Dr Ho Choon Kiat




Place of Practice

Nexus Surgical Associates

Practice Address

Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth #08-06, #11-02
Singapore 228510

Parkway East Medical Centre
319 Joo Chiat Place #05-01
Singapore 427989

Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road #08-43
Singapore 329563

Main Appt Line: (65) 6235 8633

Practice Website



Consultant General Surgeon
Specialty Interest: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery


MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Edin), M.Med (Surgery), FRCS (Glasg), FRCSEd (Gen), FAMS (Surgery)

About Dr Ho

Dr Ho Choon Kiat is an accredited Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgeon. Since his graduation from the medical faculty at the National University of Singapore in 1994, Dr Ho has accumulated more than 15 years of clinical experience.

He completed the Joint Specialty Fellowship in General Surgery examination in 2003. Subsequently, he was awarded 2 scholarships for his subspecialty development. The first was the Health Manpower Development Programme scholarship to pursue a clinical fellowship in surgical oncology with a special emphasis on pancreatic surgery and pancreatic cancers, especially radical pancreatic resection for cancers and other complex pancreatic conditions. This was at the Surgical Clinic of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. This was followed by the TTSH scholarship to take up a clinical fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Australia.

Before joining the private sector, Dr Ho was a consultant surgeon with the Department of General Surgery and the Digestive Disease Center at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was also the Director of the Endoscopy Center, and served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery.

Dr Ho has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is frequently invited to present at regional and international conferences. Dr Ho has also perfromed live surgery in China and Indonesia, teaching laparoscopic surgery to local doctors. Dr Ho’s other interest is surgical education. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. He is also a Reviewer for the Singapore Medical Journal.

What strikes most people is Dr Ho’s youthful look. Although already in his 40s, Dr Ho has often been mistaken to be in his 30s. He attributes his youthful look to regular exercises, watching comedies and spending his free time with his teenage son and daughter. Surgery also keeps his mind young. With the rapid advancements in the field of surgery, Dr Ho ensures that he keeps abreast with new developments so as to ensure that his patients receive the best and most updated mode of treatment. Dr Ho’s personal mission is to be a surgeon who delivers excellent surgical service with purity of intent and compassion for his patients.

Specialized Services

Pancreatic Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Liver Surgery, Bile Duct Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery:
• Pancreatic Cancer
• Liver Cancer
• Hepatocellular Carcinoma
• Bile Duct Cancer
• Cholangiocarcinoma
• Ampullary Cancer
• Gallbladder Cancer
• Duodenum Cancer
• Neuroendocrine Tumour
• Carcinoid Tumour
• Benign hepatobiliary and pancreatic problems including Liver Cyst, Liver Disease, Liver Adenoma, Gallstone, Bile Duct stone, Liver stone, Pancreatic stone, Pancreatitis

General Surgery:
• Gastrointestinal Surgery
• Digestive Surgery
• Surgical Oncology

Laparoscopic Surgery:
• Minimally Invasive Surgery
• Endoscopic Surgery
• Hernia Surgery

Diagnostic Endoscopy, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy


Dr Ho graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1994. He started his surgical training after his National Service. He completed his specialty training in General Surgery in 2003 having obtained the qualifications of FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glasg), M.Med (Surgery) and FRCSEd (Gen) along the way.

He was admitted as a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, in 2005.

Clinical Fellowship - Chirurgische Klinik Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg (Surgical Clinic of the University Hospital Heidelberg)
Pancreatic Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Heidelberg, Germany

Clinical Fellowship – Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Brisbane, Australia


• Senior Consultant Surgeon, Nexus Surgical Associates
• Clinical Director, Nexus Surgical Laparoscopic and MIS Centre
• Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
• Honorary Secretary, Chapter of General Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore
• Member, International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
• Member, Asia-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (APHPBA)
• Member, Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA)
• Member, Singapore Society of Oncology
• Member, Singapore Medical Association
• Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
• Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow
• Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore


Local Journals

Hepatolithiasis---A Case Series
CT Heng, KH Liau, CK Ho, CY Chan, M Wong, SP Chew
Ann Acad Med Singapore 2002; 31: 97-101

Starting a laparoscopic hepatectomy programme.
Wang E, Low AW, Chan CY, Liau KH, Ho CK
SMJ 2009; 50:354-9

New Hope for an old cure: a pilot animal study on selective venesection in attenuating the systemic effects of ischaemic-reperfusion injury
Ho CK, Lee CW, Lu J, Wu J, Chan CY, Homer-Vanniasinkam S, Chao AK
Ann Acad Med Singapore 2009; 38: 569-7

Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration: our first 50 cases
Tan KK, Shelat VG, Liau KH, Chan CY, Ho CK.
Ann Acad Med Singapore 2010; 39: 136-42

Laparoscopic exploration can salvage failed endoscopic bile duct stone extraction.
Shelat VG, CY Chan, KH Liau, CK Ho
SMJ 2012; 53: 313-17

International Journals

Mirizzi syndrome: a diagnostic and operative challenge
Chan CY, Liau KH, Ho CK, Chew SP
Surgeon 2003; 1(5): 273-278

Complications of pancreatic surgery
CK Ho, J Kleeff, H Friess, MW Buechler
HPB 2005; 7(2): 99-108

KA11 inhibits anchorage-dependent and independent pancreatic cancer cell growth
Guo XZ, Xu JH, Liu MP, Kleeff J, Ho CK, Ren LN, Li HY, Koniger J, Cui ZM, Wang D, Wu CY, Zhao JJ, Friess H
Ocol Rep 2005; 14(1): 59-63

Perioperative and follow-up results after central pancreatic head resection (Berne technique) in a consecutive series of patients with chronic pancreatitis.
Müller MW, Friess H, Leitzbach S, Michalski CW, Berberat P, Ceyhan GO, Hinz U, Ho CK, Köninger J, Kleeff J, Büchler MW.
Am J Surg. 2008 Sep;196(3):364-72

Emergency Hartmann's procedure: morbidity, mortality and reversal rates among Asians..
Leong QM, Koh DC, Ho CK.
Tech Coloproctol. 2008 Mar; 12(1):21-5

Striving for a better operative outcome: 101 Pancreaticoduodenectomies.
Kow AW, Chan SP, Earnest A, Chan CY, Lim K, Chong SY, Lim KH, Ho CK, Chew SP, Liau KH.
HPB (Oxford). 2008;10(6):464-71

An audit of ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a Singapore institution:
are we ready for day-case laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Chieh Kow AW, Tan A, Chan SP, Lee SF, Chan CY, Liau KH, Kiat Ho C.
HPB (Oxford). 2008;10(6):433-8.

Novel approach to laparoscopic resection of tumours of the distal pancreas
Soumen Das De, Alfred Wei Cheah Kow, Kui Hin Liau, Khong Hee Lim and Choon Kiat Ho.
ANZ J Surg 79 (2009) 288–293

Emergency colorectal resections in Asian octogenarians: factors impacting surgical outcome
Leong QM, Aung MO, Ho CK, Sim R
Surg Today 2009; 39:575-9

Pancreatic tuberculosis mimicking pancreatic carcinoma: series of three cases
Tan KK, Chen K, Liau KH, Ho CK
Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2009 (May)

Outcome of a Strategy to Reduce Surgical Site Infection in a Tertiary-Care Hospital
KH Liau, Khin Thanda Aung, N Chua, CK Ho, CY Chan, A Kow, E Arul, SJ Chia
Surgical Infections 2010; 11(2)

Is Transurethral Catheterisation the Ideal Method of Bladder Drainage? A Survey of Patient SatisfactionWith Indwelling Transurethral Urinary Catheters.
GWL Tan, SP Chan, CK Ho.
Asian J Surg 2010; 33(1): 31-6

A case of gastric bronchogenic cyst in Singapore with multiple intrigues.
KK Tan, Nandini CL, CK Ho.
ANZ J Surg 2010; 80: 286-7

Emergency surgery for jejunal diverticulosis: our experience and review of literature.
KK Tan, J Liu, CK Ho.
ANZ J Surg 2011; 81: 358-61

Using percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopic lithotripsy for intrahepatic calculus in hostile abdomen.
Kow AW, Wang B, Wong D, Sundeep PJ, Chan CY, Ho CK, Liau KH.
Surgeon 2011; 9: 88-94

Surgery for perforated small bowel malignancy: A single institution's experience over 4 years.
KK Tan, CK Ho.
The Surgeon 2012; 10: 6-8

Is pancreaticoduodenectomy justified in elderly patients?
AWC Kow, NA Sadayan, A Ernest, B Wang, CY Chan, CK Ho, KH Liau.
The Surgeon 2012; 10: 128-36

Perioperative Outcome of Laparoscopic and Open Distal Pancreatectomy: Our Institution’s 5 year experience.
YF Soh, Kow AW, Bei W, KY Wong, CY Chan, KH Liau, CK Ho.
Asian J Surg 2012; 35 : 29-36

Book Chapters

Resection for pancreatic cancer
CK Ho, J Kleeff, H Friess, MW Büchler
Update on pancreas cancer-The European Pancreatic Cancer Research Cooperative (EPC-RC2)

Pancreaticoduodenectomy, Distal Pancreatectomy, Segmental Pancreatectomy, Total Pancreatectomy and Transduodenal Resection of the Papilla of Vater.
H Friess, CK Ho, J Kleff, MW Büchler
Surgery of the Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas. 4th Edition. L.H.Blumgart