Dr. S.S. Sathappan is Medical Director of Bone and Joint Specialist Clinic. He is trained in orthopedic surgery. He has special interests in adult reconstructive surgery (joint replacement, primary and revision), sports surgery and management of complex pelvic and acetabular trauma and was the first surgeon to perform customized joint replacement. Other procedures he performs include live-fibula graft surgery in avascular necrosis (AVN) of the hip and hip resurfacing procedures, key-hole meniscal and ligament reconstruction procedures. He also performs bi-compartmental and uni-compartmental robotic hip and knee procedures (MAKOplasty®). His interest in optimizing high-flexion in patients had led to his involvement in design options through international multi-centre clinical research groups.
Apart from clinical practice, Dr. Sathappan was also Clinical tutor in NUS, Specialty Board Member for the Chapter of Orthopedic Surgeons (Singapore), Clinical Research Co-ordinator; ATLS Course Instructor; and BCLS Course Instructor. He has written numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in several orthopaedic textbooks. Annually, he is involved in numerous international hip and knee orthopaedic meetings as invited faculty where he often lectures in various subspecialties.
Dr. Sathappan has won numerous awards during his training years and as a consultant in a restructured hospital. His most recent achievement was the EXSA Superstar Award (2009) for which he was the recipient for four consecutive years for the Gold Award since 2005. Other awards included Yahya Cohen Surgical award (2008), NUS teaching excellence award (2007/08), NHG Quality Pillar Award (2007/08); Best Clinical Practice Improvement Program award (2007); Young Orthopaedic Investigator award (2007); Hip & Knee Arthritis and Reconstruction Scholarship (Hip & Knee Society, USA, 2005); Suple best student in medicine award (1995).
Dr. Sathappan's specialty interests are adult reconstructive surgery (joint replacement, primary and revision), and management of complex pelvic and acetabular trauma and sports surgery.