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Assoc Prof Deidre Anne De Silva

Assoc Prof Deidre Anne De Silva

​MBBS, MRCP (United Kingdom), FAMS (Neurology)

Head & Senior Consultant

National Neuroscience Institute

Specialty: Neurology, Neurology

Sub-specialties: Stroke, General Neurology

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Department of Neurology National Neuroscience InstituteNational Neuroscience Institute
  • Head & Senior Consultant Neurology Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital


Assoc Prof Deidre De Silva is the Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality. She is also the Head of Department and Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, NNI@SGH Campus.

As a clinical neurologist with subspecialty interest in stroke, she is involved in stroke research, academic grant-supported studies and industry sponsored clinical trials. Her education interests include inter-professional education in stroke and research mentorship.


FAMS (Neurology), 2007

FRCP, 2004 

MRCP Royal College of Physicians UK, 2002

MBBS National University of Singapore, 1996

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Director (Patient Safety & Clinical Quality), National Neuroscience Institute
  • Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, National Neuroscience Institute (Singapore General Hospital Campus), 2009 - Present
  • Programme Director, NNI Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Clinical Programme, 2018 - Present
  • Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, 2014 - Present
  • Chair, Stroke Service Improvement team, Ministry of Health, 2014 - Present
  • Committee Member, Singapore National Stroke Association, 2014 - Present
  • Committee Member, World Stroke Organisation (Stroke support organisation, World Stroke Campaign), 2017 - Present


  • 2nd Prize, 10th SingHealth Allied Health Innovation Practice Award, 2017
  • AM-Ethos Learning Enhancement And Progress (Leap) Award – Merit, to both Duke-NUS student Mr Lim Shu Han and ACP, 2017
  • Certificate of achievement winner for 9th AHIP 2016 - Gem award (Project SGAT SGH)
  • Outstanding Resident Faculty Award 2014 and 2015
  • SingHealth GCEO Outstanding Clinical Research Award 2014

Research Interests

  • Hyperacute stroke care
  • Stroke imaging
  • Asian pattern of stroke
  • Novel stroke risk factors
  • Stroke health systems research


  • Liew NC, Alemany GV, Angchaisuksiri P, Bang SM, Choi G, DE Silva DA, Hong JM, Lee L, Li YJ, Rajamoney GN, Suviraj J, Tan TC, Tse E, Teo LT, Visperas J, Wong RS, Lee LH. Asian venous thromboembolism guidelines: updated recommendations for the prevention of venous thromboembolism. Int Angiol. 2017 Feb;36(1):1-20. (Impact factor: 0.899)
  • Venketasubramanian N, Yin A, Lee LB, De Silva DA. Two decades of nation-wide community-based stroke support- The Singapore National Stroke Association. Int J Stroke 2016. [EPUB] (Impact factor: 3.044)
  • Queck KK, Fabiaña NL, Woon FP, Tay DD, Oh CT, Ng WM, De Silva DA. Cultural issues of the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale dysphasia and dysarthria components in Singapore- A survey of healthcare workers. Int J Stroke 2016; 11(9) (Impact factor: 3.044.)
  • Fabiaña NL, Chen CL, Venketasubramanian N, Lee CF, Wong KS, De Silva DA. Sex and the treatment effect in the Chinese Medicine NeuroAiD Efficacy on Stroke recovery (CHIMES) trial. J Clin Neurosci. 2016; 33(1):269-270 (Impact factor: 1.61.)
  • Ng YS, Astrid S, De Silva DA, Tan MLD, Tan YL, Chew E. Functional Outcomes after Inpatient Rehabilitation in a Prospective Stroke Cohort, Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2013; 22 (3): 175-182 (Impact factor: N.A.)

Research Trials

  • Ethnic differences among stroke patients in Singapore: Principal investigator of this investigator-initiated study
  • Pattern of stroke among South Asians: Principal investigator of this investigator-initiated study
  • Large artery stiffness and compliance among stroke patients: Singapore General Hospital principal investigator of this collaborative project with the Baker Heart Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • Metabolic syndrome among stroke patients: Principal investigator of this investigator-initiated study
  • Intracranial stenosis among stroke subtypes in Asians: Principal investigator of this investigator-initiated study
  • Echoplanar imaging thrombolysis evaluation trial (EPITHET)- in collaboration with Royal Melbourne Hospital and National Stroke Research Institute, Australia: Writing committee, clinical coordinator, radiology sub-committee