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Dr Serene Goh

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  • Associate Consultant, National University Hospital
  • Associate Consultant, Alexandra Hospital


MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edinburgh), M.Med (Surgery), FRCS (Edinburgh), USMLE (ECFMG)


General Surgery

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Breast Surgery, Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Special Interests:

Oncoplastic breast surgery, nipple sparing mastectomies, vacuum assisted procedures, idiopathic granulomatous mastitis, artificial intelligence augmented healthcare delivery


Dr Serene Goh graduated from National University of Singapore and obtained her Masters of Medicine (Surgery) and Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh during her training years. Following which she attained the Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was accredited as a Specialist in the General Surgery by the Specialist Accreditation Board in 2022. She has also successfully completed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Dr Serene Goh’s subspecialty interest in breast surgery and oncoplastics is driven by a deep desire to improve the lives of breast cancer patients. Through meticulous surgical techniques, she strives to achieve not only successful cancer treatment but also aesthetically pleasing outcomes that restore her patients' confidence and quality of life. She believes in empowering her patients to make informed choices about their treatment journey and ensures the treatment plan aligns with each patient's unique needs.

Her pursuit for excellence extends beyond the operating room. Dr. Serene Goh is actively involved in breast cancer research, contributing significantly to advancing the understanding and treatment of the disease. She was recently awarded the NUH Clinician Scientist Program Grant to further her research. Her dedication to research has led to numerous awards at international conferences and publications in reputable medical journals. She also stays current with technology and innovation trends and embraces their use in clinical care wisely. She recently co-developed a surgical device with NUS to improve and refine the process of breast conserving surgeries. Dr Serene Goh is also a recipient of consecutive teaching awards from National University Singapore from 2017 to 2021 for her exceptional contributions to medical education.


  • 2023 - Young investigator award at Global Breast Cancer Conference 2023 for the oral presentation on augmenting breast cancer screening efficiency by maximizing detection of normal mammograms using an Artificial Intelligence algorithm
  • 2023 - Good poster presentation award 2023 for poster presentation on comparing outcomes following breast conserving surgery with radiotherapy versus total mastectomy in patients with Paget’s disease of the breast: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • 2023 - Video presentation finalist at Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit 2023 on breast conserving surgery and oncoplastic surgical techniques (vertical mammoplasty with conal rotation and anterior intercostal perforator flap)
  • 2023 - Recipient of the NUHS clinical scientist program award 2023
  • 2022 - NUS-MIT AI Datathon – Team lead, 2nd runner up 2022 
  • 2021 - Best oral presentation award at the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2021 for the study on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on perioperative outcomes after surgery and compliance to enhanced recovery pathways
  • 2021 - Best free paper award at Singapore Trauma and Acute Care Conference 2021
  • 2019 - Golden Scalpel Award at the International Golden Scalpel Games 2019 (International Surgical Skills Team Competition)
  • 2017 to 2021 - NUS Medicine Junior Doctor Teaching Award (Year 2017-2021)

Journals & Publications

  1. Comparing outcomes following breast conserving surgery with radiotherapy versus total mastectomy in patients with Paget’s disease of the breast: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Serene Si Ning Goh, Cheryl lim, Rui En Lee, Nicholas Syn, Miny Samuel, Celene Wei Qi Ng, British Journal Of Surgery 2023
  2. Surgical margins assessment reduces re-excision rates in breast-conserving surgery. Chang Yi Woon, Serene Si Ning Goh, Lin Seong Soh, Chloe Fu Cui Yeo, Marc Weijie Ong, Benjamin Wong, Joelle Hoi Ting Leong, Jerry Tiong Thye Goo, Clement Luck Khng Chia. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2023
  3. Improving Outcomes in Geriatric Surgery  - Is there more to the equation? Goh SSN, Clement L K Chia. World Journal of Clinical Cases 2022. 
  4. A multi-center study on recurrent inguinal hernias: assessment of surgeons’ compliance to guideline based repair and evaluation of short-term outcomes. SSN Goh, VG Shelat, BGW Lee, RY Chen, SL Oh, CLK Chia. Hernia 2020
  5. Surgical and Endoscopy Protocols for General Surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore. Goh SSN, Yeo DXW, Kaushal SA, Yeong HK, Tan GWL. British Journal of Surgery 2022
  6. Improved outcomes with index cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis following a Dedicated Emergency Surgery and Trauma Service. Si Ning Serene Goh, Clement Luck Khng Chia, Jing Wen Ong, John Jian Xian Quek, Woan Wui Lim, Kok Yang Tan, Jerry Tiong Thye Goo. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery 2020
  7. Anxiety and Morale in front-line healthcare workers During The COVID-19 Outbreak. Serene S N Goh, Michael Y C Chia. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2020
  8. Evolution of a Dedicated Emergency Surgery and Trauma (ESAT) unit over 3 years: Sustained improved outcomes. Si Ning Serene Goh, Woan Wui Lim, Anil Dinker Rao, Sachin Mathur, Kok Yang Tan, Tiong Thye Jerry Goo. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery 2018
  9. The impact of obesity on Singaporean patients and their venous thromboembolism risk. Goh SSN, Chan KS, Tay WM. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2022
  10. Acute aortic thrombosis presenting as acute limb ischemia in two young, non-atherosclerotic patients with COVID-19 infection. SSN Goh, EM Yong, QT Hong, JZ Lo, S Chandrasekar, JJ Ng, YW Chia, EB Fan, LM Ling, PMP Wong, NKX Wee, S Punamiya, HHL Quek, U Pua, GWL Tan. British Journal of Surgery 2020

Professional Memberships

  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Fellow - Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS)
  • Member - National University Hospital, Blood Usage Committee

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