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Asst Prof Preetha Madhukumar

Dr Preetha Madhukumar from National Cancer Centre Singapore

Asst Prof Preetha Madhukumar

MBBS, M Med (Surgery), FRCS, FAMS

Senior Consultant

National Cancer Centre Singapore

Specialty: Surgical Oncology, Surgical Oncology

Sub-specialties: Breast, Breast Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Breast Cancer .

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre
  • Senior Consultant Breast Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Division of Surgical Oncology National Cancer Centre SingaporeNational Cancer Centre Singapore

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer


Dr Madhukumar is a Senior Consultant surgeon in Singhealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre under Division of Surgical Oncology. She obtained her MBBS and Master of Surgery degree from India. She obtained FRCS from Royal College of surgeons, Glasgow in 1998. She started working in Singapore from 1999 and obtained her FAMS and specialist accreditation in Surgery in 2004. 

Since then she was working in Department of General Surgery, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) before joining National Cancer Centre Singapore, Department of Surgical Oncology. Her main interest is in breast cancer surgery including screening and detection, surgical management and follow up. She is also senior consultant in the trauma service under Division of General Surgery, SGH. Apart from the clinical interest she is very active in the educational field. She is a pioneer fellow of AMEI. She is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows and allied health professionals. 

She is also actively involved in breast cancer research activities.


  • FAMS; Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 2004 
  • FRCS; Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, 1998 
  • MS (General Surgery); Government Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala University, 1993 
  • M.B,B.S; Government Medical College, Trivandrum, Kerala University, 1990

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Chairperson Infection Control Committee , National Cancer Centre, Singapore


  • Care Excellence award, NCCS 2011 
  • Service with a Heart Award, SGH 2011 
  • NUS YLLSoM Clinical Faculty Scheme; Dean’s Award, NUS 2010/11 
  • Outstanding Faculty for Advocacy (Surgery) Faculty Appreciation Award, Duke-NUS 2011

Research Interests


  • Predicting the likelihood of additional lymph node metastasis in sentinel lymph node positive breast cancer: validation of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre (MSKCC) nomogram. Koy Min Chue1, Wei Sean Yong2, Aye Aye Thike3, Syed Salahuddin Ahmed3, Hui Hua Li4, Chow Yin Wong5, Gay Hui Ho, Preetha Madhukumar, Benita Kiat Tee Tan, Kong Wee Ong, Puay Hoon Tan; Clin Pathol doi:10.1136/jclinpath-2013-201524 
  • Retroperitoneal duodenal perforation and IVC injury in blunt abdominal trauma: Pushing the boundaries of non-operative management? Brief report and a review of the literature. Ye Xin Koh, Jeremy Chung Fai Ng, Ting Hway Wong, Preetha Madhukumar, Hock Soo Ong, Yaw Chong Goh; Injury Extra, Volume 44, Issues 10–12, November 2013, Pages 90-94 
  • Sentinel lymph nodes with isolated tumour cells and micrometastases in breast cancer: clinical relevance and prog. Syed Salahuddin Ahmed, Aye Aye Thike, Jabed Iqbal, Wei Sean Yong, Benita Tan, Preetha Madhukumar, Kong Wee Ong, Gay Hui Ho, Chow Yin Wong, Puay Hoon Tan; Journal of clinical pathology (Impact Factor: 2.43). 11/2013; DOI:10.1136/jclinpath-2013-201771 
  • The Incidence of Non-tunnelled Type Central Venous Catheter Related Infections in Oncologic Patients Receiving Chemotherapy in an Outpatient Setting. Preetha Madhukumar, Moon Loh, Maung Tun, Alice Chua, Jian Jiun Chen; Singapore Med J 2012; 53(8): 513–516
  • Association of common genetic variants with breast cancer risk and clinicopathological characteristics in a Chinese population. Chan M, Ji SM, Liaw CS, Yap YS, Law HY, Yoon CS, Wong CY, Yong WS, Wong NS, Ng R, Ong KW, Madhukumar P, Oey CL, Tan PH, Li HH, Ang P, Ho GH, Lee AS; Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Nov;136(1):209-20. doi: 10.1007/s10549-012-2234-y. Epub 2012 Sep 11.11-4. 
  • Management and outcome of penetrating trauma in a low incidence teritiary centre. Wong TH, M.Preetha, Grace Tan, Koh MP, Chung AYF; European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (Impact Factor: 0.26). 38(4). DOI:10.1007/s00068-012-0195-9 
  • Unexplained small-bowel obstruction in a patient with presumptive achalasia: need for early recognition of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO). Ang D, Teo EK, Ang TL, Lim KH, Madhukumar P, Chung AY, Fock KM; Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Sep;55(9):2691-2. Epub 2009 Dec  
  • Successful management of an iatrogenically-ingested sharp foreign body. Kang GC, Madhukumar P. Ann Acad Med Singapore.2008 Nov;37(11):980-1. 
  • Intrahepatic biliary cystadenoma presenting with obstructive jaundice. Preetha M, Chung AY, Lim-Tan SK, Lim DT, Thng CH; Asian J Surg. 2004 Jul;27(3):243-5 
  • Surgical management of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography-related perforations. Preetha M, Chung YF, Ong HS, Chow PK, Wong WK, Ooi LL, Soo KC ANZ J Surg. 2003 Dec;73(12):1011-4.

Research Trials

  • SLN biopsy after neo adjuvant chemotherapy: Surgical trial 
  • A multi-center, randomized, double-blinded, parallel group, placebo controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of activated recombinant factor VII (rFVII/NovoSeven/Niastase) in severely injured trauma patients with bleeding refractory to standard treatment