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 interest in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B and 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 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) in 1997 and Master in Internal Medicine in 2002 at the National University of Singapore. Following the completion of his training in internal medicine and gastroenterology, he pursued his fellowship in liver disorders at King’s College Hospital (London) under the Singapore’s Ministry of Health’s Healthcare Manpower Development Programme (HMDP). He earned his membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP) in 2002 and was subsequently conferred Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of the Edinburgh (FRCP) and Academy of Medicine of Singapore (FAMS). </p> <p>He is a former adjunct associate professor at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He was given the Best Teacher Award in 2005 and 2006 and was hailed one of the Top Ten Teachers for the division of medicine in 2010-2011. </p> <p>Dr. Chia is an avid researcher and has published in a number of local and international journals. He has also presented at various scientific meetings, including the Gastroenterology Society of Singapore Annual Scientific Meeting in 2004, Pacific Medical Education Conference in Singapore in 2012, and Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress in 2013. For his research efforts, he has been awarded the National Foundation of Digestive Diseases Young Researcher Award in 2004.</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 trained in advanced endoscopic procedures, including small bowel endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). He became the first doctor from Southeast to win the Asia American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Award in 2011. </p> <p>Dr. Jarrod Lee treats and manages a wide range of gastrointestinal and liver conditions and disorders, including gastroenteritis, cirrhosis, small bowel cancer, alcoholic liver disease, gastric cancer, diverticulosis, gastroparesis, oesophagitis, acute ascending cholangitis, hepatitis, acute liver failure, and rectal cancer. </p> <p>He graduated from the National University of Singapore with his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) in 1998. He then joined the National University Hospital for his training in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He 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 gastroenterology division. Dr Lee then left for private practice and established gutCARE Digestive.Liver.Endoscopy Associates in 2014. The clinic is now located at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Gleneagles Medical Centre, and Mount Alvernia Hospital. </p> <p>Dr. Jarrod Lee is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP) and Gastroenterological Society of Singapore. 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>