Department of Paediatrics
Khoo Teck Puat-National University
Children Medical Institute
National University Hospital
Department of Paediatrics
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Professor Yap Hui Kim pioneered the Paediatric Nephrology service at the NUHS and here in Singapore.
She was instrumental in starting and developing the National Paediatric Renal Replacement Programme (Dialysis and Transplantation for children), which was inaugurated in 1988. In those early pioneering days, Professor Yap had to train not only the doctors, but also the paediatric dialysis nurses, as there were no specialty nurses available in Singapore. Prof Yap’s fervor in sourcing and initiating numerous collaborations with non-governmental welfare organizations has led to the establishment of the Shaw-NKF-NUH Children’s Kidney Centre in 2001, whose mission is to provide high quality care to children and adolescents with end-stage renal failure, both in terms of dialysis and transplantation. She developed the acute paediatric dialysis service in Singapore for children with acute kidney injury and inborn errors of metabolism, introducing acute haemodialysis in 1988, as well as the continuous modalities of acute renal replacement therapies in the paediatric intensive care units in 1997.
As part of the holistic programme in children, the Shaw-NKF-NUH Children’s Kidney Centre initiated the Annual Camp for Renal Kids on dialysis and transplantation in 2000, with the aim of improving patient compliance and understanding of their disease to achieve better long term outcomes. The efforts of voluntary organizations, schools and support groups were pooled to improve patient education. Prof Yap was awarded the NKF Gift of Life Award in 1996 for her pioneering work in pediatric dialysis and transplantation.
Over the years, the programme has grown significantly to be a leading centre in Asia, and is now recognized by the International Paediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA), as the regional training centre for doctors in Asia. With the aim of elevating the standard of health care for children with kidney diseases, Prof Yap has been very active in promoting teaching programmes in Pediatric Nephrology in developing countries in Asia.
An internationally respected paediatrician, Prof Yap received numerous awards such as the Healthcare Humanity Award 2012 and the Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award from the Asian-Pacific Paediatric Association in 2012 for her contributions to paediatrics and the development of paediatric nephrology in Asia. She was also bestowed the National Medicine Excellence Award (NMEA) 2008 – National Outstanding Clinician Award for her exceptional contributions on the clinical front.
While excelling in her clinical achievements, Prof Yap is also highly active in the research domain with grants totaling more than $1,000,000 from the National Medical Research Council, Singapore Immunology Network and the National Kidney Foundation. She has published more than 100 full papers with more than 500 citations. She is well-recognized in the international community as evidenced by her work on professional societies, editorial boards, and as a reviewer of premium nephrology journals such as Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, American Journal of Kidney Disease, and Pediatric Nephrology. She has received more than 100 invitations to speak at symposia, plenary lectures, and workshops both regionally and internationally, including the prestigious International Congress in Pediatric Nephrology. Her team has also received several research awards at the International Congresses.
Professor Yap has contributed immensely to medical education. She has been the recipient of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award as well as several postgraduate teaching awards. She is currently involved in Paediatric Specialty training in Singapore, and is recognized internationally for postgraduate teaching. She is a Visiting Professor at the Nanjing Medical University and Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, and has contributed more than 15 chapters in textbooks of Pediatric Nephrology.
We are indeed very honoured and proud to have such a committed clinician like Prof Yap within the NUHS fraternity; one who lives out what she believes in and endlessly putting forth herself at the very front of the healthcare venture, for the betterment of our patients and future generations.