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Michael Lai, D.P.M.

Dr Michael Lai | East Coast PodiatryPrincipal Podiatrist
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, USA

From: New York, USA
Spoken Languages: English, Mandarin
Clinical Interests: Lower Limb Biomechanics, Paediatric Foot Disorders, Diabetic Wounds
Consults at: Orchard branch


Dr. Michael Lai is an American Podiatrist who received his surgical training as well as hospital residency in the United States. Dr. Lai received his doctorate from the prestigious New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999.


Dr. Lai is a highly-trained lower limb specialist who has worked in major hospitals in the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Dr. Lai was the former Principal Podiatrist at Singapore General Hospital prior to joining the team at East Coast Podiatry.


As the Principal Podiatrist and Clinical Director, Dr. Lai now serves as the final clinical authority in deciphering and managing the complex cases seen at East Coast Podiatry. Dr. Lai trained under luminaries in the field of podiatry such as Dr. Justin Wernick and Dr. Sheldon Langer, the founders of industry pioneer Langer Biomechanics Inc. As a result of these formative experiences, Dr. Lai has honed an intuitive clinical grasp of the myriad biomechanical conditions which can result in lower limb pain and dysfunction.


As a member of the Acute Care team at Singapore Diabetic Foot Centre, Dr. Lai brings to bear his years of experience working in various major hospitals and medical centres in the United States. He utilises the podiatric strategy of risk prevention and limb salvage to save diabetic patients from progressing to amputation.



Dr. Lai graduated as an American D.P.M. from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999 ( From 1999 to 2007, he worked and trained as a resident doctor in various major hospitals and clinic centres in the USA: The Foot Clinics of New York, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medial Centre, and the VA New Jersey Health Care System (federal medical centre serving American military veterans). He also trained in a surgical fellowship under distinguished podiatric professors at the Yale University School of Medicine.


Dr. Michael Lai served for 6 years as a Senior Podiatrist, and then Principal Podiatrist at Singapore General Hospital. He was active in patient care, the training of new podiatrists, and public health administrative duties such as the drafting and updating of official clinical protocols.


Dr. Lai was recognized for his public health service with multiple SGH service quality awards. He also appeared in TV and radio interviews, participated in professional education seminars and public health awareness campaigns. Among other events, he has lectured at the Singapore Expo (Footcare for Diabetic Elderly), the Inaugural International Orthopaedic Nursing Congress, the Supreme Court of Singapore, as well as written for the Straits Times on foot disorders.


“In the many years of my professional career as a doctor of the foot, I have seen too many children grow up with leg disorders that could have been prevented during their childhood. I believe that in Singapore, good education and awareness is the solution.”