I have had a double fellowship as part of sub-specialist training. I was trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques under the pupilage of Dr. Jean-Louis Dulucq at the Institute of Laparoscopic Surgery in Bordeaux, France. Dr. Dulucq is distinguished among the foremost laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgeons in Europe with a wide repertoire of advanced upper gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and colorectal operations under his belt.
I was then awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme Award by the Ministry of Health in 2008, and spent a year in St. George Hospital, Kogarah-Sydney, New South Wales, Australia under the pupilage of Dr. John Jorgensen, Dr. Michael Talbot and Dr. Ken Loi.
My repertoire in advanced laparoscopy, and in particular upper gastrointestinal and bariatric work was further honed with the vast spectrum and high volume of complicated oncological (cancer), functional, bariatric (weight loss surgery) and metabolic work.
I have been actively teaching in advanced laparoscopic techniques, being involved in faculties of local masterclasses and the regional Asia Endosurgery Task Force, sharing my experience and encouraging the adoption of advanced surgical techniques among the surgeons in South East Asia and wider East Asia.
It is my belief that minimal access surgery is the now and future of surgical treatment, providing greater surgical precision and better results with faster recovery and better patient comfort, without any compromise in surgical efficacy.
My expertise lies in abdominal and digestive surgery, applying the techniques of minimal access surgery to treat conditions of the digestive tract – be it in the upper gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach and duodenum), lower gastrointestinal tract (small and large intestine), hepatobiliary tree (liver and gallbladder) or abdominal wall conditions like abdominal and groin herniae.
I have significant experience and training in radical oncological surgery, applying the techniques of systematic extensive lymphadenectomy in oesophageal and stomach cancer. I am a proponent of radical lymphadenectomy especially in the context of stomach cancer, combined with a joint management with medical oncology, for the best possible long-term control of disease and overall survival.
I also have a deep passion for bariatric (weight loss) and metabolic (diabetic and related conditions) surgery. With the rising epidemic of obesity and increasing recognition of its related illnesses like diabetes, heart diseases and cancer, I am convinced that obesity is a true medical condition that can be successfully overcome with surgery.
I also advocate surgery to help patients who are battling worsening and uncontrollable weight-related metabolic disorders like diabetes, hyperlipidaemia (high cholesterol), fatty liver, gout and obstructive sleep apnoea. Recognising obesity as a medical, and not just a cosmetic, disease, I believe that while surgery provides the best possible results for weight and metabolic control, a multi-disciplinary approach is the catalyst for sustained long-term results.
I am a founding member and currently-serving committee member of the OMSSS (Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society of Singapore), contributing to the work of like-minded local-regional surgical professionals.
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