Singapore cardiologist to get honorary degree

PHOTO: Singapore cardiologist to get honorary degree

SINGAPORE - A top Singapore cardiologist will be awarded an honorary doctorate for his outstanding achievements in the medical field.

Dr Leslie Lam will receive the Doctor of Medicine, honoris causa, this Thursday from the chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Maurice Manning and president of University College Dublin Andrew Deeks, who nominated him for the top honour.

He will join six other medical doctors who have been awarded this rare title by NUI in over 100 years. Others include Emeritus Professor of Radiology Adrian Dixon, of the University of Cambridge, and renowned psychiatrist Garrett O'Connor.

"I am honoured and truly humbled to receive this award. Others that came before me were giants in their fields," said Dr Lam, whose practice is at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre.

Dr Lam, 72, earned his degree in medicine from University College Dublin in 1967. He went on to become one of the first doctors to perform balloon angioplasty, a non-invasive heart procedure that uses a balloon to open up narrowed blood vessels of the heart.

He has also been on several trips to Myanmar to train medical staff and donate life-saving equipment. "These trips are usually busy, with many teaching engagements and surgery. I come back tired, but feeling so satisfied because I helped those in need," said the doctor, who is also honorary consultant to Seychelles' health ministry.

Dr Lam has also donated funds to the preservation of Irish literature.

This article was first published on June 16, 2014. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.