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Clinical Associate Prof Teoh Khim Hean graduated with Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the National University of Singapore in 1988 and obtained his Masters in Prosthodontics in 1994. He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) Fellowship to pursue further training in Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York in 2001. Currently, he is the Deputy Director (Clinical) at the National Dental Centre, Singapore (NDCS). He is also the Associate Director of the Prosthodontics Residency Programme at the National University of Singapore. He is a Visiting Consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre.
In 2003, he established the Prosthetic, Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation Clinic (PSSR) at NDCS. The PSSR Clinic provides a multidisciplinary management for patients with speech and swallowing disorders following radiation therapy, surgical resection or cerebro-vascular disorders requiring prosthetic intervention. His research interest is in developing a behavioral intervention to improve oral health for older persons with cognitive impairment. He has recently published an article on the oral health status of community-dwelling older Singaporeans. He is involved in philanthropy to raise funds for the center’s Oral Health Academic Clinical Programme for needy patients, research and education.
Despite his busy schedules, he has been actively involved in numerous outreach programs locally and overseas, in India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt.