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Associate Professor Roy Joseph

Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology


"The title is very humbling and it encourages me to maintain professional currency and better serve the institution in the future."


Associate Professor Roy read Medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India from 1967-1972, aided by a Cultural Scholarship from the Government of India. Upon his return, he trained as a Paediatrician at the National University of Singapore.

His subspecialisation in Neonatology began in 1980 at the Kandang Kerbau Hospital, Singapore. In 1983, he received additional training under the supervision of eminent neonatologist Professor Victor Yu at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre, Melbourne.


From 1997-2005, he was the Chief of Department of Neonatology at the National University Hospital. During his tenure as Head, Associate Professor Roy oversaw the introduction of many important practices, such as total parenteral nutrition, newborn screening for congenital hypothyroidism and hearing impairment, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, and active involvement of parents in end-of-life care decisions.


Associate Professor Roy's specialty areas include Neonatal intensive care, newborn screening, well-baby and well-child care, and the long-term management of the congenital hypothyroidism.


Roy's many contributions and achievements have been not only in raising NUHS's ability to care for very fragile neonates, one of the most challenging fields of medicine, but also to help shape undergraduate and postgraduate education in Neonatology, and help develop the Medical Ethics and Law curriculum. His expertise has led to him serving on the National Medical Ethics Committee and the Advisory Council for Neonatal screening.


Roy is now very much a role model and mentor to many neonatologists in Singapore. His contribution to the development of neonatology in both NUHS and Singapore has been tremendous.