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Cynthia Goh

Senior Consultant of Palliative Medicine at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)

Cynthia Goh is a senior consultant in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the National Cancer Centre Singapore and associate professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. She is one of the pioneers of hospices in Singapore, starting as a volunteer in 1986. She helped build several palliative care services in the community. She was awarded the Singapore National Award and the Public Service Medal (PBM) for her contributions to hospice care. In 1999, she started the first Department of Palliative Medicine in Singapore at the National Cancer Centre, and headed it till 2011. This led to palliative care services being established in all public sector hospitals in Singapore, and palliative medicine to be recognized as a medical subspecialty in Singapore in 2006. She helped establish the Chapter of Palliative Medicine at the College of Physicians Singapore in 2011. She chairs the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Training Committee of the Specialist Accreditation Board. Cynthia was president of the Pain Association of Singapore from 2001 to 2005 and founding president of the Association of South East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) from 2004 to 2007. She was also council member of the International Association for the Study of Pain from 2008 to 2014 and helped found the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and co-chaired it from 2008 to 2014. Cynthia currently chairs the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) and has been involved in its formation since 1996. Her major interests are in leading APHN projects to help build capacity for palliative care in countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India. She is an accredited specialist in internal medicine and palliative medicine and earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology.