Dr Susan Lim, Pioneer Surgeon In New Technologies Honoured At Arab Health, Dubai




Dubai – UAE:  Dr Susan Lim, a leading surgeon, will be honored at the 2008 Arab Health Exhibition and Conference.

The American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME) recognized the extraordinary career, contribution and international achievements Dr Lim has made to the field of surgery by  naming its 28th Award ‘The Dr Susan Lim Award' for the advancement in the Laparoscopic & Minimally Invasive Surgery'.  This is the first time that AACME has named an award after a doctor.

The AACME has chosen the Arab Heath event in Dubai this week to announce the winners of the Award, which will be presented by Dr Susan Lim, who is visiting Dubai for the occasion.

The ‘Dr Susan Lim Award' will be presented to two international surgeons in recognition of their contribution to the body of knowledge in minimally invasive surgery.  The Award is the first such award to be presented to achievers in the advancement of laparoscopic and robotic surgery with candidates chosen from the UAE, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Belgium, Lebanon, the Netherlands, France and Singapore.

The use of less invasive surgery gives patient significant benefits.  They recover more quickly, with fewer side effects and less scarring.  The technique involves surgeons avoiding extensive surgery by using small incisions and inserting small tubes called endoscopes. The tubes carry a fiber optic camera and robotically enhanced surgical instruments. Surgeons perform the operation whilst watching their movements on a TV monitor.

Dr Lim commented, “I am both happy and honoured to be recognized by the AACME.  I accept this recognition but wish to acknowledge the contributions of surgical leaders before me.  In addition, my present surgical colleagues have also played important roles in advancing minimally invasive and robotic surgery, which have significantly improved surgical outcomes for patients worldwide.

“We understand how invasive surgery can have a significant psychological as well as physical impact on patients, delaying their recovery, and the techniques we have pioneered to use minimally invasive procedures have fundamentally changed that impact on patients, and made surgeries more acceptable, with less downtime in most instances. Likewise, in the field of organ transplants, we are working on cell transplants as a more minimal approach to chronic diseases and organ failure.“

Dr Andrew Nashashibi, Chairman of the International Board of Regents, AACME said, “AACME has named the 28th Award after Dr Lim to recognise her support for medical education and post graduate training as well as her international achievements in the science of laparoscopic and robotic surgeries.  Through this Award we hope to inspire future generations of doctors to follow Dr Lim's relentless pursuits and commitment to support initiatives for professional development, the advancement of graduate medical education and clinical practice.”

Dr Lim has a team of 35 staff including scientists, doctors, nurses and administrative staff and also collaborates with Global International Institutes including Monash Immunology & Stem Cell Laboratories, University of Monash, Australia, Institute of Cell & Molecular Science, Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine, London and the Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Seville, Spain. In 1990 Dr Lim made medical history by performing the first successful liver transplant in Singapore and Asia.  She is founder and Chairman of the Centre for Robotic Surgery, spearheading the Robotic General Surgery Program as well as working in its research and development.


About Dr. Susan Lim

Dr. Susan Lim is widely known in Asia and Singapore as the first surgeon to have performed a successful liver transplant in 1990.  She is the founder of various surgical practices and has received many achievement awards over the last years. She has gone on to further pioneer in the field of general surgery, two new surgical technologies for Singapore, the mammotome minimally invasive breast biopsy and most recently, the Da Vinci robotic general surgery program for Singapore. She is founder and Chairman of her Biotechnology firm, Stem Cell Technologies I, which focuses on adult stem cells in regenerative medicine, and for the possible treatment of a variety of chronic diseases, particularly diabetes.  As a clinician-scientist, she is focused on cell therapy for chronic diseases affecting the heart, liver, joints, and diabetes, hence applying the minimally invasive theme of offering cell transplants as an alternative to organ transplants.

About Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparoscopic and Minimally invasive surgery is done through small incisions. Using specialised techniques, miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights and high definition monitors, surgeons can perform surgery through an incision that requires only a stitch or two to close. For patients, minimally invasive surgery means less trauma to the body, less blood loss, smaller surgical scars and less need for pain medication. Patients leave the hospital sooner after minimally invasive surgery and return to normal activities sooner than with conventional open surgery.


www.susanlimsurgery.com for further information about Dr Lim.

For further information please contact:

Vicki Morley, Account Director, GolinHarris, Dubai: +971 50 455 7149

Cynthia Darwish, Senior Account Executive, GolinHarris, Dubai: +971 50 216 3352


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