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Surgeon's Background Experience

Dr Lim received his undergraduate medical training at Cambridge University and St. Thomas's Hospital (London), and qualified MBBChir (Cambridge) with the additional degree of an MA in Pathology where he investigated the molecular mechanisms for the generation of fever. Dr Lim was first exposed to Plastic Surgery at the internationally renowned St Thomas's Hospital Plastic Surgery Unit, and quickly realised that this was the area of surgery in which he could excel with his love for fine, delicate, aesthetically refined work.

Dr Lim returned to Singapore and completed his Basic Surgical Training, whereupon he successfully passed examinations and became a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow. Shortly after, he obtained his Master of Medicine (Surgery) Degree at the National University of Singapore, winning the Yahya Cohen Gold Medal, and successfully gained competitive entrance into Plastic Surgery Advanced Surgical Training. His Plastic Surgical training included Hand Surgery (which remains his reconstructive interest), General Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery, Microsurgical Reconstructive Surgery, Burns Surgery, and Cosmetic Surgery.

On full completion of his Plastic Surgery training, Dr Lim furthered his exposure in Plastic Surgery as a Fellow on the prestigious Pan Thames (London) rotation in the United Kingdom. Subsequent to that he obtained his Exit Certification in Plastic Surgery, and was conferred Fellowship to the Academy of Medicine of Singapore, and was admitted to the Plastic Surgery Specialists Register.

Determined to go the extra mile, Dr Lim then took the additional step of sitting for and passing the FRCS (Plastic Surgery) exams held by the Intercollegiate Specialty Boards of the United Kingdom, where he was awarded the Ian MacGregor Gold Medal in Plastic Surgery. Dr Lim thus became the first Plastic Surgeon in Singapore to receive Full Specialist Qualifications in Plastic Surgery from the United Kingdom, as well as being the first non-British national to win the MacGregor Medal - the most prestigious award for British Plastic Surgery.

All through his training, Dr Lim continued with his interest in Hand Surgery, aesthetics and reconstruction, maintained close links with the Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, and went on to obtain Specialist Exit Certification in Hand Surgery. Dr Lim is the only Plastic Surgeon in Singapore to have dual Specialist Certification and dual specialised training in both Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery.

Dr Lim's Cosmetic Surgery exposure began at the start of his Plastic Surgery Advanced Training, and has been reinforced with exposure to Cosmetic Surgery in England, North America and Korea. His personal interests are in facial cosmetic surgery, laser and light cosmetic applications, cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring.

Dr Lim accepted a position as Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Consultant Hand Surgeon at the National University Hospital on completion of his training.

Academically, Dr Lim has been on Faculty in the Department of Surgery of the National University of Singapore for many years where he started his ground breaking work on scar biology with his close friend and colleague Dr Phan Toan Thang, and remains to this day an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department. He continues to regularly teach and conduct research there.
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