Chan Xin Hui Diana
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Clin Asst Prof Chan Xin Hui Diana

Clin Asst Prof Diana Chan Xin Hui

​MBBS, MMed (Anaesthesiology), EDRA, MCI, FAMS

Head & Senior Consultant

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: Pain Medicine, Anaesthesiology

Clinical Interest: Anaesthesia, Pain Management

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Pain Management, Pain Management and You.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Pain Medicine Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Director SingHealth Duke-NUS Spine Centre
  • Senior Consultant Women's Pain Centre KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


​Dr Diana Chan is presently a Senior Consultant in the Department of Pain Management under the Division of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in SGH.

She graduated with MBBS from the National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2008. She subsequently pursued training in Anaesthesiology and became a fully certified specialist anaesthetist in 2015.

She went on further to train in the subspecialty of chronic pain and regional anaesthesia, obtaining an European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia in 2014 and completing a 1 year overseas HMDP fellowship in Perth, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, from 2016 to 2017, under the subspecialty of interventional and biopsychosocial pain management.

She also graduated with a Masters of Clinical Investigation in 2017, which helped her pursue clinical and translational research in pain medicine and anaesthesiology. She does both clinical and basic science research in pain management. In addition, she is also currently attending the Graduate Diploma of Acupuncture course which she believes will help complement chronic pain management.

She believes in the importance of a biopsychosocial and holistic approach in management of chronic pain.


  • MBBS (Singapore)
  • MMed Anaesthesia (Singapore)
  • Fellowship in Chronic Pain and Interventional Pain Management and Regional Anaesthesia, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth (Australia)
  • Specialist Accreditation in Anaesthesiology (Singapore)
  • FAMS (Singapore)
  • Masters of Clinical Investigation (Singapore)
  • European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Clinical Asst Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Clinical Lecturer, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • ​Fellow of Academy of Medicine
  • Member of Pain Association Society Singapore
  • Member of Singapore Society of Anaesthesiologists


  • Best Abstract Award, Duke-NUS Surgical Anaesthesia Conference, 2017
  • Best Poster Award, Duke-NUS Surgical Anaesthesia, 2017
  • NMRC MOH Healthcare Research Award for Masters of Clinical Investigation, 2015
  • HMDP Award 2015-2016 for Pain and Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship in SCGH, Perth
  • Singapore Society of Anaesthesia Award for Most Outstanding Advanced Specialist Trainee in Clinical Excellence, Aptitude, Research, Education and Service Award, 2014
  • Robert Lin Memorial Gold Medal for Best Student in Pharmacology with Distinction, 2008
  • Ivan Polunin Medial for Best Student in Community, Occupational and Family Medicine, 2008
  • Dean's List Awards, 2003 - 2006

Research Interests


  • Development of the CARES surgical risk calculator for prediction of post-surgical mortality risk.  Chan XH Diana, Sim YE, Chan YH, R. Poopalalingam, HR Abdullah. BMJ Open.
  • Intrathecal Catheter Insertion and Analgesia is a Safe and Effective Method of Pain Control in Patients with Advanced and Intractable Cancer Pain.  Chan XH Diana, Li Lydia and Tan KH. Research Article: J Pain Relief 2016, 6:289.
  • Infant lumbar and thoracic epidurals for abdominal surgeries: cases in a paediatric tertiary institution.  Thong SY, Sin El, Chan DX, Shahani JM. Singapore Med J 2015; 56(8): 455-459.
  • An unusual route taken by a central venous catheter resulting in inadvertent subclavian artery cannulation: a case report.  Tan AY, Chan DX, Soh CR. Oxf Med Case Reports. 2015 Jun 1;2015(6):303-5.
  • Case Report: Rapidly corrected Metabolic Acidosis as an unusual cause of Postoperative Apnoea.  Chan XH Diana, Thong SY, Oriana Ng. OA Case Reports 2014 Feb 25;3(2):16.
  • An Unusual Cause of Intraoperative Airway Obstruction in a Child with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome.  Diana X H Chan, Thay Yujia, Ayesha Ali.  Anaesthesia 2014, 2014-088.
  • Management of pancreatic injuries after blunt abdominal trauma. Experience at a single institution.  Tan KK, Chan DX, Vijayan A, Chiu MT. Journal of Pancreas. 2009 Nov 5;10(6):657-63.

Research Trials

  • Regulating chronic neuropathic pain and associated comorbidities by targeting synaptic mechanisms in the forebrain medial septum.  Pain Mechanisms - NUS Physiology Lab.
  • Use of TAP catheters as postoperative analgesia in gynaecological operations.  An RCT.  Thong SY, Diana X H Chan, Oriana Ng
  • Single shot paravertebral block reduces morphine requirement and facilitates post operative extubation in patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy infusion (HIPEC), a randomized controlled trial.  D. Chan, Thong SY, M.Teo
  • As Asian, phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 14-week study of DS-5565 in patients with post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) followed by a 52-week open-label extension.  Tan KH et al
  • Identification of Essential Elements Necessary for Delivery of Improved Patient Care in a Tertiary Pain Management Centre - A Continuing Quality Improvement Project