About the Surgeon
Dr. Foo Chek Siang
Dr. Foo Chek Siang graduated with the degrees of MBBS from the National University of Singapore in 1997. He started his advanced surgical training in the major tertiary restructured hospitals in Singapore, obtaining the post graduate qualifications of MRCS (Edinburgh) and MMed (Surgery) in 2003, before completion in 2007 with the FRCS (General Surgery). He was inducted into the Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Singapore in the same year.
Dr. Foo was privileged to have had a double fellowship as part of sub-specialist training. He was trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques under the pupilage of Dr. Jean-Louis Dulucq at the Institute of Laparoscopic Surgery in Bordeaux, France. Dr. Dulucq is distinguished among the foremost laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgeons in Europe with a wide repertoire of advanced upper gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and colorectal operations under his belt. Dr. Foo was then awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme Award by the Ministry of Health in 2008, and spent a year in St. George Hospital, Kogarah-Sydney, New South Wales, Australia under the pupilage of Dr. John Jorgensen, Dr. Michael Talbot and Dr. Ken Loi. His repertoire in advanced laparoscopy, and in particular upper gastrointestinal and bariatric work was further honed with the vast spectrum and high volume of complicated oncological (cancer), functional, bariatric (weight loss surgery) and metabolic work.
Dr. Foo has been actively teaching in advanced laparoscopic techniques, being involved in faculties of local masterclasses and the regional Asia Endosurgery Task Force, sharing his experience and encouraging the adoption of advanced surgical techniques among the surgeons in South East Asia and wider East Asia. It is his belief that minimal access surgery is the now and future of surgical treatment, providing greater surgical precision and better results with faster recovery and better patient comfort, without any compromise in surgical efficacy.
Dr. Foo’s expertise lies in abdominal and digestive surgery, applying the techniques of minimal access surgery to treat conditions of the digestive tract – be it in the upper gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach and duodenum), lower gastrointestinal tract (small and large intestine), hepatobiliary tree (liver and gallbladder) or abdominal wall conditions like abdominal and groin herniae.
He has significant experience and training in radical oncological surgery, applying the techniques of systematic extensive lymphadenectomy in oesophageal and stomach cancer. He is a proponent of radical lymphadenectomy especially in the context of stomach cancer, combined with a joint management with medical oncology, for the best possible long-term control of disease and overall survival.
Dr. Foo also has a deep passion for bariatric (weight loss) and metabolic (diabetic and related conditions) surgery. With the rising epidemic of obesity and increasing recognition of its related illnesses like diabetes, heart diseases and cancer, Dr. Foo is convinced that obesity is a true medical condition that can be successfully overcome with surgery. He also advocates surgery to help patients who are battling worsening and uncontrollable weight-related metabolic disorders like diabetes, hyperlipidaemia (high cholesterol), fatty liver, gout and obstructive sleep apnoea. Recognising obesity as a medical, and not just a cosmetic, disease, Dr. Foo believes that while surgery provides the best possible results for weight and metabolic control, a multi-disciplinary approach is the catalyst for sustained long-term results. Being an avid amateur endurance athlete with Ironman distance triathlon and ultra marathon races under his belt, Dr. Foo’s personal conviction is that long-term control of chronic conditions like obesity and metabolic disorders is best accompanied with personal paradigm shifts in dietary and exercise habits. Dr. Foo is also a founding member and currently-serving committee member of the OMSSS (Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society of Singapore), contributing to the work of like-minded local-regional surgical professionals.