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  • Senior Consultant, Adult Cardiac Surgery, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, National University Heart Centre, Singapore
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


MB ChB (Bristol, UK), MRCS (Eng), MRCSEd, FRCS (C-Th), CCT (UK)


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Adult Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery (Heart)

Special Interests:

Adult Cardiac,  Adult Thoracic - Open and minimally invasive Video Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) surgery of the: Lung, Cardiac valvular surgery, Chest wall, Heart failure surgery, High-risk coronary artery surgery, Mediastinum, Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery, Pacing lead extraction using laser technology,  Percutaneous/Transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Surgery (TAVI), Pleural, Surgery of the thoracic aorta

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Assistant Professor Jimmy Hon is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) of National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS). He is fully registered as a specialist in Cardiothoracic Surgery with both the United Kingdom General Medical Council and the Singapore Medical Council.

He graduated from The University of Bristol Medical School in the United Kingdom in 1996. He started his career as a research fellow pursuing basic science research under the direction of heart surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub in London. As a young researcher, he was one of the Principle Investigators who secured the British Heart Foundation project grant totaling £178,800. His research has led to numerous significant scientific publications.

He began his surgical training with the London St. Mary's Hospital Basic Surgical Training rotation and attained the Membership of The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS (Eng)) and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCSEd) in 2003. He then went on to secure a position in the UK Calman specialist training program in Cardiothoracic Surgery and completed six years of intensive training in London to become a fully trained heart and lung surgeon. During his specialist training, Asst Prof Hon worked in many hospitals in London including The Royal Brompton Hospital, The London Chest Hospital, St. Bartholomew's Hospital and Guy's Hospital. He was able to acquire clinical experience in treating a broad range of heart and lung conditions. In 2008, he was awarded the Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons in Cardiothoracic Surgery (FRCS (C-Th)) and in 2009, he received his United Kingdom Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). After receiving his UK CCT, Dr. Hon embarked on an advance Cardiac Surgery Fellowship to pursue his subspecialty interest in minimally invasive aortic valve surgery in Vancouver, Canada. During his fellowship, he personally performed numerous Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) under the supervision of Dr. Anson Cheung and Dr. John Webb. In addition, Asst Prof Hon performed many aortic valve replacement using small incisions (Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement) and also acquired the skills of extracting pacing leads using laser technology during his time in Vancouver.

His interest in basic science started early on in his career and he has since made significant contributions to heart related scientific research through many publications. He continues to be involved in this area and envisages in promoting research and innovation in the younger generation of surgery trainees in Singapore.

In early 2010, he returned to Singapore to join NUHCS as a consultant surgeon. Given his experience with TAVI in Vancouver, Asst Prof Hon is heavily involved in the start-up program for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in NUHCS.

Asst Prof Hon speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Hakka and Cantonese. He also fully understands Hokkien and Teochew.

Journals & Publications

1. Numerical Modeling of Intraventricular Flow during Diastole after Implantation of BMHV. Su B, Kabinejadian F, Phang HQ, Kumar GP, Cui F, Kim S, Tan RS, Hon JK, Allen JC, Leo HL, Zhong L. PLoS One. 2015 May 11;10(5):e0126315.
2. Design considerations and quantitative assessment for the development of percutaneous mitral valve stent. Kumar GP, Cui F, Phang HQ, Su B, Leo HL, Hon JK. Med Eng Phys. 2014 Jul;36(7):882-8.
3. Combined transcatheter therapy of aortic stenosis and thoracic aortic aneurysm. Tay EL, Hon JK, Yip JW, Teoh KL, Poh KK, Ang SB, Tan LK, Robless P. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2014 May;43(5):279-81.
4. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation: implications for Asian patients. Tay EL, Yip JW, Teoh KL, Ang S, Poh KK, Teo LL, Yeo TC, Lee CN, Tan HC, Hon JK. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2013 Aug;21(4):396-401.

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