Chua Mei Chien
Dr Chua Mei Chien
KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Medicine: Dept of Neonatology
Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology; Head of Special Care Nursery
MBBS, M Med (Paeds), MRCP

Dr Chua Mei Chien is a Consultant Neonatologist at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She obtained her basic medical degree (MBBS) from the National University of Singapore in 1994. She passed her postgraduate Pediatrics examinations, MMed (Paeds) (S’pore) and MRCP (Paeds) (UK), in 1998. She was accredited as a specialist in 2003. In 2004, she was awarded the Human Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Fellowship for Neonatology –Gastroenterology by the Ministry of Health and she spent one year at Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital training under Professor Geoffrey Davidson and A/Prof Ross Haslam.

 Dr Chua’s special area of interest is in neonatal nutrition, especially nutrition of the preterm infant. She is responsible for the feeding protocol of the department and is also an active member of the hospital’s Neonatal Nutrition Committee. She is an active breastfeeding advocate and is currently the First Vice President of the Association for Breastfeeding advocacy (Singapore).
She has research collaborations with the Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) based in Adelaide and also supervises Dietetic students from Flinder’s University. She is a Clinical Teacher of Yong Loo Lin school of Medicine, National University of Singapore and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.
Dr Chua was awarded the National Excellent Service Award (EXSA)-GOLD in 2006 and KKH Service From The Heart in 2007 for excellence in patient care. Her clinical project “Proactive Actions to Increase Successful Exclusive Breastfeeding” won the National TEAM Excellence Award 2009 and the SingHealth Merit CPIP Award 2009
Currently, she is heading 2 industry sponsored trials investigating the effect of cow’s milk hydrolysate on allergy prevention. Her latest publication is “Higher protein and energy intake is associated with increased weight gain in preterm infants.’(J Paediatr Child Health 2010 Jan 26)
  •  MBBS (S’pore) – 1994
  • M Med (paeds) (S’pore) – 1998
  • MRCP (paeds) (UK) – 1998
  • Accreditation as a Specialist in Paediatric Medicine
Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships
  • Consultant, Dept of Neonatology – 1st May ’06 till present
  • Department Medical Officer Orientation Programme Coordinator – 2005 till present
  • Clinical Faculty Scheme-Clinical Teacher – 2001 till present
  • Department Co-ordinator for Duke Graduate Medical School (Paediatric Clerkship) - 2007
  • Singapore Medical Association  (Member) – 1996 till present
  • Singapore Paediatric Society (Member) – 1996 till present
  • Association for Breast feeding Advocacy (Singapore) (1st Vice President)– 2006 till present
  • KKH Breast feeding Promotion Committee – 2000 till present
  • VLBW Clinical Pathway Committee – 2002 till present
  • Home Care Team (Paediatric and Neonatal) – 2006 till present
  • 6th Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Society of Neonatal Screening Organising Committee-Treasurer – 2007

1987       -               Prime Minister’s Book Prize

                                Prize awarded in recognition of excellence in academic work and languages


2006       -               National Excellent Service Award (EXSA)-GOLD


2007       -               Service From The Heart (KKH)


Apr 2009 -             CPIP project Proactive Actions to Increase Successful Exclusive Breastfeeding (PRAISE Breastfeeding)  17th PI Forum KKH Runner up


Oct 2009 -             CPIP project Proactive Actions to Increase Successful Exclusive Breastfeeding (PRAISE Breastfeeding) TEAM Excellence Silver Award


Mar 2010 -             CPIP Merit Project Award for PRAISE breastfeeding

Publications and Research Trials

a) Conference Papers

1. Use of central venous lines in paediatrics--a local experience Presented at the 4th Pediatric Scientific Meeting on “ Challenges in Child Health” --Chapter of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine, and Singapore Paediatric Society Meeting 1995

2. Natural History of ASD diagnosed in the Neonatal Period Presented at the 36th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine -- Golden Jubilee of the Singapore Paediatric Society in conjunction with the 36th Annual Combined Surgical Meeting 2002

3. Improving the Nutritional Intake of the VLBW Infant
Singapore Clinical Quality Improvement Forum
Marina Mandarin Singapore 7th October 2005
-2nd runner up
-2nd Author of poster

4. To Improve The Nutritional Intake of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant KKH 2nd Combined Annual Scientific Meeting 7th to 8th July 2006

5. Improving The Nutritional Intake of the VLBW Infant
47th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Research 7th to 10th October 2006

6. Outcome of Nutritional Intervention on Growth of Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) Infants
KKH 3rd Combined Annual Scientific Meeting 6th to 8th July 2007

8. To Increase Usage of Expressed Breast Milk (EBM) in the Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) Infant Population by 15% Over a Six-Month Period SingHealth Quality Convention 2007

9. Comparison of Intake and Growth in Infants <33 weeks Gestation.
PSANZ 2008

10. Characterising The Nutritional Intake of Preterm Infants Born < 33 weeks gestation
KKH ASM 2009


b) Referred Journals

1. Use of central venous lines in paediatrics--a local experience. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 1998 May;27(3):358-62.

2. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome from Maternal Cough Mixture Ingestion Perinatology 2004, Vol 6(1):37-40

3. Natural History Of Atrial Septal Defects Diagnosed in the Neonatal Period-accepted for publication in the next issue of the Singapore Paediatric Journal

4. Higher protein and energy intake is associated with increased weight gain in preterm infants
J Paediatr Child Health 2010 Jan 26

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