Lead for Infectious Diseases

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Dr Lim Poh Lian received her BA (cum laude) in Biochemistry from Harvard, MD from Columbia, and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane. She completed internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and infectious diseases fellowship at Tulane, New Orleans. Dr Lim is US Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow), and is ASTMH and ISTM certified in tropical and travel medicine.

Currently, Dr Lim holds the appointment of Senior Consultant in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and Head of Travellers’ Health & Vaccination Clinic (THVC). She serves as Senior Consultant in Ministry of Health (Communicable Disease Division), chairs the National Antimicrobial Taskforce, and is active with the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). Her academic appointments include being Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, NUS.

Dr Lim has a strong interest in travel and tropical medicine, emerging infection outbreaks, care of HIV patients, and general infectious diseases. She moved in 2003 from a successful private practice in Seattle to Singapore. For her work during the SARS outbreak, she was honoured with the National Day Commendation Medal and Courage Star awards.

In addition, Dr Lim is the Singapore site director for GeoSentinel (a joint project of the US CDC and ISTM). Research experience includes being site PI for several international research studies - Esprit, Treat Asia/TAHOD, Artemis, SECONDLINE - and being co-investigator for Encore and Altair. She has published in various peer-reviewed journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Infectious Disease, Emerging Infectious Disease, HIV Medicine, Journal of Travel Medicine and PLoS One.