Dr Chia Shi-Lu

Dr Chia Shi-Lu

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Last updated 02 Nov 2023


Dr Chia Shi-Lu is an orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore.

He specialises in hip and knee arthroplasty (replacement), joint preservation surgery, minimally invasive joint surgery, joint ligament reconstruction, and the repair of damaged cartilage in major joints. He also manages limb trauma/fractures, shoulder injuries and other general orthopaedic conditions.

Dr Chia was a former orthopaedic surgeon in the adult reconstruction service of the orthopaedic department at Singapore General Hospital. He continues to be a visiting consultant there.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore. He obtained his fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), UK for general surgery, and later for orthopaedics and traumatology. Dr Chia undertook research and clinical fellowships, concentrating on advanced techniques in lower limb and cartilage restoration surgery. He completed his arthroplasty fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA.

Dr Chia was honoured with the Lee Kuan Yew postgraduate scholarship and obtained his PhD in cartilage biology from Imperial College, UK. He is an associate professor at Duke-NUS Medical School.

In addition to his surgical expertise, he is committed to research and education. He has made contributions to the medical field through publications including book chapters. He has also delivered numerous presentations and courses at both regional and international levels. He is an examiner for post-graduate orthopaedic specialty examinations.

He is involved in teaching at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He serves as a member of the academic advisory board for the Management Development Institute of Singapore, and he is on the curriculum advisory board for the bioengineering programme of SIM University.

Dr Chia is also active with several charitable and non-profit healthcare initiatives that promote bone and joint health in the community.

Awards and honours

  • 2022
    Duke-NUS Medical School Long Service Award
  • 2021
    Healthcare Heroes Award
  • 2017
    Singapore General Hospital 20-Year Long Service Award

Research and publications

Chia, S., et al. (2009). Fibroblast growth factor 2 is an intrinsic chondroprotective agent that suppresses ADAMTS-5 and delays cartilage degradation in murine osteoarthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 60(7), 2019–2027.

Chia, S., et al. (2012). Evaluation of the relationship between anteroposterior translation of a posterior cruciate ligament-retaining total knee replacement and functional outcome. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 94-B(10), 1362–1365.

Chia, S., et al. (2013). The radiological outcomes of patient-specific instrumentation versus conventional total knee arthroplasty. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, 22(3), 630–635.

Chia, S., et al. (2013). Fasciotomy and surgical tenotomy for recalcitrant lateral elbow tendinopathy. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(3), 636–644.

Chia, S., et al. (2006). Biodegradable elastomeric polyurethane membranes as chondrocyte carriers for cartilage repair. Tissue Engineering, 12(7), 1945–1953.

Chia, S., et al. (2018). Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty Achieves Greater Flexion With No Difference in Functional Outcome, Quality of Life, and Satisfaction vs Total Knee Arthroplasty in Patients Younger Than 55 Years. A Propensity Score–Matched Cohort Analysis. Journal of Arthroplasty, 33(2), 355–361.

Chia, S., et al. (2016). Obesity and the absence of trochlear dysplasia increase the risk of revision in patellofemoral arthroplasty. Knee, 23(2), 331–337.

Chia, S., et al. (2012a). Adult Reconstruction Surgery: The Knee. In Mercer’s Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma (10th ed.). CRC Press.

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