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Adj A/Prof Francis Ho

  • Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Radiation Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
MBBS (S'pore), FRANZCR (Radiation Oncology - Australia), FAMS
Radiation Oncology
Special Interests:
Geriatric Oncology, Head and Neck Cancer, Ophthalmic Cancer, Liver, Pancreatic and Biliary (HPB) Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Stereotactic Radiotherapy


Adjunct Associate Professor Francis Ho is a Senior Consultant in the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), where he heads the Department of Radiation Oncology which provides radiotherapy services to the NUHS and NHG cluster; and serves as the Lead for the Geriatric Oncology Service in NCIS. He completed his medical training with the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2002 and was then appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS) in 2012. 

A/Prof Ho's practice interests include hepatobiliary cancer, ophthalmic cancer, head and neck cancer and in particular nasopharyngeal cancer and geriatric oncology. He is also currently the radiation oncology lead for the NUH Hepatobiliary Tumour Group and the Upper Gastrointestinal Tumour Group. 

Back in 2017, he also started the geriatric oncology service in NUH and spearheaded the geriatric oncology end to end longitudinal (GOLDEN) program to tailor oncology care for our elderly cancer patients.

A/Prof Ho is also concurrently holding various appointments both within the institution and nationally. At NUH, he is also serving as the faculty of the Enabling Quality Improvement in Clinic Practice program and co leads the transformation office at NCIS.  Nationally, he serves as the Vice President of the Singapore Radiology Society and secretary of the radiation oncology chapter of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

A/Prof Ho has published multiple scientific papers in respected peer-reviewed medical journals and has contributed chapters on management of nasopharyngeal cancer in oncology textbooks. He is also a member of the local Domain Specific Review Board (DSRB). 

As a Residency Advisory Committee member(for specialist training) and a  clinician educator, he is active in teaching radiotherapy students at the Singapore Institute of Technology, medical students at both National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and also radiation oncology residents.


  • ​2023 - Health Manpower Development Plan Award
  • 2021 - NUHS Collaborative Education Award
  • 2019 - Asian Hospital Management Award
  • 2010 - Health Manpower Development Plan Award

Journals & Publications

​Selected Publications

  1. Pang A, Jiali L, Ng A, Cheng J, Wang M, Ng YS, Yao Y, Chun M, Francis C H Ho, Tey J. Use of the Cancer and Aging Research Group Predictive Model for Chemotherapy-Related Toxic Effects in a Multiethnic, Older Adult Asian Population. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Oct 3;5(10):e2237196.
  2. Chen M, Mohd Said N, Mohd Rais NC, Francis C H Ho, Ling N, Chun M, Ng YS, Eng WN, Yao Y, Korc-Grodzicki B, Pang A. Remaining Agile in the COVID-19 pandemic healthcare landscape - How we adopted a hybrid telemedicine Geriatric Oncology care model in an academic tertiary cancer center. J Geriatr Oncol. 2022 Apr 13:S1879-4068(22)00080-7
  3. Lee CC, Soon YY, Vellayappan B, Francis C H Ho, Tey JCS. Survival rates and safety associated with chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery and chemoradiotherapy alone for patients with T4 esophageal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Oncol. 2022 Apr 21:1-11
  4. Ng ZX, Zheng H, Chen MZ, Soon YY, Francis C H Ho, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment guided treatment versus usual care for older adults aged 60 years and above with cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD014875.
  5. Wujanto C, Tey J, Vellayappan B, So J, Yong WP, Shabbir A, Tseng M, Soon YY, Francis C H Ho . Outcomes of oesophageal cancer treated with neoadjuvant compared with definitive chemoradiotherapy. Ann Acad Med Singap. 2021 Jul;50(7):536-547
  6. Francis C H Ho , Tey J, Tseng M, Ng I, Tan TH, Lim K, Leong YH, Tham IW. Radiation oncology training in Singapore - A non-Australasian RANZCR training site. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2021 Jul;65(4):460-463
  7. Tan, T. H., Soon, Y. Y., Cheo, T., Wong, L. C., Leong, Y. H., Tey, J., & Francis C H Ho. (2020). Applying the ASCO and European Society for Medical Oncology Value Frameworks to Nasopharyngeal Cancer Treatments: Is Adding Induction Chemotherapy or Adjuvant Chemotherapy to Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy Worthwhile?. JCO oncology practice16(11), e1386–e1396
  8. Tey, J., Ho, S., Choo, B. A., Francis C H Ho., Yap, S. P., Tuan, J., Leong, C. N., Cheo, T., Sommat, K., & Wang, M. (2020). Navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak: Perspectives from the radiation oncology service in Singapore. Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology148, 189–193
  9. Francis C H Ho., Tey, J., Chia, D., Soon, Y. Y., Tan, C. W., Medicine, S. B., 2018. Implementation of temporal lobe contouring protocol in head and neck cancer radiotherapy planning: A quality improvement project. Medicine: September 2018 - Volume 97 - Issue 38 - p e12381
  10. Leong, Y. H., Soon, Y. Y., Lee, K. M., Wong, L. C., Tham, I. W.-K., & Francis C H Ho. (2018). Long-term outcomes after reirradiation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma with intensity-modulated radiotherapy: A meta-analysis. Head & Neck, 40(3), 622–631.