Care at NUH

Doctor Details

Find a Doctor
Doctor Detail

Adj Prof Poh Kian Keong

Photo of Adj Prof Poh Kian Keong


  • Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore
  • Adjunct Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore





Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Cardiac Imaging (Echocardiography), Cardiology (Heart), General Cardiology, Lipid Disorders

Special Interests:

Contrast echocardiography, Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography, Research and education, Stem cell therapies

Contact Us:

Find Out More:


Adjunct Professor Poh Kian Keong is presently a Senior Consultant and Director of Research at the Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS).

His training in cardiology took place in the Cardiac Department at the National University Hospital. Subsequently, he worked in St Elizabeth Medical Centre, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston on therapies for cardiovascular conditions, including stem cell therapies. He then proceeded to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School for training in echocardiography. He is certified by the National Board of Echocardiography (USA).

Adj Prof Poh graduated with medical degrees from Cambridge University, United Kingdom, obtained his Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine from the National University of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

In addition, Adj Prof Poh is also a Past President of the Singapore Cardiac Society and a Specialist / Cardiologist registered with the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.  He is Chair of the American College of Cardiology Assembly of International Governors and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography.

He has multiple publications including many in high-impact factor journals (such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Cardiology, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the European Heart Journal) and is a reviewer for many international medical journals. He is Editorial Director of PULSE, a bi-annual publication of NUHCS and Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore Medical Journal.  He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and Section Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Asia).

Professor Poh is regularly invited to speak in multiple conferences, including annual scientific meetings of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology and numerous local and regional meetings. He is co-Director of all the 3 American Society of Echocardiography – ASEAN regional meetings and is co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology Asia regional conference in the year 2021.

His interests include general cardiology, lipid disorders, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disorders, and cardiac imaging including contrast and real-time three-dimensional echocardiography.


  • National Research Council Singapore Transition Award 2016-7
  • Singapore Cardiac Society Lecturer Award 2017
  • NUS Fortitude Award 2020
  • NUHS Long Service award (20 years) 2021

Journals & Publications

  1. Natural History of Patients with Ischemia and No Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: the CIAO-ISCHEMIA Study.  Reynolds HR, Picard MH, Spertus JA, Peteiro J, Lopez Sendon JL, Senior R, El-Hajjar MC, Celutkiene J, Shapiro MD, Pellikka PA, Kunichoff DF, Anthopolos R, Alfakih K, Abdul-Nour K, Khouri M, Bershtein L, Belder MD, Poh KK, Beltrame JF, Min JK, Fleg JL, Li Y, Maron DJ, Hochman JS.  Circulation. Accepted.
  2. Plasma Clearance of B-Type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) before and after Bariatric Surgery for Morbid Obesity. Poh KK, Shabbir A, Ngiam JN, Lee PSS, So J, Frampton CM, Pemberton CJ, Richards AM.  Clin Chem. 2021 Mar 31;67(4):662-671. doi: 10.1093/clinchem/hvaa308. PMID: 33788936
  3. Inadequately low left ventricular mass in patients with significant aortic stenosis predicts favourable prognostic outcomes.  Chew NWS, Ngiam JN, Tan BY, Sia CH, Ruan W, Sim HW, Kong WKF, Tay ELW, Yeo TC, Poh KK. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2021 Jan 16. doi: 10.1007/s10554-020-02146-3. Online ahead of print.
  4. COVID-19: local lessons from a global pandemic. Ngiam JN, Tham SM, Vasoo S, Poh KK. Singapore Med J. 2020 Jul;61(7):341-342. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2020097.
  5. Novel Non-Invasive Echocardiography-Derived Left Ventricular Stiffness Index in patients with Low-Flow compared to Normal-Flow Severe Aortic Stenosis with Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction.  Ngiam JN, Chew N, Tan YB, Sim HW, Kong WKF, Yeo TC, Chowdhury SM, Poh KK. Sci Rep. 2020 Jun 3;10(1):9086. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-65758-8.
  6. Comparison of Clinical and Echocardiographic Features of Asymptomatic Patients with Stenotic Bicuspid versus Tricuspid Aortic Valves.  Sia CH, Ho JSY, Chua JJL, Tan BYQ, Ngiam NJ, Chew N, Sim HW, Chen R, Lee RCH, Yeo TC, Kong WKF, Poh KK. Am J Cardiol. 2020 Aug 1;128:210-215. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2020.05.008.
  7. Differences in Clinical and Echocardiographic Profiles and Outcomes of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Versus Sinus Rhythm in Medically Managed Severe Aortic Stenosis and Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction. Chew NWS, Ngiam JN, Tan BY, Sia CH, Sim HW, Kong WKF, Tay ELW, Yeo TC, Poh KK. Heart Lung Circ. 2020 Apr 14:S1443-9506(20)30117-7. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2020.02.018.
  8. A New Non-Invasive Index for Prognosis Evaluation in Patients With Aortic Stenosis. Sim HW, Ngiam NJ, Zhong L, Tan BY, Low LY, Djohan AH, Boey E, Kong WKF, Tan RS, Poh KK. Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 30;10(1):7333. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-63777-z.
  9. Transplantation of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Obese Diabetic Rats Following Myocardial Infarction: Role of Thymosin Beta-4.  Poh KK, Lee PSS, Djohan AH, Galupo MJ, Songco GG, Yeo TC, Tan HC, Richards AM, Ye L. Cells. 2020 Apr 12;9(4). pii: E949. doi: 10.3390/cells9040949.
  10. Initial Invasive or Conservative Strategy for Stable Coronary Disease. Maron DJ, Hochman JS, Reynolds HR, Bangalore S, O'Brien SM, Boden WE, Chaitman BR, Senior R, López-Sendón J, Alexander KP, Lopes RD, Shaw LJ, Berger JS, Newman JD, Sidhu MS, Goodman SG, Ruzyllo W, Gosselin G, Maggioni AP, White HD, Bhargava B, Min JK, Mancini GBJ, Berman DS, Picard MH, Kwong RY, Ali ZA, Mark DB, Spertus JA, Krishnan MN, Elghamaz A, Moorthy N, Hueb WA, Demkow M, Mavromatis K, Bockeria O, Peteiro J, Miller TD, Szwed H, Doerr R, Keltai M, Selvanayagam JB, Steg PG, Held C, Kohsaka S, Mavromichalis S, Kirby R, Jeffries NO, Harrell FE Jr, Rockhold FW, Broderick S, Ferguson TB Jr, Williams DO, Harrington RA, Stone GW, Rosenberg Y; ISCHEMIA Research Group. (Collab: Poh KKN Engl J Med. 2020 Apr 9;382(15):1395-1407. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1915922.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
  • American College of Cardiology, USA
  • American Society of Echocardiography, USA
  • Asean Federation of Cardiology, Asean
  • Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Singapore Medical Association, Singapore

Last updated on
Best viewed with Chrome 79.0, Edge 112.0, Firefox 61.0, Safari 11
National University Health System
  • National University Hospital
  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Alexandra Hospital
  • Jurong Community Hospital
  • National University Polyclinics
  • Jurong Medical Centre
  • National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • National University Heart Centre, Singapore
  • National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore
  • NUHS Diagnostics
  • NUHS Pharmacy
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Back to Top