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Dr. Fong Shee Yan , Spine Specialist Orthopaedic Consultant

Medical Group: Island Orthopaedic Consultants
Qualification: F.A.M.S., M.MED., M.B.B.S., F.R.C.S, M.B.B.S. (S'pore), M.MED. (S'pore) (Ortho), F.R.C.S (Edin) (Ortho), F.A.M.S. (Ortho)
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Spine Surgery (Minimally Invasive)
Medical Group Address: Mt Alvernia Medical Centre Block A 820 Thomson Road #01-04
Singapore 574623
Operating Hours: Mon to Sat 9am to 1pm Mon to Fri 2pm to 5pm
Years of Practise: 15
Practice Locations: Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Dr Fong is an experienced Spine-specialised Orthopaedic Consultant in Singapore practising Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

His training was in Calgary Spine Centre,Canada and his former practice was in Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he set up his "keyhole" spine surgery practice and have successfully performed lumbar disc surgery as ambulatory day surgery in Singapore with patients going home within a day. This enterprise won the Ministry of Health Quality Improvement Poster Competition Merit Award on 11 Oct 2007. He now progressed to perform Less Invasive Spine Procedures without need of general anaesthesia - percutaneous discectomy for disc herniation, interspinous distraction for spinal stenosis and vertebroplasty for compression fractures.

He had won both the Silver (2008) and Gold (2009) Excellent Service Awards and was recipient of the Singapore Orthopaedic Association Young Orthopaedic Surgeon (1999) and the Singapore Orthopaedic Association N Balachandran Awards (2003) and is also a member of the Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (AMISS 2007) and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS 2009).

Dr Fong uses comprehensive quality management for all his patients, utilising both conservative non-surgical as well as less invasive surgical techniques to treat his or her back or neck pain.

Local :

Postgraduate Medical Institute Alumni, Singapore General Hospital (1998).

Singapore Orthopaedic Association (2002).

Regional :

Asian Association for Dynamic Osteosynthesis, Hong Kong (2000).

Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Membership (29 Jun 2007).

AOSpine Seminar Course Faculty (9 Mar 2008).

Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, Spine Section (12 Oct 2009).

International :

British Orthopaedic Research Society (1999).

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons International Affiliate Membership (2003).

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association International Membership (2003).

College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta Educational/Courtesy Register (1 Mar 2004).

North American Spine Society International Membership (1 Sep 2004).

AO Spine North America & Asia-Pacific International Membership (4 Feb 2005).

American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (Section on Disorders of Spine) International Membership (2 May 2005).

Syndicom Spineconnect Online Community Membership (6 Oct 2006).

Clinical Administrator for Singapore, International Spine Registry Spine Tango, Spine Society of Europe (11 Oct 2007).

Eurospine (11 Oct 2007).

Asian Osteoporosis Advisory Board (13 Mar 2008).

First World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques, Honolulu, Hawaii (3 Jun 2008).

Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (24 July 2009).

Clinical Teacher, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (1 Aug 2008 - 31 Jul 2010).

Nucleoplasty Training Provider, ArthroCare Spine (7 Aug 2009).

Clinical Examiner, OSCE National University Hospital (15 Aug 2009).


Human Manpower Development Programme Fellowship for the Final Master of Medicine in Surgery, Academy of Medicine Singapore (Jul 1999).

Young Orthopaedic Surgeon's Award, Singapore Orthopaedic Association (Oct 1999).

Recognition Award for Continuing Medical Education, Singapore Medical Council (Jan - Dec 2000, Jan - Dec 2001, Jan - Dec 2002).

Asian Association for Dynamic Osteosynthesis Hong Kong Travelling Scholarship to Orthopedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting , San Diego, United States (Oct 2001).

Long Service Award, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Oct 2002).

Human Manpower Development Programme, Fellowship in Spine Surgery, National Health Group (Feb 2003).

N Balachandran Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Trainee, Singapore Orthopaedic Association (Nov 2003).

National Healthcare Group Service Champion Award (Jul - Dec 2006).

Singapore Armed Forces Good Service Medal, Second Combat Support Hospital (Mar 2007).

AOA-BOA ASEAN Travelling Fellowship Award to British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 2007, Asean Orthopaedic Association (Sep 2007).

Clinical Quality Improvement Celebration Merit Award, Ministry of Health, Singapore (11 Oct 2007).

Singapore Healthcare Silver, Excellent Service Award, Spring Singapore (2008).

Asia-Pacific Orthopaedic Association APOA DePuy Spine Travelling Fellowship (12 - 31 Oct 2009).

Singapore Healthcare Gold, Excellent Service Award, Spring Singapore (2009).


Basic Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, University of Miami and National Healthcare Group (10 Sep 2004).

Combined Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery Research and Clinical Spine Surgery Fellowship, University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre, Canada (1 Mar 2004 - 30 Jun 2005).

12th Clinical Practice Improvement Programme, Clinical Quality Management Skills, Northern Centre for Healthcare Improvement and National Healthcare Group (12 - 15 Jul 2006).

Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Course, SingHealth Office of Research, Dept of Experimental Surgery, SGH and SingHealth Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (14 Dec 2006).

Publication of Papers:
Local Journals
Low-Molecular-Weight-Heparin Prophylaxis in Total Knee Replacements. SY Fong, YK Fong, P Ruban, B Lee, SJ Yeo, NN Lo, KH Seow, BK Tay, SK Tan. Singapore General Hospital Proceedings 1998; 7(2): 3-10.

Clinics in Diagnostic Imaging (54): Urethral Injury after Pelvic Fracture. SY Fong, SKH Yip, KH Tay. Singapore Med J 2000; 41(10): 511-14.

Case Report of Total Finger Joint Replacement Arthroplasty after Traumatic Amputation. SY Fong, CK Low. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2000; 29(1): 110-3.

Septic Arthritis after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. SY Fong, JL Tan. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2004; 33: 228-34.

Thoracic Myelopathy due to Ossified Ligamentum Flavum. SY Fong, HK Wong. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2004; 33: 340-6.

Minimum Access, Maximum Gain. KG Emuang, SY Fong. Lifewise 2006; 4(Jul/Aug): 27-30.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. SY Fong. Partners Direct, National Healthcare Group 2006; Aug: 5.

Spine procedures, moving towards minimally invasive techniques. SY Fong. Medical Grapevine 2006; Oct/Nov: 12-3.

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery - Often Better For The Spine. SY Fong. Medical Digest 2007; Jan-Mar: 1-3.

Discharge after Slipped Disc Surgery Within 24 Hours at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. SY Fong. Medical Digest 2009; Jul-Sep: 1-3.

International Journals
Effect of Intra-articular Injection of Steroid and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Articular Cartilage of Normal Rabbit Knee Joints. SY Fong, KC Ang, JT Chew, JS Sim, YP Low. J Bone Joint Surg 1999; 81B (Supp III), 332.

Minimally Invasive Lateral Mass Plating in the Treatment of Posterior Cervical Trauma: Surgical Technique. SY Fong, S duPlessis. J Spinal Disord Tech 2005; 18(3): 224-8.

Minimally Invasive Approach to the Upper Cervical Spine: Surgical Technique. SY Fong, S duPlessis J Spinal Disord Tech 2005; 18(4): 321-5.

Endplate Kyphosis after Bryan Cervical Disc Replacement. SY Fong, S Casha, S duPlessis, J Hurlbert. Can J Neurol Sci 2005; 32 (Supp I): S11. Spine J 2005; 5(4S): 77S.

Design Limitations of Bryan Cervical Disc Arthroplasty. SY Fong, S Casha, S duPlessis, J Hurlbert. Spine J 2006; 6: 233-41.