Orthopaedic care by a specialized team of professional doctors, nurses and administrators.

Our Doctors & Staff –
Dr Gurpal Singh
CURRICULUM VITAE

Dr Gurpal Singh is a specialist board-accredited, fellowship-trained Orthopaedic surgeon subspecializing in orthopaedic oncology, joint replacement and sports injuries. Dr Singh’s clinical practice consists of bone and soft tissue tumours (benign and malignant), robotic-assisted joint replacement, complex reconstructions of the lower limb, and arthroscopic (key hole) surgeries of the hip and knee including sports injuries and meniscus/ligament reconstruction, in addition to general orthopaedic cases.

Dr Singh graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2004 with a Dean’s list award and gold medal and thereafter went on to pursue higher surgical training in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK. He completed his advanced specialist training in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2011 and was awarded the inaugural College of Surgeons Gold Medal for being the top candidate in the FRCSEd(Orth) examination, which was held in affiliation with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr Singh was awarded the Ministry of Health Scholarship for advanced specialty training in 2008 and he moved to Germany for 2 years after qualifying as an orthopaedic surgeon. He completed 2 fellowships in complex joint replacement/hip and knee surgery and musculoskeletal oncology at the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, working with Professor Christoph H. Lohmann, and at University Hospital Muenster working with Professor Georg Grosheger and Professor Jendrik Hardes.

Dr Singh has a special interest in technologies in joint replacement surgery such as robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery, and has obtained his robotic-assisted surgery training and certification from Florida, USA. Dr Singh has regularly been invited to the Asia-Pacific region to conduct workshops to train Orthopaedic surgeons in this area. Dr Singh is also actively involved in research on increasing life span of joint replacements, and preventing infection and early failure of joint replacements. He collaborates with Professor Christoph Lohmann and a team of scientists and clinicians from Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany in this area of work. One of his areas of focus is dealing with patients who have metal allergies or develop hypersensitivity reactions to joint replacements. Dr Singh has published in this field in peer-reviewed journals.

Prior to joining private practice, Dr Singh was serving as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the National University Hospital, Assistant Professor and Ag Research Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National University of Singapore. He also held an appointment at the National University Cancer Institute (NCIS) as a Consultant in Surgical Oncology. Dr Singh has been very active in teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as specialist doctors from the region. He has trained numerous resident doctors and specialist doctors. Dr Singh hosted a clinical fellowship programme in Musculoskeletal Oncology and his had applicants from Asia-Pacific countries India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Europe.

On a personal front, Dr Singh is an active volunteer and regularly holds public awareness talks on bone and joint problems/cancer as well as runs charity clinics for the needy. He has been blessed with a beautiful family and his favourite past time is spending time with his 2 sons.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), National University of Singapore
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinbrugh (MRCSEd), UK
  • Master of Medicine (MMed), Orthopaedic Surgery, National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, FRCSEd (Orth), UK
  • Fellowship in Total Joint Replacement and Musculoskeletal Oncology at the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany, May 2012 – April 2013
  • Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Oncology and Revision Arthroplasty at the University Hospital Muenster, Germany, May 2013 – April 2014
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS), College of Surgeons, Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgeons, March 2019
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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
  • Organizing Committee (Scientific), Asia Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (APMSTS)
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association – Executive Committee (2018-2019)
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PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS
  • Surgery track: Distinction and Mekie Book Prize, Final Professional Examination for the Degree of MBBS
  • Gold Medal for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Final Professional Examination for the Degree of MBBS
  • Dean’s List Award, Final Professional Examination for the Degree of MBBS
  • Response of Purkinje neurons to hypobaric hypoxic exposure as shown by alteration in expression of glutamate receptors, nitric oxide synthases and calcium binding proteins, Neuroscience 2005, 135(4): 1217-1229
  • National Healthcare Group (NHG) Annual Scientific Congress 2007, Best Oral Presentation (Surgical Specialties)
  • Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH) Scholarship for Advanced Specialist Training and 2-year Fellowship(s) in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Major Amputations in Diabetic, Chapter 22, “Diabetic Foot Problems”, World Scientific Publishers, May 2008
  • Distal Limb Amputations in Diabetics, Chapter 23, “Diabetic Foot Problems”, World Scientific Publishers, May 2008
  • Diabetic Footwear: Current Status & Future Directions, Chapter 36, “Diabetic Foot Problems”, World Scientific Publishers, May 2008
  • Footwear Habits in Patients with Diabetic Foot Problems, Singapore Experience, Chapter 38, “Diabetic Foot Problems”, World Scientific Publishers, May 2008
  • Urothelial Metastasis in Prostate Adenocarcinoma, Annals Academy of Medicine, February 2009, Vol. 38 No.2
  • The ten year pattern of hip diseases in Singapore, J Orthop Surg, December 2010; 18(3): 276-8
  • Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) Fellowship Award
  • N Balachandran Award 2010, Presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Singapore Orthopaedic Association (SOA)
  • College of Surgeons (Singapore) Gold Medal for Outstanding Performance in the FRCSEd (Orth) Examination, May 2011
  • National University Health System (NUHS) Leadership in Academic Medicine (NLAM) Mentoring Grant (FY2011): Principal Investigator
  • Densitometry Trends over a period of 4 years in post-menopausal Asian women undergoing Bisphosponate Treatment, accepted for publication on 16 May 2011, Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ)
  • Neuroanatomical Basis for the Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Foot Ankle Int. June 2012; 33(6): 513-8
  • Evaluation of the Role and Cost-Effectiveness of End-of-Life Orthopaedic Interventions in Cancer Patients with Skeletal Metastases to the Hip, accepted for publication in Journal of Palliative Care 14 November 2012
  • Aseptic Loosening of Metal-on-Metal (MoM) Total Hip Arthroplasties (THA) with Large Diameter Heads. EFORT Tribology Book, 2012
  • The relationship between body mass index and physical activity levels in relation to bone mineral density in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Arch Osteoporos, 2013; 8(1-2): 162
  • Restoring the anatomic tibial slope and leg axis may maximise post-operative flexion in posterior-stabilised total knee arthroplastities. Accepted for publication in The Bone and Joint Journal (BJJ), 3 June 2013
  • Periprosthetic tissue metal content but not serum metal content predicts type of tissue response in failed small diameter metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasties. J Bone Joint Surg (Am). Accepted for publication 6 March 2013
  • Large-diameter metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasties: A page in orthopaedic history? J Biomed Mater Res A. 25 March 2013
  • The influence of biomechanical principles and materials in the design of hip prostheses. Accepted 10 March 2014, Aktuelle Rheumatologie (Review, Article in German)
  • Ceramic femoral component fracture in total knee arthroplasty: an analsysis using fractography, fourier-transform infrared microscopy, contact radiography and histology. J Arthroplasty, May 2014; 29(5): 1001-4
  • Mediolateral subchondral tibial bone mineral density difference does not predict osteoarthritis progression. Orthopaedics, April 2014; 37(4): e351-6
  • Metallic wear debris may regulate CXCR4 expression in vitro and in vivo. J Biomed Mater Res A, 10 Sep 2014
  • Low-frequency sonication may alter surface topography of endoprosthetic components and damage articular cartilage without eradicating biofilms completely. J Biomed  Mater Res B Appl Biomater, November 2014; 102(8): 1835-46
  • Modular tumor endoprostheses in surgical palliation of long-bone metastases: a reduction in tumor burden and a durable reconstruction. World J Surg Oncol, 7 November 2014; 12:330
  • Metallic debris from metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty regulates periprosthetic tissues. World J Orthop. 18 November 2014; 5(5): 660-6
  • Lengthening procedure with Modular Endoprostheses – the Better Alternative to Disarticulations of the Hip Joint? J Arthroplasty, November 2014
  • National University Cancer Institute Pitch for Funds Recipient, November/December 2015: Principal Investigator
  • Particle characterisation and cytokine expression infailed small-diameter metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasties. The Bone & Joint Journal 2015; 97-B: 917-23
  • National Medical Research Council, Ministry of Health (Singapore), CNIG Grant, January 2016: Principal Investigator
  • National University Cancer Institute Pitch for Funds Recipient, March/April 2016: Principal Investigator
  • Excellence Award (Cost Reduction) Asian Hospital Management Awards . Title: Improving blood transfusion rates in patients undergoing arthroplasty surgery – A multidisciplinary three-pronged patient blood management program, Role: Team leader
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CONFERENCES ATTENDED
  • “Does Ethnicity Affect the Outcome of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) Surgery? Presented at 30th Annual  Meeting of the International Urogynaecological Association, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2005
  • Rare Case of Lumbar Facet Joint Septic Arthritis Occuring After Acupunture Treatment in a Tertiary Hospital Setting, Presented at the Singapore Orthopaedic AssociationAnnual Scientific Meeting 2007, Singapore
  • Evolution of Total Hip Replacement Surgery Over A Decade – The NUH Experience, Presented at the Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2007, Singapore
  • Pars Repair Technique and Rationale of Treatment in Adults, Presented at the Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2007, Singapore
  • Clinico-pathological Characteristics and Prognostic Markers of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GISTs) In The Singapore Patient Population, Presented at the NHG Congress Annual Scientific Meeting 2007, Singapore
  • An IAEA/NUS Internet Diploma Course for Tissue Bank Operators, Presented at the 5th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), 26-27 January 2008, Singapore
  • Bone Mineral Densitometry Trends over a period of 4 years in post-menopausal Asian women undergoing Bisphosponate Treatment, Presented at the Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, November 2009
  • Performance Of High Flexion Knee Designs In A South East Asian Patient Cohort – Zimmer LPS Flex versus the Scorpio NRG, Presented at the Singapore Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2010, Singapore
  • The Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: A Cadaver Study, Presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association, Tokyo, Japan, May 2010
  • The Neuroanatomical Basis of The Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Presented at the 8th European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS) International Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, September 2010
  • 2011 Joint MMed Surgery/IMRCS Clinical Exam Preparatory Course, National University of Singapore, Singapore, June 2011
  • AO Trauma Advances/Principles/ORP Operative Fracture Management Course, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, August 2011
  • Impact of hip reconstructive surgery on ambulatory status of patients with hip tumors and destructive hip lesions, Presented at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) and Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS) combined annual meeting, Chicago, USA, October 2011
  • Economic benefits of hip reconstruction amongst patients with destructive hip tumors – A cost savings analysis, Presented at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) and Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS) combined annual meeting, Chicago, USA, October 2011
  • Argon gas probe delivered cryotherapy: A feasibility study among Asians with bone tumors, Presented at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) and Connective Tossue Oncology Society (CTOS) combined annual meeting, Chicago, USA, October 2011
  • Asia Pacific Hip Course, Singapore, November 2011
  • CXCR4 may be a material-specific biomarker for metal-induced osteolysis in failed Metal-on-Metal total hip replacements, Presented at the Combined Orthopaedic Research Meeting, Venice, Italy, October 2013
  • Ceramic Femoral Component Fracture in Total Knee Arthroplasty: An analysis using fractography, fourier-transform infrared microscopy, contact radiography and histology, Presented at the Combined Orthopaedic Research Meeting, Venice, Italy, October 2013
  • Stryker Great Expectations Annual Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2014
  • ARGO Hip Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, August 2014
  • Polymethylacrylate (PMMA) Spacers May Have An Immunomodulating Effect On Synovial Tissue In Two-Stage Revision Arthroplasty, Presented at EFORT 2015, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Stryker Great Expectations Annual Meeting, New Delhi, India, March 2015
  • Malaysian Arthrosplasty Interest Group (AIG) Meeting and Langkawi Arthrosplasty Knowledge Update (LAKU), Langkawi, Malaysia, October 2015
  • Sri Lanka Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 2015
  • North Zone Orthopaedic Association (NZOA) Annual Scientific Meeting, Chandigarh, India, February 2016
  • Indian Musculoskeletal Oncology Society (IMSOS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Kerala, India, march 2016
  • Trivandrum Arthroplasty Course, Trivandrum, India, May 2016
  • Arthroplasty Masterclass, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2017/2018
  • Sri Lanka Orthopaedic Association (SLOA) Annual Meeting 2017/2018
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