Professor Lawrence Ho graduated with first-class honours from the University of Sydney, and undertook his training in therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Besides being an accomplished endoscopist who has been invited to perform live case demonstrations in numerous international endoscopy workshops, he is an effective educator, winning the Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards, National University of Singapore, in 2000 and 2003 respectively, and being conferred the honorary International Life Membership of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India to recognise his contribution to endoscopic training in India. He chairs the Asian Endoscopic Ultrasound Group, which is a platform for leading EUS experts to promote endoscopic ultrasound training and professional development of endosonographers in the Asian region.
Prof Ho was the President of THE Gastroenterological Society of Singapore from 2005-6. His regional standing as an academic leader is evident in the invitations he received: as an orator at the Francisco Roman Memorial Lecture (Philippine Society of Gastroenterology and Philippine Society of Digestive Endoscopy, twice in 2003 & 2013 respectively), Seah Cheng Siang Memorial Oration (Gastroenterological Society of Singapore, 2012), Nihal Marcus Memorial Oration (Sri Lanka Gastroenterological Association, 2012), and the Macau Society of Digestive Endoscopy Lecture (2013). In 2010, he was conferred the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation Emerging Leadership lecturer at Asia Pacific Digestive Week.
Perhaps what defines him is his ardent pursuit of innovation in medicine. In pursuit of bringing together regional experts with collaborative research in Barrett's oesophagus, he assumed the leadership as current Chair of the Asian Barrett's Consortium, a post he still currently holds. In collaboration with the Genomic Institute of Singapore, the team has made important strides in the cloning of oesophageal stem cells from patients with Barrett’s oesophagus. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers, more than 10 book chapters, co-edited 2 books, and held 15 patents in translational products. In recognition of his achievement in clinical and translational research, he was awarded the Inaugural National University Health System Leadership Award - Clinical Innovator (Individual) Award in 2011. As co-inventor for the ground-breaking technology of the Master and Slave Transluminal Endoscopic Robot (MASTER), he was part of the team who developed the world's first flexible robotic endoscopy system, which was successfully used to perform endoscopic submucosal dissection in human patients. Both the inventors co-founded a start-up company, Endomaster Pte Ltd, and received in 2012 the President’s Technology Award, the highest honour bestowed on exceptional research scientists and engineers in Singapore for their excellent achievements in science and technology. Working with the Department of Bioengineering, NUS, the team pioneered the world’s one-of-a-kind In-Vivo Molecular Diagnostic System, which can make realtime objective diagnosis of GI cancer simpler. He co-founded a second start-up company, Endofotonics Pte Ltd, to develop this product.
Prof Ho chairs the Gastroenterology Residency Advisory Committee, and sits on the Joint Commission on Specialist Training, Ministry of Health. He is a member of the Specialist Accreditation Board, Ministry of Health. He has just stepped down as Chair, University Medicine Cluster, National University Hospital and Head, Department of Medicine, National University of Singapore, following 6 illustrious years of leadership where he was instrumental in enhancing the academic culture, and growing the next generation of academic leaders within the university department. He now leads the research enterprise in NUHS as the Group Director, Research Office, and Vice Dean, Research, NUS.
Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards, NUS, in 2000 and 2003
Fellow of the Academic Medicine Development Award, NUHS, 2011
Inaugural National University Health System Leadership Award - Clinical Innovator (Individual) Award, 2011
President’s Technology Award 2012
Public Adminstration Medal 2017