Dr Kong Hwai Loong
MBBS (S’pore), MMed (Int Med), MRCP (UK), FAMS (Med Onc), FRCP (Edin), MBA (USA)
“As a doctor my main passion is to look after patients. I would like very much for my patients to feel that they can trust me, in every aspect of the word trust, and be able to move along the journey as I walk with them.”
Dr Kong Hwai Loong is a Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist and Physician at the Paragon Medical Centre. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Visiting Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist at the National University Healthcare System (NUHS). Dr Kong was previously the Executive Director of the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) and Deputy Managing Director for the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Biopolis.
Dr Kong received his medical degree from NUS in 1988, when he graduated top of his medical class. He subsequently qualified in the Internal Medicine specialty in 1993 by earning his Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from NUS, as well as his Membership to the Royal College of Physician (UK). In 1998, he received his specialist qualification in Medical Oncology, and was elected to be a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine. He also received a Masters in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in 2002. In 2004, Dr Kong was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh). He received his postgraduate medical fellowship training at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Centre between 1995 and 1997.
Dr Kong has won numerous academic awards, including a number of top prizes during his undergraduate medical studies at NUS, the Ministry of Health (MOH) HMDP Fellowship to New York, USA, and the National Medical Research Council Research Fellowship.
For his research accomplishments in anti-angiogenesis and gene therapy, Dr Kong was conferred the Singapore Young Scientist Award. He was also the first Singaporean to be awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award. He was a two-time winner of the prestigious Singapore Youth Award, the highest accolade awarded to Youths in Singapore. For his long-term contribution to high school education in Singapore, he was honoured with the Ministry of Education Service to Education Award twice, in 2007 and 2013. For his contribution to scientific research and research administration in Singapore, Dr Kong received the National Day Award from the President of Singapore.
He has previously been the Chairman of the Chapter of Medical Oncologists, Academy of Medicine, as well as a member of the MOH Specialist Training Committee (Medical Oncology), and the Singapore Youth Award Science & Technology Selection Committee. He has served as the Governor of Raffles Institution and is also a long-serving Governor of Raffles Girls’ School.
Dr Kong specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of adult cancers. He is passionate about medical education, and has lectured widely on oncology-related and youth-related topics.