Dr Derek Yong
MBBS (Adelaide, Australia)
FRACP (Cardiology, Australia)
FAMS (Cardiology, Singapore)
FACC (Cardiology, USA)
Education & Training
While Dr Derek Yong humbly considers it his life mission to restore hearts and health, his sincere, friendly and competent bedside manner has won him hearts along the way.
A grateful patient once wrote: “Dr Derek Yong was very patient, caring and concerned. He answered all my areas of concern patiently and showed great care and kindness. A fantastic doctor. Wish there were more doctors like him.”
Currently in private practice as the Consultant General and Interventional Cardiologist at the Mount Alvernia Hospital as well as the Medical Director for Restore Heart Centre in Mount Alvernia Hospital Medical Centre, Dr Yong was a Consultant General and Interventional Cardiologist at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital.
A fully-trained Cardiologist in Australia, Dr Yong completed his Advanced Cardiology Specialist training, Cardiovascular CT, CT Coronary Angiography and subspecialty of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology training at the world-renowned Westmead Hospital, and cardiac CT centres like HeartScan Institute and the Australian Institute of Cardiovascular CT in Sydney, Australia.
Since his days at Westmead Hospital, he has chalked up vast experience as the main operator in numerous primary coronary angioplasty procedures for acute myocardial infarction. He is also a CT Coronary Angiography Specialist recognised by The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology (RANZCR) and Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists (ANZAPNM).
Dr Yong has full practising rights as a Consultant General and Interventional Cardiologist in both Australia and Singapore. However, this Singapore Son has his heart set on serving in his homeland, where he furthered his subspecialty training in Interventional Cardiology in National Heart Centre Singapore.
He had trained extensively in complex coronary intervention, treating patients with complex bifurcation disease, left main coronary disease, bypass graft disease and chronic total occlusions CTO using advanced interventional techniques such as rotational atherectomy and invasive coronary imaging techniques such as Intravascular Ultrasound and Optical Coherence Tomography.
As one of the pioneer Interventional Cardiologists at JurongHealth, he was instrumental in establishing the key cardiology services in Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, instituting the invasive cardiac and interventional cardiology services. One of the first Invasive Cardiologists in JurongHealth to perform Renal Denervation procedure to treat complex resistant hypertensive patients, he was also the Chief Cardiologist lead for its Heart Failure Clinical Program managing complex heart failure patients requiring electrical and mechanical support.
Dr Yong grooms the next generation of cardiologists as the Physician Core Faculty Member of the Cardiology Senior Resident program in the National University Hospital of Singapore, and as a Clinical Lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. He has also been invited to present his work at various international Cardiology conferences. In recognition of his outstanding credentials, achievements and national contributions to cardiology, he has been admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as Fellow of The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
A former Singapore national tennis player, Dr Yong doesn’t just preach the usual adage that “exercise is good for you.” This doc, who holds the record for the youngest person ever to represent Singapore in the international Davis Cup competition, prescribes picking a sport you enjoy to ensure continued participation for years. “If you are having fun while playing a sport you like, you will naturally enjoy and benefit from the work-out,” says Dr Yong. Find out more about how playing tennis can improve your heart health here and what precautions you should take before starting on a new sport or exercise regime.
Proficient in English, Chinese, Hokkien and Teochew which endears him to elderly patients, Dr Yong firmly believes that having a heart for the sick is as important as sterling qualifications. He strives to provide value-for-money treatment. “At Restore Heart Centre, affordability and availability to our patients are our top priorities. We are dedicated to making quality healthcare accessible to all.”