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AIU Singapore Faculty

Introducing the AIU Singapore Leadership and Medical teams below.

Leadership Team

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Jenni Sanderson

Director, Sonographer

B.A., Grad. Dip Ed, DMU, Grad Dip Medical Radiation (Sonography), AMS

Jenni’s passion for teaching, developing emerging leaders and translational research is what led her to her current position as a Director of The Australian Institute of Ultrasound.  Following her training in education, Jenni qualified in medical ultrasound and has worked in clinical, business and academic roles across Australia, including working as a researcher for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. She has published several papers in ultrasound and is a reviewer for Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine . Her interests include healthcare innovation and empowering healthcare workers.

“What I love most about my job is being able to collaborate with thought leaders, medical specialists and education experts from around the world to innovate together to support healthcare staff, leaders and innovators as we strive to improve our ‘new’ healthcare systems.”

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Jennifer Garner

Regional Manager Asia Pacific, Sonographer

After spending three decades performing and training ultrasound, Jennifer knows how to apply all the clinical skills required for optimal performance of ultrasound. In MSK ultrasound, it is about understanding the clinical presentation and applying your sonographic skills to deliver the correct diagnosis.

Jennifer worked as part of the Medical Team of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, providing MSK and general ultrasound to the 2,500 athletes and members of the Team Village. Jennifer has travelled twice to Cambodia as part of Radiology Across Borders to train Radiologists and GPs in the use of MSK ultrasound. In addition to her working commitments, Jennifer is an Accredited Examiner and Assessor for ASUM and has been examining for the ASUM Diploma of Medical Ultrasound for over twenty years. She is currently studying for Certification in Global Health Radiology.

Jennifer has presented at National Conferences for ASA and ASUM in diverse subjects Chest ultrasound in Trauma and Abdominal Vascular Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. She has lectured at ASUM DMU Preparation Course. She has presented in New Zealand and in Australia in MSK Ultrasound at various workshops including ASUM, RACGP, and ACSEP.

Jennifer is a Master of Medical Ultrasound with Distinction, specialising in MSK ultrasound of the upper and lower limb.

Jennifer holds a Diploma of Medical Ultrasound (General) awarded from ASUM. Jennifer started her professional life as a Radiographer, holding an Associate Diploma of Medical Radiography. Jennifer has Training and Assessment Qualification Certificate IV TAE 40116. She is an Accredited Medical Sonographer.

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Norharifah Zainal

Education & Operations Manager, Sonographer

Norharifah has over a decade of experience performing ultrasound scans on patients from major public hospitals in Singapore. She is an expert and a clinical trainer of general, vascular and musculoskeletal ultrasound to junior staff and resident doctors.

Norharifah won first place as a speaker for her presentation of an interesting ultrasound case study in the cross-institution challenge by Medical Ultrasound Society of Singapore in conjunction with RAD (Radiology) ASIA.

An invited speaker and trainer for ultrasound for deep vein thrombosis, in point of care enhanced ultrasound for resident doctors at Singhealth Academia. She received the Singhealth Residency Award for her dedication towards training resident doctors.

Author and presented poster at local and international ultrasound conferences in Singapore (AFSUMB / MUSS), Korea (KSUM) and Australia (ASA).

Norharifah has a Masters in Medical Sonography from University of South Australia (Adelaide) and a Bachelor in Medical Imaging from Charles Sturt University.

“I am really passionate about sonography and believe that coupled with a systematic method with an expert supervision, learning ultrasound can be made simple and enjoyable.”

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Medical Faculty

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Associate Professor Suresh Pillai

Centre for Healthcare Simulation
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS

Associate Professor Pillai is a specialist Senior Consultant Emergency Physician in the National University Hospital and is also the Director of the Centre for Healthcare Simulation at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLL SoM). He has been instrumental in reviewing medical simulation training in YLL SoM by developing new simulation programmes that integrate into existing curricula. Over the past few years, he has developed and introduced simulation training as an integral part of medical undergraduate training in YLL SoM. He has also developed international award-winning Virtual Reality Simulation training modules for medical undergraduates and runs the Virtual Reality Simulation Laboratory in the Centre for Healthcare Simulation, NUS. He is also actively involved in undergraduate medical education at several other levels and formulated the first Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Programme.

His pet interests are in competency and procedural skills training, crisis resource management, patient safety simulation, Professionalism training and Life Support training for which he serves as the Basic Cardiac Life Support Director. He is also a Core Faculty of the Emergency Medicine Residency Programme in the National University Hospital, Singapore. His clinical interests are in Toxicology and Management of Poisoning and he provides consultations in various aspects of management of a poisoned patient. He is also a consultant to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is involved in planning and policy making in Emergency Preparedness and Mass Casualty Incident Management. He has formulated national protocols for the medical management of radiation casualties and serves as an expert advisor on radiation injuries to MOH. He has also been actively involved in several overseas humanitarian disaster relief missions.

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Dr Kylie Baker

Curriculum Development

MBBS, FACEM, CCPU

Kylie Baker MBBS, FACEM, CCPU, is an Emergency Physician at Ipswich General Hospital, who has learnt, researched and taught bedside ultrasound since 2001, with the close support and mentorship of the Ipswich General Hospital sonography department. She was trained at the Australian Institute of Ultrasound, has tutored at AIU and is now taking a break to study for a DDU in emergency medicine.

Her research into lung ultrasound in heart failure commenced in 2010 with a generous grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation. This pilot study progressed to a multi-centre trial, again sponsored by EMF, culminating in cost analysis with the help of the Centre for International Economics.

Her current interests lie in teaching point of care ultrasound as a decision-enhancing tool for acutely unwell patients. She is a strong believer in problem directed, whole body assessment, and is currently exploring the inclusion of bowel ultrasound and venous congestion indices into assessment with the help of the international #FOAMed community.

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Dr Lizzy Guimaraes

Clinician (Echo)

Lizzy completed her medical training and residency in Bahia, Brazil. This was followed by cardiology fellowship by the Brazilian Medical Association. She then completed a subspecialty in Advanced Echocardiography at the University of the State of Sao Paulo, Heart Institute. Lizzy developed an interest in ultrasound teaching whilst training in a busy tertiary hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Australia, whilst working as a General Practitioner in Victoria Point, Queensland, she applied PoCUS to assess patients at the surgery. She invested her experience in teaching and training clinicians to use bedside ultrasound as a physical examination tool, improving patient outcomes. Her current interest involves research and discoveries in the field of education and methodology for clinicians which could make a difference in the lives of many.

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Dr Clara Ngoh

Clinician (Renal Tract)

Dr Clara Ngoh is a consultant Nephrologist in NUH, and Director for undergraduate assessments in the Department of Medicine, NUS. She graduated with a MB ChB from University of Edinburgh (2012), a Masters in Medicine from NUS (2015), and is due to complete a Masters in Applied Health Science Informatics (M AHSI) from Johns Hopkins University (2022).

Her clinical and research interests are in chronic kidney disease, altercations with metabolic disease, and developing diagnostic tools for the assessment, triage and prognostication of chronic kidney disease. She is proficient in bedside ultrasound after being awarded 2 fellowships to study this in Taiwan (Chang Gung Memorial Hosital, Taipei) and UK (King’s College London), set up the first Nephrology diagnostic lab for ultrasound imaging in NUH, and has several research grants, including from NMRC to study novel diagnostic tools. Her other interests are in medical informatics and healthcare innovation, she is particularly interested in the use of data analytics for better healthcare navigation, and to improve healthcare practices related to community and population CKD.

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Dr Geoffrey Samuel

Clinician (MSK)

Dr Geoffrey is a senior consultant and the current Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He currently holds appointments as Adjunct Assistant Professor with Duke-NUS Medical School and Clinical Physician Faculty Member (CPFM) with SingHealth Rehabilitation Medicine Residency Programme.

Dr Geoffrey was awarded the Singapore Ministry of Health Healthcare Manpower Development Program (HMDP) in 2015 to train as a fellow in the National Taiwan University Hospital in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and point of care ultrasound. He incorporates the learnings from that fellowship in his daily practice and has a regular musculoskeletal rehabilitation clinic in SGH.

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