Prof Francis Seow-Choen (Colorectal Surgeon) helped to establish the first colorectal surgery department in Asia to provide patients with the latest surgical techniques at the Singapore General Hospital.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1981 and obtained his higher surgical qualifications in 1987. He subsequently subspecialised in colorectal surgery at St Marks’ Hospital in London, UK, in 1989. He returned to Singapore after training, intent on turning Singapore into a surgical colorectal powerhouse.
Prof Seow is frequently invited to lectures and to demonstrate surgical techniques globally including USA, Germany, Italy, UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. He also often provides advice to overseas surgeons on the most appropriate methods to use when it comes to difficult cases. He was conferred the Excellence for Singapore Award in 2000, for his achievements in the field of coloproctology.
In 1993, Prof Seow was awarded the first American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons International Traveling Fellowship. In 1994, he was invited to be a Wallace Green lecturer at the St Luke’s Hospital Foundation in Kansas, USA, to speak about the treatment of rectal cancer and the use of the colonic pouch. He was also the first Asian to be invited as an ESR Hughes lecturer at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, a Rupert B Turnbull Memorial lecturer at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA, and a Philip Gordon lecturer at the Canadian Colorectal Society in 1999, 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Prof Seow has been appointed to be on the editorial boards of many journals, including Diseases of the Colon and Rectum (USA), Colorectal Disease (Europe), British Journal of Surgery (UK), Techniques in Coloproctology (Co-editor, Italy), Indian Journal of Coloproctology (India), Digestive Surgery (Germany), Chinese Journal of Coloproctology (China), Journal of Surgical Oncology (USA) and the World Journal of Gastroenterology. He has published 39 chapters in surgical textbooks and more than 275 original articles in peer-reviewed surgical journals.