Dr Hoe Ah Leong : Consultant General and Breast Surgeon
Dr Hoe Ah Leong : Consultant General and Breast Surgeon, General Surgery

Dr Hoe Ah Leong is a Consultant General and Breast Surgeon practising at Gleneagles Medical Centre, Singapore. He has extensive experience in all aspects of General Surgery with a special interest in Breast Diseases and Breast Cancer.

Breast Surgery

Dr Hoe was born in Malaysia, where he was educated in his formative years. With good academic records, Dr. Hoe secured for himself an ASEAN scholarship to study at Raffles Institution, one of Singapore’s premier schools. He was subsequently awarded a Singapore Government Merit Scholarship to read Medicine in the University of Singapore.

Dr Hoe qualified as a doctor in 1980 obtaining the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. In 1986, he qualified as a Surgeon, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as obtaining a Master of Medicine from the National University of Singapore. He was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore) in 1992.

Breast Surgeon, General Surgery, Breast Surgery

In 1990 Dr Hoe was awarded a HMDP fellowship by the Singapore Government to train in Breast and General Oncology under Professor Irving Taylor of the University Department of Surgery, Southampton, in the United Kingdom. There he acquired significant practical and theoretical knowledge in all aspects of General and Cancer Surgeries, as well as gaining research experience in the area of Breast Cancers.

Upon his return to Singapore, Dr Hoe was appointed a Consultant Surgeon of the Department of Surgery, Singapore General Hospital (SGH). His busy practice there included all aspects of general surgery including breast, thyroid, laparoscopic surgery (especially gallbladder surgery), appendicectomies, inguinal hernia mesh repairs, abdominal surgeries for intestinal obstructions and intestinal cancers and surgeries for common anal diseases such as piles, fistulas and fissures.

At the time, as a result of both personal interest and his training in the UK, Dr Hoe had already developed a sub-specialty interest in the management of all Breast Diseases and problems, including Breast Cancer. Upon his return from the UK, he helped develop the first Breast Clinic in Singapore General Hospital (SGH), and started the first Breast Care Unit in Singapore. He also recommended the appointment and training of Singapore’s first Breast Care Nurse, Sister Saraswathi, as he recognized the need for the physical rehabilitation and emotional counseling of breast cancer patients during the entire course of their treatment, both before and after surgery.

Surgery for Intestinal Cancers, Surgery for Piles, Surgery for Fistulas, Surgery for Fissures

Apart from his clinical practice, Dr Hoe dedicated himself to the training of junior doctors and nurses in Singapore General Hospital as a Clinical Tutor. He was also actively involved in several research projects which were presented at local and international conferences. His research was published in a number of notable local and international journals, such as the British Journal of Cancer, British Journal of Surgery and the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr Hoe set up his private practice in Gleneagles Medical Centre in 1996 and performs Breast & General surgeries in most private hospitals. Minor surgeries are also carried out in his clinic. Additionally, Dr Hoe has been an active member in community work and in the Singapore Cancer Society where he was a Council member for several years.

Abdominal Surgery for Intestinal Cancers

Breast Surgery, Thyroid surgery

Dr Hoe is very much dedicated to the care and support of breast cancer patients. He was Chairman of the Organising Committee for the 2nd Asia- Pacific UICC Breast Cancer Support Conference in 2004 . Over 300 delegates, mostly breast cancer survivors from all over Asia-Pacific, met in Singapore to discuss and share issues facing breast cancer survivors under the theme ‘Enriching Lives’. Dr Hoe was also actively involved in the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) held annually in the month of October. This event raises awareness of Breast Cancer among women in Singapore. In October 2004, he was the Chairman of the Organising Committee for BCAM, where the theme was: “Regular Breast Checks? I Do. Because Every Woman Is At Risk”.

While working in Singapore General Hospital, Dr Hoe was awarded a commendation in February 1990 as “Best Employee” based on recommendations from patients.

In 2006 Dr Hoe was nominated for the “Best Healthcare Professional of the Year” award in the Straits Times, Mind Your Body Supplement (18 October 2006), a competition based on nomination and voting by the newspaper’s readers.

Dr Hoe is proficient in 3 languages (English, Bahasa Indonesia or Malay and Mandarin) and also converses fluently in several dialects with his patients.

In summary, Dr. Hoe, in his long track record as a professional and in his everyday work philosophy, always places his patients first. He takes the time to engage his patients personally, whether it’s conversing with his patients in their native dialect, or taking the time to explain a complex disease to distraught patients. Dr. Hoe believes very strongly in a holistic approach to medical care, where counseling, follow up, pre and postoperative care is just as important as the actual treatment or surgery.

Abdominal Surgery for Intestinal Obstructions
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