June 2014

Honorary Degree for Distinguished UCD Alumnus

Fri, 20 June 14 15:00

Dr Leslie Lam Conferred with Honorary Doctor of Medicine Degree

Distinguished UCD alumnus and world leading cardiologist, Dato Dr Leslie Lam (UCD Medicine 1967, UCD Pharmacology 1969) was conferred with a Doctor of Medicine honoris causa degree by the National University of Ireland at a special ceremony in Singapore on Thursday 19th June 2014. 

This prestigious award was given in recognition of Dr Lam’s achievements in clinical cardiology in Singapore, his contributions to medical education and research, and his support for the arts in UCD and in Ireland.  Only six people have received this title in the University's 160 year history.

The award was presented by Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of the National University of Ireland in the presence of UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks following a citation read by Prof Patrick Murray, Dean of Medicine and Head of School, UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science.

Dr Lam graduated from UCD with degrees in medicine (MB BCh BAO, 1967) and pharmacology (BSc, 1969) and he completed a diploma in child health (DCH) in 1975.  While at UCD, he met fellow student and future wife, Dr Ivy Yap (UCD Medicine 1969, Dip Child Health 1977) herself a distinguished family medicine physician. 

Dr Lam completed his medical training in cardiology working at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’ Hospital Crumlin and the Richmond Hospital, Dublin before returning to Singapore where he has built a distinguished career as an interventional cardiologist.  He was the first cardiologist in Singapore to perform balloon angioplasty, a procedure that uses an inflatable device to open up a blocked artery.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, the Academy of Medicine, Singapore and the Society for Cardiac Angiography, Dr Law was awarded the School’s highest honour, Honorary Fellow in 2005. 

He has been a leading cardiologist in Singapore for many years and has acted as personal physician to the Sultan of Brunei.  He holds honorary consultant appointments from the Ministries of Health in Myanmar and in the Seychelles in recognition of the contributions that he and his team in the Mount Elizabeth Hospital Cardiac Centre have made to cardiology training and practice in the region.

A strong and generous supporter of the School, the University and Irish medical education over many years, Dr Lam has funded a number of undergraduate student scholarships allowing UCD medical students undertake overseas research electives as well as several Molecular Medicine Ireland postgraduate research fellowships.

Further Information

Further information on Dr Leslie Lam's distinguished career is available here

More information on a selection of our alumni is available here.

See also Channel News Asia's report on the conferring here.