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Dr Devendra Kanagalingam

Dr Devendra Kanagalingam

​MBBS (Spore), FRCOG (UK)

Senior Consultant

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Surgery & Surgical Oncology

Sub-specialties: Maternal Fetal Medicine, High-risk Pregnancy, Intrapartum Care, Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Obstetrics & Gynaecology Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology National Cancer Centre SingaporeNational Cancer Centre Singapore

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School



Dr Devendra is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and lead clinician for the delivery suite at the Singapore General Hospital. He was educated at the Penang Free School in Malaysia before pursuing pre-university studies in Singapore as an ASEAN scholar. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1992. Before training as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Devendra worked in orthopaedic surgery, neonatology, colorectal surgery, general surgery and emergency medicine. As part of his postgraduate training, he spent 2 years working in the United Kingdom, including one year at the St George’s Hospital Medical School in London where he was Senior Registrar and Honorary Clinical Lecturer. He has a clinical interest in the management of high risk pregnancies and the care of women in labour.


  • FRCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK)
  • MBBS (National University of Singapore)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • President, Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Singapore 2017-2019
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Singapore General Hospital   
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore   
  • Reviewer, Singapore Medical Journal, Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, Oman Medical Journal, Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Singapore Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
  • Fellow, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK 
  • Full registration, General Medical Council (GMC), UK, Since August 1993 
  • Full registration, Singapore Medical Council, Since May 1993


  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Singhealth Residency 2012-2016, 2018
  • Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, National University of Singapore for academic year 2006/2007. 2016/2017) 
  • Surgical Star SGH Inspiring Teacher Award 2010
  • Singapore Medical Journal Recognition Award for Reviewing with Distinction (2006-2008)
  • Wong Hock Boon-SMA Charity Fund Outstanding Mentor Award AY2014/15 
  • ASEAN Pre-University Scholarship (1985-1986)

Research Interests



  • Sukumaran S, Kanagalingam D. Successful delayed-interval delivery in the presence of clinical chorioamnionitis in the leading twin: A report of two cases. Med J Malaysia. 2019 Feb;74(1):85-86.
  • Chua KH, Tan Wei Keat, Lim Serene & Kanagalingam D. Remove the Ovarian Tumor, Cure the Encephalitis: Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis With Ovarian Teratoma in a Tertiary Hospital in Singapore. J Med Cases 2017;8(2):52-57 doi:
  • Tan JK, Tan EL, Kanagalingam D, Yu SL, Tan LK. Multiple pregnancy is the leading contributor to cesarean sections in in vitro fertilization pregnancies: An analysis using the Robson 10-group classification system. J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2016 Jun 2. doi: 10.1111/jog.13032. PMID:27251069
  • Wong T, Lau CQ, Tan EL, Kanagalingam D. Decision-to-delivery intervals and total duration of surgery for caesarean sections in a tertiary general hospital. Singapore Med J. 2016 Jun 1. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2016098. PMID:27245862
  • Lau CQ, Wong TT, Tan EL, Kanagalingam D. A review of caesarean section techniques and postoperative thromboprophylaxis at a tertiary hospital. Singapore Med J. 2016 Apr 8. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2016066. PMID:27056210
  • Lim C, Ang LW, Tey SH, James L, Kanagalingam D, Su LL, Tan HK, Yong EL, Lim ML. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 infection in pregnant and non-pregnant women hospitalized in Singapore, May - December 2009. Public Health. 2015 Jun;129(6):769-76. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.04.013. Epub 2015 May 27. PMID:26026347
  • Kwek JL, Tey V, Yang L, Kanagalingam D, Kee T. Renal and obstetric outcomes in pregnancy after kidney transplantation: Twelve-year experience in a Singapore transplant center. J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2015 Sep;41(9):1337-44. doi: 10.1111/jog.12736. Epub 2015 May 28. PMID:26017543
  • D. Kanagalingam. An evidence-based approach to emergency cervical cerclage. In Current Progress in Obstetrics & Gynaecology 3, Edition: 1, Chapter: 22, Publisher: Tree Life Media, 2015. Editors: John Studd, Seang Lin Tan, Frank A. Chervenak
  • Wang CP, Tan WC, Kanagalingam D, Tan HK. Why we do caesars: a comparison of the trends in caesarean section delivery over a decade. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2013 Aug;42(8):408-12. PMID:24045377
  • Chan K, Chandler J, Cheong K, Giam PE, Kanagalingam D, Lee LL, Leong LL, Ng Y, Oh C, Shi M, Tan AS, Tan CM, Tan TL, Utravathy V. Health promotion board-ministry of health clinical practice guidelines: treating tobacco use and dependence. Singapore Med J. 2013 Jul;54(7):411-5; quiz 416. PMID:23900473
  • Phoon WL, Kanagalingam D, Chua HL. Adrenal tumours in pregnancy: Diagnostic challenge and management dilemma  Singapore Med J 2013; 54(7): e141-e145 doi: 10.11622/smedj.2013068
  • Yang L, Kanagalingam D. Spontaneous uterine rupture secondary to recurrent haematometra from cervical stenosis. Singapore Med J. 2012 Jun;53(6):e114-6.
  • Koh E, Devendra K, Tan LK. B-Lynch suture for the treatment of uterine atony. Singapore Med J 2009; 50(7): 693-7
  • Wee WW, Kanagalingam D. The use of anti-D immunoglobulins for rhesus prophylaxis: audit on knowledge and practices among obstetricians. Singapore Med J 2009; 50(11):1054-7.
  • Tan EL, Kanagalingam D, Tan HK. Induction of Labour: Are We Inducing Mothers for the Appropriate Reasons and at the Correct Time? Singapore J Obstet Gynaecol 2008; 39(2): 70-72
  • D Teo, JW Chua, D Kanagalingam, TT Yong. External Cephalic Version and Breech Presentation: Is Our Practice Evidence-based? Singapore J Obstet Gynaecol 2008; 39(2): 85-91
  • Tan EL, Chan ESY, Kanagalingam D, Tan LK  Are hygroscopic dilators better than vaginal prostaglandins for induction of labour?- a systematic review. SGH Proceedings 2008; 17:128-33
  • Lee MSL, Kanagalingam D. Case Report: Spontaneous Haemorrhage into Huge Fibroid Uterus. SGH Proceedings 2008; 17:25-6
  • Lee MSL, Rajesh H, Kanagalingam D. Case Report: A Prenatally Diagnosed Case of Vasa Praevia and Its Subsequent Management. SGH Proceedings 2008; 17:20-4
  • Teo SB, Kanagalingam D, Tan HK, Tan LK. Massive postpartum haemorrhage after uterus-conserving surgery in placenta percreta: the danger of the partial placenta percreta. BJOG. 2008 May;115(6):789-92.
  • Chu HP, Kanagalingam D, Chan DK. Severe intrauterine hemolysis due to anti-C(w). Am J Perinatol. 2007 Nov;24(10):623-6.
  • Koh LP, Kanagalingam D. Pregnancies in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia in the era of imatinib. Int J Hematol. 2006 Dec;84(5):459-62.
  • Devendra K, Chen CM. Pelvic actinomycosis masquerading as an acute abdomen from small bowel perforation. Singapore Med J. 2008 Feb;49(2):158-9
  • Devendra K, Ching CK, Tan LK, Tan HK. Intrapartum maternal sinus bradycardia with spontaneous resolution following delivery. Singapore Med J 2006; 47:971-4
  • Tan LK, Kanagalingam D, Tan HK, Choong HL. Obstetric outcomes in women with end-stage renal failure requiring renal dialysis. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2006; 94:17-22.
  • Tan TC, Devendra K, Tan LK, Tan HK. Tocolytic treatment for the management of preterm labour: a systematic review. Singapore Med J. 2006; 47:361-6.
  • Devendra K, Arulkumaran S. Obstetric instrumental deliveries – a review. Perinatology 2004; 6:117-22
  • D. Kanagalingam and S. Arulkumaran. History and Examination of a Pregnant Woman. In: Arulkumaran S, Sivanesaratnam V, Alokendu Chatterjee, Pratap Kumar, editors. Essentials of Obstetrics. Kent, UK: Anshan Ltd, 2004
  • D. Kanagalingam and S. Arulkumaran. Acute abdomen in pregnancy. In: Arulkumaran S, Sivanesaratnam V, Alokendu Chatterjee, Pratap Kumar, editors. Essentials of Obstetrics. Kent, UK: Anshan Ltd, 2004
  • D. Kanagalingam and S.Arulkumaran. History and physical examination in the obstetric patient. In: S. Arulkumaran, editor. Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003 (1st edition)
  • D. Kanagalingam and S. Arulkumaran. History and physical examination of the gynaecological patient. In: Arulkumaran S, editor. Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003 (1st edition)
  • Tan WC, Devendra K, Tan HK. The rising caesarean section rate - where do we go from here? SGH Proceedings 2003; 12:208-12
  • Devendra K, Arulkumaran S. Should doctors perform a caesarean section on request? Ann Acad Med Singapore 2003; 32:235-7
  • Tan WC, Devendra K, Tan ASA. Changing trends in the caesarean section rate in a tertiary hospital. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2003; 32:299-304
  • Devendra K, Tay SK. Metastatic carcinoma of the cervix presenting as a psoas abscess in a HIV-negative woman. Singapore Med J 2003; 45:268
  • Devendra K. Introducing external cephalic version in the routine management of the malpresenting fetus near term.  Med J Malaysia 2002; 57:454-9
  • Devendra K, Koh LP. Pregnancy in women with idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2002; 31(3):276-80
  • Koh LP, Devendra K, Tien SL Four pregnancies in two women with essential thrombocythaemia - a case report. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2002; 31(3):353-6
  • Devendra K, Tay SK Laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy - an alternative to abdominal hysterectomy. Singapore Med J 2002; 43(3): 138-42
  • Nyam DC, Devendra K An endoscopic diagnosis of appendicular intussusception in chronic appendicitis. Singapore Med J 1997;38:131

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