Dr Quek Swee Chong is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist of over 20 years with a specialized interest in cervical cancer, including its prevention, detection and treatment. He has held numerous leadership positions and led key research in the fields of cervical cancer, both locally and abroad. Dr Quek first received his undergraduate medical training in Dublin, Ireland, before going on to work in London for several years, including three years as a research fellow. Since he returned to Singapore in 2000, he has devoted much of his professional career to the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer—researching, authoring and giving lectures extensively to medical students and doctors alike.
Apart from his clinical practice and academic work, Dr Quek is also passionate about training doctors and healthcare workers in underprivileged communities, and has volunteered his services to the International Agency for Research into Cancer (IARC) for the World Health Organization to train up numerous doctors in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Africa and India.
In 2009, Dr Quek started and continues to run the Himalayan Women’s Health Project. This is a humanitarian non-profit organization that provides women’s healthcare to remote areas in the Himalayas. These villages do not have access to modern diagnostic, preventive and treatment methods of cervical cancer. To date the Himalayan Women’s Health Project, led by him, has screened more than 8,000 women in Ladakh, India. Dr Quek himself has performed more than 1,500 surgeries for pre-cancer on these women.
To that end, he serves on the board of the International Federation of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology, and his extensive research and humanitarian work centre around HPV and cervical cancer as well.