Dr Poh Seng Yew



MMED (Ortho)


With over 20 years of experience, Dr Poh Seng Yew is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hip, knee, shoulder and elbow surgery, sports medicine, and trauma surgery.

  • Former Director of Sports Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital
  • Clinical Hip and Sports Medicine Fellow, Orthopädische Chirurgie München (OCM), Germany
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, FRCSEd (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery), National University of Singapore
  • Member, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCSEd)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), National University of Singapore


Using advanced arthroscopic, minimally invasive, and open surgical techniques, Dr Poh offers a full spectrum of joint preservation and joint replacement options to ensure appropriate, effective treatment for all patients.

Fellowship-Trained Surgeon With Special Interest In Hip Preservation Surgery

Having special interest in hip preservation surgery, Dr Poh is the first fully fellowship trained surgeon in this area in Singapore. He established the Singhealth Joint Hip Preservation Service, focusing on interventions to treat hip disease with the aim of preserving the native hip joint and delaying, or preventing hip arthritis and the need for hip replacement. These include techniques such as:

  • hip arthroscopy
  • open surgical dislocation
  • periacetabular osteotomy
Specialty In Complex Orthopaedic Procedures

Aside from hip arthroscopy, Dr Poh also does:

  • complex knee arthroscopy
  • osteotomy
  • multi-ligamentous ligament reconstruction
  • meniscal reconstruction
  • cartilage resurfacing
  • complex shoulder arthroscopy
  • open shoulder reconstruction
  • shoulder arthroplasty

He has a high volume of hip and knee arthroplasty, and is adept at using the latest techniques, such as robotic assisted surgery, patient specific instrumentation and navigation.

Academic Contribution

Through the years, Dr Poh has been invited as regional and international faculty and is active in training surgeons from around Asia through fellowship and visitation programs, in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Hip Preservation Surgery.

He is a key opinion leader in the development of new hip arthroscopy techniques and is one of the highest volume hip arthroscopy surgeons in Southeast Asia, having performed over 500 such procedures to date.

Despite his busy schedule, Dr Poh also holds concurrent positions as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, sharing his experience and knowledge with aspiring medical students and trainee surgeons. Dr Poh also serves as Orthopaedic Surgery examiner for both the basic medical and postgraduate Orthopaedic Surgery examinations.

Professional Appointments

  • Director - Sports Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital (2020-2021)
  • Chief - Sports & Exercise Medicine Service at SGH, Singhealth Duke-NUS Sport & Exercise Medicine Centre (2021)
  • Founder and Chief - Singhealth Hip Preservation Service (2019-present)
  • Visiting Consultant - Orthopaedic Surgery, SGH, Sengkang General Hospital, and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (2021-present)
  • Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Singapore General Hospital (2018-2021)
  • AO Trauma Council-Community Officer - AOTrauma (Singapore) (2021-present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor - Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (2013-present)
  • Member - Joint Committee on Specialist Training (JCST) Exit Examination Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery (2017-present)

Selected Presentations and Publications


  • International Faculty – AOTrauma Course-Basic Principles of Fracture Management, Davos, Switzerland 2020-2023
  • Invited Faculty – AOTrauma Hybrid Masters Course-Fractures around the Elbow and Shoulder, Hong Kong 2021
  • International Faculty – 2nd Annual Congress of the Asia Society of Hip Arthroscopy and Preservation, Kitakyushu, Japan 2020
  • Chairperson – AOTrauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management Course, Singapore 2019
  • Invited Faculty – 67th Continuing Orthopaedic Education of the Indonesian Orthopaedic Association, Surakarta, Indonesia-Live Surgical Demonstration, Cadaveric Hip Arthroscopy Workshop, Lectures, 2019
  • Organising Committee and Chairman Hip Symposium, Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) Sports Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2019
  • Chairman AO Trauma Symposium, 41st Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore Orthopaedic Association 2018
  • Regional Faculty AO Trauma Principles in Operative Fracture Management Course, Yokohama, Japan 2018
  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Affiliated Hospital of the Medical College of Qingdao University, Qingdao Hiser Hospital, China
    -Live Surgical Demonstration and Lectures 2017-2018
  • Course Chairman Hip Arthroscopy Cadaveric Workshop-first hip arthroscopy course to be held in Singapore 2016
  • International Faculty Annual Conference of the Indian Arthroscopy Society, Thailand 2015
  • Arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular pincer impingement. SY Poh</span, R Hube, M Dienst. Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie, 2015, Dec; 27(6): 536-52
  • Role of the anterior intermeniscal ligament in tibiofemoral contact mechanics during axial joint loading. SY Poh, KSA Yew, PLK Wong, SBJ Koh, SL Chia, TS Howe. The Knee, 2012, Mar;19(2):135-9.
  • Invited Faculty, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Sumatra Utara, Indonesia, 2011
  • Two-year outcomes of transforminal lumbar interbody fusion. SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hong Kong), 2011, Aug; 19(2): 135-40.
  • Clinical and radiological outcomes of minimally invasive versus open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. CW Peng, WM Yue, SY Poh, W Yeo, SB TanCW Peng, WM Yue, SY Poh, W Yeo, SB Tan. Spine, 2009, Jun 1;34(13):1385-9.
  • Clinical and radiological review of adjacent segment degeneration after transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion. SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan. The Spine Journal, 2008; 8(5): 172S.
  • Clinical and radiological evaluation of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion at 2 years follow-up. SY Poh, WM Yue, LTJ Chen, CM Guo, W Yeo, SB Tan. The Spine Journal, 2007; 7(5): 25S.
  • Fragment specific fracture fixation and double column plating of unstable distal radius fractures using AO mini-fragment implants and kirschner wires. Chang HC, Poh SY, Seah SC, Chua DT, Chan BK, Low CO. Injury, 2007; 38(11):1259-67.


  • Service with a Heart Award for Outstanding Clinical Service 2017, 2014
  • Singhealth Doctors Long Service Award 2014
  • Singapore General Hospital 10 years Long Service Award 2014
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) award for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – Sports Related Hip Injuries 2011
  • Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) travelling fellowship 2011
  • National University of Singapore Medical Society Gold Award 2000
  • Commendation Medical Alumni Association 2000
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38 Irrawaddy Road, #08-62/63
Singapore 329563

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