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Clin Asst Prof Puah Ken Lee

Clin Asst Prof Puah Ken Lee

​MBBS (S’pore), MRCSEd, M.Med (Ortho Surg), FRCSEd (Orth), FAMS

Visiting Consultant

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Sports Service

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Arthroplasty, Arthroscopy, General Orthopaedics, General Orthopaedics and Trauma, Hip Surgery, Knee - Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Knee (Ligament, Meniscus, Cartilage) Injuries, Knee Cap Injury, Ligament Reconstruction, Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Procedures in Orthopaedics, Rotator Cuff Injuries (Shoulder and Elbow), Shoulder and Elbow - Frozen Shoulder, Shoulder and Elbow - Stiff Elbow, Shoulder and Elbow - Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis, Shoulder and Elbow Injuries, Shoulder Impingement Syndrome/Acromioplasty, Shoulder Impingement Syndrome/Acromioplasty, Sports Injuries, Tendon Repair, Total Knee Replacement, Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty), Total Shoulder Replacement (Arthroplasty).

Clinical Appointments

  • Visiting Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Clinical Lecturer, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NUS Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine
  • Clinical Physician Faculty Member for SingHealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
  • Physician Faculty for SingHealth Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Training Programme
  • Singapore Chief Residency Programme (SCRP) Alumni Council Member


​Dr Puah is a Visiting Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with the Sports Service practising at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital. He graduated from Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore in 2005 and completed orthopaedic residency training as part of the pioneer batch of SingHealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residents. Dr Puah was SingHealth’s first Orthopaedic Surgery Chief Resident, having attended the Singapore Chief Residency Programme, a National healthcare leadership training programme. Dr Puah was ranked as one of the Top 3 SingHealth Chief Residents across the different SingHealth Residency Programmes in 2015.

Dr Puah has added training in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine as a Visiting Scholar to Tulane University School of Medicine, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine under Dr Felix ‘Buddy’ Savoie III, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, as a Shoulder and Upper Limb Fellow under Dr Laurent Lafosse at Alps Surgery Institute, Clinique Générale d'Annecy, Annecy, France and having completed an AOTrauma Fellowship under Prof. Dr. med. Ralph Hertel at Lindenhof, Bern, Switzerland.

Beyond fellowship training, Dr Puah has visited multiple overseas hospitals, as part of the 301 Hospital Joint (Hip and Knee Arthroplasty) Fellowship, Beijing, China, Visiting Surgeon Program on Elbow Repair & Elbow Arthroscopy to Asan Medical Center, Seoul South Korea, Observership at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University, Durham, USA as one of 2015 - Top 3 SingHealth Chief Residents and Attachment to Section of Shoulder Surgery and Section of Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Manila, Philippines.

Having benefitted from teaching and mentoring throughout his career, Dr Puah believes in teaching the next generation of medical professionals. He is actively involved in medical student education, postgraduate training and medical leadership training and holds academic appointments at the Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore and at Duke-NUS Medical School and is a Clinical Physician Faculty for the SingHealth Orthopaedic Residency Training Programme. He has served in various capacities within the Singapore Orthopaedic Association Executive Committee and as a Speciality Board Member, Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore. He is a volunteer with the Handicaps Welfare Association and is serving as a Reservist Orthopaedic Surgeon with the Singapore Armed Forces.


  • Fellow, Academy of Medicine of Singapore
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthopaedics and Traumatology)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified, USA
  • Masters of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery), Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

Current Appointments

  • Honorary Secretary, Executive Committee 2020-2021, Singapore Orthopaedic Association 
  • Founding Member, Hand & Upper Limb Section, Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA)
  • Corresponding Member of Société Européenne pour la Chirurgie de l'Epaule et du Coude -European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow SECEC-ESSSE
  • Specialty Board Member, Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore, 2019/21
  • Honorary Advisor (Medical), Handicaps Welfare Association

Past Appointments

  • Chairman, Standing Committee on IT-Education, Singapore Orthopaedic Association, 2016/17
  • Chairman, Singapore Orthopaedic Trainee’s Committee, Singapore Orthopaedic Association, 2015/16
  • Vice-Chairman, Singapore Orthopaedic Trainee’s Committee, Singapore Orthopaedic Association, 2014/15 
  • Member, Humanitarian & Outreach Subcommittee, Singapore Orthopaedic Association


  • SGH Service Quality Partner Award for outstanding service: Service With A Heart Award, January 2019
  • SingHealth You Shine Award 24 July 2017 for SingHealth Residency Leadership Programme (SRLP) Workgroup
  • SingHealth Residency RiSE Award for Inspiring Resident Educator Award 2016/2017
  • Outstanding Chief Resident Award for Academic Year 2015 to 2017
  • Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) National Service Medal
  • Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Good Service Medal 
  • 2nd Runner-up for Best Poster Award (Basic Science/Translational), Singapore General Hospital 21st Scientific Meeting 2015. 
  • 2012 SingHealth Best Resident Award 
  • SingHealth Residency RiSE Award for Outstanding Resident 2012
  • SGH Service Quality Partner Award for outstanding service: Service With A Heart Award, April – June 2010 
  • SGH Service Quality Partner Award for outstanding service: Service With A Heart Award, August 2009

Research Interests


Book Chapter

  1. KL Puah, SJ Yeo 2010. Computer-Aided Total Knee Arthroplasty. In R Malhotra (Ed), Mastering Orthopaedic Techniques Total Knee Arthroplasty (pp 189-200). New Dehli, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. W Chai, R Guo, KL Puah, S Jerabek, J Chen, P Tang. Use of Robotic‐Arm Assisted Technique in Complex Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthopaedic Surgery. April 2020; 12 (2), 686-691.
  2. W Chai, X Kong, M Yang, KL Puah, P Tang, J Chen. Robot-Assisted Total Hip Arthroplasty for Arthrodesed Hips. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management. May 2020; 16, 357-368.
  3. KL Puah, W Yeo, MH Tan. Clinical and radiographic outcomes of computer-navigated total knee arthroplasty are not adversely affected by body mass index. J Orthop. 2020 May-Jun; 19: 54–58. Published online 2019 Nov 12. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2019.11.002 PMCID: PMC6994793
  4. KL Puah, AKS Yew, SM Chou, DTT Lie. Comparison of a simplified skin pointer device compared with a skeletal marker for knee rotation laxity: A cadaveric study using a rotation-meter. World J Orthop 2018; 9(6): 85-91.
  5. KL Puah, MS Salieh, W Yeo, AHC Tan. Outcomes of arthroscopic capsular release for the diabetic frozen shoulder in Asian patients. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2018 Jan-Apr;26(1):2309499018757572.
  6. KL Puah, HC Chong, LSS Foo, NN Lo, SJ Yeo. Clinical and Functional Outcomes: Primary Constrained Condylar Knee Arthroplasty Compared With Posterior Stabilized Knee Arthroplasty. JAAOS Global Research & Reviews, February 2018 - Volume 2 - Issue 2 - p e084.
  7. IH Moo, KL Puah, SW Tan, DTC Chua. Delayed presentation of compartment syndrome of the thigh secondary to quadriceps trauma and vascular injury in a soccer athlete. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2015;11:56-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2015.04.003. Epub 2015 Apr 8.
  8. KL Puah, KP Wong, W Yeo, AHC Tan. A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes of Two Methods of Femoral Hamstring Graft Pin Fixation in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. 2013; 22(4): 248-252.
  9. RB Seah, SL Chia, KL Puah, PCC Chang. An atypical presentation of acute pancreatitis after simultaneous bilateral total knee replacement: A case report. J Orthop. 2013 Dec 1;10(4):200-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2013.09.007. eCollection 2013.
  10. KL Puah, BP Tow, WM Yue, CM Guo, JL Chen, SB Tan. Spontaneous Cervical Spinal Epidural Haematoma in the Post-Partum Period. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Sep 8. [Epub ahead of print]
  11. KL Puah, MH Tan. Bisphosphonate-associated atypical fracture of the femur: Spontaneous healing with drug holiday and re-appearance after resumed drug therapy with bilateral simultaneous displaced fractures. Acta Orthop. 2011 May;82(3):380-2. Epub 2011 May 11.
  12. KL Puah, PL Chin, NN Lo. The hazards of total knee arthroplasty: A case report in illustration. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. 2010; 19(3): 248-256.
  13. CL Wei, W Cheung, CK Heng, N Arty, SS Chong, BW Lee, KL Puah, HK Yap. Interleukin-13 genetic polymorphisms in Singapore Chinese children correlate with long-term outcome of minimal-change disease. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2005; 20: 728–734.

Research Trials

  • Biomechanics
  • Computer-aided surgery
  • Ligament reconstruction