Experts Introduction
CIH Singapore Oncologists

Education & Training 

Prof Seow graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1981 and obtained his higher surgical qualifications in 1987. He subsequently sub-specialized in colorectal surgery in 1989 where he worked with the world class surgeons of St Marks’ Hospital in London. He returned to Singapore after training intent on turning Singapore into a surgical colorectal powerhouse. In his first year, he helped establish the first colorectal surgery department in Asia which offered patients the latest surgical techniques at the Singapore General Hospital.

Research & Teaching

Prof Seow is extremely well known. He is frequently invited to lecture and to demonstrate surgery all around over the world and Asia including USA, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan(Province of China), Japan, Korea, Indian, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysian and Indonesia. He is frequently consulted by surgeons from all over the world with regards to difficult cases as to the best method of handling these. His achievements in the field of Coloproctology was recognized by the conferment on him of the Excellence for Singapore Award in 2000. 

In 1993 he was awarded the first American Society of Colon and Rectum Surgeons International Travelling Fellowship. In 1994, he was invited as the W Wallace Green lecturer for the St Luke’s Hospital Foundation in Kansas to lecture on the treatment of Rectal Cancer and the use of the Colonic pouch. In 1999, he was also the first Asian to be invited as the ESR Hughes Lecturer for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and in 2004 he was the first Asian to be the Rupert B Turnbull Memorial Lecturer for the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA. Further honors came in 2005 where he was again the first Asian to be invited as the Philip Gordon lecturer for the Canadian Colorectal Society.                                                                                                                

Prof Seow Choen's distinguished achievements can be seen by his appointments to the Editorial Boards of many prestigious journals including, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (USA), Colorectal Disease (European), British Journal of Surgery (UK), Techniques in Coloproctology (Italian-co-editor), Indian Journal of Coloproctology (Indian), Digestive Surgery (Germany), Chinese Journal of Coloproctology  (Zhongguo gangchangbing zazhi), PRC-dy chairman, Journal of Surgical Oncology (USA) "the BMC journal" and the World Journal of Gastroenterology. He has published 39 chapters in surgical textbooks and more than 261 original articles in peer reviewed surgical journals.

Name: Dr Francis Seow Choen


MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Edin), FAMS




Senior Consultant