Singapore gets new Head of Dentistry
The country’s chief dental officer (CDO), Associate Professor Patrick Tseng, 58, has stepped down from his position and is replaced by Dr Chng Chai Kiat, 42, who used to head Dental Services at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). During his 12-year tenure,
Prof Tseng set up the Dental Specialist Accreditation Board in 2008 and also initiated the registration and regulation of dental therapists.
Prof Tseng also made continuing professional education compulsory for dentists to ensure that they keep up with the rapid changes made in scientific knowledge and dental practice, as well as developments in new materials, techniques and technologies. Dr Chng has been a consultant with the Ministry of Health (MoH) since 2008. During this time, he pushed for subsidies for patients with cranofacial anomalies or special needs as well as for those getting hospital-based dentistry. He has also been the executive secretary of the council since 2011.