Professor Philip Choo is Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) since January 2015. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer, TTSH and Deputy CEO, NHG from 2011-2014. As the Head of the Regional Health System for Central Singapore, Prof Choo drives NHG’s on-going care transformation to improve population health.
This involves a fundamental shift in focus from facility-centric illness- based care to relationship-centric, wellness-based care. To achieve this goal, Prof Choo formulated the ‘River of Life’ Framework that stratifies the population and optimises services across the Five Segments of Care – Living Well, Living with Illness, Crisis and Complex Care, Living with Frailty, and Leaving Well. . With the River of Life, NHG aims to deliver integrated healthcare services and programmes that help in “Adding Years of Healthy Life” to all Singaporeans.
Prof Choo is internationally recognised as an accomplished Geriatrician with over 25 years of experience. He was awarded the TTSH Doctor of the Year in 1996. Prof Choo’s leadership during the SARS epidemic, as head of the medical team, he was accorded the National Day Public Service Star Award in 2003. He was also awarded the National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2011, National Day Long Service Medal in 2015, and the National Day Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2019.