ProfileDr Bertha Woon has more than 27 years of experience in patient care, 18 years of which were in private practice as a breast surgeon. She 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)).
To serve the medical community, she is active in various professional associations and organisations. Since 2007, she has been a Council Member of the Singapore Medical Association (SMA). She is the Vice-Chairman of the Medical Indemnity Committee, Board Member of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism (SMA-CMEP), and one of the Directors of SMA Pte Ltd. She represented the SMA as the Councillor of the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) from 2008-2018. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Affairs at the Academy of Medicine Singapore. Dr Woon has been a member of the Transplant Ethics Committee since 2014. She was appointed to the National Medical Ethics Committee (NMEC) for 2017-2018.
Dr Woon is a Visiting Consultant at Thomson Breast Centre.