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Prof Paul Anantharajah Tambyah

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  • Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


MBBS (S'pore), Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases


Infectious Diseases

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:


Special Interests:

Clinical trials, investigational agents and nosocomial infections

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2010 - current Assistant DIO, NUHS Residency Program
2009 - current Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Infectious Diseases Society of America
2009 - current Chair, 2nd International Congress of the Infection Control Assn of Singapore
2007 - current Visiting Consultant Singapore Armed Forces
2005 - current Council Member, Western Pacific Society of Chemotherapy
2001 - current Professor of Medicine, NUS

2001 - current Professor, Dept of Medicine, NUS
2006 - current Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, NUH
2004 - current Adj Senior Research Fellow, Defence Science Organisation, Singapore
2003 – 2007 Assistant Dean (Education-Clinical), Faculty of Medicine, NUS
2001 – 2004 Visiting Consultant, Alexandra Hospital, Singapore
2000 – 2006 Consultant, Infectious Disease Physician, Department of Medicine, NUH
2000 – 2001 Asst Professor, Dept of Medicine, NUS
1999 – 2000 Senior Registrar, Dept of Med, NUH
1996 – 1999 Clinical and Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
1993 – 1996 Resident, Weiss Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals
1991 – 1993 Resident, Department of Medicine, NUH
1989 – 1991 Medical Officer, Singapore Armed Forces Medical Services
1988 – 1989 Rotating Internship, Paediatrics, Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, NUH

Other Major Interests: Research and teaching


  • UK Gulf War Medal, Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal for service in the Gulf War in Ops Desert Storm

Journals & Publications

  1. Lee VJ, Yap J, Cook AR, Chen MI, Tay JK, Tan BH, Loh JP, Chew SW, Koh WH, Lin R, Cui L, Lee CW, Sung WK, Wong CW, Hibberd ML, Kang WL, Seet B, Tambyah PA. Oseltamivir ring prophylaxis for containment of 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreaks.N Engl J Med. 2010;362:2166-74.
  2. Tambyah PA. Severe acute respiratory syndrome from the trenches, at a Singapore university hospital. Lancet Infect Dis.2004;4:690-6
  3. Ehrlich HJ, Muller M, Oh HML, Tambyah PA, Joukhadar C, Montomoli E, Fisher DA, Berezuk G,  Fritsch S, Low-Baselli A, Vartian N, Bobrovsky R, Pavlova BG, Pollabauer EM, Kistner O, Barrett N. A Clinical Trial of a Whole-Virus H5N1 Vaccine Derived from Cell Culture. New Engl J Med 2008;358:2573-2584
  4. Tambyah PA, Koay ES, Poon ML, Lin RV, Ong BK; Transfusion-Transmitted Dengue Infection Study Group. Dengue hemorrhagic fever transmitted by blood transfusion. N Engl J Med. 2008;359:1526-7
  5. Tambyah PA, Maki DG. The relationship between pyuria and infection in patients with indwelling urinary catheters: Results of a prospective study of 761 patients. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160:673-7
  6. Ong CW, Hsu LY, Tambyah PA. Corticosteroids for bacterial meningitis. N Engl J Med. 2008 27;358:1399-400
  7. Khor WB, Aung T, Saw SM, Wong TY, Tambyah PA, Tan AL, Beuerman R, Lim L, Chan WK, Heng WJ, Lim J, Loh RS, Lee SB, Tan DT. An outbreak of Fusarium keratitis associated with contact lens wear in Singapore. JAMA. 2006;295:2867-73.
  8. Dan YY, Tambyah PA, Sim J, Lim J, Hsu LY, Chow WL, Fisher DA, Wong YS, Ho KY.Cost-effectiveness analysis of hospital infection control response to an epidemic respiratory virus threat.Emerg Infect Dis. 2009;15:1909-16.
  9. Fisher DA, Lim TK, Lim YT, Singh KS, Tambyah PA. Atypical presentations of SARS. Lancet 2003;361:1740
  10. Tambyah PA, Singh KS, Habib AG, Chia KS, Lim YT. SARS: understanding the coronavirus: accuracy of WHO criteria was similar in a "non-SARS" hospital in Singapore. Brit Med J 2003;327:620

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