Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Clinical Director, Gastrointestinal Motility Laboratory, National University Hospital
Undergraduate Program Director, Gastroenterology & Hepatology - Senior Residency Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dept of Medicine, Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders, University of North Carolina
Dr Reuben Wong is a Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital (NUH), and an Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS).
He obtained his MBBS from NUS, and attained his MRCP (UK) in 2004. In 2008, Dr Wong became a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He pursued his sub-specialty training at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases under the mentorship of Professors Douglas Drossman and William Whitehead. Dr Wong remains an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at UNC, in recognition of grants secured and continuing collaborations.
As a sub-specialist in Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders, Dr Wong helms the Functional Gastroenterology Clinic and pioneered the first Gastroenterology-Psychology multi-disciplinary service locally. Following his training at UNC, Dr Wong, who is also Clinical Director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Laboratory, introduced the first High Resolution Manometry in Singapore. This laboratory has since established itself as a referral centre and regional training hub.
Dr Wong has research interests and publications over a wide range of subjects, but his forte remains in the realm of gastrointestinal motility, neuro-gastroenterology and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which he actively pursues. Dr Wong also has a special interest and does research in the field of colorectal cancer screening, health systems improvement and physician accessibility. In recognition of his achievements, he has received several accolades, including three Young Investigator Awards and the National Leadership in Academic Medicine Award.
Dr Wong is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education through both teaching and education-based research, and he is the Director for Undergraduate Education in the Department of Gastroenterology. His passion for public outreach sees him serving as the President of the IBS Support Group of Singapore. Dr Wong is also a member of the National Colorectal Cancer screening committee. On the volunteer front, he also serves on the committee for the St Andrew's Home for the Aged and as Vice-President of the St Andrew's Cathedral Servers' Guild.
Specialty and Research Interests
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colonic Motility Disorders
- Esophageal Motility Disorders, Reflux Disease
- Neuro-Gastroenterology & Motility
- Functional Gastroenterology & Hepatology
- Colorectal cancer and screening
- Gastroenterology education and physician accessibility
Awards and Honours
- 2014 CO’s Medal – Singapore Armed Forces
- 2013 National University of Singapore School of Medicine/Dept of Medicine Phase II Best Teacher Award
- 2012 Ministry of Health National Healthcare Quality Improvement Merit Award
- 2012 National University Health System Way Clinical Pathway Improvement Program (CPIP) Merit Award
- 2009 Young Investigator’s Award (Gold) in Clinical Research – NHG Annual Scientific Congress
- 2009 National Leadership in Academic Medicine Award (NLAM)
- 2008 Health Manpower Development Plan Award
- 2008 Good Service Medal – Singapore Armed Forces
- 2007 National Service Excellence Award EXSA (Gold)
- 2007 NUH Sunny-Side-Up Service Award
- 2006 Posters of Distinction (3 posters awarded) – GIHep Annual Scientific Meeting
- 2006 Young Investigator’s Award – 6th Asia Pacific Digestive Week
- 2005 Young Investigator’s Award (2nd prize) – 15th Asia Pacific Association for Study of the Liver
- 1995 Singapore Medical Association and Medical Society Excellence Award (Community Service)
- 1993 AIA National Achievement Awards (for excellence in Community Service)
- 1992 Rotary Club of Singapore West Excellence Award
- 1992 Ministry of Education (Singapore) Scholar
- Wilder-Smith CH, Li X, Shen L, Cao Y, Ho KY, Wong RK. Dysfunctional endogenous pain modulation in patients with functional dyspepsia. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2014 Apr;26(4):489-98. doi: 10.1111/nmo.12291. Epub 2013 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 24351013.
- Wong RK, Wong ML, Chan YH, Feng Z, Wai CT, Yeoh KG. Gender differences in predictors of colorectal cancer screening uptake: a national cross sectional study based on the health belief model. BMC Public Health. 2013 Jul 23;13:677. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-677. PubMed PMID: 23879593; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3726512.
Research findings reported by 32 separate media outlets regionally in South East Asia Oral presentation awarded the GOLD medal Young Investigator’s Award for clinical research at the NHG ASM 2010
- Wong RK, Drossman DA, Bharucha AE, Rao SS, Wald A, Morris CB, Oxentenko AS, Ravi K, Van Handel DM, Edwards H, Hu Y, Bangdiwala S. The digital rectal examination: a multicenter survey of physicians' and students' perceptions and practice patterns. Am J Gastroenterol. 2012 Aug;107(8):1157-63. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2012.23. PubMed PMID: 22858996. Commended by J Church et al in a letter to the editor
- Wong RK, Drossman DA, Weinland SR, Morris CB, Leserman J, Hu Y, Kelapure R, Bangdiwala SI. Partner burden in irritable bowel syndrome. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Feb;11(2):151-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2012.07.019. Epub 2012 Jul 31.
PubMed PMID: 22858730.
Paired editorial/commentary by editor-in-chief B Spiegel.
Research reported in the Straits Times Singapore and the UNC Patient Advocacy Forum
- Wong RK, Drossman DA. Quality of life measures in irritable bowel syndrome. Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010 Jun;4(3):277-84. doi: 10.1586/egh.10.19. PubMed PMID: 20528115.
- Wong RK, Palsson OS, Turner MJ, Levy RL, Feld AD, von Korff M, Whitehead WE. Inability of the Rome III criteria to distinguish functional constipation from constipation-subtype irritable bowel syndrome. Am J Gastroenterol. 2010
Oct;105(10):2228-34. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2010.200. Epub 2010 May 25. PubMed PMID: 20502449; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3786710.
Paired editorial by AC Ford citing this as a landmark article influencing the future Rome criteria definitions
- Wong RK, Tan JS, Drossman DA. Here's my phone number, don't call me: physician accessibility in the cell phone and e-mail era. Dig Dis Sci. 2010
Mar;55(3):662-7. doi: 10.1007/s10620-009-1089-5. Epub 2010 Jan 26. PubMed PMID: 20101461.
- Wong RK, Yeoh KG, Gwee KA, Tay HW, Ho KY. Validation of structured scoring using the LA classification for esophagitis and endoscopically suspected Barrett's esophagus in a tertiary Asian endoscopy center. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 Jan;24(1):103-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2008.05680.x. Epub 2008. Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 19054260.
Oral presentation awarded the Young Investigators Award at Asia Pacific Digestive Week 2006
Poster of Distinction at GIHep 2005
- Wong RK, Lim SG, Wee A, Chan YH, Aung MO, Wai CT. Primary biliary cirrhosis in Singapore: evaluation of demography, prognostic factors and natural course in a multi-ethnic population. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Apr;23(4):599-605. Epub 2007 Jul 20. PubMed PMID: 17645483.
Oral presentation awarded the Young Investigators Award at the APASL conference 2005
Poster of Distinction at GIHep 2005
- Wong RK, Cao Y, Song GH, Wong J, Ho KY. Melatonin regulation as a possible mechanism for probiotic (VSL#3) in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a randomized double blinded placebo study. Dig Dis Sci. 2014 [in press]