MBBS (National University of Singapore)
MRCP(Member, Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom)
Specialist Accreditation in Rheumatology (Singapore)
FAMS (Rheumatology) Academy of Medicine Singapore
FRCP (Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh)
Member (American Society of Reproductive Immunology)
Dr Sheila Vasoo is a Senior Consultant and Rheumatologist with a special interest in Reproductive Immunology and is currently a Visiting Senior Consultant in the Division of Rheumatology, University Medicine Cluster, National University Health System. She is also the Programme Director of the Pregnancy Loss Clinic @NUH, which she runs with Prof Mahesh Choolani and team.
She obtained her Membership from the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 1998 and received her specialist accreditation in Rheumatology in 2005. She has been a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore) since 2005 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians since 2011.
Over the years, she has managed a wide range of rheumatic conditions from arthritis, soft tissue rheumatism and osteoporosis to complex connective tissue diseases and has authored several research publications in this field. She firmly subscribes to timely and early intervention of rheumatic diseases in order to prevent damage from disease. She is an Executive Committee member of the National Arthritis Foundation and was formerly a member of the Chapter of Rheumatologists (2004-2007) and is on the editorial board of several journals including Lupus.
Her passion for Reproductive Immunology began in 2004 during her subspecialty training in “Sticky Blood syndrome” or Antiphospholipid syndrome and Recurrent Miscarriages at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK under Professor Graham Hughes. Upon her return, she pioneered the Pregnancy Loss Program at NUH with Prof Mahesh Choolani. The program is the first in Singapore to offer immunotherapy to women with immune-related recurrent miscarriages. She now runs a Reproductive Immunology Clinic at The Choolani Clinic.
Her research interests are in the field of Antiphospholipid syndrome and Reproductive Immunology particularly understanding immune mechanisms in recurrent miscarriages. In 2009, she was awarded the NMRC EDG/NIG grant award for the study on the role of microvesicles in adverse pregnancy outcomes. The research team headed by her was first in Singapore to embark on this challenging research. In 2012, the group was awarded the John Gusdon New Investigator Award at the joint American and European Society of Reproductive Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting for their novel findings and published in Placenta.