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Dr Yeoh Choong Yan, Simon
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
MBBS, FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCSEd (Cardiothoracic), FAMS (Cardiothoracic)

Dr Simon Yeoh is a Resident Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Being a "pure" Penangite who was born in this hospital, this is indeed a "home coming" for him.

He completed his secondary high school at Chung Ling High School Penang. After graduation with MBBS (1991) from the Christian Medical College, Vellore in India, he worked here for a few months before embarking on his general surgical training in Sabah under Mr. Ranjit John. He again returned to us in 1997 and obtained his FRCS (Edinburgh) in the same year. Having found his interest in cardiothoracic surgery, he left PAH to further his training in this specialty in Singapore and Australia. He finally passed his FRCSEd (Edinburgh) and FAMS (Singapore) in cardiothoracic surgery in 2004. He then worked as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Penang General Hospital before rejoining PAH.

Besides standard cardiac surgery, Dr Yeoh's training at National University Hospital, Singapore gave him a special opportunity to get involved in Robotic Cardiac Surgery. In this procedure, the robotic arms assist the surgeon partially or fully in the patient's operation.

His training stint of three years in Sydney, Australia allowed him to work under a few prominent Australian cardiac surgeons. At Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of the University of Sydney, Professor Clifford Hughes and Professor Brian McCaughan are well known aortic and general thoracic surgeons. Working under Dr Graham Nunn, the pediatric cardiac surgeon in The Children's Hospital at Westmead allowed Dr Yeoh to get exposed to complex congenital cases. He has expressed his gratitude to God for such a wonderful arrangement in his training, which is a rare opportunity for a cardiac trainee today.

After working in PAH for a few years and seeing the need to provide better congenital cardiac services, He took training in pediatric cardiac surgery at the well known Shanghai Children Medical Center, China in 2011. The exposure in a high volume complex congenital cardiac centre (more than 3000 cases a year) has given him a great opportunity to understand the care for such patients.