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Clin A/Prof Philip Iau

  • Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Breast & Endocrine Surgery, Department of General Surgery, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Breast Surgery), Department of Surgery, National University Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Trauma), Department of Surgery, National University Hospital
MBBS (S'pore), FRCS (Edin) MD-PhD (S'pore)
Breast Surgery, General Surgery, Trauma Surgery
Special Interests:
Breast Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Breast Cancer Genetic Predisposition, Sentinel Node Biopsy, Breast Cancer Metastasis, Trauma-related Coagulopathy, Multiple Organ Failure


Clinical A/Prof Philip Iau was born in Johore in 1965 and schooled in Singapore. He is married with three children and a dog. After obtaining his medical degree in Singapore in 1989, he completed his national service and started his surgical training with an interest in breast cancer. He worked as a clinical fellow in the Nottingham Breast Unit under Prof Roger Blamey, where he carried out his PhD thesis work in breast cancer genetics before returning to NUH and starting the breast cancer workgroup which he presently heads. Further training in sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer was carried out at the Netherlands Cancer Institute under Prof Emil Rutgers. Aside from a short spell as a locum consultant at the Nottingham Breast Unit, all his breast related work has been at the NUH. Clinical A/Prof Iau is also a fully trained trauma surgeon at NUH. He completed a second clinical fellowship at the Johannesburg Trauma Unit and has carried out various responsibilities as chief surgeon in the Singapore Armed Forces, with a tour of Afghanistan with NATO forces in 2010. 

Professional Highlights
  • President of the Asian Breast Disease Association
  • Coordinates breast cancer workgroup in NUH
  • Published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Principal Investigator
  • Clinical Director of the surgical high-dependency unit
  • Chaired MOH national guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer in 2005 

Personal Hobbies/Interests
Long-standing, ill-advised interest in mountain biking and epic bicycle tours. Have more recently seen the light and starting to involve engines on motorbikes and not just peddling madly.


  • Best poster award: International Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ISICEM, 2005), Brussels, Belgium
  • Researcher-Investigator Scientist Enabler (RISE) Award 2007-2009, National Healthcare Group, Singapore
  • Commemorative medal for Peacekeeping Operations, Netherlands Defence Force, August 2010
  • Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Uruzgan, Afghanistan, August 2010

Professional Memberships

  • ​Vice President of Asian Breast Disease Association


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