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Adj Asst Prof Lin Shuxun

Designations:
  • Consultant, Division of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • Consultant, Chronic Programme (Live Better), Alexandra Hospital
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • ​Associate Programme Director, NUHS Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programme
Qualifications:
MBBS(S’pore), MRCS(Edin), MMed (Ortho Surg), FRCSEd (Ortho Surg)
Specialties:
Orthopaedic Surgery (Bones, Joints & Spine)
Sub-Specialties:
Spine Surgery
Special Interests:
Motion Preservation Spine Surgery

Biosketch

Dr Lin Shuxun is a Consultant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and Alexandra Hospital, members of the National University Health System (NUHS), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM).

Dr Lin graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). He completed his orthopaedic residency and received his initial spine specialist training at NUHS. In this period, he completed his membership examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and obtained Masters of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery) from the National University of Singapore. He is an accredited Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Orthopaedic Surgery). He now practices at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Alexandra Hospital as a spine surgeon, sub-specialising in motion preserving spine surgery focusing on artificial disc replacements and endoscopic spine surgery.

Besides pursuing clinical excellence, Dr Lin is passionate about under- and post-graduate education and academic teaching. He holds an academic position of Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, is Core Clinical Faculty Member for the Postgraduate Year 1 Training Program for Orthopaedic Surgery at NTFGH, and Associate Program Director of NUHS Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. He is actively involved in a wide range of spine and orthopaedic surgery research and has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is an active presenter in local, regional and international conferences and scientific meetings. He is also passionate about healthcare administration and has spearheaded novel programs to right site spine patients in the community and drive quality improvement programs for the department and hospital. He has been awarded multiple Service Quality awards and was awarded a Gold Service Ambassador Award in 2021.

Dr Lin's surgical expertise covers the spectrum of spine surgery, but his main interest is in cutting edge spine surgical techniques that considers the patients disease alongside their need to preserve functional motion. He is particularly passionate about motion preserving spine surgery, harnessing up to date understanding of spine biomechanics, spine implants and minimally invasive surgical techniques to prevent adverse outcomes commonly seen with conventional spinal fusion. He believes in meticulous diagnostic and therapeutic discussions, followed by the creation and tailoring of a personalised approach involving multidisciplinary services, to guide each patient and their loved ones through their treatment journey and recovery to health.

Journals & Publications

  1. Hallinan JTPD, Zhu L, Lin S et al. Deep Learning Model for Grading Metastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression on Staging CT. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Jun 30;14(13):3219 
  2. Chin BZ, Nashi N, Lin S, Yik K, Tan G Kagda FH. Telemedicine use in orthopaedics: Experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Telemed Telecare. 2022 Jun;28(5):373-379 
  3. Hey HWD, Ramos MRD, Lin S. The lateral entry point S2 alar-iliac (L-S2AI) screw: a preoperative computed tomography analysis of adult spinal deformity patients. Spine Deform. 2022 May;10(3):669-678
  4. Hallinan JTPD, Zhu L, Lin S et al. Deep Learning Model for Classifying Metastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression on MRI. Front Oncol, 2022 May 4;12:849447
  5. Hey HWD, Lin S et al. Understanding “Kyphosis” and “Lordosis” for Sagittal Balancing in Two Common Standing Postures. Spine (Phil Pa 1976), 2021 Dec 1;46(23):1603-1611
  6. Seow JW, Lin S, Khor YP, Hey HWD, Kagda FH. Stress and Strain in an Orthopaedic Department on the Frontlines during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Analysis of Burnout and the Factors Influencing It. Ann Acad Med Singapore, Oct 2020;49(10):814-816
  7. Tan KA, Lin S, Chin BZ, Thadani VN, Hey HWD. Anatomic techniques for cervical pedicle screw placement. Journal of Spine Surgery, Mar 2020;6(1):262-273. 
  8. Lin S, Hey HWD et al. Prevalence and predictors of pressure injuries from spine surgery in the prone position. Do body morphological changes during deformity correction increase the risks?. Spine (Phil Pa 1976), November 2017; 42(22):1730-1736. 
  9. Koh ZSD, Lin S, Hey HWD. Lumbar Disc herniation presenting with contralateral symptoms: a case report. Journal of Spine Surgery, March 2017; 26(3):92-94.

Professional Memberships

  • Singapore Spine Society, AO Spine, Asia Pacific Spine Society