Prof Marcus Ong is Professor and Director of Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Medical School and Pre-hospital & Emergency Research Center. He also holds appointments in Singapore General Hospital, SingHealth, Ministry of Health, Local and Overseas Academic Institutions.
Prof Ong received the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) National Day Award in 2016 and was recognised with the Minister for Health Award (2018) for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments. He has been awarded the inaugural Ian G. Jacobs Award for International Group Collaboration to Advance Resuscitation Science in 2014 and the Keith Neely Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award in 2015 from the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), USA, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asian EMS Council in 2014.
Prof Ong has obtained more than S$57 million in research grants for his studies, which include data science, geospatial diseases mapping, clinical drug trials, resuscitation and cardiovascular sciences, pre-hospital emergency care, and biomedical engineering. Prof Ong has published more than 320 articles in international and local journals, such as Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, American Journal of Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Resuscitation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, etc. Based on google scholar, he has an h-index of 48 and publications have been cited over 50,000 times.
Prof Ong has also patented inventions using AI and Heart Rate Variability for risk prediction of acutely ill patients and cooling solutions for therapeutic hypothermia. The technology is currently being developed into bedside triage devices that can help in risk stratification of critically ill patients and he has spun-off two companies from these inventions.