Singapore’s Innovative Surgeon – Dr Susan Lim
Pioneering professional Dr Susan Lim is an award-winning surgeon, scientist and philanthropist from Singapore. Dr Lim is interested in a variety of surgical fields such as robotic, pancreatic and advanced laparoscopic surgery, and breast cancer. She is widely known for being selected as the 21st century role model by the people of Singapore, in the Business Times' ‘Spirit of the Century’ initiative.
Education and Career
Dr Susan Lim studied in Melbourne, Australia's Monash University, where she graduated with First Class Honours. She received a David Rosenthal prize for the highest aggregate during her pre-clinical time. She was also given the GB Ong Gold Medal for her achievements in general surgery, and awarded fellowships by various universities in Scotland, Singapore, and Australia. Dr Lim's next step was to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge in the UK, after which she was awarded further scholarships. One such scholarship took her to the United States, where she observed islet cell transplantation and participated in a human pancreas transplant program.
Dr Lim is the first Singaporean surgeon to accomplish a successful cadaveric liver transplant. The person who received the liver survived for over 23 years after the historic transplant. Two pioneering surgical technologies stemmed from the Dr Lim’s research: one technology has improves breast biopsy procedures to being minimally invasive, and the other presented a ground-breaking technology in robotic surgery. She was also the driving force behind the Centre for Robotic Surgery and the da Vinci Robotic General Surgery Program. Through the years Dr Lim has held several executive and managerial roles in organisations dealing with the field of robotic surgery.
When she is not busy with her scientific commitments, Dr Lim manages various philanthropic ventures that benefit underprivileged children.