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Dr Chia Chung King

"I believe in being a good person first, followed by a good doctor and lastly, a good specialist."
Dr Chia Chung King is a gastroenterologist practising at Parkway East Hospital. He subspecialises in liver disease and related disorders such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and fatty liver.
  • Specialty:

    • Gastroenterology
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, National University of Singapore
    • Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine), National University of Singapore
    • Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom
    • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, UK
  • Languages Spoken

    • Chinese
    • English

Getting to Know Dr Chia Chung King

Getting to Know Dr Chia Chung King

Q: What led you to become a gastroenterologist?

I became a gastroenterologist because of my good friend who was a second year registrar at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He told me how exciting the field is and how much training the department was giving him. The department was really busy back then, and we had very good training in endoscopy. 

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Q: What kind of conditions do you treat, or specialise in treating?

Most of my patients come to me with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, diarrhoea and heartburn. I also look after patients with liver diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and fatty liver.

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Q: Your subspecialties are in liver disease and disorders like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and fatty liver. Why did you choose to undergo additional training in this area?

I was trained in the Department of General Medicine first, under Professor Chee Yam Cheng. My unit later became the Department of Gastroenterology. Because of that, I had a strong foundation in general medicine before subspecialising in gastroenterology and later, hepatology. It is the closest in nature to general medicine so I was drawn towards it. I had a really good time training in King’s College Hospital in London, dealing with liver failure and liver transplant.

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Q: Please describe a particularly difficult case you've successfully treated.

I recently met a lady who suffered from recurrent episodes of vomiting. She would have these episodes once every few weeks. Each time, the vomiting would get so severe she needed to be hospitalised for intravenous drip for a few days. She suffered for more than 10 years without a correct diagnosis. I could recognise the disease as cyclic vomiting syndrome and treated her accordingly. It’s been a few months and she has not had a single episode of vomiting.

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Q: Could you share your philosophy in treating patients?

I believe in being a good person first, followed by a good doctor and lastly, a good specialist. Naturally, I am interested to know my patient well and to know how the disease affects them and how best I can help.

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Q: If there's a piece of health advice you can give to people in general, what would it be?

Prevention is better than cure. Make it a priority to look after your health to avoid the onset of disease.

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