Dr Cynthia Goh

Dr Cynthia Goh

Cynthia Goh

Dr Goh is Senior Consultant in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. She is an accredited specialist in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine and has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and chairs the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Training Committee of the Specialist Accreditation Board.

While at NCCS, she started the first department of Palliative Medicine among public hospitals and led the establishment of Palliative Medicine as a recognised medical subspecialty in Singapore, as well as built the Chapter of Palliative Medicine at the College of Physicians Singapore.

Prior to NCCS, Dr Goh was Medical Director of Assisi Hospice from 1994 to 1999. Under her watch, the 37-bed Assisi Home and Hospice started its home care service and expanded its day care service to become the first comprehensive hospice provider.

Dr Goh has had a long association with Assisi Hospice. She joined the Assisi Board in 2004 and served until 2013 before re-joining in 2015. She currently chairs the Programme and Services Committee on the Board, as well as the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) for which she has been involved in since its formation in 1996. Her major interests are in leading APHN projects to help build capacity for palliative care in countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India.

Dr Goh was President of the Pain Association of Singapore from 2001 to 2005 and Founding President of the Association of South East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) from 2004 to 2007. She was Council Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain from 2008 to 2014. She helped found the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and co-chaired it from 2008 to 2014.

As one of the pioneers of hospice in Singapore, she started as a volunteer in 1986. The group of volunteers later started the Hospice Care Association (now HCA Hospice Care) in 1989 and Dr Goh was its Founding President. She received the Public Service Medal (PBM), in 1997 for her contributions to hospice care in Singapore.