The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) has awarded the Benjamin Sheares Professorship in Academic Medicine to Professor Soo Khee Chee. The Professorship was launched earlier this month, with a S$2.5 million seed gift from Tote Board and SingHealth Foundation as well as a significant donation from the Sheares family.
The Professorship recognises Prof Soo’s pioneering contributions to research, scholarship and clinical service, all of which have significantly impacted the practice of medicine in Singapore. Prof Soo is the founding Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Health Services, and the Vice-Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs at Duke-NUS.
Says Prof Soo, “I am personally inspired by the legacy of the late Dr. Benjamin Sheares and am honoured and humbled to be conferred this Professorship. Teaching and mentoring medical students constantly energises me and enables me to witness their growth. Their vigour, thirst for learning and enquiring minds are constant reminders for me to stay curious, innovate and improve on the practice of medicine. I will endeavour to fulfil the expectations that come with this Professorship and serve the community like Dr. Benjamin Sheares did.”
Professor Ranga Krishnan, Dean of Duke-NUS and chairman of the selection committee for the Professorship, says, “Prof Soo is a tremendous asset to the institution. His foresight and expertise as Vice-Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs at Duke-NUS has led to its rapid development and success. He is an excellent clinician-scientist and revered educator. His continued role at Duke-NUS and SingHealth will further enhance the building and establishing of Duke- NUS as a key component of the academic medical centre at Outram.”