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Adj Asst Prof Somasundram Subramaniam

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Jurong Medical Centre
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Special Interests:
Rhinology, Skull Base Surgery


​Dr Soma Subramaniam is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon and Consultant, providing ENT specialist care at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Jurong Medical Centre and Jurong Community Hospital.

Dr Soma graduated from the National University of Ireland in 2002 and underwent postgraduate ENT training in Singapore from 2008 to 2014. He is qualified as an ENT surgeon, having completed both the Singapore ENT exit examinations and the intercollegiate FRCS-ORL examinations in England in 2014. He holds full medical registration and licensing with the Singapore Medical Council and Malaysian Medical Council.

After attaining the ECFMG (Educational Commision for Foreign Medical Graduates USA) certification, Dr Soma received the Health Manpower Development Plan Award in 2016 to pursue a one-year clinical fellowship in the United States under the mentorship of Professor Ricardo Carrau, who is Professor and Lynne Shepard Jones Chair in Head & Neck Oncology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre, James Cancer Centre & Richard Solove Research Institute. Professor Carrau is a pioneer in the field of cranio-maxillofacial surgery and a recognised world expert in endonasal endoscopic skull base surgery. During this period, Dr Soma gained valuable clinical and academic exposure to various aspects of advanced sinus-related, as well as head and neck tumour related pathology, with a special emphasis on endoscopic endonasal approaches to nasal and skull base tumours. He also had the oppportunity to spend time at the dedicated ENT allergy service, gaining valuable experience in the management of patients with ENT related allergy.

Dr Soma is the Principle Consultant in charge of rhinology, sinus and allergy, as well as skull base diseases. He set up NTFGH's multi-disciplinary skull base team with the Neurosurgery service to perform various endoscopic skull base procedures. This is in addition to providing care for patients who require primary and revision endoscopic sinus related surgery, as well as ambulatory ENT allergy diagnosis and treatment. His other areas of expertise include sialendoscopy and thyroid surgery, and was part of the ENT team that performed the first five cases of minimal-access transaxillary endoscopic thyroid surgery in NTFGH.

Besides his clinical duties, Dr Soma has also taken a keen interest in teaching and training the next generation of otolaryngologists and doctors. He was appointed as the Associate Programme Director for the NUHS Otolaryngology Residency from 2014 to 2017, and has been re-appointed this year to serve in the position till 2020. He is also a Clinical Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.


  • ​Service Star Recipient (6 times)
  • 15th NTFGH SQ Awards : Service Ambassador Award
  • 16th NTFGH SQ Awards : Service Champ Award
  • 17th NTFGH SQ Awards : CEO & CMB Award

Journals & Publications

  1. ​Radiology case of the month - Bilateral enlarged vestibular aqueduct associated with bilateral Mondini's dysplasia (published in the American Journal of ORL May 2012)
  2. Olfaction as a soldier-- a review of the physiology and its present and future use in the military (published in Military Medical Research Journal 2017 March)
  3. Differential Expression Patterns of EGF, EGFR, and ERBB4 in Nasal Polyp Epithelium (published in PLOS One Journal 2016 June)
  4. Endoscopically Harvested Buccal Fat Pad Flap in the reconstruction of skull base defects - A preoperative 3D volumetric calculation & analysis (published in The Laryngoscope Journal July 2020)
  5. Management of primary optic nerve sheath meningioma via an endonasal endoscopic approach (published J Neurol Surg B Skull Base Dec 2019)
  6.  A comparison of intraoperative haemostatic techniques during tonsillectomy: Suture vs electrocautery- A study to assess postoperative pain scores and duration to resumption of normal diet. (published in Clinical Otolaryngology 2018 May)
  7. Modified endoscopic endonasal approach with a minimally invasive transoral approach-an adjunct to infrapetrous approaches. (Published in Laryngoscope 2019 Feb)
  8. Chapter 34: Angiofibromas and other Vascular Tumors of the Skull Base. Book: Comprehensive management of skull base tumors 2nd Edition Editors: Ehab Hanna, DeMonte

  9. Chapter 69: Endoscopic Skull Base ReconstructionBook: Rhinology: Diseases of the Nose, Sinus and Skull Base, 2nd Edition  Editors: David Kennedy, Peter Hwang

  10.  Chapter 3.10: Extended endonasal anterior skull base approaches. Book: The Frontal sinus : Surgical Approaches and controversies. Editors: Georgalas, Sama.

Professional Memberships

  • ​Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Singapore
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • American Rhinologic Society
  • ASEAN Rhinologic Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy


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