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University Orthopaedics, Hand

and Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster

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Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery


The Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery was established in 1991, but its origins date further back.

Dr Robert Pho joined the University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1974. Together with Professor P B Chacha, he set up a microsurgical section within the unit, the first in this region. The pioneering team went on to push the frontiers in hand and reconstructive microsurgery, performing the first thumb replantation in Singapore in 1977, the first vascularised fibular transfer in 1978, and the first toe transfer in 1980.

In 1985, the Hand Surgery Unit was officially established at the Singapore General Hospital . When the university staff were moved over to the National University Hospital in 1989, Professor Pho started a Hand division within the discipline of orthopaedic surgery. A new independent Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery was established on 1st December 1991. The founding staff were Professor Robert Pho as Chief, Associate Professor K Satkunanantham and Associate Professor V P Kumar as Consultants, and Mr Kour Anam Kueh as Senior Lecturer / Senior Registrar.

The department was helmed by Associate Professor Lim Beng Hai from 2000 to 2004.

The first fully certified Hand Surgeons to be trained at the department were Dr Looi Kok Poh, followed by Dr Aymeric Lim, the department chief from 2005 to 2008.

With Professor Pho as a mentor and guide, a new team has been assembled who, together with our team of hand occupational therapists and a specialised hand prosthetist, will continue to develop the specialty of Hand Surgery.

Official opening ceremony of the Department Dec 2nd 1993

L-R: Emeritus Prof R Pho, Emeritus Prof E Tock, Prof Lim Pin, Dr Cheong Siew Keong, Dr Andrew Chew, Prof Satku, Mr AK Kour, Prof P Kumar


Our Specialists for Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Centre


L-R: Dr Ellen Lee, Dr Soumen Das De, Dr David Tan, Dr Andre Cheah, Dr Sandeep Jacob SebastinEmeritus Prof Robert Pho, Dr Alphonsus Chong, Dr Mark Puhaindran, Dr Amitabha Lahiri, Dr Renita Sirisena, Dr Lim Jin Xi, A/Prof Aymeric Lim


New Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Centre

The Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Hospital will consolidate their clinical services at the new location at Main Building, Level 2 (Please access using lift lobby 6).


It opened on 14 March 2011 and will see the addition of new services such as fluoroscopic assessment of bone and joints of the hand and wrist as well as ambulatory surgery that will be performed at a dedicated procedure room with state of the art facilities. Together with Hand Therapy and Hand Prosthetics, we aim to provide a one-stop Hand Surgery hub where comprehensive and streamlined care can be delivered to our patients.


Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Centre