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Caroline Ong Choo Phaik
Adj Assoc Prof Caroline Ong Choo Phaik
KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Surgery ACP (KKH Campus)
Deputy Vice-Chair, Education
MBBS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glasgow), FAMS (Paed Surgery)

Dr Caroline Ong is a general pediatric surgeon with special interest in Pediatric Urology. After graduating from National University of Singapore, she completed Pediatric Surgery training in Singapore followed by subspecialty training in Pediatric Urology at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Her special interests in pediatric urology are antenatal hydronephrosis and neurogenic bladder.

Her other area of interest is medical education where she holds serveral educational leadership positions in postgraduate surgical training at institutional and national level. Her education interests are in surgical skills training and faculty development.

  • National University of Singapore 1993 MBBS
  • Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 1998 FRCS (Edin)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow 1998 FRCS (Glasg)
  • Academy of Medicine Singapore 2003 FAMS (Paed Surgery)
  • University of Melbourne/ Royal Australian College of Surgeons 2015  MSurgical Ed

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships
  • Visiting Consultant, Neonatology, Singapore General Hospital, 2006-present
  • Board Member (past chair), Chapter of Pediatric Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore, 2008-2015
  • Committee Member, Specialist Training Committee, Pediatric Sugery, Ministry of Health, 2009-present
  • Deputy Vice-chair, Education, SURG ACP SingHealth, 2013-present
  • Fellow, Academic Medicine Education Institute AM.EI, SingHealth, 2013-2015
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer and Tutor Medical Ethics, YLL, National University of Singapore, 2006-present
  • Associate Program Director, SingHealth General Surgery Residency Program, 2009-2012
  • Reviewer, Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ), 2007-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Paediatric Surgery case reports, 2014-present
  • Co-chairman, Hospital Medical Procedures Accreditation Committee, 2011-2016
  • Member, Hospital Infection Control Committee, 2004-present

  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Silver), 2010
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Gold), 2014
  • Excellence Service Award (Star), Spring Singapore, 2006 and 2009
  • KKH Service From The Heart Awards, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013
  • Clinical Process Improvement Project (Gold), KK PI Forum, 2007
  • Singapore Medical Journal Recognition awards for reviewing with distinction, 2007 and 2008
  • KK People Developer (KKPD) Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award, 2014
Publications and Research Trials
  • Unprofessional doctors-are they really born this way?  CCP Ong and NCK Tan. Ann Acad Med Singapore, 2014 Nov;43(11):522-523
  • Undescended testis: 513 patients' characteristics, age at orchidopexy and patterns of referral.  SA Nah, CSW Yeo,... and, CCP Ong. Arch Dis Child, 2014 May;99(5):401-6
  • Transanal endorectal pull-through versus transabdominal approach for Hirschsprung's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Y Chen* & SA Nah*,... CCP Ong et al. J Pediatr Surg, 2013 Mar;48(3):642-651
  • Primary hepatic artery embolisation in paediatric blunt hepatic trauma.  CCP Ong et al. J Pediatr Surg, 2012 Dec;47(12):2316-20
  • Anomalies associated with anorectal malformations according to the Krickenbeck anatomic classification.  Nah SA, Ong CC et al. J Pediatr Surg, 2012 Dec;47(12):2273-8
  • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour mimicking carotid body tumour-case report and review.  RM Lee, CP Ong et al. J Pediatr Surg (2011) 46. 554-558
  • A novel teaching proposition: case-based, evidence-based debate.  CCP Ong, KL Narasimhan. Medical Education 2010, 44(5), 515-516
  • Antibiotics and postoperative abscesses in complicated appendicitis: is there any association?  Ong CPC et al. Singapore Med J, 2008:49(8):615-618
  •  Germ cell development in the descended and cryptorchid testis and the effects of hormonal manipulation.  C. Ong, S. Hasthorpe, J. M. Hutson. Pediatr Surg Int (2005) 21: 240-254


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