Professor Lim Tow Keang
Senior Consultant, Department of Medicine
"As quoted by Mohandas Gandhi - The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
When we talk about respiratory medicine, Professor Lim Tow Keang comes to mind. Prof Lim graduated with distincition and at the top of his graduating class from the University of Malaya in 1978. He went on to obtain the Masters of Medicine from the National University of Singapore in 1983 and a FAMS in Respiratory Medicine in 1992. Prof Lim has been the Head of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine in the National University of Singapore since 1999.
His dedication and passion for his work are evident: Since 2001, the Singapore National Asthma Programme has been highly effective and won international recognition from WHO's Global Initiatives Against Asthma (GINA). As the Chair of the Singapore National Asthma Programme, he brought together both adult and paediatric respiratory physicians as well as primary care and emergency doctors in massive programmes to improve the management of asthma patients by implementing patient self-care through asthma action plans as well as educating doctors, nurses, case managers and patients on the importance of preventive medication. The number of patients requiring nebulization dropped significantly from 25% in 2002 to 15% in 2005. Mortality from asthma decreased from 2 per 100,000 population in 2000 to <1 per 100,000 population by 2005.
Prof Lim has been instrumental in moving to translate new knowledge into practical applications for patient and doctor benefits, such as the Severe Community Acquired Pneumonia Programme and Non-Invasive Ventilation for life-threatening Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which has saved many patients from requiring intubation as well as the attendant dangers of prolonged stays in intensive care.
He is also a dedicated and highly sought-after teacher and mentor, a speaker at public education programmes and an educator who constantly strives to improve the quality of programmes in Respiratory Medicine.
Professor Lim Tow Keang is a leader and an inspiration to many of us.