Prof Goh Hak-Su was trained in King’s College, London University where he graduated with a double degree in Science and Medicine. He received his surgical training in the Wessex Region under Sir James Fraser and his training in colorectal surgery was under Sir Ian Todd at St Mark’s Hospital for Diseases of Rectum & Colon, London. He joined the Department of Surgery, National University of Singapore in 1981.
In 1989, Prof Goh was tasked to establish the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the Singapore General Hospital, the first such department in Singapore and the Asean region. As Head & Senior Consultant of the Department, he built a centre of excellence for clinical work, teaching and research.
Prof Goh has published extensively in peer-review journals and contributed chapters in authoritative text books on colorectal surgery and colorectal cancer. He had lectured worldwide and was honoured with the Galloway Gold Medal and Memorial Lecture in Singapore, the Joint Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and Academy of Medicine (Singapore) Lecture in Edinburgh, the Edward Wilson Lecture in Sydney, the Harry Bacon Oration in Jodhpur, and the WG Smith Lecture in Perth. In 1995, he was awarded the Singapore National Science and Technology Medal for his contribution to improve the treatment of colorectal cancer in Singapore.
Prof Goh was the founding chairman of the Society of Colorectal Surgery (Singapore) and the inaugural chairman of the ASEAN Society of Colorectal Surgeons. In 1995, he left for private practice at the Gleneagles Medical Centre, Singapore. He is a visiting consultant to the Singapore General Hospital and National University Hospital as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, National University Singapore.