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A/Prof. Low W K Christopher

A/Prof. Low W K Christopher
MBBS (S’pore), PhD (S’pore), FRCSG, FRCSEd, DLORCSEng, FAMS (ORL), GradDip (Acupuncture)

Languages 

English, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Cantonese, Hokkien

Clinical focus

Ear disorders in both children & adults, hearing loss, giddiness/vertigo, tinnitus, ear infections, blocked ear, Eustachian tube disorders, tumours relating to the ear

Procedure focus 

Hearing restoration surgery, cochlear and other ear implants, repair of eardrum perforations (tympanoplasty), mastoidectomy to control ear infections and diseases, surgeries to remove ear tumours such as cancers, acoustic neuroma, skull base lesions, surgery to alleviate giddiness/vertigo, facial nerve decompression & reconstruction for facial palsy, surgery for absent or narrowed ear canal

Background

Adj Assoc Prof Dr Dr Low Wong Kein Christopher is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the NUS-Duke Graduate Medical School. After his basic medical degree at NUS, he completed his ENT specialist medical training in Singapore & England in 1995. He went on to Australia for advanced training in treating complex ear conditions such as those relating to hearing loss, vertigo (giddiness), tinnitus (noise in ear), ear infections and tumors. He was subsequently conferred a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree by the National University of Singapore, in recognition of his work relating to ear disorders. His interest in the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in modern ENT practice also led him to a post-graduate Diploma in Acupuncture in 2007.

He was previously Head of the ENT Department at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He also served as Director of SGH’s Centre for Hearing and Ear Implants as well as its Hearing Research Laboratory. He has been a Visiting Specialist to the KK Children’s and Women’s Hospital treating children with ENT conditions. He was also a medical board member of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

He currently runs regular ENT Clinics treating both adults and children with general ear, nose and throat conditions. In particular, he has a sub-specialty interest in treating any ear and ear-related conditions. Working with the Ministry of Health in 2001, he played a major role in setting up a national cochlear implant program and establishing a universal newborn hearing screening program in Singapore.

In patient care, he was accorded the Singapore Health Service Quality Award (Gold) for 2009-10. A nominee for National Outstanding Clinician in the inaugural National Medical Excellence Award in 2008, he also has great interest in research which can potentially improve treatment outcomes in patients with various ENT disorders. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in local and international journals/books and was accorded the SGH Excellent Publication Award in 2000. Besides ear-related topics, his publications include those concerning nose cancer, blocked nose, snoring as well as  headaches resulting from nose conditions.

He has contributed to the training and education of many ENT doctors both local and overseas. Locally, he has served as Chairman of Singapore’s Specialist Training Committee, Director of Singhealth’s ENT Residency Program and President of the Singapore Otorhinolaryngology Society. Internationally, he was President and a founding member of the ASEAN Academy of Neuro-otology and Audiology. He is currently an Editorial Board Member of the international journal Otology & Neuro-otology as well as a Board Member of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences.

He has been accorded a Long Service Award in 2012 by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) for volunteer services. Besides being a Past President of the Singapore Association for the Deaf, he has visited countries like China and Indonesia to help needy patients.

degree: MBBS, PhD, FRCS, Grad Diploma (Acupuncture) Senior Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon Otology & Neuro-Otology