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.

2016 Journal Impact Factor: 0.667 
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 Chan Yiong Huak
Dr Chuah Khoon Leong
Dr How Choon How
Prof Hsu Pon Poh
Dr William KF Kong
Dr Dave Lee Yee Han
Dr Lawrence Lee Soon-U
Dr Liau Kui Hin
A/Prof Kevin Lim Boon Leong
Dr Joshua P Loh
Dr Abdul Razakjr Omar
Dr Pwee Keng Ho
Prof Quak Seng Hock
Dr Ramani NV
A/Prof Sim Kang
Dr Sitoh Yih Yian
Dr Benedict Tan
Dr Tan Cher Heng
Prof Kelvin KH Tan 
Dr Tan Li Hoon
Prof Tan Puay Hoon
A/Prof Tan Su-Ming
Dr Darren Tay Keng Jin
A/Prof Samuel Tay Sam Wah
A/Prof Cuthbert Teo
Prof Wong Wai Keong

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 Lim Kheng Choon


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

Li Li Loy
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.