Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS)'s team of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeons specialise in treating high-risk patients and those who were previously turned down for coronary artery bypass at other centres. It is the only institution in Singapore that carries out heart and lung transplantation. The Centre has a comprehensive full-range FDA approved mechanical heart assist devices, which act as bridge to transplant for end-stage heart failure patients.

NHCS also carries out minimally invasive general thoracic surgery for the diagnosis and treatment of a spectrum of chest and lung diseases. It is also the first centre in Singapore to offer comprehensive care in surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy together with its sister institution, National Cancer Centre Singapore. The Department also provides emergency trauma care to patients with chest injuries from local and regional institutions.

NHCS surgeons have also achieved success in repairing the abnormal mitral valves rather than replacing them. This is made possible because of advances in surgical techniques and knowledge of mitral valve pathophysiology.

Cardiac Surgery
Conventional coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) 
Off-pump/beating heart surgery
Heart valve surgery
Surgery for congenital heart disease
Maze surgery for abnormal heart rhythm
Left ventricular reconstructive surgery (also known as Dor or Saver surgery)
Heart transplantation for patients with advanced heart disease 
Non-invasive vascular imaging
Cardiovascular perfusion
  
Thoracic Surgery  
Lung resection for tumours
Minimally invasive thoracoscopic procedures
Lung volume reduction surgery
Lung transplantation
  
Aortic and Peripheral Vascular Surgery
Thoracic aorta surgery
Abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery
Surgery for acute and chronic arterial disorders
Creation of arterio-venous fistulae for dialysis
 
Mechanical heart assist device
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
Biventricular assist device (BIVAD)
Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

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Staff Members Sub-Specialty
Medical Director's Office
Deputy Medical Director & Senior Consultant
Assoc Prof Kenny Sin Yoong Kong Cardiac Surgery (Adult), Thoracic Surgery & Vascular Surgery
MBBS, FRCS (Edin), FAMS, RPVI, FACC, FESC
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery  
Head & Senior Consultant    
Adj Asst Prof Tan Teing Ee   Cardiac Surgery (Adult), Heart/Lung Transplant, Mechanical Heart Assist Device, Robotic Surgery 
MBBS, FRCS (Edin), FAMS     
     
Deputy Head & Senior Consultant     
Dr Lim See Lim   Cardiac Surgery (Adult)
MBBS, FRCS (Edin & Glas), FAMS     
     
Senior Consultants
Adj Assoc Prof Chua Yeow Leng  Cardiac Surgery (Adult), Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Heart Transplant, Robotic Surgery
MBBS, M Med (Surg), FRCS (Glas & Edin), FAMS
Adj Asst Prof Victor Chao Tar Toong Cardiac Surgery (Adult), Thoracic  and Vascular Surgery
MBBS, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (CTh)(Edin), FAMS, RPVI, RVT
     
Adj Assoc Prof Soon Jia Lin Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult), Transcatheter Valve Therapies, Heart Failure Surgery (including VAD and transplant), VATS, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
MBBS (Melbourne), MRCS (Edin), M Med (Surg), FRCS (CTh)(Edin), FAMS
     
Consultants
Asst Prof Mathew Chakaramakkil Jose Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult)
MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (CTh)(Edin), FAMS
Dr Ong Boon Hean Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult), Thoracic surgery
MBBS, MRCSEd (UK)
Pang Yi Kit Philip Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult)
MBBS
Dr Chua Kim Chai Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult)
MB ChB (NZ)
Associate Consultants 
Dr Soo Ing Xiang Cardiothoracic Surgery (Adult)
MBBS
     
Dr Kang Ning   
MB (China), MRCPS (UK)     
Visiting Consultants     
Dr C. Sivathasan -
MBBS, FRCS, FRCSEd, FAMS
Dr Lim Yeong Phang -
MA  (Medical Sciences in Tripos), MB.BChir (Camb), FRSC (Edin & Glasg), FAMS
Assoc Prof Eugene Sim Kwang Wei -
MBBS, FRCSEd, FRCS, FAMS
Dr Jagadesan Raghuram -
MB BCh BAO, MRCP
Prof Lee Chuen Neng -
MBBS, M Med, FRCS, FRCSEd, FRACS, FAMS
Dr Loh Yee Jim -
MBBS (S'pore), MRCS (Edin), M Med (Surgery)
Assoc Prof Michael George Caleb -
MBBS, M. Med (Surgery), FRCS (Edin), FAMS
Dr Ong Kim Kiat -
MBBS, FRCSEd, FAMS
Dr Phua Ghee Chee -
MBBS, MRCP (UK), M Med (Int Med), Dip in Intensive Care Med (ESICM)
Assoc Prof Lai Siang Hui -
MBBS, DMJ, MRC Path UK), FRC Path (UK)
Assoc Prof Peter Ashley Robless -
MB ChB, FRCS, FRCS Gen Surg (Ed)
Dr Tan Yong Seng -
MBBS, FRCSEd
Dr Tong Ming Chuan -
MBBS, FRCS, FRACS, FAMS
Dr Koh Puay Theng Tina -
MBBS
Dr Sewa Duu Wen -
MBBS, MRCP (UK)
     
Dr Chai Gin Tsen     
MBBS, MRCP (UK), M Med

Contact Us
To make an appointment, please contact our NHCS Call Centre at:
T: 6704 2000
F: 6222 9258
Email: central.appt@nhcs.com.sg

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