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Adj Asst Prof Poh Seng Yew

Adj Asst Prof Poh Seng Yew

​MBBS, MRCS (Surg), MMed, FRCS

Senior Consultant

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Sports Service

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Sports Medicine Service Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital


Dr Poh Seng Yew is Senior Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip, knee and shoulder surgery. He obtained his basic medical degree (MBBS) from National University of Singapore, where he won several academic awards including the Dean’s List. He received his Specialist Accreditation in Orthopaedic Surgery and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthopaedic Surgery). He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan training award to pursue further training in Hip Surgery and Sports Medicine, as a clinical fellow in Orthopädische Chirurgie München (OCM), in Germany for a year under Professor Michael Dienst, one of the pioneers in hip arthroscopy in Europe. In addition, he has undergone hospital visitations in the USA, Germany, Japan and Taiwan, to learn the latest techniques in shoulder and elbow surgery, hip arthroscopy, osteotomy, as well as hip and knee arthroplasty. He was also awarded the ASEAN travelling fellowship by the Singapore Orthopaedic Association. 

Dr Poh is currently Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director of Sports Medicine Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, SGH. He is also Visiting Senior Consultant to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Sengkang Hospital and Kandang Kerbau Women and Children’s Hospital (KKWCH). Dr Poh believes in providing holistic care to his patients and has been awarded the Service with a Heart Award by SGH for outstanding clinical service.

Dr Poh has special interest in hip preservation surgery, and has founded the SingHealth Hip Preservation Service, with the aim to optimize the care of hip patients across Singhealth hospitals. Hip preservation refers to interventions taken to treat hip disease with the aim of preserving the native hip joint, and delay or prevent the development of hip arthritis and the need for hip replacement. Preserving the native hip joint has the advantage of allowing individuals to return to an active lifestyle, and participation in high level sports. He performs therapeutic hip arthroscopy for labral repair and reconstruction, femoroacetabular impingement resection, peritrochanteric arthroscopy, open surgical dislocation for reconstructive hip surgery, peri-acetabular and corrective femoral osteotomy. He is one of the highest volume hip arthroscopy surgeons in Southeast Asia, having performed over 500 such procedures to date.

Dr Poh also performs complex knee arthroscopy, ligament and meniscal reconstruction, knee osteotomy (high tibia osteotomy, distal femoral osteotomy and tibia tubercle osteotomy), and cartilage resurfacing. He has a high volume of hip and knee replacement in his practice, and has received training in both complex primary, revision arthroplasty, and robotic arthroplasty. In addition, Dr Poh performs complex shoulder arthroscopy for shoulder stabilization, rotator cuff repair and superior capsular reconstruction, as well as open shoulder reconstruction and shoulder arthroplasty. Dr Poh continues to operate on complex trauma cases, and provides senior cover on emergency call. 

Dr Poh has been invited as regional and international faculty and is active in training surgeons from around Asia through fellowship and visitation programs, in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (for hip, knee and shoulder arthroscopy), Hip Preservation and Joint Replacement surgery. He has given numerous lectures all over the world, performed live surgery and conducted training courses for surgeons around ASEAN, and in Singapore. He conducted the first cadaveric hip arthroscopy workshop in Singapore in 2016, was Chairman of the Hip Symposium in the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) Sports Meeting 2019, and was invited as faculty for the first cadaveric hip arthroscopy and live surgery workshop in Indonesia during the Continuing Orthopaedic Education Program of the Indonesia Orthopaedic Association in 2019. He is the SGH representative to AOTrauma Singapore, and has been local and regional faculty for AO Trauma courses in Singapore and Asia. He was Chairman of the AOTrauma Symposium in 2018, and Chairman of the AOTrauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management Course in Singapore in 2019. 

Dr Poh is actively involved in the mentoring and teaching of medical students, junior doctors, resident nurses, and advanced practice nursing interns. He holds the academic position of Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, as well as the Duke-NUS Medical School, where he is also the clinical lead for the Orthopaedic Surgery Internship Program. He is a member of the JCST Examination Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery, appointed by the Ministry of Health. He has served as Orthopaedic Surgery Convenor for the FRCSEd (Orthopaedic Surgery) exit examination, and as Orthopaedic Surgery Examiner for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), and the Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery) examinations. He is also Clinical Physician Faculty for both the SingHealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program and the Surgery-in-General Residency Program. 


  • MBBS: National University of Singapore, 2003 
  • MRCS (Surgery): 2007 
  • MMed (Orthopaedic Surgery): National University of Singapore, 2007 
  • FRCS (Orthopaedic Surgery): Edinburgh, 2011 

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Adj Asst Prof, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Adj Asst Prof, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh 
  • Medical Protection Society 
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association 
  • Singapore Medical Association 
  • Tzu Chi International Medical Association (Surgical Team)


  • Service with a Heart Award (for Outstanding Clinical Service) – 2017, 2014
  • SingHealth Doctors Long Service Award – 2014
  • Singapore General Hospital – 10 years Long Service Award – 2014
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP), Singapore General Hospital in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – Sports Related Hip Injuries - 2011
  • Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) travelling fellowship – 2011
  • Eli-Lily Book Prize – 2002
  • National University of Singapore Medical Society Gold Award – 2000
  • Commendation, Medical Alumni Association – 2000
  • Dean’s List, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore – 1998/1999

Research Interests



  • Arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular pincer impingement
    SY Poh, R Hube, M Dienst
    published in Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie, 2015, Dec; 27(6): 536-52
  • Role of the anterior intermeniscal ligament in tibiofemoral contact mechanics during axial joint loading
    SY Poh, KSA Yew, PLK Wong, SBJ Koh, SL Chia, TS Howe
    published in The Knee, 2012, Mar;19(2):135-9
  • Two year outcomes of transforminal lumbar interbody fusion
    SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan
    published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hong Kong), 2011, Aug; 19(2): 135-40 
  • Clinical and radiological outcomes of minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
    CW Peng, WM Yue, SY Poh, W Yeo, SB Tan
    published in Spine, 2009, Jun 1;34(13):1385-9.
  • Clinical and radiological review of adjacent segment degeneration after transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
    SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan
    abstract published in The Spine Journal, 2008; 8(5): 172S 
  • Clinical and radiological evaluation of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion at 2 years follow-up
    SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan
    abstract published in The Spine Journal, 2007; 7(5): 25S 
  • Fragment specific fracture fixation and double column plating of unstable distal radius fractures using AO mini-fragment implants and kirschner wires
    Chang HC, Poh SY, Seah SC, Chua DT, Chan BK, Low CO
    published in Injury, 2007; 38(11):1259-67.

Research Trials