Dr Yew Tong Wei is a Senior Consultant and the Diabetes Clinical Service Director at the Division of Endocrinology, National University Hospital, and an Assistant Professor at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
Recognising the challenges and complexity faced by individuals living with diabetes, Dr Yew champions the delivery of person-centred, integrated and individualised diabetes care. As Deputy Director for the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, National University Health System (NUHS), he leads the 'Year of Care’ program at NUH, which aims to transform clinic consultations into meaningful conversations, to promote shared decision making and better support for self-management. He plays an active role in extending the program to primary care through the Patient Activation through Community Empowerment/Engagement for Diabetes Management (PACE-D) program, in collaboration with colleagues from the National University Polyclinics. He has served as a resource panellist for the Patient Engagement Working Group for War on Diabetes, and member of the Care Team Education Workgroup for Ministry of Health, Singapore.
He also has keen interests in the area of gestational diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy and thyroid disorders in pregnancy. He was lead investigator for the SMART-GDM study, the largest randomised control trial using a smartphone coaching app among women with gestational diabetes, which showed better glycaemic control and neonatal outcomes. He was awarded the National Medical Research Council Individual Research Grant - New Investigator Grant in 2016, and the NUHS Clinician Scientist Programme Award in 2017.
Dr Yew is Program Director for the NUHS Endocrinology Senior Residency Program and previously core faculty member of the NUHS Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is a passionate teacher actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. He was named the ‘Best Young Educator’ in the Residents’ Choice Awards for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014, and received the UMC Teaching Award (Outstanding Tutor for Phase 3 Medicine Posting) in 2016/2017.
He is past treasurer and executive committee member of the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore. In his free time, he enjoys doing Chinese calligraphy and seal carvings, and his artwork has been exhibited internationally. He also contributes regularly to columns in print media where he writes about heart-warming stories he has encountered in the course of his work.
Dr Yew graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya in 2005. He was subsequently conferred Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (United Kingdom) and completed Advanced Specialty Training in Endocrinology at the National University Hospital, Singapore. He received the Academic Medicine Development Award to pursue a fellowship in integrated diabetes care at the Medical Research Institute, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Scotland from 2014–2015.