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Our History

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology was set up in 1922.


The first Head of Department was Professor J S English. During the initial years, the department’s main focus was on the training of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for the local institutional practice. For many years, right up to the current days, many outstanding clinicians have been trained in the Department, performed remarkably in the membership examination of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (United Kingdom), continued to serve in the Department or went on to pursue exceptional careers either locally or overseas.


The University Department of O&G transplanted itself into the present site at the National University Hospital in 1985. That was a significant change as we moved out of Kandang Kerbau Maternity Hospital and become separated from the other two KK Units.


In the preceding twenty years, the Department has matured into an internationally renowned centre of research and teaching. Under the leadership of Prof SS Ratnam, the department impressed the world with its work on infertility and reproductive medicine. When Prof Arulkumaran took over the helm, the Department continued to be the focal point of research on intrapartum management.


The Department does not rest on its laurels. Even before the national thrust into bioscience research, the Department had already established itself firmly in molecular and stem-cell research. It will continue to strive to provide leadership in the latest biotechnology in search of better clinical strategies for reproductive and female health.



Milestone Achievements Over The Years

1982 First In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Clinic in Singapore

1983 Asia’s first IVF baby 

1986 Asia’s first Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT) baby 

1987 Asia’s first frozen embryo baby 

1989 World’s first micro-manipulation baby (SUZI)

1991 World’s first human tubal co-culture baby 

1992 World’s first blastocyst transfer baby 

1994 World’s first documentation of isolation and growth of human embryonic stem cells 

1997 World’s first zona-free blastocyst transfer baby 

2001 Extended embryo culture