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Associate Professor Philip Iau

Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Breast Surgery), University Surgical Cluster, National University Hospital (NUH)


Associate Professor Philip Iau was born in Johor in 1965 and schooled in Singapore. He is married with three grown children and a grown dog. After obtaining his medical degree in Singapore in 1989, he completed his national service and started his surgical training with an interest in breast cancer. He worked as a clinical fellow in the Nottingham Breast Unit under Prof Roger Blamey, where he carried out his Phd thesis work in breast cancer genetics before returning to NUH and starting the breast cancer workgroup, which he led until 2014.

A/Prof Iau has a special interest in how cultural factors affect cancer incidence and survival in Asia, and is presently the President of the Asian Breast Disease Association. In 2014, he and Dr Hartman completed a 23,000 km motorcycle journey from Singapore to Sweden to raise research funding and awareness of breast cancer in Asia. A/Prof Iau is also a fully trained trauma surgeon and heads the Western Trauma Service in NUH and NTFGH. He completed a second clinical fellowship at the Johannesburg trauma Unit and has carried out various responsibilities as chief surgeon in the Singapore Armed Forces, with a tour of Afghanistan with NATO forces in 2010.


Education and Fellowships

MBBS (S'pore), MD-PHD NUS, FRCSEd (Gen Surg)


Specialty Interests

  • Breast cancer genetic predisposition
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Breast cancer metastasis
  • Trauma-related coagulopathy
  • Multiple organ failure


Professional Highlights

  • President of the Asian Breast Disease Association
  • Coordinates breast cancer workgroup in NUH
  • Published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles 
  • Principal Investigator 
  • Clinical Director of the surgical high-dependency unit
  • Chaired MOH national guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer in 2005


Awards and Honours

  • Best poster award: International Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ISICEM, 2005), Brussels, Belgium
  • Researcher-Investigator Scientist Enabler (RISE) Award 2007-2009, National Healthcare Group, Singapore
  • Commemorative medal for Peacekeeping Operations, Netherlands Defence Force, August 2010
  • Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Uruzgan, Afghanistan, August 2010


Personal Hobbies/Interests

Long-standing, ill-advised interest in mountain biking and epic bicycle tours. Have more recently seen the light and starting to involve engines on motorbikes and not just peddling madly.




Updated as of 19 May 2016