E/ Professor Robert WH Pho
Emeritus Consultant, Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery
National University Hospital
Emeritus Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Professor Robert Wang Ho Pho is the founding Chief of the Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is the "Father" of Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery in Singapore and continues to push the frontiers for these disciplines even now. Professor Pho is actively involved in training at all levels: from medical students to post-graduates, and has inspired and influenced many generations of doctors and surgeons. He even serves as a mentor to many consultant surgeons, sharing his know-how and vast amounts surgical experience. He is a strict disciplinarian and demanding boss and never fails to bring out the best in his trainees. His current clinical practice still includes complex surgeries like musculoskeletal oncology congenital hand surgery and orthopaedic reconstructive surgery. World renowned for his surgery and research, Professor Pho is a much sought-after speaker at many international meetings. For his immense contributions to teaching, research and clinical medicine, Professor Pho was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the National University of Singapore, the first surgeon in Singapore to receive this honour. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Healthcare Group in 2004 for his clinical work.
Some of his recent publications include:
- Gan AW, Puhaindran ME, Pho RW,. The reconstruction of large bone defects in the upper limb. Injury. 2013; S0020-1383
- Leow ME, Chong AK, Peng YP, Pho RW. Fitting very short finger stumps with silicone prosthesis: A nonsurgical method. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2013; 37(5):415-420
- Pereira BP, Zhou Y, Gupta A, Leong DT, Aung KZ, Ling L, Pho RW, Galindo M, Salto-Tellez M, Stein GS, Cool SM, van Wijnen AJ, Nathan SS. Runx2, p53, and pRB status as diagnostic parameters for deregulation of osteoblast growth and differentiation in a new pre-chemotherapeutic osteosarcoma cell line (OS1). J Cell Physiol. 2009 Dec; 221(3):778-88
- Yam A, Peng YP, Pho RW. "Palmar pivot flap" for resurfacing palmar lateral defects of the fingers. J Hand Surg Am. 2008 Dec; 33(10):1889-93
- Nathan SS, Pereira BP, Zhou YF, Gupta A, Dombrowski C, Soong R, Pho RW, Stein GS, Salto-Tellez M, Cool SM, van Wijnen AJ. Elevated expression of Runx2 as a key parameter in the etiology of osteosarcoma. Mol Biol Rep. 2009 Jan; 36(1):153-8.
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