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Dr Cho Jiacai

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  • Consultant, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


MBBS (S'pore) 2010, Mmed (NUS) 2013, MRCP (S'pore) 2013



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Special Interests:

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Obstetric Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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Dr Cho obtained his medical degree from the National University of Singapore in 2010 and Masters of Medicine (MMed) and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 2013. He underwent further training in Rheumatology at the National University Hospital and was accredited as a specialist in Rheumatology in 2018. He is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Investigation at the National University of Singapore.

Dr Cho special interest is in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is a member of the Asia Pacific Lupus Association, a multinational organisation of experts in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) that has described the Lupus Low Disease Activity State (About us | Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration). Dr Cho leads several clinical services, including the clinic of obstetric rheumatology that manages pregnancy and fertility issues in patients with rheumatic diseases. Dr Cho has also initiated and led Advance Care Planning in Rheumatology; a service directed to ensure that clinical care is aligned with patients’ hopes and wishes. He is also trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound and has obtained the basic and intermediate certificates of competence from the European Union League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).  

Dr Cho is the lead author of research and scientific papers that have been published in top international peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Arthritis and Rheumatology, Rheumatology (Oxford) and Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism. Dr Cho is a reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (Oxford) and International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Dr Cho is also a reviewer at the ethics review board of the National Healthcare Group Domain Specific Review Board. He is the co-investigator of several international clinical trials for patients with SLE, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Cho has covered the COVID-19 floor and attended to patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 infection. He has furthered research and academic work in COVID-19 by leading a multidisciplinary systematic review on extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19. He has also described COVID-19 infection in among SLE patients in a large international cohort and co-authored the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) COVID-19 Guidelines.

Journals & Publications

  1. Independent associations of lymphopenia and neutropenia in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: a longitudinal, multinational study. Rangi Kandane-Rathnayake, Worawit Louthrenoo, Vera Golder, Shue-Fen Luo, Yeong-Jian J Wu, Aisha Lateef, Jiacai Cho, Zhanguo Li, Yuan An, Laniyati Hamijoyo, Sandra Navarra, Leonid Zamora, Yasuhiro Katsumata, Masayoshi Harigai, Sargunan Sockalingam, Madelynn Chan, Yi-Hsing Chen, Sean O'Neill, Fiona Goldblatt, Yanjie Hao, Zhuoli Zhang, Jun Kikuchi, Tsutomu Takeuchi, Chak Sing Lau, Mandana Nikpour, Eric Morand, Alberta Hoi. Rheumatology (Oxford)- in press. (Impact factor 5.6)
  2. Extrapulmonary Manifestations and Complications of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection: A Systematic Review. Cho J, Lee J, Sia CH, Koo CS, Tan BYQ, Hong WZ, Choi E, Goh X, Chai L, Chandran NS, Chua HR, Chan BPL, Muthiah M, Low TT, Yap ES, Lahiri M. Singapore Medical Journal- in press. (Impact factor 1.36)
  3. COVID-19 infection in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: Data from the Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration. Cho J, Kandane-Rathnayake R, Louthrenoo W, Hoi A, Golder V, Chen YH, Luo SF, Wu YJ, Hamijoyo L, Lau CS, Navarra S, Zamora L, Tee M, Flora A Jr, Li ZG, An Y, Sockalingam S, Katsumata Y, Harigai M, Hao Y, Zhang Z, Kikuchi J, Takeuchi T, Basnayake D, Goldblatt F, Chan M, Ng KPL, Bae SC, Oon S, O'Neill S, Gibson K, Kumar S, Law AHN, Tugnet N, Tanaka Y, Nikpour M, Morand E, Lateef A. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. 2020 Aug 25:10.1111/1756-185X.13937. (Impact factor 1.9)
  4. Detection of putative autoantibodies in systemic lupus erythematous using a novel native-conformation protein microarray platform. Mak A, Kow NY, Ismail NH, Anuar ND, Rutt NH, Cho J, Rosli NSBM, Dharmahidari B. Lupus. 2020 Sep 17:961203320959696. (Impact factor 2.9)
  5. Flares and Disease-related Damage in Late-onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Cho J, Dhanasekaran P, Toh LK, Lateef A. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2019;78:1713. (conference paper)
  6. Dual-energy CT for the diagnosis of sacroiliac and spinal gout. Chew N, Cho J. Joint Bone Spine. 2019 Mar;86(2):259. (Impact factor 3.3)
  7. Predicting Flares in Patients with Stable Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Cho J, Lahiri M, Teoh LK, Dhanasekaran P, Cheung PMP, Lateef A. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2019 Aug;49(1):91-97. (Impact factor 5.1)
  8. Palliative and end-of-life care in rheumatology: High symptom prevalence and unmet needs. Cho J, Lo D, Mak A, Zhou J, Tay SH. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2019 Aug;49(1):156-161. (Impact factor 5.1)
  9. A Woman with Fever and Lymphadenopathy. Cho J, Jong SC, Ng SB. JAMA. 2018 Jun 26;319(24):2552-2553. (Impact factor 45.5)
  10. Osteomalacia secondary to Drug-induced Fanconi Syndrome. Cho J, Cheung PMP. Arthritis and Rheumatology. 2018 Jul;70(7):1168. (Impact factor 9.0)

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