Dr Vincent Lai is a gastroenterologist at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore.
He is trained in therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which allows him to deal with complicated bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, removal of large colon polyps to managing complicated bile ducts striictures, bile duct stones and pancreatic stones.
Dr Lai attained his bachelor's degree at the University of Sheffield, UK, in 1993, and pursued 5 years of specialist training in gastroenterology (stomach and intestine) and another 5 years of subspecialty training in hepatology (liver, gall bladder and bile duct) at the University of Birmingham, UK.
During his time at one of the largest liver transplant units in Europe, he gained much exposure to general and transplant hepatology, particularly the management of acute liver failure and viral hepatitis.
He was accredited by the Specialist Accreditation Board in gastroenterology in England in 2006. He attained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2007, with his research on investigating liver immunity in viral hepatitis. He was also actively involved in the care of patients with acute liver failure and liver dialysis during this period.
In his practice in Singapore, he is also actively involved in both cadaveric and living donor liver transplantation.
Dr Lai was a consultant hepatologist at the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2006 – 2008, where he contributed to the development of viral hepatitis services. During his tenure, he was actively involved in medical research and was awarded a grant from the Trust to study patients with liver infection.
His research interests include the adaptive and innate immunity in patients with liver disease, particularly in patients with viral hepatitis and liver failure. He has published extensively in the areas of viral immunology and acute liver failure.
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