||Dr KOW Wei Chieh Alfred|
MBBS, M Med (Surgery), MRCS (Ed),
MRCS (Ire), FRCSEd (Gen Surgery)
Dr Alfred Kow is a practicing surgeon at the NUH. Dr Kow obtained his Master of Medicine (Surgery), Master of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland diplomas in 2005 and subsequently, completed his advanced surgical training in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. In 2009, he obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (General Surgery) in Hong Kong. He was also accorded Specialist accreditation in General Surgery by Ministry of Health, Singapore in the same year. He received the funding from National University Health System in 2010 to undergo fellowship training in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and hepatobiliary & pancreatic surgical oncology in Samsung Medical Center & Samsung Cancer Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. During his one year stay in Korea, he authored or co-authored six peer-reviewed journals. He has also published numerous articles on pancreatic surgery, liver surgery and biliary surgery at peer reviewed journals.
On top of his clinical practice, Dr Kow has been actively involved in undergraduate medical education and post-graduate surgical training as an Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine since 2012. He is currently appointed as the Undergraduate Medical Education Director since June 2012, being responsible for the training and education (surgery) of all undergraduate medical students at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is also one of the core faculty members of the NUHS General Surgery Residency program, being actively involved in the teaching and training of surgical residents. He was previously the Associate Programme Director for general surgery residency programme in National Healthcare Group, prior to joining NUH. He has received numerous awards for teaching and education in Tan Tock Seng Hospital as well as from the Medical Student Society in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He was again awarded the Best Tutor Award by the NUS Medical Society in 2012.
In addition, Dr Kow has keen interest in research activities involving development of surgical techniques in HPB surgery and outcome of surgical treatment for HPB malignancies. Furthermore, he is also actively developing research to help improve surgical education and training for both undergraduate and postgraduate setting. Many of his research work on education aim to understand the art and science behind training the junior doctors to be excellent surgeons for the future.
Dr Kow's surgical specialty of practice and interest include:
1. Malignancies in liver, pancreas and biliary tree (including gallbladder) (All surgical and non-operative treatment options for these malignancies).
2. Liver transplantation (Deceased and Living-donor LT for Hepatocellular carcinoma)
Minimally Invasive HPB Surgery (including laparoscopic pancreatectomy, laparoscopic liver resection and laparoscopic biliary surgery such as CBD exploration for stone diseases).