“With people living longer, the quality of one’s physical and mental health becomes increasingly important. Having witnessed the devastating effects of chronic illnesses such as heart failure, stroke and dementia, I am keen to do my part to help reduce the impact of these conditions. Medical education for the public to promote a healthy lifestyle is an ongoing challenge which I continue to embark upon.”
Dr. Liew enjoys learning about how historical events and scientific inventions have helped shape the present and future. He has always felt a need to contribute positively to society and chose to become a cardiologist as this allowed him greater diversity to both look after patients with serious heart conditions as well as reach out to the general public who may not yet have been diagnosed with heart disease but have increased risk. Dr. Liew champions medical education for the public to promote a healthy lifestyle and increase awareness of heart diseases. He enjoys playing tennis, cycling and swimming and puts into practice what he advocates to his patients by exercising three to four times a week.
Dr. Liew is a senior consultant cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. He studied medicine at Cambridge University, UK, and obtained his Bachelor (BA) and Master (MA) degrees in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He completed his clinical studies at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London, UK graduating with distinction in 1997. He undertook his cardiology training at the Royal Brompton Hospital and subspecialty training in cardiac arrhythmias at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and St. George’s Hospital. Dr. Liew received his UK Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in 2008 and was appointed Consultant Cardiologist and Senior Consultant Cardiologist at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He currently practices at Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre.
Dr. Liew is widely recognized regionally and internationally in the field of heart rhythm disorders and was involved in some of the early pioneering clinical studies in the UK validating the use of 3D-mapping systems and cryoablation to treat complex cardiac arrhythmias. He established the first 3D mapping system for cardiac arrhythmias and performed the first cryoballoon catheter ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation in the private sector in Singapore. Dr. Liew is also a cardiac device implantation specialist, and inserts cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices.
With his extensive training in the UK and contributions to research in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, he was elected:
Dr Liew has a strong track record in both clinical and translational research and was formerly Deputy Director of the Research and Development Unit at NHCS. He is a member of the Research Committee for the Singapore Heart Foundation and the Basic Science Committee of the Asian Pacific Heart Rhythm Society and a former Associate Editor for Heart and the ASEAN Heart Journal.
Dr. Liew was awarded the prestigious British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellowship from 2000 to 2003 and obtained a PhD from Imperial College London for his research on the arrhythmic actions of oestrogens on the heart. His research interests include atrial fibrillation, sudden cardiac death and the use of stem cells in cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Liew has been invited to be a guest and keynote speaker at many national and international meetings and has published over 100 papers and abstracts in high impact peer-reviewed journals. He is a keen health educator and continues to give talks at regional and international meetings on heart disease and heart rhythm disorders.