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Clin Assoc Prof Rukshini Puvanendran

Clin Assoc Prof Puvanendran Rukshini

​MBBS, MMed (Family Medicine) (Spore), Dip (Family Medicine) (NUS), Dip Dermatology (Cardiff), MCFP(S), FCFP(S), GDHML (SMU-SingHealth), GDMH (NUS)

Senior Consultant

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Specialty: Menopause, Family Medicine

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Chronic Disease Management, Menopausal Symptoms, Osteoporosis, Osteoporosis, Weight Management.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Family Medicine Service KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Menopause Unit KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


Dr Rukshini Puvanendran is a Senior Consultant and Assistant Professor in KKH Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests are in Midlife Women’s Health including Menopause and Osteoporosis. She also has an interest in Chronic Disease Management and Weight Optimisation, especially in women keen to conceive and women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. In addition to clinical work, she is also passionate about education of residents and medical student and is core faculty in Duke-NUS Medical School and clinician faculty for Singhealth Family Medicine Residency. She serves as an examiner for doctors sitting for Masters of Medicine and well as Graduate Diploma examinations.

She has been the recipient of many awards including Singapore Health Quality Service Awards, Service from the Heart Awards, Singhealth Long Service Award and Faculty Appreciation Awards.

She also served on several committees, both at Hospital and National Level and has an interest in Patient Safety and Healthcare Improvement.


  • MBBS (National University of Singapore)
  • MMed (Family Medicine)
  • FCFP (Singapore)
  • Dip Dermatology (Cardiff)
  • Grad Dip Mental Health (Singapore)
  • GDHML (SMU- SingHealth)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Consultant KKH 2016 to present
  • Assistant Professor Duke NUS 2012 to present
  • Core Faculty Duke NUS CARE program 2013 to present
  • Clinician Physician Faculty Family Medicine Residency 2013 to present
  • Examiner MMed Examinations 2011 to present
  • Examiner GDFM Examination 2010 to present
  • Member Academic Appointments and Development Committee, FM ACP 2017 to present
  • Member Panel of Family Medicine CME Advisors 2013 to present
  • Member Patient Safety Council KKH: 2016 to present
  • Member Singapore Healthcare Improvement Network 2019 - present
  • Clerkship Coordinator Family medicine Clerkship DukeNUS (2009-2015)
  • Council member and Honorary Assistant Treasurer College of Family Medicine Singapore (2007-2011)
  • Examination Board Member MMed 2007- 2009
  • Examination Committee member GDFM 2011/12
  • Member: SingHealth Cluster Health Manager Workgroup 2013 – 2016
  • Member Singapore Medical Council APOC Certificate of Competence Sub-Committee 2010 to 2016
  • Committee member Cancer Screening Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)
  • Committee member: E Healthbooklet Committee
  • Scientific Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Primary Care Research Congress- WONCA Asia Pacific 2011.


  • Gold Award Recipient: Singapore Health Quality Service Awards 2020 / 2015
  • SingHealth Long Service Award 2018
  • Service from the Heart Award 2013 / 2016
  • Duke-NUS Medical School Faculty appreciation Award 2011 / 2012

Research Interests

  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity management


  • Discharge Planning in Integration of Care: Singapore Family Physician 2011, 37(3) 27-31. Puvanendran R
  • Could peak proteinuria determine whether a patient with dengue fever develop into dengue hemorrhagic/dengue shock syndrome?-A prospective cohort study: BMC Infectious Diseases 2011, 11:212. MS : 5145548835403334 Vasanthwala FFV, Puvanendran R, Fook-Chang S, Ng JM, Suhail SM, Lee KH
  • Screening for Gynecological Cancer: Ministry of Health (Singapore) Cancer screening Clinical Practice Guidelines 2010 52- 65.
  • Pre-participation cardiovascular assessment in adolescent athletes. Singapore Family Physician 36(4) 50-55. Puvanendran R
  • A study of Predictors of Discharge Difficulty from a Tertiary Hospital: SGH Proceedings Volume 18 (2) 49- 55. Puvanendran R, Vasanthwala FF
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis: Clinical Review. Canadian Family Physician 2009 Volume 55 981-87. Puvanendra R, Huey JC, Pasupathy S.
  • Two cases of self- limiting nephropathies secondary to dengue hemorrhagic fever: Singapore Medical Journal 2009: 50(7) e1-3. Fasanthwala FF, Puvanendran R
  • A Case of Significant weight loss and dysphagia due to a ”curse’. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry. 2012, 13 (1) E pub. VasanwalaFF, Tan SY, Puvanendran R,Ng BY
  • What do Medical Students learn when they follow patients from hospital to the community? A qualitative study. Medical Education On Line 2012; 17: 10.3402/meo.v17i0.18899. Published on line 2012 July 10. Puvanendran R, Vasanthwala FF, Kamei R, Lee KH, Lie D.
  • Primary Prevention of osteoporotic fractures in post menopausal women – Utilizing structured patient education and case managers to improve adherence. Gynecological Endocrinology Vol XXXVI 2014 250-254. Puvanendran R, Lee MLJJ, Chua MT, Cheng SJ, Ang SB
  • The Ramifications of At-Own-Risk Discharges in the Palliative Care Setting Journal of palliative care and Medicine 2015 5:4 Loh ALZ, Shi YTJ, Puvanendran R, Menon S, KanesvaranR and Radha KrishnaLK,*
Published abstracts
  • Predictors of Discharge difficulty in hospitalized patients
  • Common Themes in Patients with Discharge Difficulty.
  • A Study of the Preference for Life Sustaining Treatment in the Event of Future Terminal Illness in an Adult Population in Singapore.
  • Advanced Medical Directives in Primary care Setting: Who will sign?
  • The use of proteinuria as a surrogate marker to determine whether the patient will develop dengue shock or dengue hemorrhagic fever.
  • Hypercalciuria as a cause of secondary osteoporosis in a post-menopausal woman for the17th Annual Congress of the Australasian Menopause Society (5205)
  • Primary Prevention of osteoporotic fractures in post menopausal women – Utilizing structured patient education and case managers to improve adherence. 16 congress of gynecological endocrinology
  • Management of osteoporosis in a patient with breast cancer receiving Letrozole (Aromatase inhibitor): A Case Report.

Research Trials