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Assoc Prof Gao Fei

Assoc Prof Gao Fei

​PhD (Public Health), CStat, MSc (Statistics), BSc (Mathematics)

National Heart Centre Singapore


Associate Professor Gao Fei, PhD, is a principal medical statistician. Her current research focuses on methods and applications of statistics related to cardiovascular epidemiology. She has a strong interest in public health issues affecting our rapidly ageing population and healthcare burdens associated with aging. Her research areas include heart disease, stroke and cancer, which have had the greatest impact on the aging population.

She is proficient in managing and analysing large-scale prospective studies in cardiovascular disease and cancer. Assoc Prof Gao has collaborated with various medical research projects with clinicians and researchers from the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) and Duke-NUS Medical School. She has authored more than 80 scientific publications.


  • Ph.D. (Public Health), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore 2004
  • Chartered Statistician, The Royal Statistical Society, United Kingdom 2003
  • M.Sc. (Statistics), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 1995 
  • B.Sc. (Mathematics), Hunan Normal University, Hunan, P.R. China 1983

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Prinicpal Biostatistician, National Heart Research Institute Singapore, National Heart Centre Singapore
  • Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore, 2011 to Present


  • ​Projecting Individualized Probabilities of Developing Breast Cancer for Singaporean Women (PI, NMRC/NIG/0048/2008) (2008)

Research Interests

  • ​Applied statistics
  • Cardiovascular disease epidemiology
  • Clinical trial design
  • Quality of life research


  • Associations between Skeletal Muscle and Myocardium in Aging: A Syndrome of "Cardio-Sarcopenia"? Keng BMH, Gao F, Teo LLY, Lim WS, Tan RS, Ruan W, Ewe SH, Koh WP, Koh AS. J Am Geriatr Soc 2019;67(12):2568-2573. 
  • Dissecting Clinical and Metabolomics Associations of Left Atrial Phasic Function by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Feature Tracking. Koh AS, Gao F, Shuang Leng, Jean-Paul Kovalik, Xiaodan Zhao, Ru San Tan, Kevin Timothy Fridianto, Jianhong Ching, Serene Chua, Jian-Min Yuan, Woon-Puay Koh, and Liang Zhong. Scientific Reports 2018; 8(1):8138.
  • Influence of Ethnicity, Age and Time on Sex Disparities in Long-term Cause-specific Mortality after Acute Myocardial Infarction. Gao F, Lam CS, Yeo KK, Machin D, de Carvalho LP, Sim LL, Koh TH, Foo D, Ong HY, Tong KL, Tan HC, Earnest A, Chua T, Chan MY. J Am Heart Assoc 2016;5(10).
  • Impact of the joint association between sex, age and diabetes on long-term mortality after acute myocardial infarction. Gao F, Lam CS, Sim LL, Koh TH, Foo D, Ong HY, Tong KL, Tan HC, Machin D, Wong KS, Chan MY, Chua TS. BMC Public Health 2015;15:308. 
  • Sample size calculations for the design of cluster randomized trials: a summary of methodology. Gao F, Earnest A, Matchar DB, Campbell MJ, Machin D. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2015;42:41-50.

Research Trials