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A/Prof Daniel Goh Yam Thiam

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MBBS (S’pore), MMed (Paeds) (S'pore), FRCPCH (UK), FCCP (US), FAMS

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore​

Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat - National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital
Sub Specialties:
Paediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep
Medical and Surgical Conditions:
Airway (Children), Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis (Children), Asthma (Children), Bronchiolitis (Children), Croup (Children), Neuromuscular Disorders - Nerve and Muscle Disorders (Children), Pneumococcal Disease (Children), Respiratory Distress Syndrome (Children), Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (Children)
Special Interests:
  • Paediatric asthma and allergies
  • Paediatric sleep-related breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
  • Chronic respiratory conditions and other paediatric pulmonary disorders
National University Hospital
National University Health System
Associate Professor Daniel Goh graduated with MBBS at NUS and was trained in paediatrics in Singapore. He subsequently underwent subspecialty training in paediatric pulmonology and sleep at the Johns Hopkins Children's Centre, USA. 

A/Prof Goh is a Fellow of the College of Paediatrics and Child Health (Academy of Medicine, Singapore), Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom) and Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (USA).

In 1994, A/Prof Goh was awarded the Young Investigator's Award at the Singapore-Malaysian Congress of Medicine for his research on allergen sensitisation to local air spora and indoor allergens.

A/Prof Goh is the Past Head of Paediatrics (2007 to 2017) as well as the Immediate Past Paediatric Cluster Chair (from 2012 to March 2019) in NUH. Apart from being a Senior Consultant at the Division of Paediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep at NUH, he is also the Founding Chairman of the Children's Asthma and Allergy Network, better known as the 'I CAN!' programme (a comprehensive programme for the management of asthma and allergies in children).

A/Prof Goh is a Council Member of the College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Singapore, Immediate Past President of the ASEAN Paediatric Federation, Past President of the Singapore Paediatric Society as well as Past President of the Ronald Macdonald House Charity (Singapore).

He is also the chairperson of the Asia-Pacific Paediatric Sleep Alliance (APPSA), Vice-Chair of the Asian Strategic Alliance for the Prevention of Pneumococcal Diseases (ASAP) and Secretary of the Asian Dengue Vaccine Advocacy (ADVA) group.

He is a member of multiple committees and advisory boards at institutional, national and regional levels. He is also a reviewer for many regional and international peer-reviewed journals.

His clinical interests include childhood respiratory conditions such as childhood asthma and allergies, sleep-related breathing disorders in children, paediatric bronchology and fibreoptic bronchoscopy as well as paediatric vaccinology. He has a keen interest in teaching and training the next generation of doctors and paediatricians.

As Principle Investigator
  • 2011 – 2015: Genomewide Association studies for heart disease and allergic rhinitis
    • Funding Agency: NRF – CREATE
  • 2011: Impact of Respiratory Viral Infections in the first 2 years of life on persistent allergic and non-allergic rhinitis in childhood
    • Funding Agency: NUHS Cross Department Collaborative Grant
  • 2011: A Wearable System for the Detection and Recording of snoring for obstructive sleep apnoea-hypnopnoea syndrome  - POC
    • Funding Agency: A*STAR – BMRC
  • 2006 – 2010: The identification and evaluation of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene mutations and polymorphisms in Asians with chronic pulmonary disease
    • Funding Agency: NMRC
  • 2002 – 2005: Evaluation of the effect of a low density gas (Helium) in the alleviation of upper airway obstruction in children with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
    • Funding Agency: NMRC
  • 2000 – 2002: Vomer-adenoidal distance and acoustic reflectometry as measures of upper airway patency: A predictive factor of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome in children.
    • Funding Agency: NMRC

Awards and Honours

  • Young Investigator's Award 1994 at the 28th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine, Singapore Academy of Medicine.
  • Awarded the China Medical Board Fellowship for subspeciality training at the Johns Hopkins Children's Centre in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in 1996.
  • Led a research group in paediatric obstructive sleep apnea syndrome to win the Young Investigator's Award at the Fifth International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology in Nice, France in February 2002.
  • Awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) Fellowship year 2003, Ministry of Health, Singapore. 
  • Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Formation Letter of Commendation for 2005 in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service.

Professional Memberships

  • International Governor (of Singapore) for the American College of Chest Physicians, USA (since 2009)
  • Vice-President and President-Elect, Asean Paediatric Federation (2009 to 2011)
  • President of the Singapore Paediatric Society (since 2004)
  • Vice-President of the College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Singapore (since 2008)
  • Chairman of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Alliance (APPSA) (since 2007)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK)
  • Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians 
  • Member of the Singapore Sleep Society 
  • Founding member and Secretary of the Asian Strategic Alliance for Pneumococcal Disease Prevention (ASAP) 
  • Advisory Board Member of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA) (from 2005 to 2009)
  • Chairperson of the Working Mother's Forum (Singapore) (since 2008)

Research and Publications

  1. Mindell JA, Sadeh A, Kwon R, Goh DY (2015). Relationship Between Child and Maternal Sleep: A Developmental and Cross-Cultural Comparison. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(7):689-96. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv008
  2. Goh DY (2014). Paediatric Services: The Future Direction. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 43(7):343-5.
  3. Jin F, Sattar F, Goh DY (2014). New approaches for spectro-temporal feature extraction with applications to respiratory sound classification. Neurocomputing, 123:362-371. doi: 10.1016/j.neucom.2013.07.033
  4. Mindell JA, Sadeh A, Kwon R, Goh DY (2013). Cross-cultural comparison of maternal sleep. SLEEP, 36(11):1699-706. doi: 10.5665/sleep.3132.
  5. Mindell JA, Sadeh A, Kwon R, Goh DY (2013). Cross cultural differences in the sleep of preschool children. Sleep Medicine, 14(12):1283-9. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2013.09.002
  6. Mindell JA, Bartle A, Wahab NA, Ahn Y, Ramamurthy MB, Huong HT, . . . Goh DY (2011). Sleep education in medical school curriculum: A glimpse across countries. Sleep Medicine, 12(9):928-31. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2011.07.001 
  7. Mindell JA, Sadeh A, Wiegand B, How TH, Goh DY (2010). Cross-Cultural Differences in Infant and Toddler Sleep. Sleep Medicine, 11(3):274-80. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2009.04.012


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