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Assoc Prof Lim Boon Leng

Prof Lim Boon Leng from SGH

Assoc Prof Lim Boon Leng

​MBBS, MMed (Anaes), FAMS

Senior Consultant

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: Anaesthesiology

Sub-specialties: Intensive Care

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Anaesthesiology Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital


After completing Anaesthesiology training in Singapore, A/Prof Lim received his training in Intensive Care Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Western Australia from 1992-1993, under the Health Manpower Development Plan (HDMP) scholarship. This was very much in keeping with his main passion of managing critically ill patients. 

He was appointed Director, Surgical ICU from 1996-2002 and during this time, he realized his vision of attracting and developing a core of like-minded intensivists to provide high quality ICU care to Surgery, Neurosurgery and Burns in SGH. 
He was appointed Head, Department of Anaesthesia & Surgical Intensive Care from 2004-2009. During this period, he established and nurtured several sub-specialties that included Cardiac Anaesthesia, Neuroanaesthesia, Pain Management, Liver Transplant Anaesthesia, Pre-operative Evaluation Clinic and Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine.

A/Prof Lim is active in national and international academic acivities. He was President, Society of Intensive Care Medicine (Singapore) from 1999-2001 and President, Singapore Society of Anaesthesiology from 2002-2003. He is a member of the Specialist Training Committee for both Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. 

He is involved in SGH Medical Ethics Committee and ICU Workgroup in Ministry of Health. He has been invited to speak at many regional and international.


  • 1984 National University of Singapore: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 
  • 1990 Master of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) 
  • 1994 Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore) 

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Designated Institutional Official (DIO), SingHealth Residency 
  • Member, Medical Board, SGH 
  • Committee Member, Specialist Training Committee (Anaesthesiology) 
  • Committee Member, Subspecialty Training Committee (Intensive Care Medicine) 
  • Course Director, Fundamental Critical Care Support Course 
  • Director, Bao Zhong Tang TCM Ltd Board 
  • Visiting Consultant, SAF Medical Corps 
  • Member, MOH ICU Workgroup 
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore 
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore 


Research Interests


  • BL Lim, TC Low. Total intravenous anaesthesia versus isoflurance for dental day surgery. Anaesth & Intens Care 1992; 20: 475-8  
  • NC Hwang, BL Lim. Subclavian vein cannulation - reducing the risk of pneumothorax. Int J Int Care 1995; 2: 10-11 
  • C Balram, BL Lim et al. Validity of Bayesian Forecasting Programme in Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Vancomycin in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit: A Prospective Evaluation. Ann Acad Medicine Singapore 1996; 25: 492-5. 
  • S Raman, BL Lim Audit of central venous catheter insertion - A Surgical Intensive Care Unit Experience. SGH Proceedings 1997;6:4-7 
  • B L Lim. Inotropes for septic shock. SGH Proceedings 1998; 7(1):61-3. 
  • BL Lim, YW Chan. Audit of 2431 admissions to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Singapore General Hospital. Ann Acad Medicine Singapore 5/98; 27(3): 315-7 
  • BL Lim, NC Hwang. Effects of Anaesthesia. In: Anaesthesia, A Practical Handbook. Oxford University Press, Singapore. 
  • BL Lim. Airway management—when and how? SMJ 2001;suppl 1 : 043-5 
  • CJ Cheng, BL Lim, BS Tan. Inadvertent catheterisation of a partial anomalous pulmonary venous channel during central venous cannulation. Anaesthesia 2002; 57(2): 198-200

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