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Adj A/Prof Noreen Chan

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  • Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Palliative Care, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


MBBS (University of London), MRCP (UK), FAchPM, FAMS (Int Med and Palliative Med)


Palliative Medicine

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Supportive & Palliative Care Programme (Cope Better)

Special Interests:

The interface between palliative care and oncology, Pain management, Clinical decision making and ethical issues at the end of life, Spirituality in Healthcare, Palliative care education at all levels

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Dr Noreen Chan obtained her medical degrees from the University of London and Royal College of Physicians UK, and completed advanced specialty training with the Sydney Institute of Palliative Medicine, Australia. She was Medical Director and CEO of Dover Park Hospice before joining the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), where she is now the Head and Senior Consultant of the Division of Palliative Care and Lead of the Supportive and Palliative Care Group. 

The Division of Palliative Care serves all NUH patients, regardless of age and diagnosis, or whether the patient is receiving active treatment for the illness. Besides cancer, palliative care is also provided to patients with other serious chronic illness such as kidney or heart failure. 

Her other appointments include:

  • Advance Care Planning Lead, National University Hospital
  • Chair, Chapter of Palliative Medicine, College of Physicians Singapore
  • Chair, Subspecialty Training Committee (SSTC) for Palliative Medicine
  • Undergraduate Medical Education Director for Palliative Medicine, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Journals & Publications

  1. Malhotra C, Xiang L, Ozdemir S, Kanesvaran R, Chan N, Finkelstein EA. A comparison of attitudes toward length and quality of life between community-dwelling older adults and patients with advanced cancer. Psychooncology 2017 Oct;26(10):1611-1617. doi: 10.1002/pon.4344
  2. Yi Ching Yuen, Mei Qi Wan, Jun Hao Tan, Noreen Chan. Drug use evaluation of transdermal fentanyl in a tertiary hospital. Eur J Hosp Pharm 2016;23;6:331-334 Published Online First: 5 February 2016 doi:10.1136/ejhpharm-2015-000834
  3. Chetna Malhotra, Noreen Chan, Jamie Zhou, Hannah B. Dalager, Eric Finklestein. Variation in physician recommendations, knowledge and perceived roles regarding provision of end-of-life care. BMC Palliative Care. 2015; 14: 52. Published online 2015 Oct 26.
  4. Noreen Chan, Sumytra Menon, Cynthia Ruth Goh. Policies on palliative care for older people in Asia. In Palliative Care for Older People: A Public Health Perspective. Eds L Van den Block, G Albers, SP Pereira et al. OUP 2015.
  5. Sheila Payne, Noreen Chan, Andrew Davies, Edward Poon, Stephen Connor, Cynthia Goh. Supportive, palliative, and end-of-life care for patients with cancer in Asia: resource-stratified guidelines from the Asian Oncology Summit 2012. Lancet Oncology 2012; 13: e492–500
  6. Thomas I. Peng Soh, Yi-Ching Yuen, Catherine Teo, Siew-Woon Lim, Noreen Chan, and Alvin Seng Cheong Wong. Targeted Therapy in Advanced Cancer Patients. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2012 September; 15(9): 1-7
  7. Wei Shieng Chieng, Noreen Chan, Soo Chin Lee. Non-directive Genetic Counselling – Respect for Autonomy or Unprofessional Practice? Ann Acad Med Singapore 2011;40: 36-42
  8. Wong AS, Teo C, Lim S, Wong E, Soo RA, Chan N. Targeted therapy at the end of life for patients with advanced cancer. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2010 Aug; 13(8): 945-948
  9. Chair of NMEC (National Medical Ethics Committee) Sub-Committee “Guide on Ethical Handling of Communication in Advance Care Planning” - published September 2010

Professional Memberships

  • Pain Association of Singapore
  • Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network
  • European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC)
  • International Association for Hospice Palliative Care (IAHPC)

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