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Susan Lim    

Surgical Pioneer in Singapore; CEO of Centre for Robotic Surgery

Dr. Susan Lim has pioneered the robotic surgery program in general surgery in Singapore. Throughout Dr. Lim’s distinguished career she has received several fellowships, awards and scholarships.

She has studied transplantation for three and a half years under Sir Roy Calne, knighted by the Queen for his pioneering work in transplantation in the UK, and visited and trained for a short period in the Departments of Professor Thomas Starzl, the pioneer in Liver Transplantation, based in Pittsburgh, and in pancreas and islet cell transplants under Professor John Najarian and Professor David Sutherland in Minneapolis.

She holds a PhD in transplantation immunology. Her inspirational talk about transplanting cells instead of organs is featured on TED Talks. Dr. Lim continues her interest in the field of robotic surgery, in automation and artificial intelligence, and has spoken about the future of robotic surgery, as a part of her talk on her journey to New Frontiers in Organ Replacement at INK Asia 2016. Susan Lim established her reputation as a surgeon in 1990 after performing Singapore's (and southeast Asia's) first successful liver transplant.

She has gone on to further pioneer in the field of general surgery, two new surgical technologies for Singapore, the mammotome minimally invasive breast biopsy and robotic surgery for the private sector. She founded and is chair and CEO of Centre for Robotic Surgery and spearheaded the Robotic General Surgery Program for Singapore.

In 2003, Dr. Lim launched Stem Cell Technologies (i), a biotech company to research the use of adult stem cells for application in cell therapy and regenerative medicine.

In 2004, SCT(i) entered into research collaboration with National University of Singapore to specifically research the use of adult stem cells as a treatment for diabetes.

In 2008, the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education named its 28th award the Dr. Susan Lim Award, in honour of Dr. Lim's career, contribution and international achievement.

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