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Asst Prof Kristine Teoh Leok Kheng

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  • Head of Division & 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


MBBChir (Cantab.), MS (Lon.), FRCS (Eng.), FRCS (C-Th)


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Adult Cardiac Surgery, Aortic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery (Heart)

Special Interests:

Aortic root and thoracic aortic surgery, Coronary artery surgery, General thoracic surgery (excluding oesophageal), Transcatheter therapies (for aortic valve and thoracic aortic disease), Valve replacement and repair

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Assistant Professor Kristine Teoh graduated from Cambridge University and undertook her Basic Surgical Training in England, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1996. After her BST she entered into Cardiothoracic surgery in London, taking time out to enrol for a postgraduate research degree. She was awarded her Master of Surgery from the University of London in 2006, and obtained her FRCS(C-Th) in 2007. After completing her Specialist Registrar Training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2008, she was admitted to the UK General Medical Council’s Specialist Register of Cardiothoracic surgeons.

Asst. Prof. Teoh has trained at a number of Cardiothoracic units in London and has acquired broad experience in adult cardiac surgery, specifically coronary, valve, thoracic aortic and arrhythmia surgery; and in adult thoracic surgery, both open and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for lung, pleural, mediastinal and chest wall disease.
Training and working in the UK, where the average age for patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery is over 70 years, has also given Asst. Prof. Teoh much experience in dealing with elderly patients. In addressing the challenge of working with elderly patients, she has led initiatives to improve the patient experience from initial referral up to the time of eventual discharge from post-operative follow-up. She has thus developed a special interest in improving healthcare provision, quality outcome measures, and innovative transcatheter therapies that avoid the need for major open surgery.

Since completing her training Asst. Prof. Teoh has worked as a locum Consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Heart Hospital, UCL Hospitals NHS Trust, and as Senior Fellow at the Royal Brompton Hospital. As a senior trainee and subsequently as locum Consultant she was a keen mentor, teacher and trainer of surgical trainees, nursing staff and allied health professionals.

Asst. Prof. Teoh returned to Singapore in 2009 to join NUHS as a Consultant. Her clinical interests include:

  • Coronary artery surgery
  • Valve replacement and repair
  • Aortic root and thoracic aortic surgery
  • Transcatheter therapies (for aortic valve and thoracic aortic disease)
  • General thoracic surgery (excluding oesophageal)
In addition she has broader interests in:

  • Cardiac surgery in the elderly
  • Quality of life following cardiac surgery
  • Implementing and sustaining high quality healthcare provision
  • Research and innovation in cardiac surgery
  • Teaching and training of medical students, surgical trainees and allied health professionals

Journals & Publications

Selected Publications:

  1. Unravelling the Proteome of Degenerative Human Mitral Valves. Tan HT, Lim TK, Richards AM, Kofidis T, Teoh KL, Ling LH, Chung MC. Proteomics. 2015 Apr 24.
  2. Ethical dilemmas of adult ECMO: emerging conceptual challenges. Ramanathan K, Cove ME, Caleb MG, Teoh KL, Maclaren G. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2015 Feb;29(1):229-33.
  3. Sutureless aortic valve implantation: first experience in Asia. Chang G, Vu dT, Teoh KL, Ti LK, Kofidis T. Singapore Med J. 2014 Nov;55(11):598-600.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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