About Me - Dr Don Lau

Find out about me, Dr Don Lau, the doctor behind AMDA.sg. My mission is to improve patient health education by providing medical information that helps people in disease prevention.

May 2020 Update

In this difficult time of the COVID-19 outbreak, MD International Medical Centre (MDIMC) started operations on 1 Apr 20 in its new premises at 9 Taman Serasi, #01-11 Botanic Gardens View, in the heart of the Orchard /Tanglin /Nassim area of Singapore.

MD International Medical Centre continues to operate where our full medical team has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight. Our clinic which is PHPC-accredited is able to test swab for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, we have adopted a more proactive and I feel, also a more effective approach by encouraging patients to fortify their Immune systems to fight off any infections with vitamins & supplements, as well as a good diet and exercise. After all, a majority of people are actually COVID-19 asymptomatic.

Our clinic is also on most of the Ministry of Health's subsidy schemes and government initiatives, such as the Flu subsidy scheme (FSS), Swab & Go Home (SASH) pregramme, National Adult Immunisation Scheme (NAIS), NCIS, CHAS, Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP) etc.

Our medical team observes all MOH safety protocols and Safe distancing measures, to protect our patients. All staff wear the PPE anf face masks at all times. There are isolation areas for any patients with symptoms of respiratory infection.

Finally, we encourage everyone to get COVID-vaccinated. MDIMC provides the Sinopharm vaccine and booster. During the interim 6 months between the 2nd COVID vaccine jab and the booster, please get your Influenza vaccination for the Flu 2021/22 & H1N1 viruses. If you happen to display flu-like symptoms, you may exclude Flu  and H1N1, and get medical treatment sooner if you have contracted COVID-19.

Stay safe & healthy! Dr Don Lau

I have been practising general medicine since 1997 after I graduated from Monash University, Australia with an MBBS and obtained first class honours in my Bachelor of Medical Science degree. I returned to Singapore and worked in our public hospitals, before joining the private sector in Singapore.

In 2000, I took over Thean Clinic from my mentor, Dr Thean. I am now managing 2 clinics, Thean Clinic as well as AMDA International Peace Clinic which serves the International Expatriate community in Singapore.

AMDA International Peace Clinic (Singapore) is part of AMDA's network of Peace Clinics and Friendship Hospitals around the world. I work closely with Dr Shigeru Suganami, President of AMDA, Association of Medical Doctors of Asia.

AMDA is an international organization dedicated to realize a peaceful world community through humanitarian efforts in medical health care. Founded in Japan in 1984, AMDA is a non-governmental, non-profit organization with an international network of 31 chapters and 47 collaborating organizations around the world. I serve as the Chairperson of AMDA Singapore

In 2003, I obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff University in Wales, UK.

I have been extremely fortunate in the mentors that I have had throughout my career. They have taught me the true purpose of what it is to be a health professional.

The doctor that has had the most influence on my development as a doctor is Dr John Murtagh, my professor in Monash University. He was a generous and caring lecturer and doctor. But foremost, he was a giving teacher and he wrote some of the textbooks that medical students in Australia use ('Patient Education' and 'General Practice').

His medical philosophy of treating the whole patient, not just the symptoms provides health benefits to the society as a whole. This holistic health approach leads to a more patient-centered consultation. He advocated preventive medicine through the provision of health information to patients to assist in maintaining or attaining good health.

I firmly believe that disease prevention is the key to better health, not just the treatment of disease. I employ my medical skills in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, but I can't help but warn the patient when I see the impending train wreck. Far too much resources have been directed at treatment of disease at the expense of disease prevention.

In my careful explanations to my patients about their sickness, besides a better doctor and patient relationship, I hope that it leads to better compliance with the medication as well as the necessary changes to lifestyle that might be needed to enjoy a better quality of life. Everyone wants to live a long healthy life, free from serious or chronic diseases, able to enjoy their recreation and holidays with their loved ones and hold their grandchildren in their arms.

The effect of illness on families exacts a cost not just in monetary terms, but can lead to a crisis when a family member dies or is incapacitated. There is not just an effect on the patient but his family suffers as well.

I hope that you make good use of all the health information that you find in AMDA.sg. Life is precious, be happy and spend time with the people you love.

Dr Don Lau

April 2016

Sinopharm COVID-19 & Latest Influenza Vaccines (Protects against Flu and H1N1 Viruses) / Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR  Swab & Serology Tests for Travellers, Serology Testing to Certify Vaccination status and Pre-Event COVID Testing. Make your Appointment at Tel: 6694 1661

Flu Subsidy Scheme eligible for Singaporeans & PRs (Pay subsidized rate of $10 for Consultation and Treatment) & Merdeka Generation /Pioneer Generation seniors (Pay subsidized $5) for patients with Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs).

Learn about the Diagnosis, Treatment and/or Removal of the following skin problems :


Health Assessment & Screening Packages


Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine in Singapore

Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine is now available @ MD International Medical Centre. Make a Vaccination or Booster Appointment at Tel: 6694 1661. Learn more about Sinopharm here.

Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccine has now been approved for use by private clinics in Singapore against the COVID-19 virus under the Special Access Route. It is the first China-made vaccine to be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

To date, more than a billion doses of the Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV have been administered. The vaccine has also been approved for use in over 50 countries around the world.

Inactivated vaccines are a tried-and-tested form of vaccine technology which is used in other well-established vaccines, such as the Flu and Hepatitis B vaccines.

If you would like to receive the Sinopharm vaccine or booster, please make your appointment at MD Int'l Medical Centre at Tel: 6694 1661.

Effects of COVID-19 on the Brain

COVID Symptoms to watch out for:

SARS-CoV-2 Virus Infection of Human Organ  Tissues through Cell ACE-2 Receptors:

Ministry of Health Recommendation :

  • For persons who have already completed their Primary series with mRNA vaccines and are recommended to get a booster, but are unable to take another dose of mRNA vaccines for medical reasons, they may boost using one dose of Sinopharm vaccine. The booster should be taken six months after mRNA dose 2 (M-M-S).
  • For persons who are unable to take the the 2nd dose of mRNA vaccines for medical reasons, they may complete their vaccination with the Sinopharm vaccine. 2 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine is recommended to complete the Primary series. The 2nd Sinopharm dose  should be taken 28 days after the 1st Sinopharm dose (M-S-S).

For recovered persons who had not completed a primary series before infection:

  • For persons who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection but received 1 dose or none of COVID-19 vaccination prior, they may receive 2 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine (28 days interval between doses), 3 months after the date of infection to complete a primary vaccination series (Recovered-S-S or S-Recovered-S-S or M-Recovered-S-S).
  • For persons who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection and had received 2 doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines prior, they may receive 1 dose of Sinopharm after 3 months from the date of infection to complete a primary vaccination series (S-S-Recovered-S).

Up to $400 per Medisave Account per year can be used for Vaccinations under the National Adult & Childhood Immunisation Schedule - Influenza, Pneumococcal (PCV13/PPSV), Human Papillomavirus (HPV2/HPV4), Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap), Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) and Chickenpox (Varicella).

Part of MOH's Swab & Go Home programme. Our clinic can carry out the COVID-19 Swab test for anyone who meets the MOH medical criteria. All individuals aged 13 and above, diagnosed with ARI will be COVID Swab-tested. Cost of Swab test to be borne by Ministry of Health Singapore.

Part of the National Influenza Sentinel Surveillance programme with MOH. If you have a fever of > 38 degrees with a cough, our clinic is able to test for COVID-19. For children below 12 years old with clinical diagnosis of HFMD (eg fever, oral ulcers, rash), our clinic can test for Hand Foot & Mouth Disease (The tests are for surveillance purposes only).


Healthy Diets for Optimal Health

Asymptomatic patients may not display no symptoms of illness. Vulnerable people should get vaccinated against Influenza as the stop gap until the COVID vaccine is found. The Flu vaccine would protect susceptible people from, as well as exclude the Flu and H1N1 viruses should they start to show URTI or ARI symptoms.

- Latest Influenza Vaccine

The latest Influenza Vaccine is now available. It protects against the Flu and H1N1 Viruses. In the event that a person displays flu-like symptoms after the Flu vaccination, both Flu and H1N1 may be excluded in his diagnosis, and treatment can be sought quickly should the patient have contracted COVID-19.

Ministry of Health Safety protocols are adhered to at all times for the safe vaccination of you and your family.

* Latest COVID-19 Updates & Health Tips

* Importance of Keeping your Vaccinations Up-to-date


MD International Medical Centre

Medical Services available :

Public Health Preparedness Clinic

National University Health System Primary Care Network

Singapore Ministry of Health Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP)


The information provided in this website is for knowledge purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice.

Should you encounter any medical problem that you are unsure of, always consult your doctor or health care provider for assistance and medical advice.

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9 Taman Serasi #01-11, Botanic Gardens View

Tel : 65-6694-1661  Fax : 65-6694 1771

Email : contact@mdimc.sg

Clinic hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am-12.30pm / 2pm-6.30pm    Saturday: 9.30am-1pm

*Last registration is 30mins before the closing time

Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

- Cashless service with most International Insurance companies and Insurance Medical cards are accepted

- Japanese & Mandarin-speaking Doctors and Medical staff

Please contact us at Tel: 6694 1661 to make an appointment.

OUR MEDICAL TEAM

Dr Don Lau – Medical Director

MBBS (Monash), B Med Sc (Hons) (Monash), Dip Pract Derm (Wales, UK)

Fujiwara Takanori DC

The Chiropractic Association Singapore, Japan Chiropractic Register, American Chiropractic Association, California Chiropractic Association

Physiotherapy-trained NBCE The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

YAMAGATA Chihiro 山懸千尋

Registered Psychologist

Dr Lee Sao Bing – Opthalmologist (in-house Specialist)

MBBS, MMed(Ophth), FRCSEd(Ophth), MD, FAMS

Dr Pang Yoke Teen – ENT (Visiting Consultant)

FRCS (ORL), FRCS(EDIN), (FRCSGLASG), FAMS, MBBS

MD International Medical Centre

Medical Services

Minor Surgical Procedures :

·       Injection for Supraspinatus or Bicipital Tendonitis / Epicondylitis / Trigger finger / Plantar Fasciitis

·       Tendon Sheath Injection

·       Excision of small Skin tumours / Lipomas / Nail bed / Ear lobe cysts / Meibomian cyst

·       Removal of Skin sutures / Skin tags / Sebaceous cysts / Various foreign bodies / Corneal foreign body

·       Liquid Nitrogen Therapy

·       Treatment of Plantar Warts / Calluses / Corns / Ganglions

·       Splinters under nails

·       Olecranon and Pre-patellar Bursitis

·       Ear syringing

·       Embedded earring stud

Medical Conditions Treatable with Therapy:  

  • Head & Neck – Neckaches/ Spondylosis/ Wry Neck/ Whiplash/ Headaches/ Migraine/ Facial Palsy
  • Back – Back Strain/ Slipped Disc/ Scoliosis/ Sciatica/ Spondylosis/ Spondylolisthesis/ Spondylolysis
  • Shoulder – Frozen Shoulder/ Rotator Cuff Tear/ Impingement Syndrome
  • Elbow – Tennis Elbow/ Golf Elbow
  • Hip / Knee – Anterior Knee Pain/ Runner’s Knee/ Meniscus Injury/ Ligament Injury
  • Foot – Plantar Fasciitis/ Heel Pain/ Metatarsalgia
  • Joint – Arthritis/ Cartilage Wear & Tear/ Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament – Sprains/ ACL Laxity/ Ankle Sprain
  • Muscle – Strains/ ITB Tightness/ Hamstring Tear
  • Tendons – Tendonitis/ Repetitive Strain Injury/ Tendinopathy
  • Sports Injuries
  • Obesity – Exercise & Meal Planning 
  • Post Operation/ Hospitalization
  • Fibromyalgia

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OUR MEDICAL TEAM

Dr Don Lau – Medical Director

MBBS (Monash), B Med Sc (Hons) (Monash), Dip Pract Derm (Wales, UK)

Fujiwara Takanori DC

The Chiropractic Association Singapore, Japan Chiropractic Register, American Chiropractic Association, California Chiropractic Association

Physiotherapy-trained NBCE The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

YAMAGATA Chihiro 山懸千尋

Registered Psychologist


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