Born in Singapore, graduated from Monash University with the degrees of BMedSc, MBBS and PhD. He was awarded the Inaugural Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993 and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1997 for his contributions to Education and Medicine in China and Australia. Professor Yean L. Lim has served as the Director of National Heart Centre and Chairman of National Medical Research Council in Singapore for 5 years.
Prof. Lim pioneered coronary intervention in China in 1986, and helped to establish numerous coronary intervention units throughout China. In 1995 he founded the Xiamen University Medical College and was appointed its inaugural Dean for a five year term.