MSS (SpMed) (Hons),
ProfileDr Teoh Chin Sim obtained her Masters in Sports Medicine (Honours) from the United States of America in 1994, becoming Singapore’s first female sports and exercise medicine specialist. She is presently Senior Consultant and Clinical Director of the Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
In her daily clinical practice and in the sporting arena, Dr Teoh cares for competitive and recreational athletes as well as people who simply enjoy exercising and keeping active. A qualified acupuncturist, she has a keen interest in the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain. Indelibly impacted by her 19 days at the London 2012 Paralympics, her energies now extend to promoting sports and physical activity for the physically impaired and older persons, in addition to serving children and youth.
For over 25 years, Dr Teoh has been the attending team physician to Singapore’s elite athletes at major games. Between 2014 and 2018, she also led the medical support team for Singapore Schools to the ASEAN Schools Games. She has been appointed Chief Medical Officer for Team Singapore at numerous games including the SEA, ASEAN Para, Commonwealth, Asian, Youth Olympic and Paralympic Games. Her most recent is as Chief Medical Officer for Team Singapore at the 2019 SEA Games.
Dr Teoh is currently Chair of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committees of Anti-Doping Singapore and the SEA Regional Anti-Doping Organisation, Women in Sport Committee of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), and Advisory Committee of the School of Sports, Health and Leisure of Republic Polytechnic (RP); Member of the RP Board of Governors, and Medical Commission of SNOC; Director to the Board of the Singapore Sports School; Vice President of the Singapore Disability Sports Council; Governor of the Singapore National Paralympic Council; and Past President of Sports Medicine Association of Singapore.
In the international arena, Dr Teoh was former Secretary of the Medical Committee of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and has officiated as FIH medical officer to the prestigious 1999 Champions Trophy and pre-Olympic qualifiers for Sydney 2000. She has contributed significantly as a member of the Anti-Doping Committee of the International Paralympic Committee and TUE Expert Group of the World Anti-Doping Agency, working behind the scenes at Rio 2016 Summer and Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.
In recognition of her services to the nation as team physician to Team Singapore to multiple major games, Dr Teoh was awarded the Public Service Medal (Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth) at the National Day Awards 2019. In 2020, she was a winner in the Healthcare Humanity Awards (Open Category) for her efforts in founding and leading PlayBuddy, an inclusive sports playgroup for children with varying physical abilities run entirely by volunteers.
Aside from her medical profession where she is involved as a medical educator, Dr Teoh is also a certified facilitator of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People personal leadership development solution, and finds great satisfaction in mentoring young adults. She hikes and runs to keep fit and scuba dives for leisure, slowing down from her competitive days in track and field, squash and the marathon.