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Emeritus Prof Prabhakaran Krishnan

  • Emeritus Consultant, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital
  • Emeritus Professor, Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
MBBS (S’pore), FRCSEd (Gen Surg), FRCS (Gen Surg) (Glasg), MMed (Gen Surg) (S’pore), FAMS (S’pore)
Organ Transplantation, Paediatric Surgery
Paediatric Kidney Transplantation Programme, Paediatric Liver Transplantation Programme


Emeritus Professor Prabhakaran received training in general surgery from 1976 to 1979, and paediatric surgery from 1979 to 1983 at the National University of Singapore. He went on to receive further sub-speciality training in Paediatric Surgery from 1983 to 1984 in Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He also underwent training in Liver transplantation in Cambridge, UK (1990) and in Pittsburgh, USA (1995).

He was appointed Consultant in Paediatric Surgery in 1984. He started Paediatric Surgery in NUH in 1986 where he continues to be a surgeon specialising in Paediatric Surgery. He became Senior Consultant and Chief of Department of Paediatric Surgery since its inception in 2001.

Prof Prabhakaran has presided over many committees and review boards such as Chairman of Specialist training Committee and Specialist Accreditation board in Paediatric Surgery in Singapore.

Prof Prabhakaran pioneered Liver transplantation in Singapore in 1990. His involvement in this area has also seen pioneering transplants performed overseas in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

His other clinical interests include paediatric hepatobiliary disorders, paediatric urology and paediatric surgical oncology.

He was awarded the National Oustanding Clinician Award 2012.


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