Dr Sum is the Director of KTPH Diabetes Centre. He was instrumental in setting up the Centre in 2001, and since its inception, the centre has developed a whole range of patient care and patient education & empowerment programs and has recently also pioneered the development of a new model of care where advanced practice nurses and other allied health lead in patient consultations. Amongst patients and clinical peers, the KTPH Diabetes Centre has gained a reputation as a centre of excellence in clinical care, teaching & learning, excelling not only in the quality of holistic care but also in its range of programs to deal with complex patients with multiple complications. Importantly, the strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration inculcated from years of interdisciplinary complex patient management, case discussion and learning, will present an excellent opportunity for medical students and graduate trainees to learn the skill and art of team-based management of chronic complex diabetes. The KTPH Diabetes Centre also maintains close links with both private as well as public sector primary care colleagues and has conducted several modular diabetes training courses for primary care doctors and allied health.
In collaboration with Clinical Research Unit, the KTPH Diabetes Centre has in place the processes for conducting clinical research with a steady patient pool providing valuable research material. Over the years, Dr Sum has encouraged the growth of clinical research with significant publications in both local as well as international journals. He continues to make contributions nationally, and is currently in the Workgroup preparing the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetes, and also chairs the Metabolic Research Network, a collaboration between endocrinologists from restructured hospitals, and the Singapore Clinical Research Institute; as well as the Joint Diabetes Collaborative.