Dr. Vincent Lai Wai Kwan

Consultant Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Viral Hepatitis, Acute Liver Failure, Transplant Hepatology & Therapeutic Endoscopy
Specialist: Gastroenterology

MBChB (UK), MRCP (UK), PhD (Bham UK), CCT (UK), MRCP(UK)

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Dr Vincent Lai attained his basic medical degree from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1993. He undertook his specialist training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in England and spent five years in the Regional transplant unit at the University Hospital of Birmingham; one of the largest in Europe. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship, and completed his Ph.D. degree in University of Birmingham in 2007, investigating the liver immunity in viral hepatitis. Then he was accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Board in Gastroenterology, UK in 2006. He worked as a consultant in a teaching hospital (University of Nottingham) prior to taking up a post in the liver transplant programme in National University Hospital Singapore.

RESEARCH & TEACHING

Dr Vincent Lai helped further the development of the provision of viral hepatitis services as a consultant hepatologist at the Derby NHS Foundation Trust Hospital UK; from 2006 to 2008.
During his tenure, he not only obtained a grant from the Trust for a study in infection in liver patients, but was also actively involved in medical research. He has published papers in leading academic journals, and has led and participated in numerous clinical trials, and also served as a peer reviewer for several important academic journals.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Dr Lai had five years of specialist training in gastroenterology and five years of sub-specialty training in hepatology in Birmingham, UK. During this time, he gained much exposure to general and transplant hepatology, with a particular interest in the management of acute liver failure and viral hepatitis. He was also part of the acute liver failure faculty in the Asia Pacific Study of Liver Disease group.
He had comprehensive training in all areas of gastroenterology and hepatology, and in the investigation and management of gastrointestinal and liver conditions. In the 10 years as a trainee he was fully trained in all aspects of endoscopy both diagnostic and therapeutic; including sphincterotomy stone extraction, and biliary stent insertion in high volume teaching hospitals. Whilst he was a consultant in the UK he became a trainer in endoscopy. He was also instrumental in supporting the setup of colorectal cancer screening in Derby Hospital in UK.

WORKING EXPERIENCE

In 2008, Dr Lai came to Singapore to take up a post in the liver transplant programme in National University Hospital Singapore and helped set up a Liver Transplant unit. From 2011 to 2014, Dr Lai was working in Asian American Liver Centre for Liver Diseases and Transplantation (Gleneagles Hospital) as a Consultant Gastroenterologist with a specific interest in viral hepatology, acute liver failure, therapeutic endoscopy and liver transplantation. Currently, Dr Lai runs his own practice at Gastro Liver and Surgical Centre.

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS:

Consultant Gastroenterologist –Asia American Liver Centre
Consultant Hepatologist – National University Hospital Singapore
Consultant Hepatologist – Derby (UK) NHS Foundation Trust

AWARDS

Pitch For Funds – National University Hospital
R&D Trust Grant – Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Midland Gastroenterology Society Astra Prize
Young Investigator Award – European Association for the Study of the Liver
Travel Award Immunovirology Virginia – American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Travel Award – British Association for the Study of the Liver
Scientific Committee Project Grant
Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship
Scientific Committee Project Grant
British High Commissioner’s Award
Bronze Medal; Final MBChB, Part I (First in the year)

ACCREDITED HOSPITALS:

Gleneagles Hospital
Farrer Park Hospital
Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Mt Alvernia Hospital
Shanghai Renji Hospital & SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre
(Officially appointed)