Place of Practice

Novena Pain Management Centre

Practice Address

Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road, #08-50
Singapore 329563
Tel: (65) 6694 3833

Practice Website



Consultant Pain Specialist, Anaesthesiologist


MBBS (Singapore), MMed, PIFF (USA), FAMS

About Dr Phua

Dr Darren Phua is a Singapore Specialist Board certified Anaesthesiologist with subspecialty Fellowhip training in chronic and interventional pain medicine. Dr Phua trained in one of the largest and most well-established pain and anesthesiology programs in Canada, the University of Toronto. Currently serving as Medical Director of Novena Pain Management Centre at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Dr Phua hopes to increase awareness of pain management while bringing holistic pain care to his patients.

Dr Phua graduated with the MBBS from the University of Singapore. Thereafter, he completed his Masters of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) before attaining Specialist Board accreditation in Singapore. He pursued his subspecialty interest in Pain Medicine with a Fellowship at the University of Toronto and also qualified as a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (World Institute of Pain, USA). Dr Phua is, in addition, a qualified Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore).

With dedicated Fellowship training in pain management and minimally-invasive interventional pain procedures, Dr Phua's clinical expertise includes the administration of targeted, minimally-invasive nerve blocks, radio-frequency therapy, neurolytic blocks and implant management. These procedures may reduce pain and dependence on pain medications while avoiding the risks and costs involved with major surgery.

Dr Phua maintains a keen interest in teaching and research, having published numerous scientific publications and abstracts in local and international peer-reviewed scientific journals. Believing that teaching the future generation of physicians is paramount to continued medical innovation, Dr Phua serves as Clinical Senior Lecturer with the National University of Singapore, School of Medicine, and previously as Core Faculty with the Singhealth Anaesthesiology Residency Program. He has been awarded the Dean's award for Teaching Excellence (NUS) in addition to Eastern Healthcare Alliance's Best Teacher Award. Currently, Dr Phua continues to teach, train and impart clinical skills in his role as a Visiting Consultant with Changi General Hospital.

Specialized Services

• Spinal Pain
• Chronic back and neck pain
• Spine-related nerve pain
• Neuropathic pain
• Neurogenic pain
• Post-herpetic neuralgia
• Diabetic Neuropathy
• Sciatica
• Cancer pain
• Chronic headaches
• Musculoskeletal pain
• Fibromyalgia
• Chronic Regional Pain Syndromes
• Post-surgical chronic pain

Minimally-invasive interventional procedures offered include:
• Epidural injections
• Transforaminal epidurals
• Caudal injections
• Facet joint blocks
• Facet medical branch blocks
• Radiofrequency neurotomy
• Pulsed radiofrequency therapy
• Trigger point injections
• Sympathetic blocks
• Neurolytic blocks
• Palliative procedures

Selected Honours

• Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (AY2009/2010) - National University of Singapore

• Best Teacher Award (Undergraduate) - Eastern Healthcare Alliance

• Merit Prize, Singapore Society of Anaesthesiologists General Scientific Meeting, best Poster award, for "The Shikani Optical Stylet as an alternative to the Glidescope Videolaryngoscope in simulated difficult intubations - A randomized controlled trial" 2011

• Merit Prize, Singapore - Duke University Anaesthesia and Critical Care Update, for "The Endoflex Endotracheal Tube in Glidescope Intubations - An Alternative to the Rigid Stylet?" 2008

• Merit Award for Anaesthesia Medical Officers, Singapore Society of Anaesthesiologists

• Letter of Commendation, presented by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence for dedication and contribution in the effort against SARS, 2003