Adjunct Professor Abu Rauff in surgery at NUH.

One of Singapore’s most-respected surgeons, and an inspiring teacher who has trained many of the surgeons
in practice in the country was honoured through the establishment of a professorship at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.


Colleagues, alumni, former students and friends of Adjunct Professor Abu Rauff collectively made gifts to set up the Abu Rauff Professorship in Surgery at NUS Medicine. Fundraising for the Professorship, which also marked NUS Medicine’s 110th anniversary, was led by Profs Lee Chuen Neng, Ngoi Sing Shang, Walter Tan and Wong Peng Cheang.


The Professorship will accelerate the development of surgical expertise through education and mentorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as through translational research, to deliver better, safer and more affordable healthcare to the Singapore community and beyond.


“This Professorship recognises a master surgeon, a dedicated teacher and a great mentor who has served the University for over 30 years. It will assist in improving the healthcare we offer the community by promoting professionalism and world class standards in surgical specialties, providing an excellent education for our undergraduates and supporting translational research,” said Prof Lee, who teaches at the Department of Surgery at NUS Medicine.

Prof Rauff is known as the ‘go-to surgeon’ whenever there are difficult and complex surgical situations. Generations of surgeons who have worked and trained under him testify to his inspirational teaching skills and his knack for making

complex issues simple, Prof Lee added.


The man in focus said he was touched by the recognition. “It has been an honour for me to play a part in shaping Singapore’s young surgeons through the Medical School. It is my sincere hope that this Professorship will help advance knowledge in the field of surgery by supporting world-class research and foster high standards of teaching to allow NUS to continue as one of Asia’s leading medical schools,” Prof Rauff said.


Prof Rauff joined NUS in 1972, was Chair of Surgery at the Singapore General Hospital from 1985 to 1988 and later at the National University Hospital (NUH) from 1988 to 1992. Now in private practice, Prof Rauff teaches clinical surgery skills to undergraduates and postgraduates, and participates in research projects at NUH as a senior visiting consultant at the Department of Surgery.


Story reproduced with permission of the NUS Development Office.

Adjunct Professor Abu Rauff with his wife (next to him), and his two daughters.