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First successful liver transplant performed in Singapore and south east Asia
Dr Susan Lim is widely known as the first surgeon to have performed a successful liver transplant in Singapore and SE Asia in 1990. Dr Lim further developed her career as a general surgeon by introducing two new surgical technologies in Singapore, a minimally invasive breast biopsy called a mammotome and robotic surgery. A mammotome can help doctors make very accurate breast cancer diagnoses without needing to opt for open breast biopsy surgery.
Pioneering Robotic Surgery
In 2003, while working for Computer Motion Industries, Dr Susan Lim
was appointed Medical Director of Asia, where she helped pioneer the introduction of a robotic surgery program in Singapore. The pioneering robots used were named Aesop and Zeus. In 2004, Dr Lim took charge of the Singaporean robotic general surgery program named "da Vinci". Along with pioneering the introduction of robotics in the field, Dr Lim also took on senior administrative positions in the space at the Centre for Robotic Surgery as Chairperson, while also founding the Centre for Robotic Surgery in Singapore.
Stem Cells Technology
Throughout her career, Dr Lim has always maintained a strong interest in stem cell research. This interest led to her founding a stem cell biological startup called Stem Cell Technologies. In collaboration with the National University of Singapore, the company commenced a 10-year project to find a possible treatment for diabetes through the use of mesenchymal stem cells.