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NUS surgeons honoured for medical excellence

06 September 2012

Prof Prabhakaran (top photo right) and Prof Wong (bottom photo right) receiving their National Medical Excellence Awards from the Singapore Minister of Health Mr Gan Kim Yong

Two doctors from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine were among the 10 clinicians receiving this year's National Medical Excellence Awards (NMEA), an initiative of the Ministry of Health. The NMEA are presented to individuals and teams who have distinguished themselves in medicine, clinical research, clinical quality, education, training and mentorship.

The National Outstanding Clinician Award winners are Professor K Prabhakaran and Professor Wong Hee Kit from the National University Hospital (NUH).

Prof Prabhakaran is Director of the Paediatric Organ Transplant Programme, and Head and Senior Consultant of the Department of Paediatric Surgery, University Children's Medical Institute and NUH. A pioneer in paediatric liver transplantation in Singapore, he is credited with many "firsts" in paediatric surgery in the country such as the first living-related renal transplant. He is instrumental in helping Singapore become a top paediatric liver transplantation centre in the region. Besides teaching and research, Prof Prabhakaran also volunteers to train surgeons in developing countries around Asia to perform complex surgeries in children.

Prof Wong, who heads the NUS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, is credited with pioneering many new treatment methods, including the minimally invasive surgical technique for scoliosis paired with instrumentation. His expertise in spinal disorders makes him a highly sought-after surgeon and lecturer internationally. For his accomplishment in the field, NUH was selected as the first worldwide site for a first human clinical trial for a new minimally invasive non-fusion device to correct scoliosis. His reputation as an outstanding clinician has attracted many students and international fellows to train in spinal surgery at the hospital.