Dr Thia Teck Joo, Kelvin

  • Gastroenterology

Language

English, Mandarin Chinese, Hokkien Dialect, Teochew Dialect

Qualifications

MBBS (S’pore), MRCP (UK), MMED (Int Med), FAMS (Gastroenterology), MCI (NUS)

Background

Dr Kelvin Thia graduated from the National University of Singapore’s medical school as a Dean’s list candidate in 1998. He is accredited by Singapore’s Ministry of Health as a specialist in Gastroenterology and has been a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore) since 2007.

In 2007 – 2008, under the Ministry of Health’s Human Manpower Development Program scholarship, Dr Thia trained at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, as an advanced fellow in his sub-specialty interest: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Under the personal mentorship of Professor William Sandborn, Dr Thia had the opportunity to manage Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis patients with complex gastroenterological issues. This clinical exposure allowed him first-hand experience managing patients using cutting edge technology and advanced therapies. Apart from seeing patients there, he also had the opportunity to participate in IBD-related research, culminating in numerous publications in high-impact factor medical journals advancing the field of IBD. He received the Centocor Inflammatory Bowel Disease Best Abstract Award in the American College of Gastroenterology Meeting 2008 for an original work on the Natural History of Crohn’s Disease.

After his fellowship at the Mayo clinic, he was appointed Consultant Gastroenterologist in the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the country’s largest tertiary acute hospital. Apart from general gastroenterology work, he also served as Consultant in the multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre of SGH, providing care and leading the local research in IBD. Dr Thia also obtained certification as a Nutrition Support Clinician (USA), and was appointed Director of Nutrition Support Services, providing parenteral and enteral nutrition to patients with short bowel syndrome and severe malabsorption. In 2011, Dr Thia received the hospital’s ‘Service with A Heart’ Award for excellence in clinical service.

Passionate about teaching and research, Dr Thia has personally mentored and supervised medical students and junior doctors and held various eaching appointments both within and without the hospital. He continues to be active in educating the lay public, medical colleagues and general practitioners through lectures and the printed media. He is an invited peer reviewer for high impact factor journals like Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gut and the American Journal of Gastroenterology.