Professor in Emergency Medicine, SingHealth; and
Member of Parliament, Singapore
Professor Fatimah Lateef is the first Emergency Physician-Politician/ Member of Parliament in Singapore.
She is Senior Consultant, Director of Undergraduate Training and Education as well as Director of Clinical Service and Quality at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital. She is also Adjunct Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Yong Loo Lin Medical School, National University of Singapore. She teaches part-time at the School of Health Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic. Her area of sub-specialisation include Prehospital Care Medicine, Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Emergencies. She has worked in various countries including both the UK and USA and served as an International Consultant to MaxHealthcare, India.
Professor Lateef is the Director of the SingHealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation, where she is also an active educator and facilitator. Within the first three years of formation, she brought the centre through into the global arena with the achievement of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) accreditation. Her strong servant leadership style as well as transformative model for negotiating change and uplifting and enhancing lives, people and organisations ensures the values she holds close to her heart are executed.
A strong advocate of life long learning and empowerment, she has presented more than 500 abstracts at international conferences and published over 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented over 600 papers at international conferences. She leads various leadership groups, grooming youths and doctors to excel, which is also befitting her role as a core faculty, nurturing residents in Emergency Medicine. She is an active volunteer in the area of International Humanitarian Medicine and Acute Disaster Response, where she has led teams to countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Myanmar , Africa, Indonesia, and China for a variety of causes and assistance. For her work in the various fields, she has been conferred awards such as Young Investigator’s Award (1998), Excellent Scientific Publication Award (2001), Best Teacher Award (2002), Laerdal Visiting Lectureship Award (2003), Courage Award (2004), National Healthcare Humanity Award (2005), The Outstanding Young Person of Singapore (2006), Good Mentor Award, Singhealth (2005), The Outstanding Young Person of the World Award (2006), Woman for Peace Award, Sokka Gakkai International, (2007), Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, NUS (2008), Singapore Medical Journal Recognition Award for Review with Distinction, (2007-2016), Critical Talent Retention Award, SingHealth and The Academy of Medicine, Gold Reviewer Award( 2011), Excellent Educator Award 2015, Female Leadership Award in Academic Medicine, 2016, National Day Long Service Awards MIH, 2017, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and mentoring from NUS, 2018, Academic Medicine Award 2019 and Singapore healthcare Quality Award 2019, amongst others.
She continues to work full time, with a fulfilling career in Emergency Medicine, balancing clinical work with research and education, as well as her political and community responsibilities as an elected Member of Parliament in Singapore. She has participated in three General Elections and runs one of the largest constituencies in Singapore. For recreation, Professor Lateef enjoys mountain climbing, cooking, reading and she has completed 15 full marathons.