Mission & History

Mission Statement

The University Medicine Cluster is dedicated to providing excellent care of adult patients suffering from the full spectrum of medical diseases, and advancing the health of the community at large through its quality staff who are champions of best clinical practices, leaders in education of the current and future generations of doctors, and discoverers of new knowledge and thoughts.


The Department of Medicine was one of the first units of the original King Edward VII College of Medicine in the early 20th century. The Department of Medicine (Medical Unit I and II), NUH moved from the Singapore General Hospital and was first headed by the late Professor Chan Heng Leong. He was succeeded by Professor Tan Yew Oo, followed by Professor Tan Chorh Chuan (currently serving as the President, NUS) and A/Professor Benjamin Ong, (currently serving as the Chief Executive, NUHS). The current Head of Department is Professor Ho Khek Yu.

After the merger of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and the National University Hospital to form the National University health System (NUHS) in April 2008, the Department has now been reorganized as the University Medicine Cluster. The Cluster leverages on the synergies in administration, operations and clinical service between the School and hospital. As such, it is able to offer both basic and advanced medical sub-speciality training in a wide range of disciplines, and has been very active in various collaborative research areas. In particular, the Cluster has been able to develop a stroke unit, a diabetic care centre, and a liver transplantation programme in conjunction with the other disciplines. Today, we strive to be an Academic Medical Center delivering excellent clinical service, medical education & training as well as opportunities for clinical and translational research.