Senior Visiting Consultant
University Surgical Cluster
National University Hospital
Department of Surgery
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Calcutta, Adjunct Professor Abu Rauff specialised in General Surgery upon completion of his Master of Medicine degree from Delhi. He later furthered his subspecialty surgical training in vascular, cardiac and general surgery in the United Kingdom. He obtained his surgical fellowship diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1968. He was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and admitted to the American College of Surgeons (FACS) in 1993. In 1988, he was also admitted as a fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore.
Adj Prof Rauff joined the National University of Singapore in 1972, held the Chair of Surgery position at the Singapore General Hospital from 1985 to 1988 and later at the National University Hospital (NUH) from 1988 to 1992.
Adj Prof Rauff has taught many of surgeons in practice in Singapore today. He is, without a doubt, a surgeon’s surgeon, known to many as a great mentor, a dedicated teacher and a master surgeon. He is always in great ‘demand’ as he is the ‘go-to surgeon’ whenever there are difficult and complex surgical situations to deal with.
His teaching is always inspiring, relevant and based on up–to-date scientific evidence. Articulating things in a way that is easy to understand, he is an expert in making complex issues simple. Generations of surgeons who have worked and trained under him testify to his inspiring teaching skills. As a mentor, he always encourages his apprentices to excel, and freely shares his skills, experience and wisdom with his surgical trainees, while spurring them to become good and skillful surgeons themselves one day.
Watching Adj Prof Rauff at work is instructive, as he exemplifies the art of surgery at its best. He is swift and precise, possesses composure, and is quick in making crucial decisions during difficult surgeries.
Even though he is now private practice, Adj Prof Rauff still dedicates some of his time to teach clinical surgery skills to undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as participate in research projects at the NUH as a Senior Visiting Consultant at the Department of Surgery.
Adjunct Professor Abu Rauff is truly a surgeon extraordinaire, and this award recognises his special abilities and contribution to his field.