The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a tertiary level referral centre which deals with disorders of the bones, joints and the musculoskeletal system in both children and adults. With more people getting involved in sporting activities and a rapidly ageing population, the level of injuries and degenerative disorders of bones and joints is set to rise to new highs. We believe that "Movement is Life" and our department is well-equipped with the specialists to help keep you active and healthy.
Our Surgeons usually sub-specialise in the treatment of surgical conditions in one or two of the subspecialties dictated by the various divisions. This ensures that they are truly expert surgeons in their particular field of interest. Our surgeons are supported by a dedicated team of house staff, anaesthetists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, social workers, case managers, secretarial and other allied staff who work as a team to ensure the best care for our patients.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NUH has its roots and origins in the University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, set up in 1952 at the Singapore General Hospital with Professor J A P Cameron as the Head of Department. The Orthopaedic and Traumatic Surgery service established was one of the earliest in this region. At that time, it served a population of nearly one million people, including some patients from the surrounding countries. Undergraduate teaching started at the same time, with a comprehensive, broad-based, clinically oriented programme emphasising practical and basic common problems in Orthopaedic and traumatic surgery. The Department also became closely associated with the training of Orthopaedic surgeons from countries under the Colombo Plan, and this association developed to an international level when the World Orthopaedic Concern was formed in Singapore. This commitment to teaching and patient care resulted in the recognition of the University Department as one of the finest Orthopaedic Surgery programmes in East Asia in the 1960s through early 1980s.
On 24 June 1985, the University Department moved into the newly-built National University Hospital, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NUH was formally established under the leadership of Professor Kamal Bose. In the twenty years since its inception, the Department has continued its tradition of combining world class medical care in orthopaedic problems, with an excellent teaching programme for undergraduates and postgraduates. Under the keen stewardship of Professor Bose (1985-98), Professor Lee Eng Hin (1998-2001), Professor K. Satkunanantham (2001-4) and most recently Professor Wong Hee Kit (2004-present), the Department has flourished and developed into the modern tertiary level referral centre which provides a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services.