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*For urgent referrals by physicians from other healthcare institutions, please call SGH hotline to ask for Rigid Bronchoscopist on call (RCCM Roster).

Interventional Pulmonology (IP)

We are one of the few IP centres in the Asia-Pacific with expertise in rigid bronchoscopy. Rigid bronchoscopy is commonly used to treat central airway obstruction from cancer and tuberculosis. Unlike flexible bronchoscopy, it is performed under general anesthesia in the operating room.

Our interventional pulmonologists have been trained in Korea, Germany and the United States under luminaries in the field. We have the highest annual case volume in rigid bronchoscopy in Singapore, and work closely with anesthesiologists trained in advanced airway management and ventilation techniques. 

We offer a comprehensive range of therapeutic bronchoscopic modalities such as balloon bronchoplasty, various bronchoscopic ablative therapies, metallic/silicone airway stenting, brachytherapy, intratumoral chemotherapy injection, and endobronchial valve placement. We also offer whole lung lavage - which is performed with single lung ventilation in the operating room, for an uncommon condition called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.

The IP team regularly organizes regional courses, and its members are frequently invited to speak or teach at IP-related events in the region.

Pleural Service

We have a dedicated pleural service that sees patients with pleural diseases referred inpatient and follows them up in the outpatient clinic. Services provided include chest tube placement, Heimlich valve, pleurodesis and pleural lytic administration, pleuroscopy and indwelling pleural catheters. These procedures are performed in the ILEC. For more information regarding pleuroscopy, please click on the video link below.


An indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) is a soft tube placed at the side of your chest. It allows fluid that has accumulated in your chest to be easily removed without the need for hospitalization (or repeated medical procedures that may be uncomfortable). 

The aim is to relieve shortness of breath caused by fluid accumulation in the chest. The video links below demonstrate how to care for your IPC, and drain fluid in a safe way.

Bottle Drainage

Bag Drainage

Interventional Pulmonology

Clin Asst Prof Melvin Tay Chee Kiang (Director)

Clin Asst Prof Carrie Leong Kah Lai (Deputy)

Pleural Service

Dr Ken Goh Junyang (Director)

Assoc Prof Anantham Devanand 

Clin Asst Prof Esther Tan Qiao Li

Dr Young Si Ling

Treatments Offered