Dr Michael Lim2017-11-10T10:25:21+00:00
Dr Michael Lim

Dr Michael Lim

Medical Director

Senior Consultant Physician / Cardiologist
MBBS, MRCP(UK), M MED(Int Med),
FAMS(Cardiology), FRCP(Edin)

Dr. Michael Lim is an internationally renowned Interventional cardiologist with extensive experience in computerized tomography (CT) imaging of the heart and is also one of the pioneers of using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of heart arteries in place of invasive tests. He graduated from National University of Singapore in 1984 and went on to complete his Masters in Medicine in Singapore and his membership exams for the Royal College of Physicians in United Kingdom (UK). He was in the pioneer group of doctors who formed the Cardiac department in National University Hospital when it was first established in 1989. He was the first cardiologist in Singapore to be sent for a fellowship in interventional radiology/cardiology in the USA.

A pioneer in carotid artery stenting, having performed Asia’s first in 1995, Dr Lim also devotes his time into research. He has written numerous scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and has published one of the first papers in Asia demonstrating highly accurate diagnosis using CT imaging of the heart arteries in the journal, Clinical Radiology.  For this publication, in 2009, he was honoured for this achievement by being presented a Top Cited certificate on being the author of one of the Top 10 cited papers (2006-2008) published in Clinical Radiology, a prestigious international publication of the Royal College of Radiologists in UK. In addition, he published the world’s first paper, featured in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), on the use of CT guided angioplasty and stenting, which showed that complex disease of the heart arteries was stented safely without major complications. One of his publications in the journal, Circulation, in April 2012 on the use of MR imaging of the heart arteries marks another milestone in imaging. Most recently, Dr. Lim submitted a paper accepted for publication in Heart Journal 2013, on the safety and efficacy of the use of the newest bioresorbable scaffold, a polymer “stent”, to open narrowed heart arteries, being one of the first Asian registries to publish the data.

Dr Lim’s current key appointments include being the Medical Director of Singapore Heart, Stroke & Cancer Centre and professor in Fudan University. He is also the founding editor of Heart Asia, a journal of the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) Publishing Group. He has been appointed Emeritus President of Asia Pacific Heart Association and is currently the vice-president of both the World Chinese Doctors Association and the World Federation of Chinese Cardiovascular Physicians.

More than 70 publications in local, regional and international journals and conferences.  Some of the more recent publications includes:

1. Comparison of the ECG Recordings using a novel mobile ECG recorder(EPI Mini) with a clinically validated mobile phone with ECG Recording Function(EPI Life) (Heart 2013)
2. Early outcomes and safety of bioresorbable vascular scaffold(BVS) system in an Asian population. (Heart 2013)
3. Comparison of Diagnostic Performance of MR Coronary Angiography with CT Coronary
4. Angiography in patients with >50% Coronary Artery stenosis and assess its diagnostic accuracy. (Circulation 2012)
5. Efficacy and safety of CT-guided Percutaneus Coronary Intervention of Left Main and/or Triple vessel Coronary artery disease (Heart 2010)
6. Correlation of ECG Findings With Symptoms Of Palpitations Using Novel Multi-Lead Mobile Phone ECG (Heart 2010)
7. Novel Coagulation Regime Method for CTO Prior To PCI (Heart 2010)
8. Prevalence Of Anomalous coronary Arteries (Heart 2010)
9. Radiation dosage Comparison Between Different Coronary CT Angiography Protocols (Heart 2010)
10. CT Coronary Angiography as the Diagnostic Investigation for Significant Coronary Artery Disease (Circulation 2010)
11. Feasibility & safety of CT guided percutaneous coronary intervention (Circulation 2010)
12. Clinical efficacy and long term outcomes of CT guided percutaneous coronary intervention (J AM Coll Cardiol 2010)
13. Qualitative and quantitative accuracy of a novel multi-lead mobile phone ECG (Euro Heart Journal 2010)
14. Angiography as the diagnostic investigation for significant coronary artery disease (Circulation 2010)
15. CT Coronary Angiogram as replacement diagnostic investigation for angioplasty of coronary arteries (Circulation 2008)
16. Coronary CTA: Is it a safe procedure? (Euro Heart Journal 2007)
17. Non-invasive detection of significant coronary artery disease with multi-section computed tomography angiography in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (Clinical Radiology 2006)

Awards and Recognitions

Certificate of Merit, Annual Scientific Sessions of Asia Pacific Heart Association(ASSA) 2013 for being one of the top ten abstracts submitted.
Titled: Comparison of the ECG Recordings using a novel mobile ECG Recorder(EPI Mini) with a clinically validated mobile phone with ECG Recording Function(EPI Life).

ASSA Outstanding Physician Award, Annual Scientific Sessions of Asia Pacific Heart Association(ASSA) 2013, given to the top 3 oral presentations.
Titled: Comparison of the ECG Recordings using a novel mobile ECG Recorder(EPI Mini) with a clinically validated mobile phone with ECG Recording Function(EPI Life).

CIT Contribution Award, China Interventional Therapeutics (CIT) Beijing China 2008 for recognition of outstanding contribution and continuing dedication to the development of interventional cardiology in China.

Top 10 Cited Paper 2006-2008 Clinical Radiology, awarded by Elsevier for the published paper titled: Non-invasive detection of significant coronary artery disease with multi-section computed tomography angiography in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. (Clinical Radiology 2006)

International Cooperation Award and Friendship Award, Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology, Beijing China 2007
These awards were given in 2007 in recognition for the work in linking up China’s cardiology community with the rest of the world and his contribution to Cardiology in China.