Dr Chuah Sai Yee

Dr Chuah Sai Yee

Cantonese, English, Hokkien, Malay, Mandarin, Teochew
Last updated 22 Nov 2023


Dr Chuah Sai Yee is a dermatologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore.

She sees all general skin conditions for adults and children, with a special interest in pigment, hair and nail disorders, and non-invasive skin imaging for skin cancer screening. She performs laser treatment, aesthetic skin rejuvenation, and surgical removal of skin cancers and benign skin lesions.

Prior to joining private practice, she was a senior consultant and head of the pigment disorders clinic at the National Skin Centre (NSC). She continues to be a visiting consultant there.

Dr Chuah graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK and undertook postgraduate medical training in Scotland during which she obtained her membership to the Royal College of Physicians, UK. Her interest in dermatology got further ignited at dermatology specialist training centres in Scotland.

During her training in the UK, she attained the diploma in dermatology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK and the specialty certificate in dermatology from the Royal College of Physicians, UK.

She went on to obtain the advanced specialist training in dermatology at NSC. She received the Health Manpower Development Plan award to further her training in dermatology at Hôpital l'Archet, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice, France and Hôpital Saint-Louis, France.

While at NSC, Dr Chuah started the earliest non-invasive skin imaging clinic for skin cancer screening using reflectance confocal microscopy.

She was a principal investigator in many research projects and published more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and authored over 20 book chapters in dermatology.

Dr Chuah was also an examiner for senior residents annual clinical assessment at NSC and for the graduate diploma in family practice dermatology in Singapore.

She is a recipient of several NSC Service Champions Awards and the NSC Long Service Award.

Awards and honours

  • 2021
    National Skin Centre Service Champions Award (Silver)
  • 2020
    National Skin Centre Long Service Award
  • 2017
    National Skin Centre Service Champions Award (Silver)

Research and publications

Chuah, S. Y., et al. (2023). NB‐UVB phototherapy response of different body regions in non‐segmental vitiligo. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 37(6).

Chuah, S. Y., et al. (2022). Efficacy of platelet-rich plasma in Asians with androgenetic alopecia: A randomized controlled trial. Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, 89, 135–138.

Chuah, S. Y., Wai, C. K., Tee, S., Zhao, X., & Steven, T. T. G. (2022). The role of in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy in the diagnosis and management of lichen planus pigmentosus. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 63(4).

Chuah, S. Y., Toh, J. J. H., Jhingan, A., Chong, W., & Thng, S. T. G. (2020). Afamelanotide implants and narrow-band ultraviolet B phototherapy for the treatment of nonsegmental vitiligo in Asians. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 82(6), 1517–1519.

Chuah, S. Y., & Thng, S. T. G. (2018). The role of in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy in assessing the stability of vitiligo vulgaris prior to cellular grafting. Skin Research and Technology, 25(2), 245–247.

Chuah, S. Y., et al. (2018). Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Polypodium Leucotomos Extract in the Treatment of Melasma in Asian Skin: A Pilot Study. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 11(3), 14–19.

Chuah, S. Y., et al. (2015). Reflectance confocal microscopy is a useful non-invasive tool in the in vivo diagnosis of pigmented basal cell carcinoma in Asians. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 58(2), 130–134.

Chuah, S. Y., et al. (2014). Dermoscopic features of congenital acral melanocytic naevi in children: a prospective comparative and follow-up study. British Journal of Dermatology, 172(1), 88–93.

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