Singapore Breast Surgeon
, Dr Bertha Woon Yng Yng obtained her MBBS in 1996 from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She attained her Masters of Medicine in Surgery degree from the NUS in 2001. She was conferred the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2000, and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in General Surgery in 2004. In 2004, she also became a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore and was accredited as a Specialist in General Surgery by the Ministry of Health, Singapore in 2004.
When she was undergoing surgery training, she was taught locally by the pioneer surgeons in breast conservation prior to the coining of the term “Oncoplastic”, which led to her subspecialty interest in breast cancer surgery. She was fortunate to have been among the earliest batches of surgeons in Singapore trained by the pioneers in laparoscopic surgery as well as cross-trained in endoscopy. She is a life member of both ELSA (Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia) and the Hepatopancreaticobiliary Society of Singapore (HPBA(S))
She runs her own solo private practice at Gleneagles Medical Centre, Singapore. She is multilingual. In addition to English, Mandarin and Hokkien, she is fluent in French and can speak Malay for medical purposes. She speaks a few other languages and dialects at varying levels of proficiency. She is a certified translator/ interpreter for English Mandarin, having attained a Graduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting from Nanyang Technological University through a combined programme with the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.
To serve the medical community, she is very active in various professional associations and organisations. Since 2007, she has been a Council Member of the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) and represents the SMA as the Councillor of the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO), Vice-Chairman of the Medical Indemnity Committee and as a Board Member of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism (SMA-CMEP). Since 2011, she was elected to the Executive Committee of the College of Surgeons, Singapore at the Academy of Medicine where she held the posts of Treasurer (2011-2012) and Honorary Secretary (2013-2015). She is also a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Affairs at the Academy of Medicine Singapore.
Dr Woon was a Council Member of the Medico-Legal Society Singapore from 2014-2015. She is currently a Council Member of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore) since 2014, where she and her fellow women doctors on the council support and assist female medical students and doctors with various matters, as well as do social work for the community. Dr Woon is also a member of the Transplant Ethics Committee since 2014, overseeing the ethics concerning transplant cases in Singapore.
Dr Woon was elected to the Medical Advisory Board of Gleneagles Hospital ExCo in January 2015. She is the Chairperson of Continual Medical Education Committee and organized and chaired the Annual Scientific Meetings of 2014 as well as 2015.
In addition to her medical work, Dr Woon is also an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, called to the Singapore Bar in 2013. She is an Associate of the Medical Protection Society and is an active Associate Mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre where it is her pleasure to assist in settling disputes between parties.
Her main hobby is music. This year, she will be performing the oboe with the alumni orchestra of the Singapore Youth Orchestra – the XYO – at the Victoria Concert Hall on 5 July 2015 under the SSO series for SG50.