaborative Grant


    To tackle heart failure as a national issue, the Cardiovascular Research Institute clinched a $25 million Open Fund - Large Collaborative Grant under National Medical Research Council (NMRC) working alongside NHCS, NUHCS, NTU, multiple A*STAR research institutes and multiple industry partners. This grant will launch a major national research initiative addressing Singapore's emerging epidemic of premature arterial disease from epidemology and basic vascular biology all the way through to therapeutic interventions.

  • Securing of the Third National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Grant

    The Cardiovascular Research Institute successfully won the third grant (2017-2021) worth $10 million over four years.  

  • Securing of ​Collaborative Centre Grants with National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS)

    The Cardiovascular Research Institute acquired one of National Medical Research Council (NMRC)'s newly created collborative Centre Grants. Worth S$7 million over four years, the grant specifically supports clinical research projects conducted in partnership between NUHCS and NHCS, emphasising a new era of productive cooperation between the country's two Heart Centres. 

  • Discovery of a New Way to Wrap and Protect Proteins

    Chester-02(2).pngAsst. Prof. Chester Drum and his team discovered a finding that may aid in the treatment of diseases by encapsulating proteins inside a thermostable protein shell.  


  • Launch of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Retrieval Service

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    Launched in January 2016, the service provides the transfer of patients from other hospitals. When ECMO needs to be initiated, the team brings the equipment needed and assists to transfer the patient to NUHCS via an ambulance. 

    The service was created to help patients from other hospitals that do not offer ECMO. 

  • Launch of Sports Cardiology Programme

    NUHCS launched our Sports Cardiology programme in 2016. We work closely with National University Hospital's Sports Centre to provide cardiology assessment and multidisciplinary care for athletes and active individuals.

  • First Two Melody TPV Therapy Procedures in Singapore


    In 2016, NUHCS succesfully performed our first two Melody TPV Therapy procedures jointly with the Division of Paediatric Cardiology National University Hospital.


  • Asia Pacific's First Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT)

    Formed in 2015, the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) PERT is a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, emergency, and intensive care physicians, haematologists and radiologists, which can be activated 24/7 to deliver timely, individualised care for PE patients.

  • Formation of Western STEMI Network

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    In order to provide timely, efficient and cost-effective services to patients with 'classic' heart attacks, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) has worked with Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) to develop the Western STEMI network. Resources are consolidated from the two healthcare systems by providing a common on-call pool of interventional cardiologists and catheterisation laboratory emergency response team at NUHCS after office hours. 

    This creative and innovative collaboration, which follows American and European guidelines, not only serves patients with heart attacks in Western Singapore, but also represents a significant paradigm shift in the healthcare delivery model.

  • Formation of APN-led Cardiac Diabetes Clinic

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    In order to cater to the increasing patient load, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) collaborated with the endocrinologists to develop a cardio-metabolic clinic. Thereafter, the APN-led Cardiac Diabetes Clinic (ACDC) service was started from April 2015. 

    Beyond glucose control, the service aims to holistically optimise cardiovascular risk factors and provide secondary prevention screenings for cardiac patients with poorly controlled diabetes.


  • Introduction of Telehealth Blood Pressure Monitoring Service


    The NUHCS, in conjunction with MyHealth Sentinel, has set up Singapore’s first integrated telehealth monitoring service. This service extends the reach of healthcare monitoring from the hospital to the home for patients with hypertension, heart failure and poorly controlled diabetes on insulin. 

    These patients are sent home with an internet gateway and a bluetooth enabled blood pressure (BP) set, weighing scale or
    glucometer. The set up is simple for the elderly with no need for wifi or mobile phone configuration. Patients can simply plug in and use. Monitoring at home enables their readings to be sent to the hospital, where dedicated nurses are assigned to track their

    Since its inception in February 2014, it has monitored 800 patients to date. 
  • Launch of the Heart Failure Transitional Care (TC) Programme

    Launched in February 2014, the Heart Failure Transitional Care (TC) Programme was established to facilitate safe, smooth and quality transitions for heart failure patients from hospital to family setting.

    Under the TC programme, the APNs and TC nurses actively provide review, management and education to selected inpatient and outpatient heart failure patients.


  • Introduction of Robotic Catheter Ablation Service 

    The advanced technology in the Electrophysiology (EP) Robotic Catheter system provides unique enhanced navigational precision and stability to manoeuvre a percutaneous catheter. It provides a degree of control which is not possible with a standard manually operated catheter. Additionally, it allows for direct measurement of the force applied to the heart surface through the ablation catheter.

  • Securing of 4-year Centre Grant for Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)

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    Cardiovascular Research Institute won a new 4-year Centre Grant of S$10million. The centre's capable team of clinical and basic scientists led by Prof. A Mark Richards have secured the grant to be devoted to research on "HEART FAILURE: mechanisms, markers and management."

  • ​Started new catheter ablation service using the Hansen Sensei-X system


  • ​Opening of the Hybrid Operating Theatre

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    The “Hybrid” operating theatre at NUHCS combines all the features of a standard operating room with state of the art imaging. It’s a glimpse into the future of surgery and sets a new standard of care for patients with cardiovascular disease. 

    The Hybrid OT also opens up doors to new procedures, such as branched endografts for thoracoabdominal aneurysms and percutaneous heart valve repair, for which imaging is crucial.
  • Start of the Mitraclip Mitral Valve Repair Programme

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  • Launch of the Women’s Heart Health Programme

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    A common disease in men, the nature of heart disease in women varies significantly.

    Some conditions affect more women than men, such as diastolic heart failure, Apical Ballooning Syndrome or “Broken Heart Syndrome”. Even when the disease is similar, presenting symptoms may be less obvious in women or the underlying mechanisms may differ. Factors such as menopause also have a greater impact and increases a woman’s risk of developing heart disease.

    In view of such differences, the National University Heart Centre, Singapore has introduced for the first time in Singapore, a Women’s Heart health programme dedicated to women with and at risk of heart disease. 
  • Formation of Division of Thoracic Surgery

    The Division of Thoracic Surgery is established to bring our
    services to the next peak of excellence. We aim to create a center of excellence in Thoracic Surgery serving patients in Singapore and beyond. The formation of this Division forges a strong identity of thoracic surgery within NUH and affirms its status as a mature and distinct specialty. 
  • Opening Of the new premises of National University Heart Centre, Singapore

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    The new three storey block in the main building, just at the doorstep of the new Circle Line Kent Ridge MRT station, brings together several departments that used to be scattered across the hospital grounds. The Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery departments and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, to name a few, now come under one roof. 

  • Launch of Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Service
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    Magnetic resonance myocardial perfusion imaging service started at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) in 2011.


  • ​The Cardiovascular Research Institute clinched its very first NMRC Grant in 2010, having started the planning and writing for the grant throughout the mid to late part of 2009. The Centre Grant, along with NUHCS's start-up support, helped building CVRI's foundation.

  • Launch of the Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) Programme

    The MICS programme involves using an enhanced technique of using smaller incisions and tools for heart surgery. Due to smaller incisions, there is less trauma to the body and less blood loss, which leads to decreased length of hospital stay. The programme is backed by a clinical and basic research team, which reviews data and helps further advance MICS technologies in the lab, with funding support from National Medical Research Council.

  • Securing of Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) Grant for "Bench to Bedside"  Translational Cardiovascular Research

    The NUHCS/CVRI has been successful in securing a Centre Grant to pursue “bench to bedside” translational cardiovascular research. Led by Prof Mark Richards, Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) of NUHS, and four theme Principal Investigators, Assoc Prof Ling Lieng Hsi, Assoc Prof Shirley Ooi, Assoc Prof Theodore Kofidis and Prof Carolyn Lam, the Grant of some $6 million over an initial 2 years (with the potential for further support for up to 5 years overall) will underpin a programme of research involving up to 100 investigators and collaborators aimed at improving the ability to detect and to manage a range of heart disease. 
  • Launch of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) programme

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    The first week of November 2010 marked a milestone for the National University Heart Centre with launch of the transcatheter aortic valve implantation programme and the successful therapy of patients with aortic valve stenosis.
  • National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) performed its first robotic Heart Valve Surgery.


  • ​The world’s first Uniportal VATS lobectomy was performed by thoracic doctors in 2009 at NUHCS.


  • Launch of the Left Atrial Appendage Programme 


  • ​First Press Conference of National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) in December

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  • Announcement of Name Change for Cardiovascular Centre

    In March 2008, the National University Health System (NUHS) announced that the Ministry of Health approved the naming of Cardiovascular Centre in NUH as the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS)


  • ​Establishment of National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS)

    National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) brings together cardiac specialists and experts from a multitude of medical and surgical disciplines to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to the treatment of heart problems. It is set up by the National University Health System (NUHS) to meet the growing need for expert care to look after the increasing number of people suffering from heart disease.

  • Opening of Angiography Centre 

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  • Launch of Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) service 

    Cardiac CT service was officially launched in National University Heart Centre, Singapore with a Siemens Somatom Sensation 64-detector CT scanner.

  • Accreditation of Vascular Training Programme

    Our Vascular Training Programme was accreditated by Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

  • Acquisition of Biplane Flat Panel Imaging System

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    The cardiac catheterisation laboratory acquired a new biplane flat panel imaging system for use in diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular procedures.

  • Introduction of Multi-slice Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography

    Multi-slice (64-slice) Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography was introduced on 1 April 2006; a collaborative project between the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and the Cardiac Department. 


  • ​Won national accolade for Cardiology Information System

  • ​Opening of Clinic H to provide dedicated care for our heart patients

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  • Launch of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Programme 

    Official launch of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Programme by The Heart Institute. Managed by a multi-disciplinary team and a group of trained nurses, this programme offers specialised cardiac care and treatment to adult patients with this condition. 

  • Launch of Adult Congenital and Structural Programme

    Official launch of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Programme by The Heart Institute. Managed by a multi-disciplinary team and a group of trained nurses, this programme offers specialised cardiac care and treatment to adult patients with this condition.

    This is the first of such specialised service in Singapore and Southeast Asia


  • Opening of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Ward

    Opening of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit ward with 11 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and 4 High Dependency Unit (HDU) beds by Dr. Balaji Sadasivan, then Minister of State for the Ministry of the Environment (2001 - 2003). 


  • Formation of The Heart Institute

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    The Heart Institute (THI) @ National University Health System was formed, comprising cardiology and cardiac surgery at NUH, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and National Healthcare Group (NHG) polyclinics.

  • Opening of Cardiac Centre (now known as Cardiac Clinic)

    The Cardiac Centre was set up in March 2001 to bring a comprehensive range of cardiac services, both non-invasive and invasive procedures, to a more accessible location and conducive ambience for the benefit of our patients. It has also expanded its capacity to cater to the needs of more patients. And with the opening of the new Invasive Catheterisation suite, that allows both coronary and peripheral intervention work, patients that need catheterization can now get an immediate appointment.


  • Launch of Cardiac Rehabilitation programme at National University Hospital (NUH) 

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    Established in the late 1990s, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme (CRP) at National University Hospital (NUH) is characterised with a provisional comprehensive long term services involving medical evaluation, prescriptive exercise; cardiac risk factor modification, education, counselling and behavioural interventions
  • Opening of 12-bed Coronary Care Unit 

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  • Formation of ​Cardiac Dept, National University Hospital

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  • Formation of Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS)

    The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, under the Department of Surgery, NUH was formed. It is now known as the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS). NUH performed its first coronary bypass graft surgery.


  • Cardiac Surgery, coronary angioplasty and ambulatory blood pressure were introduced.


  • Electrophysiology started in NUH.


  • M-mode echocardiology started in NUH.


  • The Coronary Care Unit (CCU) was established.


  • Cardiac catheterization was introduced.