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Clin Asst Prof Chua Kim Chai

Clin Asst Prof Chua Kim Chai

MBChB, MRCS (Glasg), FRCSEd (CTh)

Senior Consultant

National Heart Centre Singapore

Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clinical Interest: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery National Heart Centre SingaporeNational Heart Centre Singapore


Clinical Assistant Professor Chua Kim Chai graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2005 and started his surgical training soon after. He obtained his MRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) and FRCS in Edinburgh in 2009 and 2015 respectively. Clin Asst Prof Chua is professionally licensed by the Singapore Medical Council (Specialist Registration) and the Medical Protection Society.

From 2007 to 2011, Clin Asst Prof Chua was a Medical Officer in various local hospitals and he joined National Heart Centre Singapore as a Registrar in the Cardiothoracic Surgery department thereafter in late 2011. In February 2016, he was promoted to Associate Consultant in the same department, to Consultant in May 2018, and subsequently a Senior Consultant in May 2023. He is actively involved in the training for residents in the residency programme.

Clin Asst Prof Chua has also presented in a variety of regional and international conferences, for instance sharing about his experience in NHCS on Axial Flow LVAD at the 15th Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital Annual Academic Meeting (China), in 2014. His focus of interest is in minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) and has completed an MICS sub-specialty training in Canada in 2019. He has also contributed in the publishing of several medical articles alongside other doctors.


  • Clinical Fellowship in minimally invasive cardiac surgery and TAVI, 03/2019 - 02/2020
  • FRCSEd (CTh) 2015
  • MRCS (Glasg) 2009
  • MBChB 2006

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, NHCS, May 2023 - Present
  • Consultant, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, NHCS, May 2018 - April 2023
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, October 2020 – Present
  • Clinical faculty member, NHCS CTS Residency Program 2016- present
  • Clinical Lecturer, NUH YLL School of Medicine, 2014 - 2016


  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Gold) 2019
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Silver) 2018
  • SingHealth Long Service Award 2018
  • Productivity Award 2013-2018
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Gold) 2015
  • National Heart Center Quality Service Award (Bronze) 2014
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Silver) 2014

Research Interests


  • ​Is it possible to predict the risk of ischaemic bowel after cardiac surgery? Kok Hooi Yap; Kim Chai Chua; See Lim Lim; Yoong Kong Sin. Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery 2014
  • Contained Rupture in a HeartMate II® Device's Outflow Graft Bend Relief Disconnection. Chua Kim Chai, Tan Teing Ee, Lim Chong Hee, Kerk Ka Lee, Sivathasan Cumaraswamy. Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals 2014
  • Does preoperative statin therapy prevent postoperative atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing cardiac surgery? Sean L. Goh, Kok H. Yap, Kim C. Chua and Victor T.T Chao. Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery 2014
  • HeartWave Implantation with Outflow Graft Anastomosis to the Descending Aorta via Left Thoracotomy. Kim Chai Chua, Kok Hooi Yap, Yi Chuan Yap, Sivathasan Cumuraswamy, Teing Ee Tan. JSM Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017
  • IL-11 is a crucial determinant of cardiovascular fibrosis. Schafer S, Viswanathan S, Widjaja AA, Lim WW, Moreno-Moral A, DeLaughter DM, Ng B, Patone G, Chow K, Khin E, Tan J, Chothani SP, Ye L, Rackham OJL, Ko NSJ, Sahib NE, Pua CJ, Zhen NTG, Xie C, Wang M, Maatz H, Lim S, Saar K, Blachut S, Petretto E, Schmidt S, Putoczki T, Guimarães-Camboa N, Wakimoto H, van Heesch S, Sigmundsson K, Lim SL, Soon JL, Chao VTT, Chua YL, Tan TE, Evans SM, Loh YJ, Jamal MH, Ong KK, Chua KC, Ong BH, Chakaramakkil MJ, Seidman JG, Seidman CE, Hubner N, Sin KYK, Cook SA. Nature. 2017 Dec 7;552(7683):110-115
  • Factors Determining Fast-Track Failure Post Cardiac Surgery. YC Tham, Zihui Tan, Jinghui Chen, SY Chia, KC Chua, Kenny Sin and Shah Shitalkumar. Annals of Heart, 3(1):55-59, Nov 2018

Research Trials