SpecializationHand, Wrist, Microsurgery
Dr Chew 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 and has headed the 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 served as the Head of the Section from 2008 to 2012 and 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.
His 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 patient care.
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.
His current practice located at Farrer Park Medical Centre provides Consultation, Radiology, Day Surgery and Rehabilitation services all under one roof. The one-stop orthopaedic centre aims to provide seamless healthcare to patients ruling out the need to commute to an external location for radiology, surgery and rehabilitation.