Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology Department

The Department of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology is a referral centre for patients with rheumatologic and allergic disorders in Singapore and the region. 

The department started as the Department of Medicine IV focusing on respiratory disorders and internal medicine. After Prof Feng Pao Hsii, currently the Department’s Emeritus Consultant, took over it’s headship in 1979, the emphasis on management of rheumatic diseases gradually increased.

The Department soon became the main referral centre for rheumatic diseases in Singapore. In August 1995, it was renamed the Department of Rheumatology & Immunology.

A new subspecialty service, Clinical Immunology / Allergy (CIA) was added in 1988 upon the return of Prof Chng Hiok Hee from her HMDP training. The growth of this new service led to yet another name change to reflect the clinical services provided by the Department.

On 1 January 2001, the Department was renamed Department of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology (RAI).  The Department presently has 10 Senior Consultants, 5 Consultants, 1 Associate Consultant and 4 Senior Residents. They are supported by 3 Clinical Immunology/Allergy and 2 Rheumatology Nurse Clinicians, and 1 Advance Practice Nurse (APN) in Rheumatology.