Welcome Address


We are delighted to welcome you to the Singapore Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium (SPCRS) 2015. This inaugural event is organised by the Singapore Heart Foundation and supported by the National Heart Centre Singapore, National University Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore Cardiac Society, International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, and World Heart Federation. The central theme of “Innovative and Holistic Care” is relevant locally and regionally, and caters for the needs and interests of the multidisciplinary specialties integral to Preventive Medicine and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Click Here To Read More >



The objectives of the SPCRS 2015 Symposium are to provide contemporary updates and advances in prevention and cardiac rehabilitation in Singapore and to provide a platform for strategic collaborations and sharing among healthcare professionals in the field.


View More >



Professor David Wood


Professor David Wood is the Garfield Weston Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the International Centre for Circulatory Health, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist to Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust.

Professor Wood has contributed to international policy and guidelines on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention through the World Health Organisation, World Heart Federation and the European Society of Cardiology. He instigated the Joint British Societies (JBS) Guidelines on CVD prevention in clinical practice and has served on NICE guidance for CVD risk assessment, lipids and diabetes.

He was a Founder and President of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, and he also founded the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (now European Journal of Preventive Cardiology) and served as the first Joint Editor-in-Chief. He is the principal investigator for the ASPIRE and EUROASPIRE studies across 26 European countries, evaluating standards of preventive cardiology practice in hospital and primary care. He led the EUROACTION and EUROACTION+ trials in preventive cardiology evaluating nurse-led models of preventive care in hospital and general practice across 8 European countries, and the principles of EUROACTION are now incorporated in the MyAction preventive cardiology programme for the NHS.

Professor Wood is Course Director for the Imperial College Masters degree programme in Preventive Cardiology providing education and training for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. He has served as a Board member, most recently as Secretary/Treasurer, of the European Society of Cardiology. In 2014, he was elected as President Elect of the World Heart Federation.


Mark Vitcenda

Mr Mark Vitcenda  is a Senior Clinical Exercise Physiologist for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He has over 30 years of experience in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and has interests in cardiac rehabilitation outcomes, outcomes data management and analysis, and quality and performance improvement.

He is a member and fellow of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He chaired the Registry Committee for several years and was instrumental in the development of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation outcomes registries. He continues to be a member of the Registry Committee and is the current “answer man” for registry users. He is also a member of the Clinical Applications Committee.

Mr Vitcenda received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Colorado-Boulder and his Masters of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr Leonard

Prof Leonard Li

Prof Leonard Li is currently the Head of Rehabilitation Division at the University Department of Medicine of Tung Wah Hospital. He is also the Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Visiting Professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of 1st Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-san University.

He was the Past President of the Hong Kong Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. Internationally, he has been taking positions in various academic organisations including President-Elect of World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, Secretary-General and Regional Vice-President of International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and Treasurer of Asia-Oceanian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.

His research interest is in the field of functional recovery after stroke and cardiac rehabilitation. Dr Li sits on the Editorial Board of several International and Chinese medical journals including Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurorehabilitation and Nerve Repair, International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, Chinese Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.


Dr Ivy Lim

Dr. Ivy Lim is the first locally trained female sports physician in Singapore, and is also a qualified family physician. Her clinical interests include sports injuries, pre-participation screening, sports safety, exercise in women and the role of physical activity in chronic disease management.

She is the Research Director for Exercise Is Medicine Singapore (EIMS), an affiliate of the American College of Sports Medicine, and has presented her work at local and international conferences. She is regularly featured in the media and healthcare forums, where she contributes her expertise on sports and exercise related topics for the public and her fellow medical professionals. She is co-editor of the book “Exercise is Medicine Singapore Exercise Prescription Guide”, and has co-authored a chapter in the book “Boys to Men: A Complete Guide for National Servicemen”.

In addition, she has served in various committees including the Secretariat of the National Sports Safety Committee and the inter-agency Healthy Youth Committee spearheaded by the Ministry of Education. She was a youth ambassador for the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games Athlete Committee. Currently, Dr Lim is Vice President of the Sports Medicine Association of Singapore, and is part of the National Sports Safety Committee. She is also a tutor for the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM) Programme in Singapore.


Dr Verena Tan

Dr Verena Tan is a qualified dietitian and recently joined Abbott Nutrition R&D Asia-Pacific, Singapore as a Clinical Scientist. She has over 10 years of experience in clinical dietetics, lecturing and in nutrition research. Her major research interests are in glycemia, carbohydrate metabolism as well as in nutritional prevention and management of cardio-metabolic diseases. She is regularly featured in the media, where she contributes her expertise and opinion on nutrition and shares her research work to the public and as well as medical and health care professionals.

She has recently completed her PhD studies with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Her thesis is on the role of ethnicity in diet (focusing on carbohydrates), metabolic and physiological functions. She has also presented her work at local and international conferences.

Dr Tan is also an accredited practising dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia since 2006. She obtained her first-class honours degree in Nutrition from King’s College London, UK on a Public Service Commission Scholarship and a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney on a Ministry of Health Scholarship. She was sponsored by A*STAR Scientific Staff Development scholarship for her PhD studies.


View More >