The ENT Clinic
Parkway East Medical Centre #03-07, 319 Joo Chiat Place S(427989)

Contact No: 6346 7761
Specialty: Ear Nose Throat ENT Surgery
Qualifications: MBBS (S’pore), PhD (S’pore), FRCSG, FRCSEd, DLORCSEng, FAMS (ORL), GradDip (Acupuncture)
Language(s): English, Mandarin
Clinical focus: Hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus
Procedure focus: Cochlear and other hearing implants, eardrum/mastoid/middle ear surgery, aural atresia surgery, acoustic neuroma surgery, surgery for vertigo, facial nerve surgery, lateral skull base surgery
Background: Dr Low is an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist with more than 15 years experience. He currently practises out of his clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital and is Visiting Consultant at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He specialises in caring for children and adults with ear conditions such as hearing loss.

Upon his graduation from the Faculty of Medicine of National University of Singapore (NUS) (MBBS, 1985), he went on to complete his Advanced Specialty Training in ENT in 1994. Dr Low attained an ENT diploma (Royal College of Surgeons, England) in 1992 and was inducted as Fellow in local and overseas institutions (FRCS Edinburgh 1990, FRCS Glasgow 1990 and Fellow Academy of Medicine, Singapore 1995).

Through the Health Manpower Development Programme Award, Dr Low subsequently spent one year at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia, where he sub-specialised in ear conditions (Otology & Neuro-otology). His special interest in the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in modern ENT practice led him to complete a post-graduate diploma course in Acupuncture in 2007. In the same year, he was awarded a PhD by NUS for his thesis relating to hearing loss.

Prior to setting up his private practice, Dr Low was a Senior Consultant in the Department of Otolaryngology at SGH. He set up the ENT Centre before completing his term as Head of the Department from 1998 to 2005. He also established the Centre for Hearing and Ear Implants and served as its Director until he left for private practice in 2012. In 1997, he performed the first paediatric cochlear implant in Singapore. He was also appointed Visiting Specialist to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where he ran weekly clinics to manage children with various ENT conditions. In recognition of his contributions to ENT, Dr Low was awarded the Sir James Fraser Traveling Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2003.

Dr Low’s dedication to the field of ENT extends beyond his own clinics and patients. He served as President, Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Symposium in Cochlear Implants & Related Sciences and was an international advisor for the 10th European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation (2011) as well as the 9th International Conference on Cholesteatoma and Ear Surgery (2012). Locally, he is a medical board member of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Managing childhood hearing loss is of particular interest to Dr Low. He was the Chairman of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Committee to study Childhood Hearing Loss in Singapore from 1999 to 2001. He was also the Director of MOH’s National Cochlear Implant Programme for Children and Adults and of MOH’s National Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme.

Dr Low has keen interest in research to improve health care practices. In addition to doing his post-doctoral training at the world-renowned Kresge Hearing Research Institute of University of Michigan, Dr Low has published more than 70 local and international journal articles and book chapters. He was Vice-Chairman (Research) of the Duke-NUS-Singhealth Surgery Academic Clinical Programme. He is also an Editor of Otology & Neuro-otology, a top American-based international journal, and has been referee for several local and international scientific journals.

His research interests have resulted in accolades such as a Young Surgeon’s Award, the SGH Excellent Publication Award and the Yahya Cohen Award from Singapore College of Surgeons for Best Research Publication.

The training of future ENT specialists is close to Dr Low’s heart. He is a Founding Member and national representative of the ASEAN Academy of Neuro-otology and Audiology and has served as External Examiner for universities abroad. Locally, he has been a member of the Specialist Training Committee for several years including serving as the Chairman from 2002 to 2006. He was also the Program Director of SingHealth’s ENT Residency Program.

Dr Low also sets aside time for volunteerism. He was a volunteer doctor at the Canossian School of Hearing Impaired and the Singapore School for the Deaf. He has been the President of the Singapore Association for the Deaf from 2011 and volunteers regularly in overseas missions to help needy hearing-impaired children.