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Prof Brian Goh Kim  Poh

Prof Brian Goh Kim Poh

​MBBS, MMed, MSc, FRCSEd (Gen Surg), FAMS

Head & Senior Consultant

Specialty: Surgery & Surgical Oncology, Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Transplant Surgery

Clinical Interest: Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Transplant Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Liver Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Robotic Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Bile Duct Cancer, Bile Duct Stone, Bile Duct Tumours, Biliary Tract Cancer, Cholangiocarcinomas (bile duct cancer), Choledochal Cyst, Duodenal Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Gallbladder Tumours, Gallstones, Gallstones & Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Cancers, Liver Cancer, Liver Cyst, Liver Resection, Liver Transplantation, Liver Tumours, Pancreas Resection, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors, Pancreatic Endocrine Tumours, Pancreatic Tumours, Pancreatico-Biliary Diseases, Primary Liver Cancer / Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), Stones in the Bile Duct.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Transplant Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Surgical Director, Liver Transplant, SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre
  • Senior Consultant Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology National Cancer Centre SingaporeNational Cancer Centre Singapore
  • Chairman Robotic Surgery, Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology, SGH & NCCS
  • Visiting Consultant, National University Centre of Organ Transplant, National University Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine


Professor Goh is presently Head of the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplant Surgery at Singapore General Hospital and the National Cancer Centre Singapore. He is also the Surgical Director of Liver Transplant, SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre and Chairman of Robotic Surgery, Division of Surgery, SGH, He is a highly-experienced and high-volume subspecialty HPB/transplant surgeon whose clinical practice focuses on the management of complex benign and malignant conditions (cancers) affecting the liver, pancreas, biliary tract and gallbladder.

As of 2022, he has performed 1500 major HPB/transplant surgeries after completing surgical training and becoming a Singapore board-certified specialist surgeon. He is the only surgeon in Singapore certified by both the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and Ministry of Health in abdominal(liver/kidney/pancreas) transplantation. He had previously worked as a surgical fellow for 2 years at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic Rochester performing numerous complex surgical procedures. He is well-recognized as an international thought leader due to his clinical and research work in the field. Dr Goh has received several awards and has been an invited member to numerous international expert consensus panels. 

Presently, he is one of the most experienced surgeons in Southeast-Asia for laparoscopic HPB/transplant surgery having performed over 600 laparoscopic/robotic major HPB surgeries as the lead surgeon. He is widely-recognized as an international expert in minimally-invasive HPB surgery. Regionally, Dr Goh is a pioneer in advanced laparoscopic HPB surgery and is frequently invited to lecture and proctor local/regional surgeons. He pioneered robotic HPB surgery in the region and has personally performed over 130 major robotic HPB surgeries as the main console surgeon. He is a recognized regional robotic HPB surgery proctor and has tutored over a dozen subspecialty colleagues in the region in numerous robotic HPB procedures. He is one of a few regional HPB surgeons listed in the Intuitive Surgery (Da Vinci robotic surgery) surgeon locator and remains one of a handful of high-volume HPB surgeons regionally who routinely performs laparoscopic or robotic surgery for major hepatectomies, pancreatectomies (Whipples procedure) and resections for bile duct/ gallbladder cancers with a high-success rate.  

Dr Goh frequently uses transplant oncology techniques to perform complex multi-organ resections with major vascular reconstructions for borderline-resectable cancers which may be considered inoperable by other surgeons. He is also experienced in treating rare conditions such as choledochal cysts, gastrointestinal stromal tumours(GIST), neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumours and pancreatic cystic tumours such as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN).


  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons Fellowship (Liver, Kidney, Pancreas), Mayo Clinic Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine Fellowship
  • Education for Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), US Medical Licensing Exam Steps 1, 2 CK, 2 CS
  • Fellow Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (FRCSEd)
  • Masters of Science (Research), National University of Singapore
  • Masters of Medicine (Surgery), National University of Singapore
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (MRCSEd)
  • MBBS, National University of Singapore

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Chairman, Robotic Surgery, Division of Surgery and Surgical Oncology, SGH & NCCS, 2021- present
  • Surgical Director of Liver Transplant, SingHealth-Duke-NUS Transplant Center, 2021 -present
  • Director of Solid Organ Transplant, Singhealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre, 2019-2022
  • Robotic HPB surgery lead, SGH robotic committee, 2015- present 
  • Co-Lead, SGH Immunology and Transplant research peak, 2019-2022
  • Secretary, Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore, 2020-2022
  • Robotic HPB surgery, National Lead, Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore, 2017-pesent 
  • Director, Surgery ACP Research and Database, 2018 -present
  • Founding member, Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore
  • Founding member, Hepatopancreatobiliary Association Singapore
  • Scientific Committee member, International Hepatopancreatobililary Association 2018-present
  • Education co-chair, International Laparoscopic Liver Society, 2022 – present
  • Founding member, International Laparoscopic Liver Society
  • Editorial Board member of over 70 peer-review medical journals 
  • Director of Research, Singhealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre, 2019 – present


  • SGH Long service award 2021
  • American College of Surgeons, International Guest Scholarship, 2019
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO) Leadership Award, 2017
  • Wong Hock Boon outstanding mentor award, 2017
  • Singhealth GCEO Excellence Award in research, 2017
  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2017
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologsts (IASGO) 2016, Seoul – Teaching fellowship, 2016
  • National Medical Research Coucil (NMRC) Clinical investigator salary support award, 2014-2019
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists 2015 – Teaching Fellowship, 2015
  • SGH Service with a Heart Award, 2015
  • 70th General Meeting of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery – Travel Award 2015
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 11th Winter Symposium (Hollywood, FL) 2011
  • SGH Fellowship award 2010/11 
  • SGH Long Service Award 2010
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2006/07,2008/09
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Asia 2006/07
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Technology 2007/08

Research Interests

  • Liver cancer (HCC) and benign liver tumors
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic cystic neoplasms (IPMN) and benign pancreatic tumors
  • Gallbladder and biliary cancers/ benign tumors
  • Minimally-invasive hepatopancreatobiliary surgery (laparoscopic and robotic surgery)
  • Neuroendocrine neoplasms
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor


  • Internationally known for his clinical and translation research work (in the field of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery) on liver cancer (HCC), pancreatic cancer, pancreatic cystic neoplasms (eg. intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, solid pseudopapillary neoplasms, mucinous cystic neoplasms), gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST), neuroendocrine tumours, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and extended resections for borderline resectable malignancies
  • Invited expert for several international consensus expert panels on laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgery and pancreatic cystic neoplasms
  • Performed live demonstrations and presented his surgical technical videos on laparoscopic and robotic HPB surgery throughout the world including countries such as USA, Korea, Japan, China and Australia
  • PI of international multi-center study group on laparoscopic and robotic liver resections involving over 25,000 patients from over 60 international centres
  • Held over SGD 75 million in grant funding as PI and coI
  • Published over 430 scientific publications including over 340 PubMed-indexed articles
  • Has over 9600 citations and a H index of 55
  • Full publication list:
  • Delivered over 300 international lectures and scientific presentations world-wide

Research Trials