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S'pore cardiologist receives prestigious honorary doctorate

Leading Singapore cardiologist Dr Leslie Lam has received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland for his contributions to medical education and research.

SINGAPORE: Leading Singapore cardiologist Dr Leslie Lam has received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland for his contributions to medical education and research.

Dr Lam was conferred the degree of Doctor of Medicine honoris causa at his home on Rochalie Drive.

Only six other people have received this title in the university's more than 100-year history.

Dr Lam studied medicine at the University College Dublin (UCD) in the 1960s.

He later became the first cardiologist in Singapore to perform balloon angioplasty, a procedure that uses a balloon to open up a blocked artery.

Dr Lam said: "We already have a very close, warm relationship with Ireland. Over the years, there have been so many doctors working in Singapore, who are trained in Ireland.

"I believe there're some 40 odd students going to Dublin this year alone, to take up medicine. So this award, I suppose, will be like an icing on the cake."

Dr Lam also donated funds towards the promotion of Irish literature.

UCD Dean of Medicine Professor Patrick Murray, who was in Singapore for the conferment ceremony, said: "Despite being a busy clinical cardiologist, he also found time to support students conducting research in UCD on a number of occasions.

"And beyond that, (he) found the time and occasion to support the purchasing of a large collection of artefacts related to the arts in Irish literature and the history of medicine in Ireland."

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