International Training / Qualification / Experience
Dr Eric Hong Cho Tek is one of the very few cardiologists who is doubly accredited after being trained in two ACGME ( Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, USA) clinical fellowships of interventional cardiology and non-invasive cardiac imaging (including cardiac CT angiography, PET/SPECT imaging, nuclear cardiology). He is is currently Consultant Cardiologist at EH Heart Specialist, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, and Visiting Consultant to Mount Alvernia Hospital, Raffles Hospital. Dr Hong has special interests in interventional cardiology ( Femoral and Radial access), sports cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and advanced non- invasive multi-modality cardiac imaging. He is also accredited to perform renal denervation procedure, an emerging therapy for hypertension.
After receiving his medical degree from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he went on to pass the United States Medical Licensing Examinations. He worked in Ireland before beginning specialist training in internal medicine at Singapore General Hospital. After becoming a member of Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), Dr Hong completed his advanced Specialist training in cardiology at National University Hospital and was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Cardiology). He also passed the certification examinations of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Dr Hong became the first Singaporean to be accepted in the clinical programmes at Department of Cardiology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School where he completed two clinical fellowships. At Harvard, he was also involved in the R&D of the latest cardiovascular imaging modalities, new isotopes and new generation stents used in interventional cardiology. After becoming a diplomate of the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology and being board eligible in interventional cardiology, he returned to Singapore where he joined National University Hospital as Director, Nuclear Cardiology and Imaging, and Director, Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Prior to starting private practice, he was a consultant at Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he helped to set up and deliver 24-hour-a-day, seven-days a week acute cardiology service for heart attack patients. He also anchored the multimodality cardiac imaging service in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Throughout the years, he has won numerous service excellence awards, including Clinical Excellence (EXSA) Star 2008, Gold 2007, NHG Pillar Award Oct 2008, Hospital Superstar award Feb 2006, June 2006, Aug 2005 and COURAGE award 2003. He has been elected as Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Fellow of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions, Fellow of ASEAN Federation of Cardiology. He is also a member of Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC) and Singapore Cardiac Society. . Since 2010, he has been regularly invited as faculty to international cardiology/ angioplasty conferences overseas including TCT AP organised by CardioVascular Research Foundation(CVRF) and overseas hospitals including the prestigious Asan Medical Center in Seoul.