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Dr Melissa Teo

General Surgery

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Mount Alvernia Hospital
820 Thomson Road
Medical Centre E #02-91
Singapore 574623

Clinic Hours

8.30am to 5.30pm (Mon – Fri), Sat by appointment only


MBBS, MMED (Surgery), FRCS (Edinburgh), FAMS, MPH

“I believe in placing my patients at the centre of their care, and that surgical excellence and access to a multidisciplinary team of dedicated doctors and nurses supports my patients to attain the best possible outcome. I am committed to caring for all patients in a holistic manner and dedicate myself to improving their health and wellbeing.”

Clinical Professor Melissa Teo completed her general surgical training in Singapore and was awarded the MOH Health Manpower Development Programme scholarships for two Fellowships in Surgical Oncology and Colorectal Surgery, where she built on her expertise in Complex Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery. She returned to Singapore thereafter where she was rapidly promoted to Senior Consultant and Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS). At NCCS, she co-chaired the Sarcoma and Melanoma workgroup and was a member of the Gastrointestinal Tract workgroup for NCCS Cancer Service Line, writing the treatment guidelines for the management of these cancers. She was the Director of Strategic Initiatives of Oncology Academic Clinical Programme and Chair of the NCCS New Building Committee. In addition, she was the Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in ACP Surgery, SingHealth.

Whilst in the public institution, she held many leadership positions and pursued clinical excellence, as well as clinical research and teaching. She was the principal investigator of more than 60 IRB-approved studies and has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and six book chapters. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the SingHealth Service Excellence Award, Outstanding Faculty Award – Residency in SingHealth Excels (RiSE) award in 2018 and Outstanding Faculty for Surgery – DukeNUS Medical School in 2016.

She is a strong advocate for improving cancer care in Singapore and is a member of the Singapore Society of Oncology. She also sits on the Singapore Cancer Network Sarcoma Guideline Committee and was a member of the Ministry of Health Technology Advisory Committee. She continues to be an Adjunct Professor at DUKE-NUS Medical School.

Her mission as a surgical oncologist is to improve cancer care in Singapore and the region, through increased patient awareness of the disease and its management, contributing to the setting of guidelines and pushing the frontiers for cancer management in her areas of expertise and education of the next generation of surgical residents, clinical fellows and medical students.

Dr Teo accepts referrals for all cancer types, with a special clinical interest in colorectal and gastrointestinal cancers, sarcoma and melanoma.