Published on 14 Nov 2023

LKCMedicine Celebrates its Community with Dean’s Awards and Appreciation Day 2023


For the fourth consecutive year, the Dean’s Awards and Appreciation Day 2023 brought together LKCMedicine staff and faculty to recognise individuals and teams behind the outstanding contributions and achievements that augmented the School’s reputation globally and locally. Although recently launched during the medical school’s 10th commemorative year in 2020, the Dean’s Awards and Appreciation Day has become a highly anticipated annual tradition.

The event commenced with MedLee, LKCMedicine’s student acapella group, displaying their vocals with their version of “Electric Love” by Børns. The 12-person performance comprising Year 2 students got over 120 attendees in the Ong Tiong Tat and Irene Tan Liang Kheng Auditorium ready to revel in the excitement and good spirits of the evening. 

LKCMedicine Dean Professor Joseph Sung contributed to the buoyant atmosphere with his opening address, which highlighted the many feats accomplished by the LKCMedicine Community in 2023. They range from inaugural events such as the Art and Science of Medicine Festival and the International Conference on AI in Medicine, to students and alumni consistently making the School proud, to LKCMedicine faculty’s relentless pursuit of teaching and research excellence.

“I really feel that we are a family and [the Dean’s Awards] is not just to pay tribute to a few people, but to bring all of us together. Your success is our success. Every grant we have won, every publication we publish, every accolade we receive, belongs to the whole LKCMedicine family,” remarked Prof Sung.

He also took the opportunity to thank Professor Lim Kah Leong, the incumbent Vice Dean (Research), for his years of service and leadership to the School and give his best wishes for Prof Lim’s new role as Associate Vice President (Biomedical & Life Sciences) at NTU Singapore. Associate Professor Sanjay Chotirmall was introduced as the next Vice Dean (Research), and he will commence his role in 2024.

Before the award recipients were invited on stage to receive their trophies from the Dean, they were treated to a video by the School’s Senior Management offering their congratulations and well-wishes.

- Nanyang Assistant Professor Hiroshi Makino, Scientist Module Lead (Visual System)
- Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology Tom Carney, Scientist Module Lead (Foundations of Medicine)

- Dr Han Siew Ping, Lecturer (Physiology/Medical Education)
- Dr Vivek Perumal, Senior Lecturer (Anatomy)
- Assistant Professor Richard Roshan Goveas, Senior Consultant (Geriatric Psychiatry), Institute of Mental Health

- Mr Emmanuel Tan, Assistant Dean (Student Wellbeing) and Lecturer (Medical Education)

- Values in Action: Mr Sowpati Jayaker, Senior Assistant Manager (Health & Safety)

-Values in Action: (Special Mention): Ms Nina Leong, Assistant Manager (Faculty Affairs)

- Enabler: Dr Wayne Freeman Chong, Research Fellow, Dementia Research Centre


Innovation (Team): The Art and Science of Medicine Festival 2023
- Ms Siti Rohanah Koid, Director (Communications and Outreach)

-Mr Max Cheung, Manager (Research & External Affairs)

-Ms Mariam Rahman, Assistant Director (Communications and Outreach)

-Associate Professor of Nutrition, Digestion and Metabolism Sunny Wong

-Associate Professor Wong Wei Chin, Assistant Dean (Year 4)

-Mr Ken Wong Kang Ning, Assistant Director (Research Operations)

-Mr Darren Lim, Assistant Director (Science and Anatomy Laboratories)

-Ms Ramani Saravanan, Senior Assistant Director and Lead (Clinical Procedures)

-Mr Kelvin Foo, Manager (Operations)

-Ms Rebecca David, Senior Medical Librarian

-Mr Alvin Chew, Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow


Innovation (Team, Special Mention): #askLKCMedicine2023

-Professor Kwek Tong Kiat, Assistant Dean (Admissions & Overseas Electives)

-Associate Professor Reddy Mogali, Head (Anatomy)

-Ms Mariam Rahman, Assistant Director (Communications and Outreach)

-Ms Jowe Chu, Senior Assistant Director (Admissions and Assessment)

-Mr Samuel Lim Weichen, Assistant Manager (Admissions, Projects and Electives)

-Ms Ruth Choe, Director (Education Management)

-Ms Yang Lishan, Lead (Team-Based Learning Facilitation)

- Ms Siti Rohanah Koid, Director (Communications and Outreach)

-Ms Siti Nur Iman, Senior Executive (Communications and Outreach)

-Mr Kelvin Nick Yap, Assistant Manager (Digital Content & Social Media)

-Ms Ai Ling Sim-Devadas, Deputy Director (Advocacy and Engagement)

-Ms Retna Devi, Senior Assistant Manager (Media and Publications)

-Mr Kesler Castillano, Executive (End User Services)

-Mr Gaius Lim, Senior Executive (Facilities and Operations)


The Staff Appreciation segment saw the Dean presenting Long Service Awards to the following recipients. 

20 years of service
-Ms Tan Chui Sun, Tricia, Senior Assistant Director (Curriculum)

15 years of service

-Dr Andrew Ang Chyze Whee, Director (Research Administration and Support Services)


10 years of service
- Ms Chung Kai Wen Karen, Research Associate
- Professor of Tissue Repair & Regeneration David Becker

-Professor of Neuroscience & Mental Health George James Augustine

-Dr Ghosh Krishna Kanta, Senior Research Fellow

- Ms Ivis Wee, Assistant Director (Student Life & Support)

-Ms Ivy Atiqah Cheang, Senior Executive (Plans and Governance)

- Dr Kim Jin Sook, Senior Research Fellow

-Ms Lim Qiu Li, Senior Assistant Manager (Student Life & Support)

- Associate Professor of Infection and Immunity Luo Dahai

-Assistant Professor of Immunology and Cell Biology Navin Kumar Verma

-Ms Tay Yu Ling, Winnie, Senior Assistant Manager (Research Administration and Support Services)

-Ms Wong Yin Cheng, Assistant Manager, (Research Administration and Support Services)

-Dr Zhang Jingbo, Principal Research Fellow


Rounding off the Long Service awards were 22 staff who received commendation for five years of service.

Injecting a new twist to the Dean’s Awards and Appreciation Day 2023, four cajon players and their trainer, Mr Irwan Raman, from ART:DIS, a non-profit organisation that champions learning and livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities in and through the arts, were invited to add to the day’s festivities. The performers filled the auditorium with upbeat and rhythmic beats that the audience could not help but groove to.

It was certainly an uplifting and fun way to end the main programme of the event.

After a line-up of exciting performances and award presentations, attendees mingled in the auditorium foyer, taking photos to capture the special day with their colleagues and filling their bellies with refreshments. 

Dean’s Awards and Appreciation Day 2023 was undeniably a day to remember, and the LKCMedicine Community is ready to reach new heights!


The Dean’s Awards and Appreciation Day 2023 e-booklet is available here.