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Adj A/Prof Fareed H Y Kagda

Head, Orthopaedics
Senior Consultant, Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Qualifications

MBBS (S'pore), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Ortho Surg) (Edin), FAMS (Ortho Surg)

Specialties / Sub-specialties

Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Hip & Knee Surgery


Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Orthopaedics, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), a member institution of the National University Health System (NUHS).

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (DOS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM), National University of Singapore (NUS)

Adj A/Prof Fareed graduated from the NUS Faculty of Medicine in 1995. He completed his orthopaedic training in Singapore and obtained his FRCS (Edinburgh) in Orthopaedics in 2002. Further subspecialty clinical fellowship training was obtained in Leeds, UK with Prof Peter Giannoudis; in Hannover, Germany with Prof Christian Krettek and in Lucerne, Switzerland with Prof Reto Babst between 2004 and 2006.

Besides being awarded the Most Outstanding Orthopaedic Trainee in 2002, he has received several research, service excellence and undergraduate/post-graduate teaching awards. After working with the National University Hospital (NUH) for 8 years, he joined NTFGH as a Senior Consultant in 2010.

Surgery for complex injuries and fractures as well as management of multiply injured patients (polytrauma) is his major area of interest. He performs reconstruction surgery for infections and non-union of the bone, correction of bony deformities as well as limb lengthening. Additionally, he practices general adult orthopaedics which includes joint replacements and knee arthroscopic surgery.

Previously as Deputy Head of the Department of Orthopaedics & Director of Orthopaedic Trauma Service, he has initiated several quality and patient centric practices/projects such as Surgical Audits, Implant cards for patients, installation of digital surgical planning software and supervised daily orthopaedic trauma lists for the department. He also helped design the patient centric specialist outpatient orthopaedic clinic model in NTFGH, incorporating plaster rooms, treatment rooms and x-ray rooms on one floor for seamless outpatient orthopaedic care.

As Chairman of the Operating Theatre Committee (Alexandra Hospital and now NTFGH), he was in leadership roles with respect to the design/set-up of the operating theatre (OT) complex of NTFGH as well as individual operating rooms (ORs); selection/purchase of medical equipment for the OT complex and setup of the paperless electronic medical record (EMR) EPIC-OPTIME system for surgical procedures.

Adj A/Prof Fareed set up, chairs and is the clinical champion of the Hip Fracture Integrated Care Path Committee for the Hospital/Department which provides standardized management of hip fractures, falls risk screening and postoperative rehabilitation. This includes MOH bundle payment re-imbursement as well as value driven outcomes for hip fractures.

One of Fareed’s passions is teaching and training as exemplified by his teaching awards. He currently holds/has held various leadership positions in postgraduate orthopaedic training. This includes the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) for orthopaedics, the Staff Registrar Scheme (SRS) Diploma in Orthopaedic Surgery, Masters in Medicine Orthopaedics (MMed Orth) Committee with the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS), NUS and the Orthopaedic Surgery Exit Examinations Committee, JCST. Besides being extensively involved in setting standards and curriculum; he also regularly organizes multiple post-graduate examinations in orthopaedics.

AOTrauma is the leading international nonprofit foundation for the improvement of orthopaedic trauma care in the world. Formerly education officer and now chair for the Singapore Council of AOTrauma, Adj A/Prof Fareed coordinates AOTrauma activities in Singapore. He lectures and teaches at AOTrauma workshops regularly in the region.

While he was chair of the Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Surgeons Singapore (CSS), he focused on expanding and coordinating regular standardized low cost cadaveric training workshops organized for orthopaedic residents nationally that all local orthopaedic training institutions could participate in.

He has been or is currently involved in Ministry of Health Singapore committees for Trauma, specialty/resident education & reform (such as the Review Committee for Residency Training and the Surgical Residency Review Committee), accreditation of foreign trained doctors with the Singapore Medical Council and Work Injuries Medical Board with the Ministry of Manpower.