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Dr. Jacob Oh is a Singapore trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with an international fellowship training in Complex Spine Surgery. He holds the appointment as a Senior Consultant and Deputy head at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is also the Director of the Spine Service.

Dr. Jacob Oh graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCHB) in 2003. Over the course of his training, he has received the following postgraduate qualifications: Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS), Masters of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh (FRCSed Ortho). He is also registered with the Singapore Specialist Accreditation Board.

After his Orthopaedic Training, Dr. Jacob Oh was awarded the prestigious Ministry of Health Scholarship (MOH) for international training and development. During this time, he spent 12 months in North America, at one of the largest spinal units in Canada, where he learned cutting edge procedures such as minimal invasive surgery, spinal navigation and Adult deformity (scoliosis). At this center, he was fortunate to be trained by both neurosurgeons and Orthopaedic surgeons that focus purely on spine, drawing the best of both specialties

Dr Jacob Oh’s current practice focuses 100% on spinal surgery. He practices the whole spectrum of spinal surgery which include spinal decompression, fusions, spine tumours, degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, and spinal injuries. His clinical interests are minimally invasive spine surgery (keyhole), spinal trauma, spinal navigation and adult deformity (Scoliosis).

Besides clinical work, he is actively involved in the teaching of medical students from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS), as well as Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor by NUS since 2014. He is also the assistant program director (APD) of the NHG Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, teaching and mentoring the next generation of training Orthopaedic surgeons in Singapore.

Dr Jacob Oh has a keen focus of research and academic work. He has published internationally in peer-reviewed medical journals, presented both locally and internationally, and has been invited locally and overseas to teach and demonstrate his techniques in spinal surgery. Dr Jacob Oh has also won numerous awards for his contributions in clinical work and teaching. Most recently, he received the TTSH top ten teaching award for 2017, the National Healthcare Group Teaching Award for Senior Doctors 2018, and the TTSH Best teacher (Surgery) for 2018.

Dr Jacob Oh sits on the executive committee of Singapore Spine Society (2018-2019), Singapore Orthopaedic Asssociation (2018-2019), and is a member of the Asia-Pacific Spine Society (APSS), AO Spine (Asia Pacific), North American Spine Society (NASS), Society for Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS) and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS).

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