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A/Prof Asim Shabbir

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  • Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Surgery, National University Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery), Department of Surgery, National University Hospital
  • Head & Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery), Department of Surgery, Alexandra Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • Group Chief, Surgery, National University Health System


MBBS (PAK.), MMed (S'pore), FRCS (Edin.)


General Surgery

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Surgical Oncology (Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery), Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

Special Interests:

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Metabolic Surgery, Advanced endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery


A/Prof Asim Shabbir is Head & Senior Consultant with the Department of Surgery, National University Hospital (NUH) and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS Medicine). 

He completed his basic and advance surgical training at NUH, Singapore. He was awarded fellowships from Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was accredited a surgical specialist by the Specialist accreditation board in 2007. In 2009, he did a clinical fellowship on Gastric cancer management with special interest in laparoscopic surgery for gastric cancer at the Seoul National University Hospital, South Korean. In 2010, he trained at Eda Hospital, I Shou University Kaohsiung, Taiwan in Bariatric and Metabolic surgery and was awarded as Fellowship.

A/Prof Asim's specialty is general surgery and his special interests are upper gastrointestinal surgery, bariatric & metabolic surgery, advance endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery.  He has been active in international as well as local meeting of his interest. His research interest includes obesity, surgery for type 2 diabetes and gastric cancer. He won the Best free paper award for his presentation "Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for the Treatment of Type II Diabetes Mellitus in Chinese Patients with Body 25-35kg/m2at Asia Pacific metabolic bariatric surgical society meeting 2010. He has published in reputed journals in his field of interest.

Journals & Publications

  1. Tuberculous abscess diagnosed by endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration. Asim S, Manjari L, Kenneth MS, Alexander CR, Christopher K, Khek-Yu H. J Pak Med Assoc. 2010 Jun;60(6):499-501.
  2. Closure of gastrotomy in NOTES: a feasibility study using an ex-vivo model comparing endoloop with endoclip. Shabbir A, Liang S, Lomanto D, Ho KY, So JB. Dig Endosc. 2011 Apr;23(2):130-4. Epub 2010 Dec 7.
  3. Endoscopic submucosal dissection of gastric lesions by using a Master and Slave Transluminal Endoscopic Robot (MASTER). Khek-Yu Ho, Soo Jay Phee, Asim Shabbir, Soon Chiang Low, Van An Huynh, Andy Prima Kencana, Kai Yang, Davide Lomanto, Bok Yan Jimmy So, Y.Y. Jennie Wong, Sydney Chung. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Volume 72, Issue 3, September 2010, Pages 593-599
  4. Combined Suture Retraction of Falciform Ligament and Left Lobe of Liver During Laparoscopic Total Gastrectomy. Shabbir A, Lee JH, Lee MS, Park do J, Kim HH. Surg Endosc. 2010 Dec; 24(12):3237-40. Epub 2010 Jun 5.
  5. Augmenting Weight Loss after LAGB by Laparoscopic Gastric Plication. Chih-Kun Huang, Shabbir Asim, Chi-Hsien Lo. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.2010 March 8. Accepted
  6. Use of an Individual Surgeon Versus a Team Approach: Surgical Outcomes of Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in an Asian Medical Center. Chen W, Chang CC, Chiu HC, Shabbir A, Perng DS, Huang CK. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass for the treatment of Type II diabetes mellitus in Chinese patients with body mass index of 25-35. Huang CK, Shabbir A, Lo CH, Tai CM, Chen YS, Houng JY. Obes Surg. 2011 Apr 9. [Epub ahead of print].
  8. Cancer of the Gastric Cardia is rising in Incidence in an Asian population and is associated with Adverse outcome. Chris Deans, Mathew S.W.Yeo, Mu Yar Soe, Asim shabbir, T.K.Ti and Jimmy BY So. World J Surg. 2011 Mar;35(3):617-24.
  9. A novel technique for liver retraction in laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Huang CK, Lo CH, Asim S, Houng JY, Huang SF. Obes Surg. 2011 May;21(5):676-9.
  10. Novel bariatric technology: laparoscopic adjustable gastric banded plication: technique and preliminary results. Huang CK, Lo CH, Shabbir A, Tai CM. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Mar 24.

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