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Head and Senior Consultant

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
National University Hospital


Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine



Professor Arijit Biswas is the Head of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The Division is responsible for services at the Delivery Suite, the Fetal Care Centres, the High Risk Pregnancy Clinic and Gestational Diabetes Clinic. Prof Biswas is a dedicated leader, supervising obstetric services in the hospital and providing on-the-floor consultant cover at the Fetal Care Centre and its Annexe. He receives regular referrals from private specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists in Singapore and the region for  second  opinion,  and  performs  advanced  ultrasound  scans  and ultrasound-guided invasive procedures.


Even when he is not on call, Prof Biswas remains available to provide help, opinion and guidance to colleagues. This includes supporting in  the  management  of  obstetric  emergencies  such  as  postpartum haemorrhage, eclampsia, emergency cerclages and emergency obstetric hysterectomies, to name a few. He is the point of contact for all difficult obstetrics cases with complications.


Being a master clinician, Prof Biswas is in great demand as a clinical teacher. He is patient with juniors and seniors alike and displays deep knowledge about the art and science of Obstetrics. More importantly, he takes the time and trouble to convey good clinical precepts to junior staff. For his good work with residents, he was awarded the “NUH Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award” by NUH DIO office in December 2012.


Prof Biswas is an active member of several dynamic research groups. In the Experimental Fetal Medicine Group, he is responsible for in-utero ultrasound-guided instillation of vectors into macaque fetuses as well as  collection  of  fetal  blood  samples,  pre-  and  post-instillation. He also provides clinical materials such as amniotic fluid, chorionic villus sampling, fetal blood and fetal tissue samples for the Prenatal Diagnosis and Rare Event Detection Group. Further, Prof Biswas is involved in a number of projects to study the behaviour, genetics and differentiation properties of Wharton’s jelly stem cells of the human umbilical cord to help produce useful tissues for transplantation therapy. Two patents have evolved from these research groups.


Under Prof Biswas’s able leadership, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has aligned the standards of its obstetric services with international benchmarks. Prof Biswas is an inspiring role model and a worthy recipient of this award.