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About Our Doctor

Dr Sitoh Yih Yiow, Consultant Geriatrician

Dr Sitoh Yih Yiow is a geriatrician with a special interest in dementia, sleep disorders in the elderly, falls and osteoporosis as well as impaired mobility in the elderly. He has been involved in the establishment of clinical practice guidelines in dementia, falls and osteoporosis, and he is currently a member of the Chronic Disease Management Programme Clinical Advisory Committee for Dementia, Ministry of Health.

Dr Sitoh graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1991. He obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom in 1996 and was awarded a Higher Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) fellowship by the Ministry of Health, Singapore in 2000, during which he had the privilege of working as a clinical fellow with the Institute of Bone and Joint Research of the University of Sydney, and the Bernard Curran Rehabilitation Unit of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Services of Northern Sydney. He went on to complete his Specialist Certification in Geriatric Medicine by the Joint Committee on Specialist Training & the Specialist Accreditation Board, Ministry of Health, Singapore in 2001.

Dr Sitoh has been actively involved in the teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in different aspects of Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine and was, till September 2016, an adjunct assistant professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Outstanding Tutor Award, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine for Academic Year 2014/2015 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine 2015/2016. He has also been involved in the re-formatting and implementation of the Geriatric Medicine curriculum in the school.

A firm believer in continuous professional education, Dr Sitoh recently completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine from the University of Sydney - a degree that is duly recognized by the Ministry of Health, Singapore. He will be taking a break from his teaching commitments from September 2016 so as to pursue further studies with the University of Edinburgh.

He has an active interest in clinical research into different areas of health concerns affecting older persons and has published widely in local and international journals, concerning a range of topics that include dementia, swallowing problems, falls and osteoporosis as well as concerns pertaining to health services. He has also been an invited reviewer in both local and international peer-review journals.

Dr Sitoh is a member of the Society for Geriatric Medicine, Singapore, the Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Geriatric Society. He presents regularly at local and international scientific meetings organized by these professional bodies.

Affiliation to Professional Organisations and Committees

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore(-September 2016)

External Reviewer, Clinical Trials and Research Unit, Changi General Hospital

Member, Ministry of Health workgroup on clinical practice guidelines for falls prevention (2002 to 2006)

Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine (July 2004 to 2007)

Member, Central Committee, Society for Geriatric Medicine, Singapore (2005-2007)

Member, Medical Advisory Board, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore (2006-2008)

Member, Advisory Board, PRIME magazine

External Reviewer, Clinical Trials and Research Unit, Changi General Hospital

Accredited LPA Certificate Issuer, Office of Public Guardian

Member, Care & Services Committee, Orange Valley Nursing Homes

Member, Chronic Disease Management Programme Clinical Advisory Committee for Dementia, Ministry of Health

Medical Advisor, Kronus Mobicare Asia

Chairman, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Mount Alvernia Hospital (2006-2008)

Member, Medical Excellence Project Team 2006, Ministry of Health, Singapore

Visiting Geriatrician to Approved Nursing Homes and Community Hospitals, Integrated Framework for Elderly Services, Ministry of Health (Jul 2001 to Mar 2005)

Auditor for Nursing Homes and Community Hospitals, Integrated Framework for Elderly Services, Ministry of Health (2002 to 2004)

Member, Workgroup for Ministry of Health-National Healthcare Group Health Services Development Programme for Osteoporosis (2002 to March 2005)

Member, Postgraduate Training Committee, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (2001 to March 2005)

Secretary, TTSH Faculty Practice Plan Committee (2001 to March 2005)

Clinical Teacher, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore (July 2001 to June 2004)

Member, ALOS (Average Length of Stay) Committee, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (2004)

Chairman, Transitional Care Workgroup, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (August 2003 to March 2005)

Member, Singapore Medical Association

Member, Society for Geriatric Medicine, Singapore

Member, Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine

Member, American Geriatric Society

Member, American Academy of Neurology

Member, Osteoporosis Society, Singapore

Member, Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom

Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow

Lecturer, Osteoporosis Workshop organised by the Singapore Osteoporosis Society. Phuket, Thailand, 2-4 July 1999.

Lecturer, 1st National Healthcare Group (NHG) House-officers' orientation course 2002.

Lecturer, Graduate Diploma in family medicine organised by the College of Family Physicians, Singapore. 2003, 2005

Lecturer, Master of Medicine, (Family Medicine) Training Course 2003, 2005.

Lecturer, Community Geriatric Case Management workshop jointly organised by NHG College and Integrated Care Services. 20-22 October 2003.

Lecturer, Practical Geriatrics Course for medical officers organised by NHG College. 2003, 2004.

Community Geriatric Case Management workshop jointly organised by NHG College and Integrated Care Services. 20-22 October 2003.

Invited Faculty, The Healthy and Active Aging Interactive Dialogue and Exhibition 2006, Jakarta 11-12 August 2006-08-10.

Invited Faculty, 1st Community Care Conference organised by TTSH and NCSS 19 August 2006.

Lecturer, College of Family Physicians Special Interest Group Symposium on Geriatric Rehabilitation 13 July 2007.

Invited speaker, Symposium organised by Soroptimist International of Dusit, Thailand. August 2007.

Invited Faculty, Geritatric Medicine Workshop, Adi Husada Hospital Surabaya, Indonesia. November 2007.

Invited Faculty, Scientific Seminar on Geriatric Medicine, Adi Husada Hospital Surabaya, Indonesia, November 2007.

Invited Faculty, Family Medicine Teaching Programme. April 2009

Invited Faculty, Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine. April 2009

Invited Faculty, Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine September 2009

Invited Faculty, Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine September 2010/11

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