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Adj Assoc Prof Goh Seo Kiat

Adj Assoc Prof Goh Seo Kiat

MA MBBChir(Cambridge) MMed(Orth Surg) FRCSEd(Orth) FAMS

Senior Consultant

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Trauma Service

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Computer Navigation and Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), Fracture-related Limb Shortening and Deformities, Fractures of Upper and Lower Limb, Hip and Knee Conditions, Hip and Knee Degeneration, Meniscus and Cartilage Injuries, Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures, Post-Traumatic Arthritis, Sports Injuries, Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty (UKA).

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Director, Trauma Service Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor SingHealth Duke-NUS Surgery Academic Clinical Programme


A/Prof Goh is the chief of Trauma and Acute Care services, and deputy head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (Education). His clinical interests are in the areas of pelvic and acetabular fractures, fractures of the upper and lower limbs, osteoporotic fractures in the elderly, sporting injuries, and hip and knee replacements. A/Prof Goh is a strong advocate of introducing the latest computer technologies into orthopaedic surgery. He is proficient in computer navigation-assisted pelvic trauma surgery, total knee and hip replacements, having begun training in this technique during his orthopaedic surgery training in the mid-2000s. He also began using various robotic systems (Robodoc, Makoplasty and Navio systems) in hip and knee surgeries since 2015, having undergone training in South Korea and USA. While working in London, A/Prof Goh was also trained in the Oxford partial knee system, and was subsequently the first to adopt this knee replacement system in Singapore when it was launched here in 2014.

As the department lead in education, A/Prof Goh is responsible for all medical students (Yong Loo Lin, Duke and Lee Kong Chian medical schools) rotating through the department. He has served as an examiner in local universities for medical undergraduates and the Royal College examination for surgeons completing their orthopaedic training.

He also trains doctors training to be orthopaedic surgeons by serving as a core faculty in the Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery residency program. He conducts surgery training courses for surgeons at all levels by serving as course chairman or faculty in various local and regional trauma/fracture, hip and knee replacements and the Oxford knee partial knee replacement courses.

A/Prof Goh had qualified in medicine from the University of Cambridge in England in 2000. He then completed his orthopaedic specialist training and became a full-fledged orthopaedic surgeon in 2008 after passing his Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh fellowship exit examinations.

A/Prof Goh was amongst the pioneer batch of doctors who was awarded the Ministry of Health Training Scholarship in 2008. He went on to pursue an eighteen-month surgical fellowship in London, England. During this time, he worked with master English surgeons in two major London teaching hospitals. He was the pelvis, hip and knee replacement fellow at the St. George’s Hospital NHS Trust, and then a hip fellow at the Guys & St. Thomas Hospital NHS Trust.

Besides his clinical practice, A/Prof Goh has published articles in top peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals. He also reviews articles for local and international orthopaedic journals.


  • 1998 Cambridge University (UK): Bachelor of Arts (Honours), triple first 
  • 2000 Cambridge University (UK): Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery  
  • 2001 Cambridge University (UK): Master of Arts 
  • 2004 Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (UK) 
  • 2004 National University of Singapore: Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery) 
  • 2008 Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (UK)
  • 2015 Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Singapore

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association, Member (2008 – current)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, International Member (2011 – current)
  • Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Surgery, Academy of Medicine, Member (2015-current), Vice-chairman (2019 – current)
  • Academy of Medicine Staff Registrar Scheme Diploma Graduate diploma in Orthopaedic Surgery, Program Director (2019 – current)


  • 2016: Winner of Team Superstar Award for Singapore Health Quality Service Award 2016: Best Team Award for Streamlining the work process in preparing patient for Orthopaedic Lower Limb Surgery.
  • 2013, 2010: Service With A Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital
  • 2011: Singapore General Hospital Ten-year long service award
  • 2010: 11th Annual EFORT (European Federation of National Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology) Congress, Madrid, Spain. Awarded Jacques Duparc Award for top 10 posters for poster entitled: Natural history of femoral stress lesions in long-term bisphosphonate therapy.
  • 2010: National University of Singapore Orthopaedic Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2008: Singapore Ministry of Health Training Scholarship
  • 2008: Top 10 Cited Papers, Injury Journal, USA
  • 2002: Young Investigator Award at the 6th Annual Congress of International Xenotransplantation Association, Chicago, USA
  • 2000: Wellcome Trust Student Elective Prize, UK
  • 1995/96, 96/97, 97/98: Iris Rushton Prize; 97/98 Bundy Scholarship, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK

Research Interests

  • Pelvic and acetabular fractures in the elderly patients
  • Long-term outcome of Oxford partial knee replacement in Asian patients
  • Subtrochanteric fractures in patients on long-term bisphosphonate therapy


  1. TD Gosavi, JS Koh, M Rosman, K Prasad, K Doshi, ES Lim, SE Saffari, SK Goh, HS Ong, CY Chan, DA De Silva, EK Tan. (2020). Psychological impact of isolation due to COVID-19 among young and fit dormitory residents. Psychological Medicine, 1-2. doi:10.1017/S0033291720004274
  2. Ming Han Lincoln Liow, Kenny Xian Khing Tay, Nicholas Eng Meng Yeo, Darren Keng Jin Tay, Seo Kiat Goh, Joyce Suang Bee Koh, Tet Sen Howe, Andrew Hwee Chye Tan. From “business continuity” to “back to business” for orthopaedic surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bone & Joint Open 2020. 1(6): 222
  3. Ming Han Lincoln Liow, Kenny Xian Khing Tay, Nicholas Eng Meng Yeo, Darren Keng Jin Tay, Seo Kiat Goh, Joyce Suang Bee Koh, Tet Sen Howe, Andrew Hwee Chye Tan. Ensuring business continuity of musculoskeletal care during the COVID-19 pandemic: experience of a tertiary orthopaedic surgery department in Singapore. JBJS Open Access 2020. 5(2): e0050
  4. BJX Teo, JSB Koh, SK Goh, MA Png, DTC Chua, TS Howe. Post-operative outcomes of atypical femoral subtrochanteric fracture in patients on bisphosphonate therapy. The Bone & Joint Journal 2014. 96(5):658
  5. Chandran M, Howe TS, Goh SK, Li HH, Ng A, Zhang RF, Koh JSB. Vitamin D levels, physical and biochemical characteristics of South East Asian patients with trochanteric and femoral neck osteoporotic hip fractures. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies 2012. 27(2):185.
  6. Png MA, Koh JSB, Goh SK, Fook-Chong Stephanie, Howe TS. Bisphosphoate-Related Femoral Periosteal Stress Reactions: Scoring System Based on Radiographic and MRI Findings. AJR 2012; 198:1-9. Impact factor 2.95
  7. Koh JSB, Goh SK, Png MA, Ng ACM, Howe TS. Distribution of atypical fractures and cortical stress lesions in the femur: implications on pathophysiology. Singapore Med J 2011; 52(2): 77.
  8. Tan SC, Koh SB, Goh SK, Howe TS. Atypical femoral stress fractures in bisphosphonate-free patients. Osteoporosis Int. 2010 Sep 14.
  9. Koh JS, Goh SK, Png MA, Kwek EB, Howe TS. Femoral cortical stress lesions in long-term bisphosphonate therapy: a herald of impending fracture? J Orthop Trauma. 2010 Feb;24(2):75-81.
  10. JS Koh, SK Goh, MA Png, EB Kwek, TS Howe. Lateral cortical stress lesions in prolonged bisphosphonate therapy: indications for surgical intervention. Osteoporosis International, 2010; 21:202
  11. Goh SK, Su DHC, Yeo SJ. Is total hip arthroplasty superior to hemiarthroplasty in the treatment of displaced neck of femur fracture in the elderly? A meta-analysis. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2009 Apr;24(3):400-6. Online:
  12. Cheung A, Goh SK, Tang A, Tay BK. Complications of total knee arthroplasty. Current Orthopaedics 2008. 22(4): 274-83. Online:
  13. Goh SK, Koh JSB, Tan MH. Knee locking secondary to osteochondral fracture of the patella: an unusual presentation. Singapore Medical Journal. 2008 Jun;49(6):505-6.
  14. Kwek EB, Goh SK, Koh JS, Png MA, Howe TS. An emerging pattern of subtrochanteric stress fractures: a long-term complication of alendronate therapy? Injury. 2008 Feb;39(2):224-31.
  15. Goh SK, Yang KY, Koh JS, Wong MK, Chua SY, Chua DT, Howe TS. Subtrochanteric insufficiency fractures in patients on alendronate therapy: A CAUTION. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2007 Mar;89(3):349-53. Republished in Landmark Papers in Rheumatology (2015), Edited by Richard Watts and David Scott. Page 320, Oxford University Press
  16. Gollackner B*, Goh SK*, Daniel S, Buhler L, DeAngelis H, Awwad M, Cooper DKC, and Robson SC. Acute Vascular Rejection of Xenografts: Role of Natural and Elicited Xenoreactive Antibodies in Activation of Vascular Endothelial Cells and Induction of Porcoagulant Responses. Transplantation. 2004 Jun 15;77(11):1735-41. *joint first authors
  17. Goh SK, Chow PK, Chung AY, Tan BH, Tan PH. Eosinophilic Colitis secondary to Strongyloides infection: an Uncommon Colonoscopy finding. Gastrointestinal Endoscoscopy 2004 May; 59(6):738-41.
  18. Goh SK, Chui CH, Jacobsen AS. Childhood Acute Pancreatitis in a Children’s Hospital. Singapore Med J 2003 Vol 44(9) : 453-456
  19. Goh SK, Gull SE, Alexander GJ. Pregnancy in primary biliary cirrhosis complicated by portal hypertension: report of a case and review of the literature. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2001 Jul;108(7):760-2. Review.

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