After graduating from the University of Singapore’s Medical School in 1975, Prof Soo moved to Australia where he was a Resident and Registrar at the Prince of Wales-Prince Henry Hospitals in New South Wales.
Following that, he obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1982.
Choosing to specialise in Head and Neck Surgery and Surgical Oncology, Prof Soo spent further time in that field at the Royal Marsden Hospital and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Department of Surgery.
In 1988, Prof Soo returned to Singapore to work at the Singapore General Hospital’s Department of Surgery where he became the Head and Senior Consultant Surgeon between 1993 and 2004. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the National University of Singapore in 1995.
As the Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore, he provides strategic leadership to over 500 staff engaged in clinical care and research. In addition, Prof Soo holds the position of Senior Vice Dean of Clinical, Academic and Faculty Affairs, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore amongst others.
During his career, he has trained many international surgeons and has served as Visiting Professor in the University of Toronto (Canada), Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre (Mumbai, India), as well as Stanford University Medical Center (USA). Prof Soo is also a Professor of Surgery at the National University of Singapore.
For his devotion to training and education, he was bestowed the Outstanding Teachers’ Award and Best Teacher (Undergraduate) Award in 1996 and 2001 respectively. In 2003, Prof Soo was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold), which is given in recognition of outstanding efficiency, competence and industry. He was awarded the National Outstanding Clinician Mentor Award 2008 for his outstanding contribution to the healthcare industry, specifically to the training of young clinicians and setting up a conducive clinical & research environment. In 2011, Prof Soo was conferred the Benjamin Sheares Professorship Award for his pioneering contributions to research, scholarship and clinical service in the practice of medicine in Singapore.
Prof Soo has wide ranging research interests but has gained a reputation particularly in the conduct of clinical trials for new cancer treatments as well as in the field of biophotonics and its role as a new imaging modality for the early detection of cancer.