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Adj Prof Gabriel Liu Ka Po

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  • Head & Senior Consultant, National University Spine Institute, National University Health System
  • Head & Senior Consultant, University Spine Centre, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National University Hospital


MBBCh(Ireland), MSc(Ireland), FRCS(Ireland), FRCSEd(Orth)


Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Orthopaedic Surgery (Bones, Joints & Spine), Spine Surgery

Special Interests:

Complex Cervical Spine Surgery, Cervical Laminoplasty, Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement, Minimally Invasive Spine Microsurgery, Minimally Invasive Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery, Children Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis Surgery, Children Growing Spine Deformity Surgery


Adjunct Professor Gabriel Liu has received his Medical and Master degrees from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and completed advanced surgical training in Orthopaedic in Singapore. He completed the fellowships below:

  • Degenerative spine surgery fellowship at University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland
  • Complex cervical spine, scoliosis and adult deformity surgery fellowship at Washington University in St, Louis, USA
  • Minimally invasive spine microsurgery fellowship in University College of San Francisco, USA

Adj Prof Gabriel Liu, with more than 20 years post-fellowships spine practice, is recognised as one of the leading clinical and academic figures in the spine community, locally and internationally. Patients with complex spine conditions have come to see him from overseas to be treated Singapore.

Conditions treated range from spinal degeneration, spinal fracture, spinal metastasis, congenital deformity of the spine and application of enabling technology including spinal navigation and robotics.

Having designed, developed, and published spinal surgical techniques on:

  • Motion preserving C3 dome, C7 reversed dome hybrid open door laminoplasty to reduced traditional laminoplasty complication for the treatment of cervical myelopathy.
  • Free hand C1 screws insertion technique for C1 and C2 cervical deformity.
  • Subcrestal iliac screws fixation technique for spinal deformity correction.
  • Single stage posterior pediculectomy and trough cut technique for retropulsed bursted spine fracture fragment reduction and fracture stabilisation

Adj Prof Gabriel Liu is head of National University Spine Institute (NUSI), of which he founded a dedicated spine specialist integration under National University Health System (NUHS) across Alexandra Hospital (AH), Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and National University Hospital (NUH).

He is also Head and Senior Consultant of Spine in the Orthopaedic department, University Spine Centre at National University Hospital (NUH) Singapore.

Adj Prof Gabriel Liu is committed to promote education excellence in medicine, receiving multiple awards including the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA), NUH Great Teacher Award and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards.

Professional Memberships

  • Cervical Spine Research Society – Asia Pacific (CSRS-AP): Founding member and past President
  • Singapore Spine Society (SSS): Founding member and President
  • AOSpine Eastasia: Past Chairman
  • AOSpine Singapore: Past Chairman
  • Asia Pacific Spine Society (APSS): Current Board Member and Honorary Secretary
  • Asian Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (PASMISS): Current Board Member
  • The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Asia Pacific (ISASS-AP): Founding member and current Board Member 
  • Academy of Medicine, Singapore - Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Current Honorary Secretary 
  • Singapore Orthopedic Association (SOA): Past Honorary Secretary and Treasurer
  • CSRS America: Past committee member 
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), USA: Past committee member for adult spinal deformity, education and diversity 

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