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Head and Senior Consultant
Department of Surgery
University Surgical Cluster

National University Hospital

Senior Consultant
Division of Surgical Oncology (Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery)
National University Cancer Institute, Singapore

Head and Professor
Department of Surgery
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University Singapore

Professor Krishnakumar Madhavan joined the National University Health System (NUHS) in 2007 as the Deputy Head of the Department of Surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH). He is Senior Consultant and the concurrent Head of Surgery as well as the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery. He is also Director of the Liver Transplantation Programme and the Co-Director of the National University Centre for Organ Transplantation (NUCOT).

Prof Madhavan graduated and completed his basic medical training in India, and underwent further surgical training in Scotland, United Kingdom. He was a consultant in Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery at the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Under his strong leadership, the NUH Liver Transplantation Programme has now reached international standards. Prof Madhavan also played a vital role in setting up the NUH Pancreas Transplantation Programme in Singapore. He led the NUH surgical team to perform Singapore’s first two simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantations at the NUH successfully.

In addition to his multiple roles at the NUHS, Prof Madhavan also holds several national positions in Singapore, namely: past President of the Society of Organ Transplantation of Singapore, member of the Ministry of Health Specialist Training Committee (Surgery) and Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) Surgery in General, Chairman of the Master of Medicine for General Surgery at the Division of Graduate Medical Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and member of the Specialist Accreditation Board.

Prof Madhavan, who has always been actively involved in the promotion of scientific activities in the field of hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation, has also been the organising chairman and member of scientific committees for many national, regional and international conferences.

A dedicated mentor and teacher, Prof Madhavan enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience by teaching undergraduates and postgraduates.

He is often sought by surgeons for expert opinion of challenging and complicated cases. He is an examiner for the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons examinations and an external examiner for the undergraduate and postgraduate examinations. Prof Madhavan was also awarded the Role Model of Class of 2014 by the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

To date, Prof Madhavan has published more than 80 scientific articles in peer review journals and book chapters in various surgical textbooks. He is an active editorial member of several journals including the Annals of Academy of Medicine and Hepatogastroenterology Journal. He is also a reviewer for numerous international scientific journals, including the Asian Journal of Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, World Journal of Surgery and Journal of Surgical Oncology. In addition, he is an appointed grant reviewer for the National Medical Research Council grant in Singapore.

Prof Madhavan’s dedication and effort have positioned the Department of Surgery, along with the hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and liver transplantation programmes, as a specialised centre of excellence in Singapore, attracting patients both regionally and internationally.

 He is a truly inspiring role model, and a worthy recipient of the Master Clinician Award 2015.