Dr Daniel Wai Chun Hang,
MBBS, MRCP (UK), MMed (Int Med)
Dr Wai was born in Hong Kong and took the Ministry of Education scholarship to study
in Singapore, and had decided to make Singapore his home since then. He obtained
his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the National University
of Singapore in 1998. He obtained his membership of the Royal College of Physician
(United Kingdom) and Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) Singapore in 2001. He
subsequently had his advanced specialist training in the Singapore General Hospital
and completed it in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, he went to the Alfred Hospital and
Baker Heart Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia for further training in management
of lipid disorders. He ran the Lipid Clinic upon his return, treating many patients
with hard-to-treat cholesterol problems. In 2010, he was made the Director of the
Obesity and Metabolic Unit of his department, leading a team of doctors, dietitian,
physiotherapist and psychologists to provide the medical and surgical treatment
for obesity and cholesterol problems.
Dr Wai had given over 135 local and international lectures over the years, on topics
on diabetes, cholesterol, obesity and thyroid. The audience ranged from the public,
medical students, physiotherapists, dietitians, traditional Chinese physicians,
cardiologists, ophthalmologists and other internal medicine specialists. He was
Adjunct Assistant Professor of the medical faculty of the National University of
Medicine from October 2010 to Dec 2011.
Dr Wai was active in research and was principle investigator of studies in genetics
of cholesterol, visceral fat, cardiovascular risk factors and thyroid eye disease,
with funding from the National Medical Research Council and Biomedical Research
Council. He was also regularly invited by those research institutes as a reviewer
of research grant application, as well as reviewer of research papers in local and
As interesting as leadership, teaching and research are, Dr Wai remains most passionate
about patient care. He was awarded the Service with A Heart Award by the Singapore
General Hospital 3 times, in recognition of the excellent service he had given to
his patients. He speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Indonesia. He was
regularly interviewed by the Media regarding topics on obesity, diabetes and cholesterol
care (see Media section).
PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS & SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
- Member, Singapore Medical Association, 1999 until now
- Member, Endocrinology & Metabolic Society of Singapore, 2008 until now
- Member, Singapore Association of the Study of Obesity, 2010 until now
- Clinical Tutor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Naitonal University of Singapore,
- Clinical Teacher, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Naitonal University of Singapore,
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Naitonal University
of Singapore, 2010-2011
- Travel Grant for 13th International Symposium on Atherosclerosis, 2003
- Health Manpower Development Plan Fellowship Award, Ministry of Health, 2006
- Service With A Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital, April 2007
- Service With A Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital, March 2009
- 10 Years Long Service Award, Singapore General Hospital, August 2009
- Service With A Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital, Dec 2010
- Wai DC, Ho SC, Seah LL, Fong KS, Khoo DH. Severe Graves' ophthalmopathy after retrobulbar
anesthesia for cataract extraction in a patient with mild stable thyroid eye disease.
Thyroid. 2003 Aug;13(8):823-6.
- Tan CE, Ma S, Wai D, Chew SK, Tai ES. Can we apply the National Cholesterol Education
Program Adult Treatment Panel definition of the metabolic syndrome to Asians? Diabetes
Care. 2004 May;27(5):1182-6.
- Kekulawala JR, Murphy A, D'Souza W, Wai C, Chin-Dusting J, Kingwell B, Sviridov
D, Mukhamedova N. Impact of freezing on high-density lipoprotein functionality.
Anal Biochem. 2008 Aug 15;379(2):213-5.
- Khoo CM, Tan M, Wu Y, Wai CH, Tavintharan S, Lee J, Tai ES. Central obesity and
smoking are key modifiable risk factors for elevated C-reactive protein in Asian
individuals who are not eligible for statin therapy. Nutrition & Diabetes (in press).
- Tan HC, Tai ES, Sviridov D, Nestel P, Ng C, Chan E, Teo Y, Wai DCH. Relationships
between cholesterol efflux and high-density lipoprotein particles in patients with
type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 2011 Nov;5(6):467-73.
Epub 2011 Jun 28.
- Lee SY, Lim CH, Pasupathy S, Poopalalingam R, Tham KW, Ganguly S, Wai CHD, Wong
WK. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a novel procedure for weight loss. Singapore
Med J 2011; 52(11): 794.
- Tham KW, Wai DCH, Dr Eng AEK, Pasupathy S. Metabolic Surgery: A New Approach in
the Treatment of Metabolic Disease of the 21st Century. The Singapore Family Physician;
37(4): (Supp 2): 29-34.
- Tan M, Wai D, Chng CL, Hwang W. Acarbose is an effective treatment for severe hypertriglyceridemia
secondary to L-asparaginase and dexamethasone". Leuk Lymphoma. 2011 Dec 9. [Epub
ahead of print]
- 23 Scientific Paper Presentation in Scientific Meetings
Ng AC, Wai DC, Tai ES, Ng KM and Chan LL. Visceral adipose tissue, but not waist circumference is a better measure of metabolic risk in Singaporean Chinese and Indian men. Nutrition and Diabetes (2012) 2, e38; doi:10.1038/nutd.2012.12. Link:
Khoo CM, Tan LSM, Wu Y, Wai CHD, Subramaniam T, Tai ES, Lee J. Prevalence and control of hypercholesterolaemia as defined by NCEP-ATPIII guidelines and predictors of LDL-C goal attainment in a multi-ethnic Asian population. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore