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Dr Chumpon Chantharakulpongsa

MBBS, FRCSEd (General Surgery), FAMS  (Neurosurgery)

Senior Consultant

National Neuroscience Institute

Specialty: Neurosurgery

Sub-specialties: Neuro-Oncology, Skull Base Surgery, Neurotrauma

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Neuro-oncology, Neurotrauma, Skull Base Surgery.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Neurosurgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Department of Neurosurgery National Neuroscience InstituteNational Neuroscience Institute


Dr Chumpon is Senior Consultant in the Department of Neurosurgery of the National Neuroscience Institute and Visiting Consultant at the National Cancer Centre. He was previously the National Neuroscience Institute’s Deputy Director (2004-2010) and Chief of Neurosurgery (2002-2004), and was the senior lead surgeon in the 97-hour operation in 2001 to separate the Nepalese craniopagus twins, Ganga and Jamuna Shrestha. He has subspecialty interests in complex skull base surgery, neuro-oncology, neurotrauma, and general neurosurgery.

He graduated from the University of Singapore in 1977, where he studied on an ASEAN Scholarship and was awarded the Singapore Medical Association Bronze Medal for distinction in anatomy. This was followed by postgraduate surgical training at the National University of Singapore on a Singapore Government Scholarship, during which he received the Howard Eddie Gold Medal for being the top candidate in the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) Part 1 examinations in 1980 and obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of the United Kingdom in 1981. In addition to neurosurgical training at Tan Tock Seng Hospital with Singapore neurosurgery pioneers Dr Tham Cheok Fai and Dr Gopal Baratham, he underwent advanced subspecialty training in microvascular and skull base neurosurgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, United Kingdom, under Dr Christopher Adams on a Singapore Government Healthcare Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award. He has been a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS) from 1987.

Upon his return to Singapore, Dr Chumpon established the Department of Neurosurgery in Singapore General Hospital in 1989 with Dr Ho Kee Hang where he went on to become Head of Department (1997-2002) as well as Director of the Skull Base Surgery Programme and Cerebro-vascular Surgery Programmes (1992-2002). With his experience in multidisciplinary approaches to complex neurosurgical conditions, Dr Chumpon was the senior lead surgeon of a team of 16 specialists in the marathon 97-hour operation to separate the Nepalese craniopagus twins Ganga and Jamuna Shrestha in 2001. This operation was planned using the Dextroscope Virtual Reality workbench developed and validated in Singapore with National Science and Technology Board funding for which Dr Chumpon was principal investigator. The Dextroscope has since been commercialised, pioneering the use of virtual reality in surgical practice, training, and research. For putting Singapore medicine on the world map through his surgical leadership and excellence, Dr Chumpon was awarded the Singapore Totalisator Board Excellence for Singapore Award and the Singapore Medical Alumni Association Plaque in 2001. He was also awarded the National Day Award Long Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Setia) in 2011.

As Chairman of the Neurosurgical Chapter of the Singapore Academy of Medicine and the Specialist Training Committee for Neurosurgery (2004-2009), Dr Chumpon was instrumental in establishing an internationally-recognised specialty accreditation pathway in neurosurgery in Singapore with the United Kingdom Joint Royal Colleges of Surgeons in 2005. He was also a Council Member of the ASEAN Neurosurgical Society for more than 20 years. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the training and professional development of clinicians and clinician-scientists in Singapore, ASEAN, and the rest of Asia, Dr Chumpon was awarded the National Medical Excellence Award (NMEA) for Outstanding Clinician Mentor in 2017.

Dr Chumpon is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin, Teochew, Hokkien), Malay, and Thai.


FAMS (Singapore), 1987
FRCS (Edinburgh), 1981
MBBS (Singapore), 1977

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, National Neuroscience institute (SGH Campus), 2002 - Present
  • Visiting Consultant, National Cancer Centre, 1999 - Present
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore, 2002 - Present
  • Inter-collegiate MRCS Panel of Examiners, 2006 - Present
  •  Alternate Chairman, Health Technology Assessment Committee, National Neuroscience Institute 2004 - Present


  • National Medical Excellence Award, Outstanding Clinician Mentor Award, 2017
  • National Day Awards, Long Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Setia), 2011
  • Excellence for Singapore Award 2001, Singapore Totalisator Board, 1 August 2001, in recognition of participation in the successful operation of the Nepalese Conjoined Twins
  • Singapore Medical Alumni Association Plaque, 14 July 2001, in recognition of participation in the successful operation of the Nepalese Conjoined Twins
  • Service with a Heart Award, April 2000
  • 20 years employment SGH Long Service Award, 1998
  • Singapore Government, HMDP Scholarship in Microvascular Neurosurgery at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, 1986 - 1987
  • Singapore Government Scholarship for post-graduate surgical training at National University of Singapore, 1980 - 1981
  • Howard-Eddie Gold Medal for the top candidate in  F.R.A.C.S. Part I Examination, 1980
  • ASEAN Scholarship for undergraduate medical training at National University of Singapore, 1972 - 1977
  • Singapore Medical Association Bronze Medal, 1974

Publications and Research Trials

  • CHK Goh, DYK Chua, RLW Ho, C Chan: Esthesioneuroblastomas in an Asian population: Similarities and differences. Asian Journal of Surgery. 2012.
  • T Rajendra; J Thomas; A Hong; C Chan: Results of Surgical Treatment for Cerebral Metastases.  Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 2003.
  • K  Kumar; J Thomas; C Chan: Cosmesis in Neurosurgery: Is the Bald Head Necessary to Avoid postoperative Infection? Annals Academy Medicine, S’pore (March 2002).
  • Review of Carotid Endarterectomy at Singapore General Hospital. Dr Kumar, Dr KK Tang, Dr J Thomas, Dr Chumpon Chan, Singapore Medical Journal, December 2002.
  • K Kumar; KK Tang; J Thomas; C Chumpon: Is Postoperative Deep Vein Thrombosis A Problem in Neurosurgical Patients with Brain Tumours in Singapore, Singapore Medical Journal, 2002.
  • Teoh W, Goh KYC, Tung MYY, C Chan: The role of early tracheostomy in critically ill neurosurgical patients. Annals Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2001: 30(3): 234-238.
  • Ong YK, Fong AMY, Goh KYC, Sethi DS, C Chan: Unusual catastrophic presentation of acute subdural empyema: case report. KK Hospital Review, March 2001. 4: 8-11.
  • Ong YK, Goh KYC, Chan C: Bifrontal decompressive craniectomy for acute subdural empyema. Child’s Nervous System, 2002.
  • R Kockro; L Serra; TT Yeo; C Chan; YY Sitoh; GG Chua; H Ng; E Lee; YH Lee; WL Norwinski: Planning and Simulation of Neurosurgery in a Virtual Reality Environment.  Neurosurgery, January 2000.
  • Chia JKK, Goh KYC, C Chan: An unusual case of traumatic intracranial haemorrhage caused by wakeboarding. Pediatric Neurosurgery 2000; 32(6): 291-294.
  • JI Ausman; YC Goh; C Chan: Is Decompressive Craniectomy for Acute Cerebral Infarction of Any Benefit?  Surgical Neurology 2000.
  • Chong KW, Rajendra T, Goh KYC, Tung MYY, J Thomas, A Hong, Chan C: Severe Head Injuries: Management and Outcome -The Singapore General Hospital Experience, Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine/Combined Hospitals Medical and Dental Scientific Meeting, Singapore Aug 2000. (Free Paper presentation).
  • Lee RMK, Tung MYY, Goh KYC, Hong A, Thomas J, Chumpon Chan, Warfarin Coagulopathy in Intracranial Haemorrhage.  SGH Proceedings 1999.
  • MYY Tung, Alvin Hong, Chumpon Chan.  Golf Buggy Related Head Injuries.  Singapore Medical Journal. 1999.
  • Rajendra T, K Goh, A Hong, J Thomas, C Chan: Intracerebral Hematomas, surgical vs conservative treatment, Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore General Hospital May 1999 (Poster).
  • DS Sethi, D Lau, Chumpon Chan; Isolated Partial Third Nerve Palsy.  An Unusual Presentation of Sphenoid Sinus Disease, Journal of Laryngology and Otology, Vol III, 471-473, May 1997.
  • DS Sethi, Chumpon Chan, PK Pillay; Endoscopic Management of Cerebrospinal Fistulae and Traumatic Cephalocoele. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Vol 25 pp 724-727, 1996.
  • Sethi DS; Stanley RE; Chumpon Chan; Endoscopic Repair of Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks: 5th Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore General Hospital.  March 8-9, 1994.

Research Trials