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Adj Assoc Prof Lim Boon Leong Kevin

Kevin Lim Boon Leong

Adj Assoc Prof Lim Boon Leong Kevin

BMedSci (Hons), BMBS (UK), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCSEd (Orth), FAMS (Orthopaedic Surgery), MBA

Senior Consultant

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Paediatric Spine and Scoliosis, Paediatric Trauma, Cerebral Palsy

Clinical Appointments

  • Chairman Division of Surgery KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Department of Orthopaedic Surgery KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Academic Deputy Chair SingHealth Duke-NUS Surgery Academic Clinical Programme


Following his training in Orthopaedic Surgery, A/Prof Kevin Lim PBM underwent subspecialty training in Pediatric Orthopaedics at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and at The Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. Within the subspecialty of Children’s orthopaedics, A/Prof Lim’s interests are: scoliosis, clubfoot, cerebral palsy, and fractures in children.
As Chairman of the Division of Surgery, he oversees the running of the surgical departments and services in KK Women's and Children's Hospital. He is also Academic Deputy Chair in the Academic Clinical Program for Surgery (SURG-ACP) under the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medicine partnership.

He is Board Chairman and volunteer doctor at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (formerly the Spastic Children's Association of Singapore). A/Prof Lim also serves as a Board Member in Chapter of Orthopaedic Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

A/Prof Lim has won several prestigious awards for both service and teaching excellence. They include the national PS21 (Public Service) Star Service Award; the Healthcare Humanity Award; and the NUS Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He has also been the recipient of several international scholarships and travelling fellowships.


  • UCLA-NUS Executive MBA, 2013-2014
  • Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management and Leadership (SMU) 2010-11
  • FRCSEd (Orth) 2004
  • FRCS (Ed) 1999
  • FRCS (Eng) 1999
  • MBBS 1998
  • BMBS (Nottingham) 1995
  • BMedSci (Hons), (Nottingham) 1993

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Board Chairman; Chairman, Nominations Subcommittee; Member, Staff Subcommittee Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (since 2010)
  • Member, Complaints Committee of Singapore Medical Council (since 2012)
  • Fellow, Scoliosis Research Society (since 2010)
  • FAMS [Orthopaedic Surgery] (since 2004)
  • Member, Singapore Orthopaedic Association (since 2001)


Academic / Clinical Awards
GCEO Excellence Award – Outstanding Clinician Award 2017
SingHealth HMDP* (Refresher Course for Consultants/Senior Consultants) 2017
SingHealth Residency / RiSE – Outstanding Faculty Award 2016
Orthopaedic Teaching Excellence Award, NUS 2010/11 & 2011/12
SingHealth HMDP* (Refresher Course for Consultants/Senior Consultants) 2009
Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, NUS 2007/8
Orthopaedic Teaching Excellence Award, NUS 2006/07 & 2007/08
KK Women's and Children's Hospital People Developer Award – Outstanding Clinical Teacher 2007
SingHealth HMDP* 2004
City Hospital Consultants’ Prize, University of Nottingham, UK 1991

Awards for Service
The Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat [PBM])* 2015
Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Star) 2012
Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Gold) 2011
‘Service From the Heart’ Award, KKH 2011 (H1), 2012 (H1), 2009 (Q3), 2008(Q1), 2007 (Q1), 2006(Q3)
Public Service for the 21st century (PS21) Star Service Award* 2008
Healthcare Humanity Award* 2008
Excellent Service Award (Star)* 2007
Excellent Service Award (Silver)* 2006

Other Awards
Best CPIP Project Award, SingHealth 2008
Gold Award (for CPIP Project), 14th Process Improvement Forum, KKH 2007
KK Women's and Children's Hospital - Ministry of Health Long Service Award (10 years)* 2005
Singapore Armed Forces Good Service Award* 2002

Research Interests

  • Bracing in idiopathic scoliosis
  • Clubfoot in South East Asia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fractures in children

Publications and Research Trials

Refereed Journals (International/ Regional)

  • Displaced Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children – Are They All Identical? Gera SK, Tan MCH, Lim YG, Lim KBL. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal 2017 Vol 11 No 2
  • Postfracture pain in children can be adequately managed with ibuprofen. KBL Lim. Evid Based Med. 2015 Jun; 20(3): 105
  • The isolated medial humeral epicondyle fracture treated non-operatively – does fracture displacement change over time? KBL Lim, CY Woo, XL Chong, S Ul-Alam, JC Allen. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (B). 2015 May; 24(3):184-90
  • Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Following Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – A Case Series, Review of the Literature and an Algorithm for Management. DJL Lam, JZJ Lee, JHY Chua, YT Lee, KBL Lim. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (B). 2014 Jul;23(4):312-8
  • Percutaneous pin removal in the outpatient clinic - do children require analgesia? A randomized controlled trial. KBL Lim, S Tan, SN Abdullah, LL Ong, ML Wong, JC Allen. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American). 2014 Apr 2;96(7):597-602
  • Late presentation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis - who, why and how often. JZJ Lee, DJL Lam, KBL Lim. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (B). 2014; 23:6-14.
  • Supracondylar humeral fractures in children - beware the medial spike! KBL Lim, CT Lim, DK Tawng. Bone Joint J. 2013;95-B:1290–4
  • Hip Pain in The Paediatric Age Group - Transient Synovitis Versus Septic Arthritis. GT Tay, M Ashik, B Tow, K Lim. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal. 2013; 7 (3):27-8
  • Pain during percutaneous pin removal in children with elbow fractures - what caregivers really
  • Think. GT Tay, Lokino ES, Ong LL, Abdullah SN, Wong ML, KBL Lim. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. 2012 Dec; 20(3); 369-70
  • Hip pain in children with normal radiographs. Padalkar P, Tow B, Lim K. Journal of Pediatric Sciences. 2012; 4(2):e127
  • The Talar Callosity In Children – What, Who, Why? KBL Lim, DK Tawng, ES Lokino, R Raveendran, GT Tay. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2011; 158(2):340
  • Escalators, rubber clogs and severe foot injuries in children. KBL Lim, IK Tey, ES Lokino, RTJ Yap, DK Tawng. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2010 Jul-Aug; 30(5):414-19
  • Post-vaccination abscesses requiring surgical drainage in a tertiary children’s hospital in Singapore. NWH Tan, WJ Pan, HHBM Yunos, WC Tan, KBL Lim. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 2010; 5(2) :139-47
  • Active unicameral bone cysts in the upper limb are at greatest risk of fracture. Tey IK, Mahadev A, Lim KBL, Lee EH, Saminathan SN. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. 2009; 17(2):157-60
  • Demographics and clinical presentation of slipped capital femoral epiphysis in Singapore: Comparing the East with the West. Lim YJ, Kagda F, Lam KS, Hui JH, Lim KB, Mahadev A, Lee EH.
  • J Pediatr Orthop B. 2008 Nov; 17(6):289-92
  • Fractures of the medial epicondyle in children: a plea for conservatism. KBL Lim, JHP Hui, A Mahadev, EH Lee. Journal of Japanese Pediatric Orthopaedic Association. 2008; 17(1):147-50
  • Management outcome and the role of manipulation and reduction in slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. 2007;15(3):334-8
  • Traction and spica casting for closed femoral shaft fractures in children. DYH Lee, KBL Lim, GX Gao, A Mahadev, KS Lam, SB Tan, EH Lee. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery 2007;15(1):37-40
  • A rare presentation of trans-scaphoid perilunate dislocation. KBL Lim, CK Low, HP Wong. Hand Surgery 1997; 2(2): 163-65

Refereed Journals (Local)
  • Paediatric Supracondylar Humeral Fractures - A Technique for Safe Medial Pin Passage with a Zero Incidence of Iatrogenic Ulnar Nerve Injury. CY Woo, HL Ho, M Ashik, KBL Lim. Accepted for publication in the Singapore Medical Journal on 7 October 2016
  • Active Unicameral Bone Cysts in the Upper Limb Are At Greatest Risk of Fracture. Tey IK, Mahadev A, Lim KBL, Lee EH, Saminathan SN. KKH Review 2008; 11(2): 24-8
  • Uncommon Injuries of the Paediatric Elbow. Tay D, Mahadev A, KBL Lim. KKH Review 2008, 11(2): 29-31
  • Percutaneous Pin Removal in Children – Caregivers’ Perspective of Pain Score and Analgesia Requirement. Lim KBL, Babu M, Lokino E, Yeo GLS, Ooi SY, Sharifah NSA, Wong ML. KKH Review 2008, 11(2): 32-3
  • Fractures of the Medical Epicondyle in Children – A Plea for Conservatism. Lim KBL, Mahadev A, Hui JHP, Lee EH. KKH Review 2008, 11(2): 34-6
  • Limited Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and the Occult Hip fracture. KBL Lim, AKH Eng, SM Chng, AGS Tan, FL Thoo, CO Low. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2002; 31: 607-10
  • Heelys Injuries in Children. D Oh, Arjandas M, Lim KBL, EH Lee. Singapore Med J 2006; 47(5): 373-5

Reviews, invited published papers Editorial: Paediatric back pain – an update. Shivashankar C, Yap R, Lim KBL. KKH Review 2008, 11(2): 14-6
Books & book chapters Mercer’s Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma 10 E Chapter 67, Knee Disorders in Children

Published abstracts Changes in the corpus callosum in hydrocephalus and their clinical significance. Lim K, Kerslake RW, Worthington BS. Clinical Radiology 1992; 45(1): 53. (abstract)

Research Trials

​Title of
Research Project
Amount ($)​
Period (Year)​
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Screening Programme in the 21st Century: The Trial of Smart Brace, EOS 2D/3D Low Dose Machine and National Scoliosis Database to improve clinical effectiveness.​​Co-Director​HSDP​S$2.26 million​2017 - 2020
​A pilot study using a new rigid brace “ScoliBrace” in the treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) in Singapore.​PIKKH Health Fund​S$34,940​Sept 2016 –
Sept 2018
Cast immobilisation on paediatric fractures – what happens to the skin?​​Co-PI​KKHHF Grant​S$10,000​Sept 2014 –
Aug 2016
Percutaneous pin removal in children – is analgesia necessary?PI​​KK Research Centre FundS$8,000​​2009-2012
Procalcitonin – a marker to rapidly distinguish septic arthritis and transient synovitis in children.​PI​KK Research Centre Fund​S$20,000​​2007-2008