A/Prof Alfred Kow is a practicing surgeon at the Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, NUH.
A/Prof Kow obtained his Master of Medicine (Surgery), Master of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland diplomas in 2005 and subsequently, completed his advanced surgical training in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. In 2009, he obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (General Surgery) in Hong Kong. He was also accorded Specialist accreditation in General Surgery by Ministry of Health, Singapore in the same year.
He received the funding from National University Health System in 2010 to undergo fellowship training in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and hepatobiliary & pancreatic surgical oncology in Samsung Medical Center & Samsung Cancer Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. During his one-year stay in Korea, he authored or co-authored 6 peer-reviewed journals.
He has also published numerous articles on pancreatic surgery, liver surgery and biliary surgery at peer reviewed journals and written a book chapter. A/Prof Kow is strongly interested in liver transplantation (both deceased donor and living donor) as well as minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery for hepatobiliary and pancreatic conditions.
In addition, A/Prof Kow has keen interest in research activities involving development of surgical techniques in HPB surgery and outcome of surgical treatment for HPB malignancies. The other areas that he is keen to research on are liver transplantation, peri-transplant management and outcome studies.
Furthermore, he is also actively developing research to help improve surgical education and training for both undergraduate and postgraduate setting. Most of his research work on education aim to understand the art and science behind training junior doctors to be excellent surgeons for the future. He has previously won grants to study the use of mobile applications in teaching patient safety in surgery.