gutCARE, which has four clinics in Singapore, was established with the goal to provide the most up-to-date digestive care for Singaporean residents, expatriates, and medical tourists. It is composed of three gastroenterology specialists, each with specific subspecialist interests and years of further training in their specific field. By pooling their expertise within one practice, they are able to deliver holistic, multidisciplinary care.
The clinic offers a complete range of services for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of all diseases that affect the gut, from the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine, and right through to the colon and rectum, as well as the liver, pancreas, and bile ducts. These include abdominal discomfort, swallowing difficulties, heartburn and acid reflux, digestive infections and cancer, fatty liver, and hepatitis, among others.
The clinic offers common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as those that are not widely available in Singapore such as hydrogen/methane breath testing, motility testing, Fibroscan liver disease assessment, and advanced endoscopy.
Aside from advanced diagnostics and targeted treatment, the clinic also focuses on providing patient-centered care. It advocates patient education, providing complete information about their condition and available treatment options.
<p>Dr. Reuben Wong completed his MBBS degree from the National University of Singapore and was accredited as a gastroenterology specialist by the Ministry of Health in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS). </p> <p>In 2008, Dr. Wong was awarded the Healthcare Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) scholarship. He went on to complete his subspecialty training in the management of complex functional gastrointestinal disorders and oesophageal motility and anorectal manometry testing at the University of North Carolina’s Centre for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders under the mentorship of Professors Douglas Drossman and William Whitehead of the Rome Foundation. </p> <p>Dr. Wong then returned to Singapore and joined the National University Hospital where he led the functional gastroenterology clinic and established the gastroenterology-psychology multi-disciplinary service. He also served as the clinical director of the gastrointestinal motility laboratory. </p> <p>Dr. Wong, who is credited for bringing high resolution monometry to Singapore to enhance the diagnosis and management of oesophageal disorders, is the recipient of numerous local and international awards that recognise his commitment to excellence. These include: </p> <ul> <li>AIA National Achievement Awards for Excellence in Community Service (1993)</li> <li>Singapore Medical Association and Medical Society Excellence Award (1995)</li> <li>Young Investigator Award (2nd Prize), 15th Asia Pacific Association for Study of the Liver (2005)</li> <li>Young Investigator Award, 6th Asia Pacific Digestive Week (2006)</li> <li>NUH Sunny-Side-Up Award (2007)</li> <li>Young Investigator’s Award (Gold) in Clinical Research, NHG Annual Scientific Congress (2009)</li> <li>MOH’s National Healthcare Quality Improvement Merit Award (2012)</li> </ul> <p>Dr. Wong has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on neuro-gastroenterology, <a href="http://www.docdoc.com/info/condition/irritable-bowel-syndrome">IBS</a>, and gastrointestinal motility. He also reviews various local and international medical journals and does volunteer work by serving on the committee for the St. Andrew’s Home for the Aged.</p>
<p>Dr. Chia Chung King is a consultant gastroenterologist with subspecialty interests in the diagnosis and treatment of <a href="http://www.docdoc.com/info/condition/hepatitis-b">hepatitis B</a>, hepatitis C, fatty liver, and other liver-related disorders. He practiced clinical hepatology and general gastroenterology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for 14 years before joining gutCARE Digestive Liver and Endoscopy Associates. </p> <p>He completed his MBBS degree at the National University of Singapore and his MMed in Internal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom in 2002. He then pursued his subspecialty training in liver disorders at King’s College Hospital (London) in 2006 after he was awarded the Singapore’s Ministry of Health’s Healthcare Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) scholarship. </p> <p>Upon his return to Singapore, he served as adjunct associate professor at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. </p> <p>He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS) and Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP).</p>
<p>Dr. Mark Fernandes is a consultant gastroenterologist specialising in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with liver disorders, including hepatitis B and C, liver cancer, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. He also has a clinical interest in monitoring the progression of liver diseases using fibroscan. </p> <p>He completed his MBBS at the University of Edinburgh and advanced specialist training in gastroenterology at the National University of Singapore. In 2008, he received a scholarship from Singapore’s Ministry of Health for his advanced fellowship in percutaneous ablative therapies for HCC and liver transplantation at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan and King’s College Hospital in London. </p> <p>Prior to going into private practice, he served at the National University Hospital as a consultant and clinical tutor. He was also part of the hospital's liver transplant programme. He is now in private practice serving as director and consultant at gutCARE Digestive Liver Endoscopy Associates, which is located at major hospitals in Singapore, including Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Gleneagles Medical Centre, Parkway East Medical Centre, and Mount Alvernia Hospital. </p>
<p>Dr. Jarrod Lee is a consultant gastroenterologist with clinical interests in endoscopy, digestive cancers, and pancreaticobiliary disorders. He is highly trained in advanced endoscopic procedures, including small bowel endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and <a href="https://www.docdoc.com/info/procedure/endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography">endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography</a> (ERCP). His expertise in endoscopy was recognised in 2011 when he won the ASGE (the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) award for endoscopy and became the first doctor from Southeast Asia to earn such honour. </p> <p>He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an MBBS degree in 1998 and was accredited as a gastroenterology specialist in 2009. He then joined Khoo Tech Puat Hospital and was tasked to set up the hospital’s Endoscopy Centre and Division of Gastroenterology. In 2013, he left for private sector and established gutCARE in 2014. </p> <p>Dr. Lee is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom). He is often invited as faculty in local and regional endoscopic workshops and conferences where he lectures on advanced endoscopy, pancreaticobiliary disorders, and digestive cancer.</p>