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Annitha Annathurai

Clinical Assistant Professor


Education Qualifications: MBBS (National University of Singapore), MRCS Accident & Emergency (UK), FAMS (Singapore), M Med (Emergency Med, NUS, Singapore)

Dr Annitha completed basic medical training in 1999 at Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore and went on to complete specialist training in Emergency Medicine in 2006. She received the HMDP Award in 2008 and completed fellowship in observation medicine and bioterrorism at Emory University, Atlanta, USA and CDC. Her interests are in Clinical Operations, Observation Services and Quality Improvement.

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS
  • Senior Lecturer, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor


  • SingHealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Award 2018/2019
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Awards Hero Award 2021 for Covid contribution

Leadership positions / roles in Education: 

  • Oversee the planning and execution of department senior and junior faculty education programs

Research Interests:

  • Observation Medicine, Evidence Based Emergency Care Protocols
  • Operations Research
  • Health Service Research


Selected Publications:

The V-Quick patch versus the standard 12-lead ECG system: time is the essence.
Lateef F, Annathurai A, Loh TT. Int J Emerg Med. 2008 Apr ;( 1):43-8.

A case of risperidone-associated neuroleptic malignant syndrome in a patient receiving long-term haloperidol treatment. Wee, J. C. P., Wong, E., & Annathurai, A. Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2010; 17(3), 285.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation interruptions with use of a load-distributing band device during emergency department cardiac arrest. Annals of emergency medicine Ong, M. E. H., Annathurai, A., Shahidah, A., Leong, B. S. H., Ong, V. Y. K., Tiah, L., & Sultana, P. 2010; 56(3), 233-241.

Non-traumatic pericardial effusion presenting as shortness of breath Annathurai, A. & Lateef, F. Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine.2011; 18(1), 42.

Improving the Quality of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation by Training Dedicated Cardiac Arrest Teams Incorporating a Mechanical Load-Distributing Device at the Emergency Department Ong, M. E. H., Quah, J. L. J., Annathurai, A., Noor, N. M., Koh, Z. X., Tan, K. B. K., & Fook-Chong, S. Resuscitation. (2012);

Improved neurologically intact survival with the use of an automated, load-distributing band chest compression device for cardiac arrest presenting to the emergency department. Ong, M. E. H., Fook-Chong, S., Annathurai, A., Ang, S. H., Tiah, L., Yong, K. L, & Sultana, P.Critical Care;2012,16(4), R144.