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Prof Krishnakumar Madhavan

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  • Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, National University Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • Group Director Surgery, National University Health System (NUHS)
  • Head, Department of Surgery, National University Hospital (NUH)
  • Co-Director, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, National University Hospital
  • Head, Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Ong Tiong Tat Professor in Surgery and Surgical Sciences, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
MBBS (India), MS (Gen Surg)(India), FRCS Ed (UK), FRCS (Gen Surg)(UK), FCPS (Hon)(B'Desh)
Organ Transplantation, Surgery
Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation
Special Interests:
Technical aspects of liver and pancreatic surgery , Adoption of multimodality treatment , Translational research into the management of liver and bile duct cancer , Pathophysiology of portal hypertension in the setting of chronic liver disease


Prof Krishnakumar Madhavan first joined the Department of Surgery as an Associate Professor. He is currently the Group Director Surgery, Senior Consultant of the Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Head of Department of Surgery, Co-Director in NUCOT and Senior Consultant at NCIS.  

After initial schooling and undergraduate medical education in India, Prof Madhavan did his MS in General Surgery at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research. After doing the FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, he went for further Higher Surgical Training in the UK and after successfully completing this training, was appointed in 1996, a Consultant General and Transplant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. After 11 years in that post, he joined the NUS/NUH. 

In addition to all aspects of liver transplantation, he has extensive experience in kidney and pancreatic transplantation and also the whole spectrum of benign and malignant hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. He was also deeply involved in surgical training over the years and till 2007 was the Deputy chair of the surgical training committee for the South east of Scotland and tutor and convener for the Basic Surgical skills course of the RCSEd. He has also been an examiner for the FRCS, AFRCS and MRCS exams and is also on the panel of examiners for the exit FRCS examination (intercollegiate).

Professional Memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Society of Transplantation, Singapore
International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS)
International Hepato pancreato biliary Association (IHPBA)
Asia-Pacific Hepato pancreato biliary Association (A-P HPBA)