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Singapore General Hospital, SINGAPORE

Singapore General Hospital
Outram Road
Singapore 169608


+65 6222 3322


+65 6224 9221





Program director

PROF Seang Beng TAN

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Head, Department of Orthopaedics
Director, Spine Service
Director, Orthopaedic Diagnostic Centre
Singapore General Hospital

Clinical Associate Professor, National University of Singapore
Visiting Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University



Established in 1821, the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) is Singapore's oldest and largest acute tertiary hospital and national referral centre. Its multi-disciplinary approach to medical care affords patients ready access to a wide range of specialties and support services.

SGH is a 1,600 bedded public hospital and accounts for about one third of total acute hospital beds in the public sector and about a quarter of acute beds nationwide. Annually about 70,000 patients are admitted to our wards and another 600,000 attended to at our Specialist Outpatient Clinics. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery manages 250 inpatient beds and has 26 attending staff.

The department has an Orthopedic Diagnostic Center (ODC) where all patients undergoing surgery are independently evaluated, both preoperatively and postoperatively,  by physiotherapists and specially trained technicians. This database allows us to document and research the various outcomes of the different types of surgery that are performed in a prospective and unbiased manner.

The Spine Service is a subdivision of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and performs over 1,000 spinal surgeries a year. The predominant cases operated on include low back surgery, cervical cases and deformities. There are 6 full-time spine specialists and 2 visiting consultants in the service. They are Clinical Associate Prof (Dr) Tan Seang Beng, who is both the Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director for Spine Service, Dr Yue Wai Mun, Dr Guo Chang Ming, Dr John Chen, Dr Benedict Peng and Dr Benjamin Tow.

The Department’s emphasis is on Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) and motion preservation spinal surgery. The minimally invasive procedures, more than 350 cases annually, include MIS decompressions, endoscopic surgery, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions (MIS TLIF) and kyphoplasty.  Our spine surgeons also perform cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacements routinely. Some of the other non-fusion technologies such as interspinous spacers and flexible rods are also currently being evaluated at our center.

Other types of spinal surgeries frequently performed include deformity correction for both adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and adult deformities. As Singapore’s National Cancer Center is located at the same campus, spinal tumour surgery involving decompressions and stabilization form another large segment of the service.

What can a fellow expect?

The Fellowship Program is designed to provide a comprehensive educational experience in spinal pathology. The Department currently has on average 2 to 3 spine fellows at any one time and all applicants are welcomed. The fellows would be expected to attend the morning meetings and discussions, participate in the ward rounds, and assist in clinic and the operating room. Over a 6-month to a year period, each fellow would participate in over 200 spinal surgeries. They must also be prepared to conduct clinical research and publish a minimum of one paper during their attachment with the department. There are opportunities for basic science research including development of novel materials for spinal surgery and stem cell research.

The department can assist to source for accommodation within the hospital compound, but it is subject to availability

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