MB BCh BAO BA(Dublin), MSc DIC(London), DLO(England), MRCS(Edin), FRCS(ORL – HNS)(Edin), FICS
ProfileDr Vyas Prasad is a Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon. He was educated at the Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore over twelve thoroughly enjoyable years. He was awarded the Ministry of Education, Singapore scholarship in his Cambridge ‘A’-level years represented Singapore in the International Science School, University of Sydney, Australia and thereafter served as a commissioned Naval Combat Officer in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). He was an Officer-in-Charge of Fast Boats in the Coastal Command (COSCOM) and continues as a reservist in the Navy.
He read medicine at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He was appointed Demonstrator in Anatomy at Trinity College and taught undergraduates Anatomy for a full academic year before entering the Basic Surgical Training Programme in the United Kingdom. Prior to embarking on a career in ENT, Dr Vyas underwent training in general surgery. He was awarded a Masters in Surgical Sciences from Imperial College, University of London for his work in bariatric surgery with a dissertation commendation for his submitted thesis on gut satiety hormones. He was supervised by Professors Sir Steve Bloom, FRS and Ma Ghattei and worked closely with Professor Carel leRoux. Thereafter, he completed his higher surgical training in ENT in the Oxford and London Training Programs. He trained extensively in both adult and paediatric centres of excellence in London.
Having gained invaluable experience at The Royal Marsden, Royal Free, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospitals as well as having completed a further year and a half of head and neck training post-FRCS at Barts and the London he returned to Singapore to join the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, National University Health System. While at NTFGH, he was lead laryngologist and single-handedly developed and ran the service with a dedicated group of Speech and Language Therapists. He specialised in voice and swallowing disorders as well as head and neck surgery performing minimally invasive surgery utilising lasers, sialendoscopes and open oncological procedures for cancers of the head and neck, thyroid and salivary glands.
He was awarded the Healthcare Manpower Development Award from NTFGH and Ministry of Health Singapore in 2014 where he spent a year at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Mont-Godinne, Belgium) with Professors Marc Remacle and Georges Lawson where he underwent training in head and neck surgery and laryngology with a focus on robotics (flexible and da Vinci), lasers, phonosurgery, minimally invasive surgery and oncology in both children and adults.
He has spent considerable time in specialist units focusing on paediatric ENT including head and neck and airway surgery i.e. Great Ormond Street Hospital London, the Nuffield Centre for Hearing at Gray’s Inn Road and Barts and The London NHS Trust. He is a member of the American Broncho-Esophageal Association, British Laryngological association, Asia-Pacific Laryngology Association, European Laryngology Society, reviewer for the European Archives of Otolaryngology, Affiliate of the National Cancer Institute of Singapore and fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He has contributed to several book chapters, is the editor of a textbook of Neurolaryngology and has over a hundred peer-reviewed publications and international presentations altogether.
He was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore where he was actively involved in the training of residents and medical students in head and neck surgery and laryngology. He was part of the senior faculty for residency training between NUH and Ng Teng Fong Hospital. He is currently a member of the faculty at Duke-NUS Medical School where he teaches undergraduates Anatomy of the Head and Neck. While in the UK, he taught at a variety of levels to medical students from Oxford, Cambridge and the London Universities. He trained registrars in ENT at Barts and the London as well as interviewed applicants for the University of London Medical School admissions.
Dr Vyas is married with three children. He is a keen sportsman, having captained his junior college in hockey, played tennis for Trinity, been a member of the Dublin University Museum Players (staff cricket team) and has a full Black belt in Goju-ryu karate. He enjoys classical music, plays the piano and, when the occasion allows – a game and rubber of bridge. He speaks several languages including French and Malay.