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Asst Prof Teng Tiew Hwa Katherine

Asst Prof Teng Tiew Hwa Katherine

MPH, PhD                          

National Heart Centre Singapore


Assistant Professor Katherine Teng Tiew Hwa is a cardiovascular epidemiologist, with a background in public health and international business. Her PhD through the University of Western Australia enhanced the body of knowledge on the epidemiology of heart failure in the southern hemisphere. Thereafter, she undertook further post-doctoral training in health economics. Prior to her career in research, she has held regional positions for multi-national corporations, dealing in medical devices in fields of interventional radiology, cardiology, resuscitation, emergency medicine and therapeutics.

While in Australia, Asst Prof Teng worked with large population-based linked datasets from the State and Commonwealth levels (including Medical Benefits Scheme data for primary/specialist care and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for medications data). Five years ago, she returned to Singapore, as a leader for cardiovascular trials/ research in Asia. She worked as a team member for Professor Carolyn Lam, who is a Principal Investigator for the ASIAN-HF registry and the Asian Diabetes Outcome Prevention Trial and is internationally renowned for her work in heart failure and cardiometabolic diseases. Through extensive collaborative networks, the international team will address knowledge gaps in diabetes, heart failure (and its phenotypes), cardiovascular diseases (and related comorbidities) and its variation among ethnicities, geographical regions, vulnerable subgroups, by using rich contemporary registry and trial data from Asia and across the globe.


  • Master in Health Administration (in economics, on-going, Curtin University, Australia)
  • PhD (Public Health, University of Western Australia, 2010)
  • Master in Public Health (Curtin University, 2006)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Marketing (Strathclyde University, 2000)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (National University of Singapore, 1987)
  • Bachelor of Science (in Pharmacy) (National University of Singapore, 1981)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Research Fellow, National Heart Research Institute Singapore, National Heart Centre Singapore
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia



  • Scientific awards: World Congress of Cardiology Travelling Fellowship (2014), travel award to AHA Scientific Sessions (2008) 
  • Current and Previous Support from NMRC or other sources: National Heart Foundation (Australia) scholarship, University of Western Australia SIRFs PhD scholarship 


  • National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Singapore CTG-ICT: Asian Diabetes Outcomes Prevention Trial (ADOPT). CSP Lam (Principal Investigator), YM Bee (Co-Investigator), C Chandramouli (Co-Investigator) et al. My role as a collaborator (economic component) – S$1.5 million (in 2019)
  • NMRC (Singapore) Heart-Brain Connection: Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Heart Failure. YH Dong, R Seet, CSP Lam, TW Lim, B Chakraborty, YH Chan, Palash Gosh, E Ting, THK Teng, WT Tay. My role in economic component –S$825,000 (in 2018).
  • Feasibility study to explore heart-brain biomarker correlates of cognitive impairment in atrial fibrillation (National University Health System). Dong YHC, Lim TW, Sharma V, Lai M, Drum C, Ting E, Xu J, Lam CSP, Teng THK, Tay WT. S$150,000 (in 2017).
  • A Collaborative CG Program between NHCS and NUHCS - IMplementing a PArtnership for Cardiovascular Trials (IMPACT). Principal investigators: (NHCS) Prof Carolyn Lam, Prof Stuart Cook, A/Prof Tan Ru San, Dr Calvin Chin, A/Prof Yeo Khung Keong, Prof Derek Hausenloy, Dr Ding Zee Pin. (NUHCS) A/Prof Ling Lieng Hsi, A/Prof Chai Ping, Prof Mark Richards, Roger Foo, A/Prof Ronald Lee, Dr Tan Li Ling, A/Prof Mark Chan. Heart Muscle Theme - ASIAN-HF project: (NUHCS) Prof Mark Richards;(NHCS) Dr Katherine Teng Tiew-Hwa, Dr Tay Wan Ting, Dr Jasper Tromp. S$$ 7 mil ($3.5 mil NHCS, $3.5 mil NUHCS).
  • NHMRC (AUS) -Thompson SC, Katzenellenbogen JM, Hobbs M, Sanfilippo F, Geelhoed E, Bessarab D, Thompson P, Durey A, Somerford P, Dimer L, Hung J, Davidson PM, Shilton T, Teng THK, Maiorana A, Knuiman M, Bradshaw P. More informed action to improve Aboriginal heart health in Western Australia. NHMRC #1031057  (A$1.3 million, 2012-2014)

Research Interests

  • Health services research (on chronic diseases)
  • Evidence-based therapy
  • Epidemiology of cardiometabolic diseases
  • Epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases and related risk factors


  • Effects of combined RAAS inhibitor and beta-blocker treatment on outcomes in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction: Insights from BIOSTAT-CHF and ASIAN-HF registries. W Ouwerkerk, THK Teng, J Tromp, WT Tay, JG Cleland, DJ van Veldhuisen, K Dickstein, LL Ng, CC Lang, SD Anker, F Zannad, CL Hung, JPS Sawhney, A Naik, W Shimizu, N Hagiwara, GS Wander, I Anand, AM Richards, AA Voors, CSP Lam. Eur J Heart Fail 2020
  • THK Teng, J Tromp, WT Tay, I Anand, W Ouwerkerk, V Chopra, GS Wander, JJL Yap, MR MacDonald, CF Xu, YMF Chia, W Shimizu, ASIAN-HF investigators, AM Richards, A Voors, CSP Lam. Prescribing patterns of evidence-based heart failure pharmacotherapy and outcomes: Insights from ASIAN-HF. Lancet Global Health Sep;6(9):e1008-e1018. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30306-1.  
  • A Comprehensive Population-Based Characterization of Heart Failure With Mid-Range Ejection Fraction (HFmrEF). AS Koh, WT Tay, THK Teng, O Vedin, L Benson, U Dahlstrom, G Savarese, CSP Lam, LH Lund. Eur J Heart Fail. 2017 Dec;19(12):1624-1634. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.945. Epub 2017 Sep 25
  • Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction in Asia. Tromp J, Teng THK, Tay WT, Hung CL, Narasimhan C, Shimizu W, Park SW, Liew HB, Ngarmukos T, Reyes EB, Siswanto BB, Yu CM, Zhang S, Yap J, MacDonald M, Leineweber K, Richards AM, Zile MR, Anand IS, Lam CSP. Eur J Heart Fail. 2019 Jan;21(1):23-36. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1227. Epub 2018 Aug 16
  • Regional and Ethnic Differences among Patients with Heart Failure in Asia: The Asian Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure (ASIAN-HF) Registry. CSP Lam, THK Teng, WT Tay, I Anand, S Zhang, W Shimizu, C Narasimhan, SW Park, CM Yu, T Ngarmukos, R Omar, EB Reyes, BB Siswanto, CL Hung, LH Ling, J Yap, M MacDonald, AM Richards. Eur Heart J. 2016, Aug 7 Doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehw331.
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