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About SMJ


The Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ) is the monthly publication of Singapore Medical Association (SMA). The Journal aims to advance medical practice and clinical research by publishing high-quality articles that add to the clinical knowledge of physicians in Singapore and worldwide.

SMJ is a general medical journal that focuses on all aspects of human health. The Journal publishes commissioned reviews, commentaries and editorials, original research, a small number of outstanding case reports, continuing medical education articles (ECG Series, Clinics in Diagnostic Imaging, Pictorial Essays, Practice Integration & Life-long Learning [PILL] Series), and short communications in the form of letters to the editor.

2014 Journal Impact Factor: 0.597 
ISSN: 0037-5675
DOI:  10.11622/smedj

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Editor-in-Chief: A/Prof Poh Kian Keong

Deputy Editors: Dr Ang Tiing Leong, A/Prof Mahesh Choolani 

Advisors: Prof Wilfred CG Peh, Prof Teo Eng Kiong

Specialty Editors

Dr Daphne Ang  Dr Ong Hean Yee Dr Tan Li Hoon
Dr Chan Yiong Huak Dr Pwee Keng Ho Prof Tan Puay Hoon
Dr Chang Haw Chong Prof Quak Seng Hock Dr Darren Tay Keng Jin
Dr Chuah Khoon Leong Dr Ramani NV A/Prof Samuel Tay Sam Wah
Prof Fong Kok Yong Adj A/Prof Sim Kang Dr Tay Seow Yian
Dr How Choon How Dr Sitoh Yih Yian A/Prof Cuthbert Teo Eng Swee
Dr Hsu Pon Poh Dr Benedict Tan Dr Thng Choon Hua
Dr Lawrence Lee Soon-U Dr Tan Cher Heng Dr Wong Moh Sim
Dr Liau Kui Hin Prof Kelvin KH Tan Prof Wong Wai Keong
Dr Abdul Razakjr Omar    

International Corresponding Editors

Prof Jafri Malin Abdullah (Malaysia)
A/Prof Judy Wei-Ming Hung (USA)
Prof Malai Muttarak (Thailand) 
Prof Ng Kwan-Hoong (Malaysia)
Prof Tan Siang Yong (USA)



President, SMA: Dr Wong Tien Hua
Honorary General Secretary, SMA: Dr Daniel Lee Hsien Chieh


Dr Gwee Ah Leng (1960-1971) Prof Tan Choon Kim (1995-1996)
Dr Tan Kheng Khoo (1971-1975) Prof Kua Ee Heok (1996-1999)
Prof Lim Pin (1975-1978) Prof C Rajasoorya (2000-2003)
Prof Feng Pao Hsii (1978-1987) Prof WIlfred CG Peh (2004-2009)
Prof Chee Yam Cheng (1988-1995) Prof Teo Eng Kiong (2010-2013)



The Editorial Office can be contacted at:

The Editor
Singapore Medical Journal
Singapore Medical Association
2 College Road
Singapore 169850

Tel: (65) 6223 1264
Fax: (65) 6224 7827

For Subscription and Advertising enquires:

Li Li Loy / Denise Jia
Tel: (65) 6223 1264


Disclaimer: The statements and opinions expressed in the SMJ reflect the views of the authors, and do not necessarily represent those of the SMJ editorial board or the Singapore Medical Association (SMA), unless this is clearly specified. SMA does not, and cannot, accept responsibility for the veracity, accuracy or completeness of any statement, opinion or advice contained in the text or advertisements published in the SMJ. Advertisements of products and services that appear in the SMJ do not imply endorsement for the products and services by SMA.

All articles published in the Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ) are protected by copyright. No material in this journal may be reproduced on any platform including electronic or in print, or transmitted by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of the Editor of the SMJ. Written permission must also be obtained before any part of the SMJ is stored in any retrieval system of any nature.