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Clin Assoc Prof Kevin Lim Boon Leong

Clin Assoc Prof Lim Boon Leong Kevin

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

Senior Consultant

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

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

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Back Pain and Spine Deformity in Children and Adolescents, Chronic Back Pain, Clubfoot, Congenital Hip Dislocation (Baby), Congenital Muscular Torticollis (Baby), Congenital Talipes Equino Varus (Club Foot), Knee Cap Injury, Knee Injuries, Limb Length Discrepancy (LLD) and Deformities, Low Back Pain, Musculoskeletal Disorders and Office Ergonomics, Scoliosis, Spinal Disorders, Spine & Peripheral Nerve, Spine Surgery, Spondyloarthritis, Sports Injuries.

Clinical Appointments

  • Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Global Health KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Service Chief @ KKH SingHealth Duke-NUS Spine Centre
  • Senior Consultant Department of Orthopaedic Surgery KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


Following his clinical fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, Clinical A/Prof Kevin Lim trained in top centres in Japan and New Zealand to hone his skills in paediatric spine and scoliosis surgery. His other interests within paediatric orthopaedics include cerebral palsy, clubfoot, and fractures in children.

At KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, A/Prof Lim is Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Global Health. A strong proponent of academic medicine, A/Prof Lim has trained and examined generations of medical students and orthopaedic residents. Aligned with his focus as an academic clinician and surgeon, he continues to present and publish his research, and contributes as reviewer and editorial board member for medical journals.

In the social service sector, A/Prof Lim serves as an elected member on the board of council at the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). He also serves on the board of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) as advisor and Emeritus Chairman (Honorary) following ten years as Chairman.

For his commitment and dedicated service to both the social service sector and public healthcare, A/Prof Lim was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2015 and the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2019.

In addition, he 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.


  • UCLA-NUS Executive MBA
  • Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management and Leadership (SMU)
  • FRCSEd (Orth)
  • FRCS (Ed)
  • FRCS (Eng)
  • MBBS
  • BMBS (Nottingham)
  • BMedSci (Hons), (Nottingham)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Elected Member, National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Board of Council 2018 - Present
  • Advisor & Emeritus Chairman (Honorary), Cerebal Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) 2020
  • Member, CME Committee & Global Outreach Committee, Scoliosis Research Society 2020
  • Member, Complaints Committee, Singapore Medical Council, 2012 – Present
  • Member, Spine Orthopaedic Workgroup (SOWG), MOH, 2020


  • 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 Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat [BBM]) 2019
  • 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

  • Scoliosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fractures in children


  • Refereed Journals (International/ Regional)
  • Li ZX, Wong KPL, Wong JLY, Lim KBL, Mahadev A
    The utility of mini C-arm in the fixation of unstable paediatric supracondylar humeral fractures
    Injury. 2019 Nov;50(11):1992-1996.
  • JY Lim, N Bhatia, RF Vasanwala, PL Chay, KBL Lim, PC Khoo, U Schwarze, SS Jamuar
    A novel Ser40Trp variant in IFITM5 in a family with osteogenesis imperfecta and review of the literature
    Clinical Dysmorphology, 2019 Jul;28(3):120-125
  • YT Lee, CCP Ong, H Samsudin, PH Tang, KBL Lim, AHP Loh
    Posterior Retroperitoneoscopic Adrenalectomy for Pediatric Adrenal Tumors
    Lee YT, Samsudin H, Ong CCP, Tang PH, Lim KBL, Loh AHP.
    J Pediatr Surg. 2019 Nov;54(11):2348‐2352.
  • WX Ng, CY Kau, VCL Ho, JWP Ng, BJY Lee, NKL Lee, KBL Lim
    The Unstable Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis - Does the Rate of Osteonecrosis Really Depend on Timing of Surgery and Surgical Technique
    J Pediatr Orthop B. 2019 Sep;28(5):458‐464.
  • GHM Cheng, CJY Shi, BJY Lee, KBL Lim
    Retained foreign objects in casts in children
    J Pediatr Orthop B, 2020 Mar;29(2):200-202
  • KBL Lim, T Laine, JY Chooi, WK Lye, BJY Lee, UG Narayanan
    Early morbidity associated with fasciotomies for acute compartment syndrome in children
    J Child Orthop. 2018 Oct 1; 12(5):480-487
  • JLK Goh, CY Chong, SZR Lim, KBL Lim, NWH Tan
    A Case of Tuberculosis Spondylodiscitis with Paraspinal Abscess in a Two-year-old Child
    Global Pediatric Health. 2018; 5:1-6
  • 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)
  • Chin YW, MJA Koh, WKY Fung, CSH Chan, CB Chua, GT Tay, S Acharyya, GFH Chew, NKL Lee, KBL Lim
    Effects of Cast Immobilization on Skin Barrier Function
    Ann Acad Med Singapore 2020; 49:354-59
  • SK Gera, DKH Pg Zaini, S Wang, SH Abdul Rahaman, RF Chia, KBL Lim
    Ingrowing toenails in children and adolescents: is nail avulsion superior to nonoperative treatment?
    Singapore Med J 2019; 60(2): 94-96
  • SK Gera, DKH Pg Zaini, S Wang, SH Abdul Rahaman, RF Chia, KBL Lim
    Ingrowing toenails in children and adolescents: is nail avulsion superior to non-operative treatment?
    Singapore Med J. 2018, 1-9, 5 Sep 2018,
  • M Zhu, ES Lokino, CSH Chan, AJ Gan, LL Ong, KBL Lim
    Cast immobilization for the treatment of paediatric distal radius fracture: fibreglass versus polyolefin
    Singapore Med J. 2019, 60(40):183-187
  • 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)​
​Evaluation of Prevalence and Risk Factors in Children with Recurrent Fractures (CGDec18S02)
Mentor​SingHealth RHS (PULSES) Centre Grant
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​2016 - 2018
Cast immobilisation on paediatric fractures – what happens to the skin?​​Co-PI​KKHHF Grant​S$10,000​2014 - 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