Dr Aaron Poh is a fully accredited General Surgery specialist with the Specialist Accreditation Board and Ministry of Health, with double subspecialties in Colorectal surgery and Trauma surgery. He is currently the Medical Director at Alpine Surgical Practice.
Dr Aaron Poh obtained his M.B.B.S (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) from the National University of Singapore in 2004. He then entered the MOH General Surgical training programme in 2006 and obtained his Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (F.R.C.S Edinburgh) in 2015. He was also accepted into the Colorectal Fellowship programme in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK in 2014. His special interest is in minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery and exenterative surgery for advanced cancers.
In clinical practice, Dr Aaron Poh, Singapore colorectal surgeon, has two core beliefs that he has constantly adhered to. Firstly, that each patient is unique because of their medical condition, social & cultural background, and individual beliefs, thus requiring individualised treatments. Secondly, he believes in providing up-to-date evidence-based treatments to patients while balancing against going for new and untested techniques. These beliefs have enabled him to provide safe and good-quality care to his patients.
Outside of work and attending to patients, Dr Aaron Poh spends most of his time with his family and parents. He also tries to find time to indulge in his passion for mountain biking and photography.
Prior to his private practice, Dr Aaron Poh was a practising Colorectal and Trauma surgeon in Ng Teng Fong and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was also the Associate Consultant in Ng Teng Fong Hospital while spearheading the setting up of Trauma service in the hospital.
Currently practising in Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Dr Aaron Poh performs a range of procedures. The endoscopic procedures that he performs include gastroscopy and colonoscopy, with emphasis on advanced procedures such as complex polyp removal with Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) and colonic stenting. Colonic stenting is particularly advantageous in helping patients with obstructed colon cancers avoid having a permanent stoma.
The surgical procedures that he performs are largely laparoscopic (minimally invasive keyhole) surgery, and that includes colon cancer surgery, hernia repair surgery and cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). He also offers multiple proven and up-to-date treatment options for haemorrhoids (piles). He also performs surgery for buttock and anal conditions such as abscesses, anal fistulas and anal fissures. In addition, he performs removal of skin lumps, moles, scars and other suspicious skin lesions.
Dr Aaron Poh has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented in local and international conferences. He keeps current with monthly subscriptions of scientific journals relevant to his practice and attends at least one international conference a year.
Dr Aaron Poh's extensive clinical knowledge gained both in Singapore and internationally, alongside his willingness to integrate modern-day techniques and current evidence-based methods, has led to his opinion on colorectal surgery being highly valued in both the professional and public spheres.
Dr Poh has been invited to share insights on broadcast news channels such as Channel 8 Morning Express and Channel News Asia and popular Chinese TV programme 小毛病大问题 (BodySOS), as well as radio platforms (883Jia and Love 97.2FM) to raise awareness of gut health. His features on print media span a wide range of publications, such as local news platforms The Straits Times, 联合早报 Lianhe Zaobao, 联合晚报 Lianhe Wanbao and independent healthcare magazines like Global Health Asia-Pacific, MU/SE, and Portfolio.
Alpine Surgical Practice was also awarded Rising Star (Colorectal Surgery) of the Year Asia-Pacific 2020 & 2021, and Colorectal Medical Centre of the Year Asia-Pacific 2022 by Global Health Asia-Pacific.