Head and Senior Consultant
Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute
National University Hospital
Head and Associate Professor
Department of Paediatrics
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Associate Professor Goh Yam Thiam Daniel is the Head of the Khoo Teck Puat - National University Children’s Medical Institute at the National University Hospital (NUH) and Head of the Department of Paediatrics at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine).
Graduated from the NUS Medicine in 1988, Assoc Prof Goh trained in pediatrics in Singapore and underwent subspecialty training in pediatric pulmonology and sleep at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre, USA. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (USA).
His clinical interests include childhood respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies, sleep-related breathing disorders in children, chronic childhood respiratory diseases as well as paediatric bronchology and fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
His research focuses on childhood sleep disorders as well as allergies. He was awarded the Young Investigator’s Award at the Singapore-Malaysian Congress of Medicine in 1994 for his research on allergen sensitisation to local air spora and indoor allergens. He is also the Chair of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Alliance, which has published many significant papers on cross-cultural differences in childhood sleep disorders across the region.
Assoc Prof Goh was instrumental in initiating the very successful and comprehensive asthma and allergy programme for children in Singapore known as the “I CAN !” programme, which stands for the Children’s Asthma and Allergy Network.
He has been actively involved in the regional paediatric professional societies, having served as the President of the Singapore Paediatric Society from 2004 to 2011, Vice-President of the College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Academy of Medicine Singapore from 2008 to 2010 and the President of the Asean Paediatric Federation from 2011 to 2014. He has also been the International Governor (Singapore) of the American College of Chest Physicians, USA since 2009.
Assoc Prof Goh serves on multiple committees and advisory boards at national, regional and institutional levels, as well as many other professional workgroups. He is also a reviewer for many regional as well as international peer-reviewed journals.
At the National University Health System (NUHS), Assoc Prof Goh is spearheading the concept of a truly child-friendly, family-centred paediatric service in Singapore and its application in the development of the new Children’s Ambulatory Centre. A strong advocate for clinical practice safety, he has been actively working on achieving a zero-error workplace. He has also initiated the reorganisation of complex clinical care into integrated programmes in NUH Paediatrics to enhance patient care coordination, reduce duplication, improve communication and ultimately improve patient outcomes while reducing overall cost. Assoc Prof Goh is also a strong proponent of family-centred care and was instrumental in the building of the first Ronald McDonald House in Singapore in the NUH, which opened in January 2013, as well as the up-and-coming Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the NUH. Since 2014, he also serves as the President of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (Singapore).
Assoc Prof Goh is also a keen educator who is passionate about teaching and the training of the next generation of doctors and paediatricians.
For his exceptional and lengthy contributions in the development of paediatric care, especially in the area of paediatric respiratory conditions, Associate Professor Goh Yam Thiam Daniel is a worthy recipient of the Excellence Award.