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Prof Lim Tow Keang

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  • Senior Consultant, Division of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
MBBS (Distinction), M Med (Internal Medicine), FAMS (Respiratory Medicine), Fellow Royal College of Physicians, Edin & Lon
Intensive Care Medicine, Respiratory Medicine
Special Interests:
Improvement in Safety, Quality and Expertise


Outstanding Citizen National Healthcare Group (inaugural), 2005
Star Award (Individual), National University Hospital, 2006
National Medical Excellence Award (Team Leader), 2010
University Medical Center PostGrad Teaching Excellence Award (inaugural), 2011
National University Hospital, Master Clinician Award (inaugural), 2011

Journals & Publications

  • Year in review 2011: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and airway biology. Knight DA, Yang IA, Ko FW, Lim TK. Respirology. 2012 Apr;17(3):563-72.
  • End-of-life care in the general wards of a Singaporean hospital: an Asian perspective. Phua J, Kee AC, Tan A, Mukhopadhyay A, See KC, Aung NW, Seah AS, Lim TK J Palliat Med. 2011 Dec;14(12):1296-301. Epub 2011 Nov 7
  • Short-term mortality among older persons hospitalized for pneumonia: influence of baseline patient characteristics beyond severity of illness. Ding YY, Abisheganaden J, Chong WF, Heng BH, Lim TK. J Hosp Med. 2012 Mar;7(3):211-7. doi: 10.1002/jhm.985. Epub 2011 Oct 26
  • Economic burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Teo WS, Tan WS, Chong WF, Abisheganaden J, Lew YJ, Lim TK, Heng BH. Respirology. 2012 Jan;17(1):120-6.
  • Meat consumption and risk of lung cancer among never-smoking women.Lim WY, Chuah KL, Eng P, Leong SS, Lim E, Lim TK, Ng A, Poh WT, Tee A, Teh M, Salim A, Seow A. Nutr Cancer. 2011;63(6):850-9. Epub 2011 Jul 20.
  • Diagnostic characteristics of clinical prediction models for obstructive sleep apnea in different clinic populations. Khoo SM, Poh HK, Chan YH, Ngerng WJ, Shi DX, Lim TK. Sleep Breath. 2011 Sep;15(3):431-7. Epub 2010 May 4.
  • Polymorphisms in inflammatory pathway genes, host factors and lung cancer risk in Chinese female never-smokers.Lim WY, Chen Y, Ali SM, Chuah KL, Eng P, Leong SS, Lim E, Lim TK, Ng AW, Poh WT, Tee A, Teh M, Salim A, Seow A. Carcinogenesis. 2011 Apr;32(4):522-9
  • Year-in-review 2010: asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis and airway biology.Reddel HK, Lim TK, Mishima M, Wainwright CE, Knight DA. Respirology. 2011 Apr;16(3):540-52
  • Lung Cancer in Chinese Women: Evidence for an Interaction between Tobacco Smoking and Exposure to Inhalants in the Indoor Environment. Tang L, Lim WY, Eng P, Leong SS, Lim TK, Ng AW, Tee A, Seow A. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 May 14.
  • Tiotropium as a first maintenance drug in COPD: secondary analysis of the UPLIFT trial. Troosters T, Celli B, Lystig T, Kesten S, Mehra S, Tashkin DP, Decramer M; Uplift Investigators. Eur Respir J. 2010 Jul;36(1):65-73.
  • The impact of a delay in intensive care unit admission for community-acquired pneumonia. Phua J, Ngerng WJ, Lim TK. Eur Respir J. 2010 Feb 25.
  • The use of a blood conservation device to reduce red blood cell transfusion requirements: a before and after study. Mukhopadhyay A, Yip HS, Prabhuswamy D, Chan YH, Phua J, Lim TK, Leong P. Crit Care. 2010;14(1):R7.
  • Noninvasive and invasive ventilation in acute respiratory failure associated with bronchiectasis.Phua J, Ang YL, See KC, Mukhopadhyay A, Santiago EA, Dela Pena EG, Lim TK. Intensive Care Med. 2010 Apr;36(4):638-47.
  • First endoscopic procedure for diagnosis and staging of mediastinal lymphadenopathy. Khoo KL, Ho KY, Khor CJ, Nilsson B, Lim TK. World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Dec 28;15(48):6096-101.
  • Effect of tiotropium on outcomes in patients with moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (UPLIFT): a prespecified subgroup analysis of a randomised controlled trial. Decramer M, Celli B, Kesten S, Lystig T, Mehra S, Tashkin DP; UPLIFT investigators.  Lancet. 2009 Oct 3;374(9696):1171-8.
  • Metered-dose inhaler with spacer instead of nebulizer during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in Singapore. Khoo SM, Tan LK, Said N, Lim TK. Respir Care. 2009 Jul;54(7):855-60
  • Validation and clinical implications of the IDSA/ATS minor criteria for severe community-acquired pneumonia. Phua J, See KC, Chan YH, Widjaja LS, Aung NW, Ngerng WJ, Lim TK. Thorax. 2009 Jul;64(7):598-603.