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Dr Chua Hui Wen

Dr Chua Hui Wen

MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edinburgh), MMed (Surgery, Singapore), FRCS (Edinburgh)


Sengkang General Hospital

Specialty: General Surgery, Breast Surgery

Sub-specialties: Breast Surgery, Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
3D-breast Tomosynthesis, Atypical Hyperplasia, Benign Breast Change and Symptoms, Benign Breast Diseases, Benign Breast Neoplasms, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer - Early Detection and Screening, Breast Cancer (Breast Health), Breast Cancer (Diagnosis to Treatment), Breast Clinical Assessment, Breast Infection, Breast Lumps, Breast Radiological Evaluation, Breast Reconstruction, Breast Screening – Self-Exam and Mammogram, Breast Surgery, Duct Ectasia, Early and Advanced Breast Cancer, Fibroadenoma, Fibrocystic Change, Gynaecomastia, Hereditary Breast Cancer Syndromes, High Risk Breast Changes, Intraductal Papillomas, Lobular Carcinoma in Situ, Malignant and Benign Breast Conditions, Mastitis.

Clinical Appointments

  • Consultant SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre
  • Consultant Breast Service Sengkang General HospitalSengkang General Hospital
  • Consultant Department of General Surgery Sengkang General HospitalSengkang General Hospital


Dr Chua Hui Wen is a Consultant in Breast Surgery, Department of General Surgery, Sengkang General Hospital and a member of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre. Her practice encompasses both benign breast disease and breast cancer. She believes in working closely alongside patients and other professionals in a multi-disciplinary team to create individualized treatment plans for patients, targeting key areas ranging from clinical to psycho-social aspects, for the best quality of life possible.

Dr Chua graduated from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2012, and entered the highly competitive general surgery residency programme after the completion of housemanship. She received her general surgery and initial breast subspecialist residency training in the National University Hospital of Singapore (NUHS) from 2013 to 2018. In this period, she completed her membership examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Surgery) in 2014, and obtained the Master of Medicine (Surgery) from the National University of Singapore in 2017. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (General Surgery) in 2018, after passing her exit examinations and completing residency training.

She now practices at Sengkang General Hospital’s department of general surgery, adept at endoscopies and both open and minimally invasive hernia surgeries and cholecystectomies, while sub-specialising in breast and oncoplastic surgery. She is also keenly interested in new ways to improve the quality of surgeries to achieve excellent oncological outcomes with enhanced cosmesis, like minimally invasive breast resections and mastectomies. Young women with breast cancer is a key research area for Dr Chua as these patients who in their reproductive years and are major contributors to the productive workforce, bear significant socioeconomic impact. She is also a key personnel in quality improvement projects in the institution to reduce the perennial bed crunch and increasing the efficacy of day surgery.

She is also heavily involved in medical student and postgraduate residency education, being the education lead for Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, in addition to her faculty duties in Lee Kong Chian Medical School, Duke-NUS medical school, SingHealth post-graduate year 1 programme, and SingHealth general surgery residency programme. She is instrumental in the set-up of the hospital clinician programme for general surgery and is the current programme director. She believes there are many routes for doctors to contribute to general surgery, be it via residency or the hospital clinician programme, and is deeply passionate about creating these opportunities.


  • MBBS (Singapore)
  • MRCS (Edinburgh)
  • MMed (Surgery, Singapore)
  • FRCS (Edinburgh)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Clinical Lecturer and Faculty, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Clinical Faculty, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Clinical Instructor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Programme Director, Hospital Clinician Programme (General Surgery), Sengkang General Hospital
  • Clinical Core Faculty, Singhealth Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Programme
  • Physician Faculty, Singhealth General Surgery Residency Programme
  • Operating theatre management unit, Sengkang General Hospital
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


​Best Quality Improvement Projects Award March 2021: Pop and Squeeze Model for Healthy patients with abscesses for elective drainage (SKH)

Research Interests


  • HW Chua, Zhou HJ, Khoo CM, Shabbir A, Lomanto D, So JB. Attitudes and Concerns of Diabetic patients towards Bariatric Surgery as Treatment of Diabetes. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2016 Nov; 45(11):495-506.
  • NQ Pang, HW Chua, GW Kim, MY Tan, M N D B Abdul-Aziz, RWQ Xu, E Chen, SC Teo, NXN Khoo, D Lomanto, BC Tai, J BY So, CS Chong. Structured Training for Lap Appendectomy for Residents (STAR Trial) – A Randomized Pilot Study. Journal of Surgical Research June 2021 (268); 363-370
  • Ngaserin S, Chua HW, Chew MH, Tan BKT. A tripartite approach can seek to optimize breast cancer management during a pandemic - Real-Time experience of a developing breast oncology unit in Singapore. Breast J. 2020;10.1111/tbj.13961. doi:10.1111/tbj.13961
  • QT Teo, HW Chua, T Kabir. Not your usual painful groin lump: De Garengeot’s Hernia. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology May 2020. https//
  • S. Ngaserin, HW Chua, TM Mirpuri. FDG-PET/CT unilateral breast enlargement and diffuse hypermetabolism related to unilateral lactation in a patient with primary biliary cirrhosis. Breast J. 2020;10.1111/tbj.13906. doi:10.1111/tbj.13906
  • YF Fong, HW Chua, Singh C, SH Tan. Diagnostic Dilemma: Acute abdomen from Ruptured Corpus Luteum requiring surgical intervention in young women. Thai Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology April – June 2013; Vol.21, No. 2
  • COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative. Timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia June 2021; 76(6):748-758
  • COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative. SARS-CoV-2 vaccination modelling for safe surgery to save lives: data from an international prospective cohort study. Br J Surg. 2021 Sep 27;108(9):1056-1063. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znab101. PMID: 33761533; PMCID: PMC7995808.
  • COVIDSurg Collaborative Co-authors. Machine learning risk prediction of mortality for patients undergoing surgery with perioperative SARS-CoV-2: the COVIDSurg mortality score. Br J Surg. 2021 Jul 6:znab183. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znab183. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34227657; PMCID: PMC8344569
  • COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative. Effects of pre-operative isolation on postoperative pulmonary complications after elective surgery: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia Nov 2021;76(11):1454-1464
  • COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative. SARS-CoV-2 infection and venous thromboembolism after surgery: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia Jan 2022;77(1):28-39
  • BJS Commission Team. BJS commission on surgery and perioperative care post-COVID-19. Br J Surg. 2021 Oct 8:znab307. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znab307. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34624081

Research Trials