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MEDICAL

INFECTIOUS DISEASE MANAGEMENT OF THE YEAR IN ASIA-PACIFIC

ROPHI CLINIC
Rophi Clinic was established in 2012 , first in Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital at the Specialist Centre by Dr Leong Hoe Nam . It was primarily an infectious diseases practice . In 2020 , the clinic expanded to Gleneagles when Dr Ling Li Min , joined the practice . In 2021 , the practice expanded to Mt Alvernia with another branch in the hospital .
Rophi Clinic sees patients with infectious diseases condition and general medical conditions . We specialize in fever , infected wounds and sepsis . We typically consult for conditions such as chickenpox , dengue fever , cellulitis , chikungunya fever , cellulitis , endocarditis ( infection of the heart valves ) and pneumonia .
Infections cut across all disciplines and an infectious diseases physician is often prized to provide an over-arching view of a patient ’ s medical condition . We try to rationalize treatment .
The clinic also offers practically all types of vaccinations as well . This includes age based vaccinations eg MMR ( measles mumps rubella ), pneumococcal vaccinations , influenza , chickenpox vaccinations , as well as specific travel vaccines eg meningococcal , yellow fever , cholera vaccination . Other common vaccines we routinely provide include shingles and pertussis vaccination . Many students come through our clinic to discuss vaccination as a requirement for overseas travel , and we assist in endorsing vaccine / health certificates required of institutes of higher learning overseas . Often , this would include assessment for tuberculosis . We routinely help foreign workers who need certification for clearance of infectious agents , includ-
Dr Leong Hoe Nam
ing malaria and tuberculosis . Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by infections , and they fall under the purview of our clinic . We treat gonorrhea , chlamydia in all individuals including pregnant women . These conditions are treated discreetly .
The clinic also sees patients with HIV . This may be pre-exposure or postexposure prophylaxis or treatment in established HIV infections .
Many individuals with severe sepsis or prolonged hospital stays develop complicated nosocomial ( hospital acquired ) infections . These individuals often require prolonged courses of antibiotics , treating multiply or extensively resistant bacteria . Both Dr Leong and Dr Ling are experienced doctors who are both key opinion leaders and thought leaders in the management of patients with multi-resistant bacteria .
Dr Leong Hoe Nam , is a trained infectious diseases physician from Singapore . He was a graduate of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and completed his infectious diseases training in Singapore . He was trained in both Singapore General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital . In 2010 , he left governmental practice to Raffles Hospital for private practice before setting up Rophi Clinic in 2012 on his own . His opinions are highly sought after by media , press , and international press . His comments , videos are quoted extensively and widely .
Dr Ling Li Min , was a Senior Consultant at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases ( NCID ) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital ( TTSH ) where she led the Intensive Care Multi-Disciplinary Infectious Diseases service since 2009 and Haematology-Infectious Diseases service since 2018 .
She completed her specialist training in 2007 and furthered her subspecialty training in infections in ICU and haematology patients at The Alfred Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne , Australia . Since then , she has been caring for a wide range of patients , in particular the critically ill or immunocompromised hosts .
At NCID , together with fellow health care workers , she has cared for COV- ID-19 patients in ICU and general ward settings . She was a co-investigator for the Adaptive Covid-19 Treatment Trials ( ACTT-1 , ACTT-2 , ACTT-3 ) and the lead for the COVID-19 Immunomodulatory Clinical workgroup at TTSH .
She was the founding Programme Director for the TTSH Infectious Diseases Senior Residency Programme , as well as an awardee of the Clinician Scientist Career Scheme from 2014 to 2017 .
The clinic has a social media presence with TikTok and Youtube as rophiclinc .
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