Dr. Brenda Ang
I was born, grew up in, and educated in Singapore and am Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, National Centre for Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and Director of Infection Prevention and Control. In addition to MBBS, (NUS) I have a Masters of Medicine (NUS) and Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. I have Faculty appointments in both the Yong Loo Lin and Lee Kong Chian Schools of Medicine. As one of the first persons in Singapore to specialise in Infectious Diseases, I have seen the growth of the specialty in Singapore over the last few decades. I continue to train and supervise the next generation of ID physicians, being a Visiting consultant to Singapore General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital. I am a member of the Chapter of Infectious Disease Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore, and was Chairman of the Specialist Training Committee for 2 terms. As Chairman of the Infection Control Committee, I have led infection prevention and control efforts on the campus for more than 25 years, including overcoming emerging infectious disease outbreaks, from Nipah in 1999, SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, to COVID from 2021. I am also the Chairman of the Infection Control Committee of the National Healthcare Group, and a member of the National Infection Prevention and Control Committee of the Ministry of Health. As a member of the hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, I am also concerned about increasing antimicrobial resistance. Both this and Emerging Infectious Diseases are closely related to environmental factors including loss of natural habitats and climate change.