> Public Forum | Lecture By: Dr Ho Kok Yuen Consultant, Pain Medicine & Anaesthesiology, Dr Nicholas Chua Consultant, Pain Medicine & Anaesthesiology
Topic 1: Helping Patients Walk Again: Treating Pain and Paralysis
Dr Nicholas Chua Consultant, Pain Medicine & Anaesthesiology | MBBS (NUS, S’pore) MMed (Anaes) (NUS, S’pore)
Dr Nicholas Chua is the Clinical Consultant of Advanced NeuroStimulation and the Medical Director of Specialist Pain International Clinic in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) where he also obtained his Masters of Medicine (Anaesthesiology). He has been conferred a Ph.D by the Radboud University Medical Centre of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His completed doctorate thesis (PhD) is titled “QST observations in Chronic Neck Pain: Towards a mechanism-orientated approach to Cervicogenic Headache”. Dr Chua completed his Fellowship of Interventional Pain Physician (FIPP) accreditation in 2007 by the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in Memphis-Tennessee, USA. He is a certified Diplomate with the American Academy of Pain Management (Dipl.AAPM).
Dr Chua is the current President of the Pain Association of Singapore. He sits on the Board of Examinations, FIPP-World Institute of Pain (WIP) since 2015. He was part of the organising scientific committee of the 7th and 8th World Congress of Pain held in Maastricht, The Netherlands (2014) and New York, USA (2016) respectively. Dr Nicholas Chua is an active reviewer for various journals and serves as an Associate Editor in the journal Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Spine & Neurosurgery and World Journal of Anesthesiology.
Topic 2: New Solutions for Chronic Pain: Can Nerve Signals be Blocked?
Dr Ho Kok Yuen Consultant, Pain Medicine & Anaesthesiology | MBBS, MMed (Anaesthesiology), FAMS, FIPP
Dr Ho Kok Yuen is the Clinical Consultant of Advanced NeuroStimulation and the Medical Director of The Pain Clinic at Mt Alvernia Medical Centre. He is also the Clinical Director for Pain Management Service at Raffles Hospital. Dr Ho holds an MBBS and MMed (Anaesthesiology) from the National University of Singapore. He completed a Pain Management Fellowship at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, USA, and is a certified Diplomate with the American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM).
He is the South-East Asian Section Chair for the World Institute of Pain (WIP), having completed his Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) with the WIP in 2006. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters on pain and anaesthesia. He has given more than 200 lectures at regional and international conferences and instructs regularly at interventional pain cadaver workshops.
Topic 3: Move It or Lose It: Importance of Physiotherapy
Ms Sarah Quah Chronic Pain Physiotherapist | BSc (Physiotherapy), Curtin University of Technology
Ms Sarah Quah is the Director of Specialist Rehab. She graduated from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy). She previously worked in Tan Tock Seng Hospital in the Musculoskeletal Outpatient department for more than 5 years and has been in the private setting since. She has more than 12 years of clinical experience and is also a qualified Clinical Pilates practitioner. Sarah’s interests and professional experience lie in the area of chronic pain management, clinical pilates and musculoskeletal conditions which include lumbopelvic, neck and shoulder pain.
She also has a special interest in ergonomics and posture-related disorders. She is a strong advocate for core stability and uses Clinical Pilates to help her patients achieve better, pain-free spinal health. In her pursue of excellence, Sarah embarked on a new modality focusing on active lower limbs rehabilitation. By acquiring the lokomat, lower limbs muscles could be strengthened to enable them to stand and walk again with or without walking aids or assistance depending on the level of muscle atrophy/wastage.
Mr Fahmi Ahmad NeuroRehab Physiotherapist | BSc (Physiotherapy), Trinity College Dublin
Mr Fahmi Ahmad is qualified with an Honours Degree in Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin. He previously worked in Tan Tock Seng Hospital for over 5 years before moving on to private practice. Fahmi has invaluable experience in working with patients in various areas such as Neurological, Geriatrics, Cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal pre and post surgical rehabilitation.
Due to his keen interest in rehabilitative technologies, he later went on to specialize in Neurological Rehabilitation and continued working at the Centre of Advanced Rehabilitative Technologies (CART) at TTSH where he learned how to combine robotics and virtual reality technologies with regular rehabilitation aimed at achieving optimal outcomes for patients.With a belief that rehabilitation should be motivating, engaging and fun, Fahmi believes that Rehabilitative Technologies will be the future in this modern era.