MBBS(Singapore), MRCS(Edinburgh), MMed(Ortho), FRCSEd(Ortho)

Dr Michael Soon is a practicing orthopaedic consultant at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Novena and Parkway East Hospital. He graduated from the National University of Singapore School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his orthopaedic training in Singapore.

He was subsequently awarded a Ministry of Health scholarship to further his surgical skills in 2006. His clinical fellowship was at Mutualidad de Futbolista, Barcelona, Spain, where he did his subspeciality training. He was involved in the clinical and surgical care of soccer players. Of note, these included the top soccer players of FC Barcelona and Europe. Apart from being involved in surgeries, Dr Soon was also trained in the use of PRGF (platelet-rich in growth factors), which was pioneered in Spain and used for the treatment of sports injuries. Further to his fellowship, Dr Soon was also attached to Rush University Medical Centre, Chicago, Illinois where he was trained in cartilage preservation and restoration, and shoulder surgery.

Upon his return to Alexandra Hospital, Dr Soon was both the Deputy Director of the Sports Medicine Centre as well as the Deputy Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He set up the day surgery centre for orthopaedic sports surgery and also set up a service for growth factor injections for sports injury - the first of its kind in a restructured hospital. He was also awarded a NMRC Enabling Grant to conduct studies on this treatment.

Apart from clinical work, Dr Soon was also heavily involved in teaching and training of doctors and nurses. He was awarded the Orthopaedic Teaching Excellence Award from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2006/7 and 2007/8. He was also the Best Teacher (Alexandra Hospital) in 2007/8. He was the Lecturer for Alice Lee Centre of Nurses for the Master of Nursing Critical Care. He is also an instructor for the ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support). He is an instructor at ISAKOS arthroscopic courses and is a Faculty Instructor for the Arthrocare knee and shoulder courses since 2007. He has conducted Live Surgery Workshops in Alexandra Hospital as well as Cadaveric Workshops in Changi Hospital.

Dr Soon is keen on research and was awarded the Young Orthopaedic Investigator of the Year in 2004 for his work on allograft and stem cells. This work, together with his other research work in sports surgery, was published and presented both locally and overseas. Dr Soon is currently a co-investigator of a NMRC grant for the treatment of osteoarthritis with mesenchymal stem cells.

Dr Soon performs mainly arthroscopic reconstructions of the knee, shoulder, ankle and hip. His special interest is joint preservation, which includes cartilage restoration/transplantation, meniscal transplantation as well as use of biologics like stem cells and growth factors. He is also interested in the management of patella mal-alignment and dislocations.

  • 10th Biennial ISAKOS Congress, Lyon
  • Visitation to Bologna University For Cartilage Repair, Bologna
  • Hip Arthroscopy Course - Master's Experience (AANA), Chicago
  • Speaker, 27th Annual Seminar- Restoration, Regeneration and Rejuvenation (Cartilage), Mount Elizabeth Hospital
  • Advanced Knee Arthroscopy and Reconstruction (SOA), Singapore General Hospital
  • Singapore Foot & Ankle Arthroscopy & Reconstruction Cadaveric Workshop, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ICSES), Nagoya
  • NICE Shoulder Course (Shoulder Arthroscopy & Arthroplasty), France
  • Speaker, 26th Mount Elizabeth Hospital Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Speaker, 25th Mount Elizabeth Hospital Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Advance shoulder and elbow arthroscopy course - Master's Experience (AANA), Chicago
  • Zimmer Knee Workshop, Sydney
  • Arthrex Surgical Attachment with Dr Andreas Imhoff, Rechts der Isar Hospital, Munich
  • AO Trauma Course - Advances in the Management of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Davos, Switzerland
  • Instructor, Double Bundle ACL reconstruction workshop, Smith & Nephew
  • Instructor, Arthrocare Knee & Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, Singapore
  • ISAKOS Biennial Conference, Osaka
  • Organiser for Live Surgery Workshop in Alexandra Hospital, with Peter Campbell
  • Linvatec Course in Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy, Bangkok
  • Arthrex Centre of Excellence in Perth, Australia - visit with Peter Campbell, shoulder surgeon
  • Instructor, Arthrocare Knee & Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, Singapore - June and November
  • MACI (matrix autologous chondrocyte implantation) workshop for cartilage defects, Hong Kong
  • Instructor, Arthrocare Knee & Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, Singapore
2006-2007 (HMDP)
  • Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy Workshop, Smith & Nephew, Barcelona
  • Meniscal Transplantation Workshop, Barcelona
  • Basic Hip Arthroscopy Course, Barcelona
  • Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, Barcelona
  • AANA Master Series Shoulder Arthroscopy, Illinois Learning Centre, Chicago
  • Stryker Hip Symposium, Kuala Lumpur
  • Organising Committee for Dr David Caborn, visiting HDMP expert in management of complex sports injuries
  • Double bundle ACL reconstruction workshop, CGH STAR lab
  • Australia Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney
  • Basic Orthopaedic Biomechanics Course, Nanyang Technological University
  • ISAKOS/APOSSM Advanced Cadaveric Knee Arthroscopy Course, Singapore General Hospital
  • ATLS Course, SAF
  • Hand Surgery Fixation Course, National University Hospital
  • Comprehensive Bioskill Course in Fracture Fixation, Hong Kong
  • Orthopaedic Post-Graduate Course, National University Hospital
  • Synthes Locking Plate Workshop, National University Hospital
  • Sydney Learning Centre for Trauma, Knee & Hip Workshop, Sydney, Australia
  • AO Introductory Workshop, National University Hospital
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation Cadaveric Workshop, Changi General Hospital
  • Basic AO Course, Jakarta
  • Review Course in Hand Surgery, Singapore General Hospital
2001 & beyond
  • Basic Skills in Microsurgery, National University Hospital (with distinction)
  • 8th Basic Surgical Skills Course, Singapore General Hospital

Aug 2009

Published in Annals Acad of Medicine Singapore
Plasma rich in growth factors to treat Adductor Longus tear
Ann Acad Med Singapore 2009 Aug;38(8):733-734
Loo WL, Lee DYH, Michael Soon YH

May 2008

Published in Journal of Orthopaedics
A Comparison Of Accuracy Between Clinical History, Physical Examination And Magnetic Resonance Imaging And Arthroscopy In The Diagnosis Of Meniscal And Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
J Orthopaedics 2008;5(3)e8
Loo WL, Liu YB, Lee DYH, Michael Soon YH

Mar 2007

Published in American Journal of Sports Medicine
An analysis of soft tissue allograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in a rabbit model - a short-term study of the use of mesenchymal stem cells to enhance tendon osteointegration

Jan 2006 Symposium

Presented in International Cartilage Research Society San Diego
Enhancement of Tendon Allograft Osteointegration using Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a Rabbit Model of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Oct 2004

Presented in Singapore Orthopaedic Association ASM Award
Best Paper/Young Investigator Award
Enhancement of Tendon Allograft Osteointegration using Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a Rabbit Model of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Oct 2004

Presented in Singapore Orthopaedic Association ASM
Results of Open Bankart Procedure in Recurrent Dislocation of the Shoulder - a retrospective study

Mar 2004

Published in the Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore
Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2004 Mar;33(2):214-9
Morbidity following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using hamstring autograft

Jan 2004

Published in the Singapore Medical Journal Singapore Med J. 2004 Jan;45(1):9-13
Monkey bars are for monkeys: a study on playground equipment related extremity fractures in Singapore

Nov 1999

Published in the Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore Ann Acad Med Singapore. 1999 Nov;28(6):877-8
Osteoid osteoma after a stress fracture of the tibia - a case report

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