Professor Pang Weng Sun needs no introduction.
As a veteran healthcare practitioner and leader, the Vice-Dean for Clinical Affairs at Singapore’s youngest medical school Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) is well-respected within the healthcare community.
Beginning 1 January 2022, he will be helming the prestigious Healthcare Leadership College (HLC), a division of Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH).
He has assumed the role of Dean-Designate from 1 September 2021, taking the mantle from Professor Aymeric Lim, who led the College since its inception in 2012. Prof Pang will continue to be part of LKCMedicine’s leadership team.
Prof Pang said, “I look forward to contributing to the grooming and nurturing of future generations of healthcare leaders, in the next phase of HLC’s development.”
In the 10 years since its inception, HLC has developed more than 8,300 leaders through about 150 programme runs and interventions.
In his announcement of the new Dean appointment to the MOHH community, MOH Permanent Secretary Mr Chan Yeng Kit said, “Its (HLC’s) highly regarded milestone programmes nurture high-potential talent in the public healthcare institutions, catering to leaders at different career junctures and across various professional groups. The College’s ground-breaking Singapore Chief Residency Programme (SCRP), which Aymeric personally championed tirelessly, has over the past eight years nurtured more than 230 young doctor leaders, many of whom will in the years to come, assume significant leadership positions and effect transformative change for our healthcare system. The College also started the Singapore Nurse Leaders Programme (SNLP) three years ago, to groom outstanding nurse leaders to be advocates of change, and to equip them with rich perspectives in community care. At the most senior level, the College’s apex milestone programme, Leaders for Singapore Healthcare (LSH), plays a critical role in supporting the next generation of senior organisational leaders who will steer Singapore’s public healthcare agencies and institutions into the future.”
Mr Chan added that he’s heartened the baton is being passed to Prof Pang, who he expects will drive HLC in its next phase of development and transformation.
“With his esteemed standing among the healthcare community and his passion in nurturing the next generation of leaders while instilling the right values and leadership philosophies, I am more than confident that Weng Sun will continue to ignite the development of HLC as a College that builds value-based leadership capabilities and capacities for the future of Singapore healthcare,” wrote Mr Chan.
An experienced medical leader, Prof Pang is also a Senior Consultant Geriatrician at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and Yishun Community Hospital (YCH), and Senior Advisor at the Geriatric Education and Research Institute.
He was formerly Deputy Group CEO (Population Health) at the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and previously held various other appointments including Head of Geriatric Medicine in Alexandra Hospital (AH); Chairman, Medical Board of AH, KTPH and YCH; Consultant Geriatrician in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH); Acting Group CEO of Alexandra Health System; and President of the Society for Geriatric Medicine.
Over the years, Prof Pang has contributed geriatric and palliative care expertise to many community services and continues to contribute to various committees in the Ministry of Health and voluntary agencies. A recipient of the Healthcare Humanity Award (2005), Public Administration Medal Silver (2012) and National Outstanding Clinician Educator (2016), his views on medicine and healthcare are highly-sought after and he is a role model to the younger generation of clinicians.
In congratulating Prof Pang on his appointment, Dean of LKCMedicine Professor Joseph Sung said, “We are very proud that one of our leaders will be helming the Healthcare Leadership College to build strong leaders and capabilities for Singapore’s healthcare system. Weng Sun has played a pivotal role in shaping our clinical programmes, and I am confident that he will continue to build HLC to nurture the next generation of healthcare leaders with the right values.”