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Obstetrics & Gynaecology

NUH Women's Centre

The NUH Women's Centre aims to be the centre of excellent obstetric & gynaecologic care in South East Asia. We aspire to provide the best clinical service to the women and men who seek our expertise in obstetric, gynaecologic and sexual health matters. We seek to lead in the frontiers of translational research by investing in relevant basic science and extending its impact into day to day clinical experience.

As a leading university hospital, we are committed to training undergraduates and postgraduates to be honourable clinician-scientists of impeccable stature - the future physicians that the country and the global community can take pride in.

Our Mission Statement:
To Serve, to Innovate and to Inspire. 

Our Goal:
Meeting the needs of our patients who trust us.

Our Vision:
To be the premier tertiary referral centre in the region, built upon the dedication and passion of our people, our evidence-based research-focus patient care and our science.
We have five Clinical Divisions:
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • Benign Gynaecology
  • Gynaecologic Oncology
  • Urogynaecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Our Leadership

We are privileged to be associated with many distinguished clinicians and scientists in the past and the present. Some of them have spent many of their most fruitful years of their career with the Department and many have committed more than their fair share to make this known.

Here we pay tribute to some of these honourable men who have left an indelible mark and have also influenced many practising obstetricians and gynaecologists far and wide.

Our Heads of Department:
  • Professor Benjamin Sheares 
  • Professor Tow Siang Hwa
  • Professor SS Ratnam
  • Professor S Arulkurmaran
  • Professor S C Ng
  • Professor P C Wong
  • Professor E L Yong 
  • Associate Professor Mahesh Choolani

Our History

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology was set up in 1922.

The first Head of Department was Professor J S English. During the initial years, the department's main focus was on the training of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for the local institutional practice. For many years, right up to the current days, many outstanding clinicians have been trained in the Department, performed remarkably in the membership examination of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (United Kingdom), continued to serve in the Department or went on to pursue exceptional careers either locally or overseas.

The University Department of O&G moved to the present site at the National University Hospital in 1985. That was a significant change as we moved out of Kandang Kerbau (KK) Maternity Hospital and become separated from the other two KK Units.

In the preceding twenty years, the Department has matured into an internationally recognised centre of research and teaching. Under the leadership of Prof SS Ratnam, the department impressed the world with its work on infertility and reproductive medicine. When Prof Arulkumaran took over the helm, the Department continued to be the focal point of research on intrapartum management.

The Department does not rest on its laurels. Even before the national thrust into bioscience research, the Department had already established itself firmly in molecular and stem-cell research. It will continue to strive to provide leadership in the latest biotechnology in search of better clinical strategies for reproductive and female health.

Our Milestones

  • 1982 Established the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Clinic in Singapore
  • 1983 Successfully delivered IVF baby 
  • 1986 Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT) baby 
  • 1987 Frozen embryo baby 
  • 1989 Micro-manipulation baby (SUZI)
  • 1991 Human tubal co-culture baby 
  • 1992 Blastocyst transfer baby 
  • 1994 Documentation of isolation and growth of human embryonic stem cells 
  • 1997 Zona-free blastocyst transfer baby 
  • 2001 Extended embryo culture


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