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Prof Brian Goh Kim  Poh

Prof Brian Goh Kim Poh

​MBBS, MMed, MSc, FRCSEd (Gen Surg), FAMS

Head & Senior Consultant

Specialty: Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Transplant Surgery

Clinical Interest: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Ampullary Cancer, Ampullary Tumours, Bile Duct Cancer, Bile Duct Injury, Bile Duct Stone, Bile Duct Tumours, Biliary Tract Cancer, Cholangiocarcinomas (bile duct cancer), Choledochal Cyst, Duodenal Cancer, Duodenal Tumours, Gallbladder Cancer, Gallbladder Tumours, Gallstones, Gallstones & Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Cancers, Liver Cancer, Liver Cyst, Liver Transplantation, Liver Tumours, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors, Pancreatic Endocrine Tumours, Pancreatic Tumours, Pancreatico-Biliary Diseases, Primary Liver Cancer / Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), Stones in the Bile Duct.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Transplant Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Head & Senior Consultant Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary National Cancer Centre SingaporeNational Cancer Centre Singapore
  • Director, Singhealth Liver Transplant Service
  • Chief of Transplant Services, SGH Campus, SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre
  • Chairman Robotic Surgery, Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology, SGH & NCCS
  • Visiting Consultant, National University Centre of Organ Transplant, National University Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine


Professor Goh is presently Head of the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplant Surgery at Singapore General Hospital and the National Cancer Centre Singapore. He is also the Director of Singhealth Liver Transplant Service, and Chairman of Robotic Surgery, Division of Surgery, SGH. He is a highly-experienced and high-volume subspecialty HPB/transplant surgeon whose clinical practice focuses on the management of complex benign and malignant (cancers) conditions affecting the liver, pancreas, biliary tract and gallbladder.

As of 2024, he has performed over 1,800 major subspecialty HPB/transplant surgeries after completing surgical training and becoming a Singapore board-certified specialist surgeon. He is the only surgeon in Singapore certified by both the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and Ministry of Health in abdominal(liver/kidney/pancreas) transplantation. He had previously worked as a surgical fellow for 2 years at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic Rochester performing numerous complex surgical procedures. He is well-recognized as an international thought leader due to his vast clinical experience and extensive research work in the field. Dr Goh has received several awards and has been an invited member to numerous international expert consensus panels. 

Presently, he is one of the most experienced surgeons in Southeast-Asia for laparoscopic HPB surgery. Since returning to Singapore in 2011, he has personally performed over 800 laparoscopic and robotic major HPB surgeries as the lead surgeon and mentored/proctored over a dozen subspecialty regional colleagues in many more such procedures. He is widely-recognized as an international expert in minimally-invasive HPB surgery. Regionally, Dr Goh is a pioneer in advanced laparoscopic HPB surgery and is frequently invited to lecture and proctor local/regional surgeons. He pioneered robotic HPB surgery in the region in 2013 and has personally performed over 150 robotic major HPB surgeries as the main console surgeon. He is the only local robotic HPB proctor and has tutored over a dozen subspecialty colleagues in the region in numerous robotic HPB procedures. He is also the only local HPB surgeon listed in the Intuitive Surgery (Da Vinci robotic surgery) surgeon locator and remains only one of a handful of high-volume HPB surgeons regionally who routinely performs laparoscopic or robotic surgery for highly complicated procedures such as major hepatectomies, pancreatectomies (Whipples procedure/ pancreatoduodenectomy), associated liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS), repair of bile duct injuries, resections for bile duct/ gallbladder cancers and resection of recurrence cancers with a high-success rate.  

Dr Goh frequently uses transplant oncology techniques to perform complex multi-organ resections with major vascular reconstructions for borderline-resectable cancers which may be considered inoperable by other surgeons. He is also experienced in treating rare conditions such as choledochal cysts, gastrointestinal stromal tumours(GIST), neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumours and pancreatic cystic tumours such as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN).


  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons Fellowship (Liver, Kidney, Pancreas), Mayo Clinic Rochester, USA
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine Fellowship
  • Education for Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), US Medical Licensing Exam Steps 1, 2 CK, 2 CS
  • Fellow Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (FRCSEd)
  • Masters of Science (Research), National University of Singapore
  • Masters of Medicine (Surgery), National University of Singapore
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (MRCSEd)
  • MBBS, National University of Singapore

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Head of Department, 2022 -present
  • Director of Singhealth Liver Transplant Service, 2024 - present
  • Chief of Service, SGH campus, Singhealth-Duke-NUS Transplant Center, 2023 - present
  • Chairman, Robotic Surgery, Division of Surgery and Surgical Oncology, SGH & NCCS, 2021- present
  • Surgical Director of Liver Transplant, SingHealth-Duke-NUS Transplant Center, 2021 -2024
  • Director, Surgery ACP Research and Database, 2018 -2023
  • Founding member, Vice President, Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore 2022-present
  • Scientific Committee member, International Hepatopancreatobililary Association 2018-present
  • Education co-chair, International Laparoscopic Liver Society, 2022 – present
  • Founding member, International Laparoscopic Liver Society, 2018 - present
  • Director of Research, Singhealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre, 2019 – 2023
  • Director of Solid Organ Transplant, Singhealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre, 2019-2022
  • Robotic HPB surgery lead, SGH robotic committee, 2015- present 
  • Co-Lead, SGH Immunology and Transplant research peak, 2019-2022
  • Robotic HPB surgery, National Lead, Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore, 2017-pesent 
  • Founding member, Hepatopancreatobiliary Association Singapore
  • Editorial Board member of over 70 peer-review medical journals 


  • Yahya Cohen Memorial Lecture 2023
  • SGH 20 years Long service award 2021
  • American College of Surgeons, International Guest Scholarship, 2019
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO) Leadership Award, 2017
  • Wong Hock Boon outstanding mentor award, 2017
  • Singhealth GCEO Excellence Award in research, 2017
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologsts (IASGO) 2016, Seoul – Teaching fellowship, 2016
  • National Medical Research Coucil (NMRC) Clinical investigator salary support award, 2014-2019
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists 2015 – Teaching Fellowship, 2015
  • SGH Service with a Heart Award, 2015, 2023
  • 70th General Meeting of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery – Travel Award 2015
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 11th Winter Symposium (Hollywood, FL) 2011
  • SGH Fellowship award 2010/11 
  • SGH 10 years Long Service Award 2010

Research Interests

  • Liver cancer (HCC) and benign liver tumors
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic cystic neoplasms (IPMN) and benign pancreatic tumors
  • Gallbladder and biliary cancers/ benign tumors
  • Minimally-invasive hepatopancreatobiliary surgery (laparoscopic and robotic surgery)
  • Neuroendocrine neoplasms
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor


  • Internationally known for his clinical and translation research work (in the field of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery) on liver cancer (HCC), pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cystic neoplasms (eg. intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, solid pseudopapillary neoplasms, mucinous cystic neoplasms), gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST), neuroendocrine tumours, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and extended resections for borderline resectable malignancies
  • Invited expert for several international consensus expert panels on laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgery and pancreatic cystic neoplasms
  • Performed live demonstrations and presented his surgical technical videos on laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgery throughout the world including countries such as USA, Italy, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, China and Australia
  • PI of international multi-center study group on laparoscopic and robotic liver resections involving over 35,000 patients from over 70 international centres
  • Held over SGD 75 million in grant funding as PI and coI
  • Published over 450 scientific publications including over 400 PubMed-indexed articles
  • Has over 13,500 citations and a H index of 64
  • Top 2% of world’s most-cited researchers in 2022 and 2023
  • Full publication list: 
  • Delivered over 300 international lectures and scientific presentations world-wide

Research Trials