Carolyn Lam

Carolyn Lam

Professor and Senior Consultant

National Heart Centre Singapore Duke-NUS, Singapore

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Biography

Personal History

Dr Carolyn Su Ping Lam was born in 1974 in Singapore. Her mother is a paediatrician and her father is a professor of biological science.5  “Medicine was imprinted in my heart from day one. I couldn’t think of anything else more meaningful to do with my life.”9

She names Professor Margaret Redfield as a mentor. “There were no women in senior cardiology positions in the history of the National University of Singapore, and I was in desperate need of a female role model. Maggie was even more remarkable in being able to combine her role as a mother with her position as a respected scientist.”9

 

Academic History

Dr Lam graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore where she completed her advanced speciality training in Cardiology in Singapore and pursued a research fellowship at the Cardiorenal Laboratory, Heart Failure Fellowship at the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, and Advanced Cardiology and Master of Biomedical Sciences at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN. She further obtained training in clinical and genetic epidemiology at the Framingham Heart Study in Boston, MA before returning to Singapore in 2010 on the National Medical Research Council’s Clinician Scientist Award.7

She earned her PhD from the University of Groningen in 2016 and attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2015.10 

 

Career Overview

Dr Carolyn Lam is a Senior Consultant of the National Heart Centre, Singapore and Professor of Duke-NUS Cardiovascular Academic Clinical Program. Her clinical subspecialty is heart failure, and she is recognized globally for her expertise in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. She also has expertise in women’s cardiovascular disease, hemodynamics and echocardiography.

Dr Lam was drawn to her speciality when she realised how little heart disease in women was understood by both patients and doctors, despite it being the top cause of death in women worldwide.6

She is the Programme Lead of the Asian neTwork for Translational Research and Cardiovascular Trials (ATTRaCT), an A*STAR Biomedical Research Council-funded research platform. She is also the principal investigator of an ongoing nation-wide heart failure study in Singapore (the Singapore Heart Failure Outcomes and Phenotypes [SHOP] study), a multinational Asian study of heart failure across 11 Asian countries (Asian Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure [ASIAN-HF] study), as well as a multinational Asian registry of diabetes (Asian Diabetes Outcomes Registry [ADORE]) in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology’s Diabetes Collaborative Registry. She serves as a consultant on several global advisory boards for cardiovascular disease, as a member of the Executive Committees of global heart failure trials and as an Associate Editor for Circulation and European Journal of Heart Failure.7

With her husband she co-founded US2.AI, a startup working to improve patient outcomes and expanding healthcare access using AI tools to democratize echo, the most commonly used tool for the detection of heart risk.3, 8 Dr Lam has published over 175 peer-reviewed articles and books. She hosts the weekly medical podcast Circulation on the Run and co-hosts the health television show Body & Soul as the Resident Doctor.

 

Career Timeline

  • 2013 - 2019: Resident Doctor, Body and Soul Television Series
  • 2020 - 2021: Principal Lead of Clinical Trials & Trial Networks, National Heart Research Institute Singapore, NHRIS
  • National Heart Centre Singapore
    • 2018 - 2020: Director, Clinical & Translational Research Office
    • 2015 - Present: Senior Consultant
    • 2016 - Present: Director, Women's Heart Health
    • 2020 - Present: Principal Lead of Clinical Trials & Trial Networks, NHRIS
  • 2015 - Present: Professor, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disorders Program, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
  • 2015 - Present: Honorary Visiting Consultant, National University Hospital (S) Pte Ltd
  • 2016 - Present: Associate Editor and Podcast Host, Circulation
  • 2017 - Present: Scientific Advisor, Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre, SingHealth
  • 2019 - Present: Faculty, SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI)
  • 2019 - Present: EXCO, SingHealth Investigational
  • 2020 - Present: Associate Editor, European Heart Journal of Heart Failure

Recognition 

  • 1997 - 1998: Yeoh Khuan Joo Gold Medal (Surgery)
  • 1997 - 1998: Singapore Medical Association Bronze Medal
  • 2000: Society of Infectious Disease (Singapore) Award for the 7th Western Pacific Congress of Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2004: Singapore Cardiac Society Young Investigator Award (First prize)
  • 2008: American Heart Association Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence
  • 2010: National Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Award (Investigator category)
  • 2010: European Society of Cardiology Moderated Poster Award Winner
  • 2012: L'Oreal Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowship
  • 2012: InterAcademy Medical Panel Young Physician Leader at the World Health Summit in Berlin 
  • 2014: Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for 2014 - Singapore 

 

Areas of Speciality

  • Heart failure
  • Hemodynamics
  • Epidemiology
  • Biomarkers
  • Echocardiography
  • Clinical trials
  • Sex differences

 

Sources

  1. https://www.prestigeonline.com/sg/people-events/international-womens-day-carolyn-lam/ 
  2. https://www.radcliffecardiology.com/authors/carolyn-lam 
  3. https://www.forbes.com/sites/allysonkapin/2021/06/24/52-women-led-startups-driving-the-future-of-healthtech-and-femtech/?sh=7aa92e1c7107 
  4. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2013/11/17/wooing-the-best-minds-back-to-home 
  5. https://www.asiaone.com/print/News/Latest%2BNews/Edvantage/Story/A1Story20121224-391329.html 
  6. https://www.sassymamasg.com/family-life-that-mama-doctor-carolyn-lam-heart-surgeon-tv-podcast/ 
  7. https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/directory/detail/lam-su-ping-carolyn 
  8. https://generationt.asia/ideas/this-medtech-startup-is-automating-our-fight-against-heart-disease-heres-how 
  9. https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/38/19/1447/3823350 
  10. https://www.nhcs.com.sg/profile/carolyn-lam-su-ping 

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