Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

R W H Pho Biography


Emeritus Professor Robert W H Pho

Regarded as the ‘Father’ of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery in Singapore, Emeritus Professor Pho performed the first thumb replantation in 1977. He established the Department of Hand Reconstructive Microsurgery at the National University Hospital in 1991, and since then has been a mentor to two generations of hand surgeons in Singapore. An analytical and versatile surgeon, he is well known internationally for his expertise in the area of musculoskeletal oncology and the concept of biological limb reconstruction, in particular for live fibula transfer. He is a keen teacher, always encouraging trainees to be deeply analytical in clinical work as well as in reviewing literature as well as a mentor to many consultant surgeons, sharing his vast amount of surgical experience and know-how.