Dr. Frances Lim is a double board-certified general surgery and colon and rectal surgeon. She is skilled in a wide range of colorectal and general surgeries; but her main interests lie in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. She is a skilled laparoscopic surgeon who always attempt to utilize minimally invasive procedures on her patients whenever possible to shorten recovery time and improve patient outcomes.
Throughout her distinguished career she has held numerous prominent positions including as a Senior Consultant to the National Cancer Institute Singapore and to the Division of Colorectal Surgery at National University Health System (NUHS) where she performed complex colorectal surgery, sphincter-preserving rectal cancer surgery; transanal excision for early-stage rectal cancer; complex and simple surgery for anorectal conditions; anal ultrasounds; surgery for inflammatory bowel disease surgery and many more benign conditions. She also treated her patients through diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy, as well as functional bowel disorders and pelvic floor disorders.
She has been the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency as well as the past Program Director for the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program at NUHS. In these roles, she worked closely with surgical residents to foster quality physicians. She pushed her residents to think outside the box, adopt a holistic approach and perform evidence-based medicine. She stressed upon her residents the importance of good bedside manner and to listen to patients and their families.
Dr. Lim received her medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She completed a General Surgery residency at the State University of New York and then completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal surgery at Washington Hospital Center.
An internationally known physician, she has also spoken at numerous gastroenterological procedures and patient management topics at conferences ranging from the Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She is well published in countless peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters for medical textbooks. Always seeking to improve patient care she was awarded the A*STAR BEP Grant for a disposable, self-administered hemorrhoid therapy device where she was the Lead Clinical Co-Principal Investigator. This device is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently in the process of patent application around the world.
She is now happy to be a part of Colorectal Clinic Associates where she can practice holistic, patient centered and compassionate care. Dr. Lim respects patient preferences and takes the time to explain all medical options available so they can make the best decision for themselves. Utilizing evidence-based medicine, her approach to patient care is much appreciated by her patients and their families.
Dr. Lim is a mother of two and enjoys anything having to do with the sun, sand and sea. In her free time, she can often be found on the beach, walking trails and spending time with her kids. She is trilingual, being fluent in Mandarin (both the Hokkien and Cantonese dialects), English and Malay.
Dr Lim's specialty interests are colorectal surgery and endoscopy.