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Dr  Dawn Chia

Dr Dawn Chia

​MBBS, MRCS(Edin), MMed (Surgery), FAMS

Senior Consultant

Sengkang General Hospital

Specialty: Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery

Sub-specialties: Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery, Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Paediatric Hand Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Hand and Wrist Trauma, Paediatric Hand Conditions, Paralytic Hand Reconstruction, Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Disorders.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Sengkang General HospitalSengkang General Hospital
  • Visiting Consultant Department of Orthopaedic Surgery KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


​Dr Dawn Chia graduated from NUS Faculty of Medicine and obtained her postgraduate qualifications of Master of Medicine (Surgery). She has completed her Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery specialty training, and underwent further subspecialty fellowship training in Microsurgery and Brachial Plexus Reconstruction in Japan under the Singapore Ministry of Health Human Manpower Development Program.

Dr Chia treats conditions of the hand and wrist including injuries and fractures, osteoarthritis, tendinopathies like trigger fingers and tenosynovitis. She sub-specialty interest are in peripheral nerve conditions and paralytic limb reconstruction.

She is actively involved in academic medicine and clinical research, and has presented at local and international conferences, authored numerus papers and awarded multiple research prizes, scholarships and grants.


  • ​MBBS (Singapore)
  • MRCS (Edinburgh)
  • MMed (Surgery) (Singapore)
  • Fellowship in Brachial Plexus, Hand and Microsurgery (Japan)
  • Specialist Accreditation in Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery (Singapore)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • ​Clinical faculty, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS)
  • Clinical faculty, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (NTU)
  • Singapore Society for Hand Surgery, Auditor
  • Singapore Society for Hand Surgery, Treasurer
  • Singapore Medical Association, Member
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Member


  • ​Singapore Health Quality Service Awards (SHQSA) 2022– Silver Award
  • Ministry of Health Human Manpower Development Program Award 2017
  • SSHS-ASSH Travelling Fellowship 2017

Research Interests


  1. ​Arthrodesis for Primary Osteoarthritis of Trapeziometacarpal Joint Using Multiple Kirschner Wires and Tension Band Wire in Female Patients Older than 40. Hattori Y, Hayashi K, Chia DSY, Sakamoto S. J Hand Surg Asian-Pac Vol. 2022 Jun;27(3):524-533.
  2. Outcomes Of Suture-Button Suspensionplasty For Trapeziometacarpal Joint Arthritis. Low ZX, J Xu, Chia DS. J Hand Surg (European). Online First.
  3. Hand Dominance and Time to Fracture Healing Following Surgical Fixation of Distal Radius Fracture. Tang CQY, Chia DS. J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2022 Jun;27(3):459-465.
  4. Virtual Rehabilitation of Elbow Flexion Following Nerve Transfer Reconstruction for Brachial Plexus Injuries Using the Singapore-Joint Hybrid Assisted Limb. Doi K, Chia DS, Hattori Y, Sakamoto S. J Hand Surg Global Online. 2022 Jan 13;4(2):97-102 
  5. Tension Reducing Muscle Stretch Protocol to Obtain Full Distal Tendon Excursion: A New Rehabilitation Protocol after Flexor Tendon Repair. Sakamoto S, Doi K, Hattori Y, Chia DSY, Hayashi K. J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2021;26(4):660-665.
  6. Hand Surgery In Singapore. Tong PY, Chia DSY, Omar UF, Das De S, Sirisena R, Yap RTJ, Tan JSW, Rajaratnam V. J Hand Microsurg. 2021 Jan;13(1):10-15. Epub 2020 Dec 12.
  7. Long-Term Outcomes Of Successful Fingertip Replantation - A Follow-Up Of At Least 10 Years. Hayashi K, Hattori Y, Chia DS, Sakamoto S, Doi K. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Nov;146(5):1059-1069. 
  8. Minimising Infectious Spread During Fabrication of Casts and Orthotics for Hand Fractures in COVID-19 Patients. Chia DS, J Yeo. Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020;S1877-0657(20)30143-3. 
  9. Elbow Flexion Strength And Contractile Activity After Partial Ulnar Nerve Or Intercostal Nerve Transfers For Brachial Plexus Injuries. Chia DS, Doi K, Hattori Y, Sakamoto S. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2020 Oct;45(8):818-826. 
  10. The Double Muscle Gastrocnemius-Soleus Flap in Resurfacing Large Lower Limb Defects: Modifications and Outcomes. Ong SWR, Gan LP, Chia DS. Journal of Orthopaedics 2020;17:13-16. 
  11. A Supermicrosurgery Training Model Using The Chicken Mid and Lower Wing. K Hayashi, Y Hattori, Chia DS, S Sakamoto, A Marei, K Doi. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 2018;71(6):943-945. 
  12. A Retrospective Review Of Troubled Replantations. Chia DS, Tay SC. Hand Surgery (Asia-Pacific) 2015;20(1):127-32
  13. An Atypical Presentation Of A Flexor Intratendinous Ganglion Of The Hand. Chia DS, Kong JC, Teoh LC. Annals of Plastic Surgery 2015;74(3):306-7.
  14. Corrective Osteotomy In Forearm Fracture Malunion Improves Functional Outcome In Adults. Chia DS, Lim YJ, Chew YCW.  Journal of Hand Surgery (European Edition) 2011;36(2):102-6. 
  15. Comparison Of The Effectiveness Of Detecting Diabetic Eye Disease: Diabetic Retinal Photography Versus Ophthalmic Consultation. Chia DS, Yap EY. Singapore Medical Journal 2004;45(6):276-9.

Research Trials