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Clin Assoc Prof Bernard Chern Su Min

Clin Assoc Prof Chern Su Min Bernard


Senior Consultant

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Specialty: Endometriosis, General Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Clinical Interest: Endometriosis & Robotics Surgery, Laparoscopy & Hysteroscopy

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Obstetrics & Gynaecology KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Director and Senior Consultant KK Endometriosis Centre KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


Associate Professor Bernard Chern is the Head and Senior Consultant of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit in KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Assoc Professor Chern graduated from the Medical School, National University of Singapore in 1987. He obtained his specialist degrees from Royal College of Obstetrician & Gynaecologist of London, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and also Masters of Medicine from NUS, Singapore in 1994. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Acadamy of Medicine of Singapore in 2004. In 1996, he was awarded the HMDP MIS Fellowship with Professor Chris Sutton in the United Kingdom, and also with Dr C.Y. Liu at Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

Assoc Professor Chern is an active participant in the international circle of MIS Societies and has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific conferences. He has also attended numerous international scientific conferences including the AAGL, APAGE, AGES, ISGE, ESGE etc over the years.

In addition, he has extensively published articles in peer-reviewed local and international journals. He has been a regular invited speaker and surgical skill instructor at the various regional Asia-Pacific conferences/workshops. In 2010, he successfully organised the 11th Annual Congress of APAGE in Singapore, which helped to bridge ties with the South East Asia countries with it’s other Asian counterparts.


  • FRCOG (London) 2012
  • HMDP (US) 1996
  • RCOG (London) 1994
  • RANZCOG 1994
  • MMED O&G (Singapore) 1994
  • MBBS National University of Singapore 1987

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Head, Department of O&G, KKH, 2008 – 2017
  • Deputy Chairman, Division O&G, KKH, 2019 – 2013
  • Chairman, Division of O&G, KKH, 2014 – 2019
  • Academic Vice Chair (KKH Campus), OBGYN ACP, SingHealth Duke-NUS, 2011 – 2013
  • Chairman, OBGYN ACP, SingHealth Duke-NUS, 2014 – 2019
  • OBGYN Program Leader, Duke-NUS Medical School, 2014 – 2019
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, 2008 – Present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, 2008 – Present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian Medical School, 2016 – Present
  • Member, Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MOH, 2017 – Present
  • Member, SAB & JCST Specialist Training Committee (STC), MOH 2009 – 2011
  • Member, Surgical Residency Review Committee, (SRRC), MOH 2018 – 2019
  • President, College of O&G, Singapore, AMS, 2011 – 2013
  • Council Member, Academy of Medicine Singapore (AMS), 2011 – 2013
  • Treasurer, Asia Pacific Gynaecological Endoscopy Training (APGET), 2016 – Present
  • Chairman, APAGE Accreditated Training Centre in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (ACMIG), 2016 – Present
  • Board of Trustee (Asia-Pacific Representative), American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), 2013 – 2015
  • Member, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), 2009 – Present
  • Board of Trustee, Asia-Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy & Minimally Invasive Therapy (APAGE), 2011 – Present
  • President, Asia-Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy & Minimally Invasive Therapy (APAGE), 2010 – 2011
  • Advisory Board Member, Asia-Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy & Minimally Invasive Therapy (APAGE), 2013 – Present
  • Chairman, APAGE Accredited Training Centre in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (APAGE ACMIG), 2016 – Present
  • Member, Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Singapore (OGSS), 2009 – Present
  • Visiting Consultant, Department of O&G, Singapore General Hospital, 2000 – Present
  • Visiting Professor, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China, 2018 – Present
  • Visiting Professor, Beijing Friendship Hospital, China, 2019 – Present


  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award – Silver Winner, 2017
  • GCEO Excellence Awards 2017: Outstanding Educator Award, 2016
  • SingHealth Residency – Certificate of Achievement – ACGME-I 4 years re-accreditation of SingHealth OBGYN Residency Program, 2014
  • SingHealth Residency RiSE Award – Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013
  • SingHealth Quality Service Award – Star Winner, 2013
  • Service with a Heart Award, 2014
  • National Infocomm Awards: Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Public Sector) - Surgical Counting and Operating Theatre Tracking (SCOTT) System, 2012
  • SingHealth Residency RiSE Award – Outstanding Faculty Award, 2012
  • Best Residency Program by GCEO, SingHealth O&G Residency, 2012
  • Winner of 2nd GCEO Excellence Award – Institutional Level, 2011 • Quality Service Award – Gold Category, 2011
  • 20 Years Long Service Award, 2010
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Silver Award, 2010
  • KKPD Best Clinical Teacher, 2006
  • Excellent Service Award, 2005
  • Service from the heart Award, 2005
  • 10 Years Long Service Award, 2003
  • Service from the heart Award, 2002

Research Interests


  • Gestational age-specific reference intervals for serum thyroid hormone levels in a multi-ethnic population. Ho CK, Tan ET, Ng MJ, Yeo GS, Chern B, Tee NW, Kwek KY, Tan KH. Clin Chem Lab Med. 2017 Oct 26;55(11):1777-1788
  • Survey on Academic Medicine Culture, Enablers & Barriers in a Newly Formed Academic Department in Singapore. KH Tan, MJ Ng, WS Tey, HK Tan, B Chern. Journal of Hospital Administration. 2016;5(5) :30-40
  • A Case of Hook Effect in molar Pregnancy. Ka Hee Chua, Sze Ching Hong, Bernard Su Min Chern, Cynthia Chia Yng Kew. iMedPub Journals: 2016, Vol. 2, No. 6:28
  • Power morcellation – An emerging risk complicating minimally invasive surgery for uterine mesenchymal neoplasms. Hsuan Chin, Xin Hui Ada Ng, Su Min Bernard Chern. GMIT: 2016 Aug, Vol. 5, Issue 3, PP 109 – 111
  • Laparoscopic management of bladder ectopic pregnancy. Shahul Hameed Mohamed Siraj, Bernard Su Min Chern. GMIT: 2016 Aug, Vol. 5, Issue 3, PP 124 – 126
  • Salpingectomy and prevention of ovarian carcinoma. Shahul Hameed Mohamed Siraj, Bernard Su Min Chern. GMIT: 2016 Aug, Vol. 5, Issue 3, PP 102 – 105
  • Limited value of pro-inflammatory oxylipins and cytokines as circulating biomarkers in endometriosis - a targeted 'omics study. Lee YH, Cui L, Fang J, Chern BS, Tan HH, Chan JK. Scientific Reports 2016 May 19; 6:26117
  • Endometriosis: A review of the diagnosis and pain management. Wei-Wei Wee-Stekly, Cynthia Chia Yng Kew, Bernard Su Min Chern. Elsevier GMIT: 2015 Nov, Vol. 4, Issue 4, PP 106 – 109
  • Struma ovarii: management and follow-up of a rare ovarian tumour. Wee JY, Li X, Chern BS, Chua IS. Singapore Med J: 2015 Jan, 56(1):35-9
  • Laparoscopic management of Dermoid Cyst with Elevated Carbohydrate antigen 19-9. Siraj SHM, Sui Min Bernard. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2014 Dec
  • Extrauterine fibroids: a diagnostic challenge and a long-term battle. Hsuan Chin, Xiaohui H Ong, Philip Kwai Lam Yam, Bernard Su Min Chern. BMJ Case Reports 2014; doi:10.1136/bcr-2014-204928
  • Heterotopic pregnancy in a natural conception cycle presenting as acute abdomen: A case report and literature review. SHM Siraj, WW Wee-Stekly, BSM Chern. Elsevier GMIT: 2014 Aug, Vol. 3, Issue 3, PP 100 - 102
  • Surgical management of cesarean scar pregnancies – a single tertiary experience. Xiaohui Ong, Manisha Mathur, Cynthia Kew, Bernard Chern. Elsevier GMIT: 2014 Aug, Vol. 3, Issue 3, PP 82 – 88
  • Novel technique of neovagina creation with uterine serosa in the treatment of vaginal agenesis associated with mullerian agenesis. Jiah Min Lee, Chen-Ying Huang, Kai-Yun Wu, Chih-Feng Yen, Bernard Chern, Chyi-Long Lee. Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Therapy. Jun 2014; 3(2):50-53
  • Pregnancy outcomes in HIV-positive women in Singapore. Chin, H., & Chern, B. S. M.Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, 2014, 23(1), 38-41.
  • Introduction of night float system in OBGYN residency program. Goh SL, Chern B, Ng MJ, Tan KH. Singapore Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2013; 44(1): 10-4
  • Single incision laparoscopic surgery in gynecology: Evolution, current trends, and future perspectives. BSM Chern, S Lakhotia, CK Khoo, AYM Siow. Elsevier GMIT 2012 Nov ISSN: 2213-3070
  • Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Singapore: Transition to Structured Residency Program. S Tagore, BSM Chern, SL Goh, LK Tan, K Kwek, KH Tan. Journal of Graduate Medical Education: 2012 Jun, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 272-275
  • Case Report: World's First Single-Incision-Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) for Cornual Pregnancy. S Teo, J Mohd, B Chern. SJOG, 2011 Aug; 42(1): 22-28
  • Robotics in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery – The Final Frontier. CK Khoo, B Chern. JPOG, 2011 Jul; 37(4): 137-145
  • Fertility following surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy. Tan-MLC, Wong-HKK, B Chern. SJOG 2010 May, 41 (1):33-41
  • Laparoscopic management of primary hepatic pregnancy. Chin PS, Wee HY, Chern BS. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2010 Feb;50(1):95-8
  • Adenomyois with Extremely Alleviated CA125 levels. SL Goh, Natalie WL Chua, Bernard SM Chern.
  • The Internet Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ASSN: 2009 Volume 10 Number 2. DOI: 10.5580/21
  • Laparoscopic Management of 53 cases of Cornual Ectopic pregnancy. Selma Ng, Suttha Hamontri, Irene Chua, B Chern & Anthony Siow. Fertility and Sterility 2009 Aug, Volume 92, Issue 2, Pages 448-452
  • Leiomyomatosis peritonealis disseminata and subcutaneous myoma--a rare complication of laparoscopic myomectomy. Thian YL, Tan KH, Kwek JW, Wang J, Chern B, Yam KL. Abdom Imaging. 2009 Mar-Apr; 34(2):235-8
  • Leiomyomatosis peritonealis disseminata and subcutaneous myoma--a rare complication of laparoscopic myomectomy. Thian YL, Tan KH, Kwek JW, Wang J, Chern B, Yam KL. Abdom Imaging. 2009 Mar-Apr; 34(2):235-8
  • Parasitic Dermoid Cyst of the Pouch of Douglas: Case Report. Khoo CK, Chua I, A Siow, Chern B. J Minim Invasive Gynaecol. 2008 Nov-Dec;15 (6):761-3
  • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: A 5 year experience. C Ng, B Chern. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2007 Dec, Volume 276, Issue 6, pp 613-618
  • A retrospective study of the sucess rates and complications associated with total laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • C Ng, A Siow, B Chern. J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2007 Aug;33(4):512-8
  • Urological complications of laparoscopic hysterectomy: a four-year review at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore. A Siow, YA Nikam, Ng C, BMC Su, SMJ 2007, Vol 48 (3): 217-221
  • Initial Asian Experience in Hysteroscopic Sterilization using the EssureTM Permanent Birth Control Device. B Chern, A Siow. BJOG. 2005 Sep;112(9):1322-7
  • Successful Laparoscopic Treatment of an Abdominal Pregnancy in the Broad Ligament. A Siow, B Chern, Y Soong. SMJ 2004, Vol 45 (2): 88-89
  • Progress in Obstetrics from 19th to 21st Centuries: Perspectives from KK Hospital, Singapore – the Former World's Largest Maternity Hospital. K Tan, S Chern. The Internet Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2003 Vol. 2 Number 2
  • Persistent Ectopic Pregnancy – A Case Report. N Shamini, B Chern. SMJ 2002, Vol 43 (2): 093 – 094
  • Laparoscopic excision of adenomatoid tumour at cornu of the uterus and cornual (interstitial) pregnancy. B Chern, KH Tan. Gynaecological Endoscopy, 2000 Oct, Volume 9, Issue 5, pages 319–321

Research Trials

  • In-utero to ex-utero continuous cord blood collection with a novel umbilical cord blood collection device, 2016
  • Acceptability and feasibility of medical abortion in Singapore: A study of 800mcg buccal misoprostol following 200mg mifepristone for abortion through 70 days gestation, 2016
  • ENVISIOeN: Effectiveness of Visanne in improving quality of life in Asian women with endometriosis (17444), 2015
  • Clinician Investigator Salary Support Programme (CISSP), 2014
  • Pre-conceptual and early pregnancy influences on maternal and offspring health, 2014
  • Pre-conceptual and early pregnancy influences on maternal and offspring health, 2014
  • Gynaecological Laparoscopy and Surgical complications management training program, 2014
  • Clinical and Translational Research in Endometriosis, 2014
  • A randomized, controlled, open-label trial to investigate the effect of a new nutritional supplement on postprandial glucose response in women diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), 2014
  • GUSTO Mum project: Pre-conceptual and early influences on maternal and offspring health, 2009