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Dr. Anton Cheng

Steering Committee Ambassador

Dr. Anton Cheng Kui-Sing graduated with an MBBS from the University of Hong Kong, and completed his postgraduate training in General Surgery mostly in New Zealand, culminating in Fellowship into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd). Subsequently, he practiced in New Zealand as a consultant General Surgeon for 25 years.

Dr. Cheng came back to Asia at the turn of the century, first to East Malaysia and then Singapore, having married a Singaporean doctor. He joined Alexandra Hospital as Consultant Surgeon; then took on the role of Director of Bariatric Surgery. He considers himself lucky to have been exposed to a wide variety of surgical practice. He took up Minimally Invasive Surgery (keyhole surgery) from its first introduction and became proficient in its application.

As Director of Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Cheng introduced the procedure of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and then Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass to Singapore more than 10 years ago — first at Alexandra Hospital, and then Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. He was a member of the teaching faculty in many local, regional and international Bariatric Surgery workshops and conferences.

Dr. Cheng was instrumental in organizing the local surgeons who practice Bariatric Surgery into a professional group, which became the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of Singapore; and served as its founding President. He also served on the Central Committee of the International Federation for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery (IFSO), as well as Member at Large for IFSO Asia Pacific Chapter. Dr. Cheng continues to be active in research, being Principal Investigator in several, as well as co-investigator and collaborator in numerous other projects. He was recipient of several research grants over the years, with the main area of research interest in Obesity and Metabolic Diseases such as Diabetes.

At present, Dr. Cheng is Visiting Consultant to the Department of Surgery and Clinical Research Unit of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital; and continues to be an examiner for the MBBS degree, and the FRCS and MRCS exam. Dr. Cheng has also been on multiple medical missions to service deprived countries over the last 30 years, including post disasters such as the 2004 Asian Tsunami. Carried out mostly trauma surgery under primitive conditions.