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Associate Professor Philip Iau

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MBBS (S'pore), FRCS (Edin) MD-PhD (S'pore)
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
Head & Senior Consultant, General Surgery, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
Leader, Breast Oncology Tumour Group, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
Sub Specialty:
General Surgery
Medical and Surgical Conditions:
Abdominal Injuries, Acute Kidney Injury, Anal Fissures, Anorectal Abscesses and Fistulas, Breast Augmentation, Breast Cancer, Breast Cyst, Breast Lumps, Breast Pain (Mastalgia), Chest Injuries, Colonic Diverticulosis, Colorectal Cancer, Enuresis and Encopresis, Extremities and Pelvic Injuries, Facial Injuries, Fibroadenoma, Gallbladder Cancer, Gallstones, Gastric Cancer (Stomach Cancer), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - Surgical, Gynacomastia, Haemorrhoids or Piles, Head Injuries, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Kidney Stones, Klebsiella Liver Abscess, Liver Cirrhosis, Nipple Discharge, Obesity, Pancreatitis, Spinal Injuries, Upper & Lower Limb Traumas, Varicose Veins, Vascular Disease
Special Interest:
Breast Surgery
Breast Cancer Genetic Predisposition
Sentinel Node Biopsy
Breast Cancer Metastasis
Trauma-related Coagulopathy
Multiple Organ Failure
National University Hospital
National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
National University Health System
Dr 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. Dr 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.

Awards and Honours

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