Dr Claramae Chia is the Head and Senior Consultant in the Department of Sarcoma, Peritoneal and Rare Tumours (SPRinT), Division of Surgery and Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore. She graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2005. She obtained her membership diploma for surgery in 2008 from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In May 2013, she completed her advanced surgical training and joined as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She continued on to her subspecialty training in surgical oncology with a focus on peritoneal surface malignancies. In 2013, she was awarded the SingHealth Health Manpower Development Plan - Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Surgical Oncology Programme.
On the research front, she has been actively involved in clinical as well as basic science research since her basic surgical training. She has had publications in several peer reviewed journals. In 2008, she joined the Wee Kim Wee Laboratory of Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre as a clinical research fellow and won the Singapore Millenium Foundation Grant for Associate Investigator for her translational work in nasopharyngeal carcinoma. One of the works of this project - Evaluation of Calbindin expression in primary nasopharyngeal carcinoma tissues as a marker of distant metastasis –won the Young Surgeon’s Award 2013 at the 2nd AMM-AMS-HKAM Tripartite Congress & 47th Singapore Malaysia Congress of Medicine. Dr Chia is also a clinical tutor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore and is involved in the Year 3 General Surgical program. She is also involved with the teaching of the Duke-NUS student who rotate through their general surgery rotation.
Chia, C. S., You, B., Decullier, E., Vaudoyer, D., Lorimier, G., Abboud, K., ... & Glehen, O. (2016). Patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis from gastric cancer treated with cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy: is cure a possibility?. Annals of surgical oncology, 23(6), 1971-1979.
Chia, C. S., Tan, G. H. C., Lim, C., Soo, K. C., & Teo, M. C. C. (2016). Prospective quality of life study for colorectal cancer patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis undergoing cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Annals of surgical oncology, 23(9), 2905-2913.
Chia, C. S., Glehen, O., Bakrin, N., Decullier, E., You, B., Gilly, F. N., & Passot, G. (2015). Intraperitoneal vascular endothelial growth factor: a prognostic factor and the potential for intraperitoneal bevacizumab use in peritoneal surface malignancies. Annals of surgical oncology, 22(3), 880-887.