graduated from NUS with his basic medical degree (MBBS) in 1989. After he obtained
his higher surgical qualifications [(MMed (Surg), FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Glas)], he entered
orthopaedic surgical training and successfully exited to become a specialist in
Orthopaedic Surgery [FAMS (Orth)].
He has a
special interest in Hand and Microsurgery, and was awarded the Ministry of
Health's Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) scholarship to undergo advanced
training in Hand and Microsurgery in the prestigious Christine M Kleinert
Institute for Hand and Microsugery / Kleinert-Kutz Hand Care Center in
Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Upon his return, he went on to exit in Hand Surgery
in 2002, to become the only surgeon to date to exit in both Orthopaedic and
Hand Surgery. He has been working in Tan Tock Seng Hospital since 1996.
clinical interests include managing fractures of the distal radius and hand, wrist
conditions, arthroscopy of the wrist and small joints of the hand,
reconstruction for deformities of rheumatoid and degenerative arthritis
including total joint replacement for the wrist and fingers, and microsurgical
reconstruction of both upper and lower limbs including replantations,
vascularised free flap and toe-to-hand transfers. His passion is in good
also has a passion for teaching, and is the Adjunct Assistant Professor of the
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of NUS, and for his efforts, he was awarded the
“Top 10 Teachers” award by Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009,
and was also conferred the “Outstanding Teacher Award” in Orthopaedics
undergraduate teaching by NUS in 2009-2010. He is also actively involved in the
training of orthopaedic and hand surgeons and served in the Specialist Training
Committees (STC) for both Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Surgery. He was in the
Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) of the Residency Training Programme for
Orthopaedic Surgery from 2011 to 2013. He is currently still an RAC member for Hand
Surgery since 2012.
Dr Chew was
the Head of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Tan Tock Seng Hospital from
2007 to 2011. He also helped to set up the Hand and Micro Surgery Section of
the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, with the help of 3 other specialists in
Hand Surgery. He also served as the Head of the Section from 2008 to 2012. He
continues to serve as a senior consultant in the department on a part-time
basis, serving patients with hand problems, and teaching and training students
and junior staff.
Dr Chew also
served as President of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery from 2004-2006. He
is interested in clinical research and has authored 26 articles in peer
reviewed journals, and 5 book chapters in hand surgery.
interests include softball, badminton and golf.