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Dr Kevin Koo Oon Thien

Dr Kevin Koo Oon Thien

​MBBS (S’pore), DFD (CAW), MRCS (Edin), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Orth), FAMS

Consultant

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Foot & Ankle Service

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Foot and Ankle.

Clinical Appointments

  • Director, Foot and Ankle Service Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School

Profile

​Dr Kevin Koo is a fellowship-trained Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of Foot and Ankle Service at the Singapore General Hospital.  He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with both NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine as well as Duke-NUS Medical School. He completed his medical training with the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2003. He was appointed as Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK, in 2009 and subsequently as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK (Orthopaedics and Trauma) in 2014. He also obtained his Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery) from the National University of Singapore in 2013 and was appointed Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2015.

Dr Koo did a one-year fellowship under the Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award at St. Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals, Imperial College Healthcare in London, UK, where he worked with internationally recognised surgeons and participated actively in the management of elite athletes and professional dancers.

His practice interests include foot and ankle surgery, joint replacements, sports and minimally invasive surgery. He has presented extensively at international, regional as well as local conferences including the prestigious American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) as well as the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) Annual Scientific Meetings. He has also published in various peer-reviewed medical journals, and is actively involved in the training of junior doctors.


Education

  • ​Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2014
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery, National University of Singapore 2013
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2009
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, National University of Singapore 2003

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Director, Foot and Ankle Service & Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital
  • Adj Assistant Professor NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Adj Assistant Professor Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Group of Research & Study in Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foot (GRECMIP)
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
  • General Medical Council, United Kingdom
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association
  • Singapore Medical Association
  • Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Scientific Co-chairman for the 40th Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2017
  • Reviewer for Medical Journals "Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery", "BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders", "Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare" and "Journal of International Medical Research"
  • Medical Support Team for SEA Games 2015, Singapore
  • Instructor, Foot & Ankle Dissection Course 2015, Imperial College London

 

Awards

  • ​Gold Award - Singapore Health Quality Service Awards 2020
  • SGH Service with a Heart Award 2015, 2017
  • National University of Singapore Medical Faculty Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence 2015
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) 2015 – Imperial College Healthcare, London, UK
  • Singhealth 10-year Long Service Award 2015
  • SGH 10-year Long Service Award 2014
  • Surgical Star Budding Researcher Award Nominee 2011
  • “Heart!” Service Quality Award 2007

Research Interests

Publications and Research Trials

  1. Response to Letter Regarding: Arthroscopic Versus Open Brostrom-Gould Repair for Chronic Ankle Instability
    Woo BJ, Lai MC, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle International (accepted for publication May 2020)
  2. Well-selected Diabetic Patients With Good Glycaemic Control Remain Suitable Candidates For Hallux Valgus Surgery
    Law GW, Tay KS, A Padki, Wong KC, Zhang KT, Yeo NEM, Koo K, IR Singh
    Foot and Ankle International (accepted for publication April 2020)
  3. Simultaneous bilateral hallux valgus surgery: percutaneous or conventional? Early results of a matched study from a tertiary institution.
    Lim SR, IR Singh, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle Surgery (accepted for publication April 2020)
  4. Arthroscopic versus Open Brostrom-Gould Repair for Chronic Ankle Instability – A Matched Pair Analysis
    Woo BJ, Lai MC, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle International (accepted for publication Feb 2020)
  5. Surgery In Symptomatic Hallux Valgus: Does Severity Of Deformity Affect Clinical Outcomes Of Scarf Osteotomies?
    Law GW, Tay KS, Lim J, Zhang T, Seng CS, Yeo NEM, Koo K, Singh IR
    Foot and Ankle International (accepted for publication Jan 2020)
  6. Open versus percutaneous TOPAZ coblation in the treatment of plantar fasciitis: Comparison of the two techniques in obese patients
    Png WX, Koo K
    Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (Asia Pacific) (accepted for publication Dec 2019)
  7. Clinical Outcomes Comparing Arthroscopic vs Open Ankle Arthrodesis
    Woo BJ, Lai MC, Ng YC, Singh IR, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle Surgery (accepted for publication June 2019)
  8. Allograft Reconstruction of Spontaneous Tibialis Anterior Tendon Rupture in a Diabetic Patient.
    Koh DTS, Pitarini A, Koo K
    Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2019 May-Jun
  9. Peroneus Longus Tendon Rupture: A Case Report
    Koh D, Liow L, Cheah J, Koo K
    World Journal of Orthopaedics (accepted for publication Jan 2019)
  10. Review Of Surgical Outcomes Between Plate And Screw Fixations In Lapidus Procedure For Asians’ With Hallux Valgus
    Huang YL, Lee KH,  Loh B, Koo K, Singh IR
    Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery Asia Pacific (accepted for publication Sept 2018)
  11. The Effect of Gender in Hallux Valgus Surgery. A Propensity Score Matched Study
    Lim W, Liow L, Singh IR, Goh G, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle Surgery (accepted for publication August 2018) 
  12. The Salto Total Ankle Arthroplasty – Clinical and radiological outcomes at five years
    Koo K, Liddle AD, Pastides PS, Rosenfeld PF
    Foot and Ankle Surgery (accepted for publication August 2018) 
  13. ​Periosteal Flap Augmentation of the Modified Brostrum-Gould procedure in Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability
    Chew CP, Koo K, Lie DTT
    Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery (accepted for publication Jan 2018)
  14. Effect of Mechanical Axis Correction on Outcomes of Hallux Valgus Surgery
    Lee M, Chen JY, Chen H, Chong HC, Koo K, Singh IR
    The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery 2018 Jan - Feb;57(1):111-115. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2017.08.027.
  15. Flexor Hallucis Longus Transfer versus Turndown Flaps Augmented with Flexor Hallucis Longus Transfer in the Repair of Chronic Achilles Tendon Rupture
    Koh D, Lim J, Chen JY, Singh IR, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle Surgery (accepted for publication Nov 2017)
  16. Clinical and Radiological Outcomes Comparing Percutaneous Chevron-Akin Osteotomies vs Open Scarf-Akin Osteotomies for Hallux Valgus
    Lai MC, Singh IR, Woo YL, Yeo W, Ng YC, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle International (accepted for publication Oct 2017)
  17. Two Year Outcomes of Minimally Invasive Hallux Valgus Surgery
    Chan CXY, Gan JZW, Chong HC, Ng YC, Koo K
    Foot and Ankle Surgery (accepted for publication Oct 2017)
  18. Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy versus open radiofrequency microtenotomy for recalcitrant plantar fasciitis: A comparison of 1 year outcomes
    Wang WN, Singh IR, Chou CC, Chong HC, Koo K
    Foot Ankle Int (accepted for publication August 2017)
  19. Clinical and Radiological outcomes of concomitant Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Release with Scarf osteotomy
    Lai MC, Chen JY, Ng YH, Chong HC, Koo K, Singh IR
    Foot and Ankle Surgery (accepted for publication March 2017)
  20. Minimal Clinically Important Differences for American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Score (AOFAS) in Hallux Valgus Surgery
    HY Chan, JY Chen, S Zainul-Abidin, Y Hao, K Koo, IS Rikhraj
    Foot and Ankle International 2017 May;38(5):551-557. Epub 2017 Feb 13.
  21. Subtalar Arthroscopy and Fluoroscopy in Percutaneous Fixation of Intra-articular Calcaneal Fractures: Long Term Outcomes
    Law GW, Yeo EM, Yeo W, Koo K, Chong KW
    J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2017 Jan;25(1):2309499016684995
  22. Arthroscopy-assisted Reduction and Fixation of Calcaneal Fractures
    Koo K, Rosenfeld PF
    Book chapter in "Arthroscopy and endoscopy of  the foot and ankle: principles and practice" Editor TH Lui. Springer. (in press)
  23. Pain Resolution After Hallux Valgus Surgery
    Chen JY, Ang BF, Jiang L, Yeo NE, Koo K, Singh Rikhraj I
    Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Oct;37(10):1071-1075. Epub 2016 Jun 19.
  24. Genu Recurvatum versus Fixed Flexion after Total Knee Arthroplasty
    Koo K, Silva A, Chin PL, Chia SL, Lo NN, Yeo SJ
    Clin Orthop Surg. 2016 Sep;8(3):249-53. Epub 2016 Aug 10.
  25. Radiofrequency Microtenotomy is as Effective as Plantar Fasciotomy in the Treatment of Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis
    Chou CC, Ng YC, Su HC, Singh IR, Koo K
    Foot Ankle Surg. 2016 Dec;22(4):270-273. Epub 2015 Dec 15
  26. A Biomechanical Study comparing Cerclage Wiring performed with a Power Tool versus the Manual Method
    Koo K, Zhou ZH, Yew KS, Koh SB, Howe TS
    Ann Acad Med Singapore Vol. 44 No. 12 Dec 2015
  27. Total Knee Arthroplasty in a Patient with a Fused Ipsilateral Hip
    Koo K, Pang KC, Wang W
    Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 2015 Aug 19;10(1):127.
  28. Four limb amputations due to peripheral gangrene from inotrope use - case report and review of the literature
    Ang CH, Koo K, Howe TS
    International Journal of Surgery Case Reports 2015 Jul 23;14:63-65
  29. The Prevalence of Metatarsus Adductus in Symptomatic Hallux Valgus and its Influence on Functional Outcome
    Loh B, Chen JY, Yew AK, Chong HC, Yeo MG, Tao P, Koo K, IS Rikhraj
    Foot Ankle Int 2015 Nov;36(11):1316-21. doi: 10.1177/1071100715595618. Epub 2015 Jul 22.
  30. Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy improves early post-operative outcomes: a retrospective comparison of outcomes in endoscopic versus open plantar fasciotomy
    Chou CC, Ng YC, Koo K
    Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery 2016 Jan-Feb;55(1):9-15. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2015.02.005. Epub 2015 May 23
  31. Effect of Obesity on Outcome of Hallux Valgus Surgery
    Chen JY, Lee MJ, Rikhraj K, Parmar S, Chong HC, Yew AK, Koo K, Singh Rikhraj I.
    Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Sep;36(9):1078-83. doi: 10.1177/1071100715581449. Epub 2015 Apr 16.
  32. Lumbar Plexopathy following Transforaminal Interbody Fusion: A Rare Complication
    Koo K, Lo YL, Tan SB
    Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica 2015;49(1):97-102. doi: 10.3944/AOTT.2015.14.0181
  33. Distal Radius Fractures – An Epidemiological Review 
    Koo K, Tan MK, Chong KS
    Orthopaedic Surgery vol. 5, issue 3 August 2013
  34. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2012 Annual Meeting; San Francisco, California, USA
    Podium Presentation titled “Fixed Flexion Deformity vs Genu Recurvatum post Total Knee Replacement – which is the lesser evil?”
  35. Austrauma 2011 Conference ( Royal Australasian College of Surgeons); Sydney, Australia
    Podium Presentation titled “Cerclage Wiring Using a Power Tool in the Emergent Setting – A Novel Surgical Technique”
  36. The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) Spring 2010 Scientific Meeting; Manchester, United Kingdom
    Podium presentation titled “Distal Radius Fractures – An Epidemiological Review”

Research Trials