Dr Wu Pang Hung

Dr Wu Pang Hung

Cantonese, English, Hokkien, Mandarin
Last updated 16 Nov 2023

Key Achievements

  • Earliest Singaporean surgeon to be accredited to perform uniportal and biportal endoscopic spine surgery in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Earliest doctor to perform uniportal full endoscopic and unilateral biportal endoscopic posterolateral approach interbody fusion in lumbar in Singapore
  • Earliest doctor to start ambulatory lumbar endoscopic awake discectomy spine surgery protocol in Singapore


Dr Wu Pang Hung is an orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore.

His subspecialty interest is in minimally invasive spine surgery (endoscopic spine surgery) for cervical, thoracic and lumbar degenerative conditions, pain management, spinal deformity, spinal tumour and spinal trauma.

He was an orthopaedic consultant at the JurongHealth Campus, National University Health System (NUHS). He is currently a visiting consultant at NUHS, National Neuroscience Institute and Sengkang General Hospital.

Dr Wu graduated from the National University of Singapore. He obtained a graduate diploma in family medicine and membership in the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland). He completed his advanced orthopaedic surgical training by obtaining fellowship in Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), UK.

He obtained several fellowship awards in Asia, Europe and North America. He received the ASEAN orthopaedic junior travelling fellowship to orthopaedic and spine centres in ASEAN regions to understand the regional orthopaedic disease patterns and treatment strategies. He also received the AO trauma fellowship to practice at BG Klinik Ludwigshafen Trauma Centre, Germany for spine and orthopaedic trauma fixation techniques. He had an observership in Wellington Hospital, New Zealand for lumbar anterolateral access minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Dr Wu received the full-year AO spine North America fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children and Sunnybrook Hospital, and was exposed to complex paediatric and adult spinal deformity, complex spinal trauma, spinal tumour and tubular microscopic minimally invasive surgery.

After completing several fellowships ranging from open to microscopic tubular surgeries, he furthered his training in minimally invasive spine surgery by obtaining the Ministry of Health scholarship award and became the earliest Singaporean international fellow in endoscopic spine surgery at Nanoori Gangnam Hospital, South Korea. He later obtained the AO Asia Pacific spine fellowship to practice in Okayama Rosai Hospital, Japan. In 2023, he visited Wooridul Spine Hospital and St Peter’s Hospital, South Korea, to enhance his training in cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgeries.

Before entering private practice, Dr Wu was the director of the spinal fellowship programme and director of orthopaedic research in the department of orthopaedic surgery, JurongHealth Campus, NUHS. He set up LEADS (Local Endoscopic Awake Discectomy Surgery) protocol and ambulatory uniportal and biportal endoscopic spine surgery for lumbar decompression and discectomy at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. He was also appointed adjunct assistant professor at NUS. He has been practising medicine for more than 15 years.

Dr Wu authored several orthopaedic, neurosurgical textbooks. He is active in the world in different societies and conferences as an endoscopic expert to teach the next generation of endoscopic spine surgeon. He is a recipient of the NUHS Service Ambassador Award.

Research and publications

Wu, P. H., et al. (2023). Ambulatory uniportal versus biportal endoscopic unilateral laminotomy with bilateral decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis—cohort study using a prospective registry. European Spine Journal.

Wu, P. H., et al. (2023). Prospective Cohort Study with a 2-Year Follow-up of Clinical Results, Fusion rate, and Muscle Bulk for Uniportal Full Endoscopic Posterolateral Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Asian Spine Journal, 17(2), 373–381.

Wu, P. H., et al. (2022). Differentiation of pain-related functional limitations in surgical patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) using the Oswestry Disability Index: a Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network (CSORN) study. The Spine Journal, 22(4), 578–586.

Kim J. Y., Kim H. S., Wu P. H., Jang I. T. (2021). Alleviating Paravertebral Muscle Spasm after Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment of Hypersensitive Basivertebral and Sinuvertebral Nerves for Chronic Discogenic Back Pain. Pain Physician. 24(6), 883–892.

Wu, P. H., Sebastian, M., Kim, H. S., & Heng, G. T. Y. (2021). How I do it? Uniportal full endoscopic pseudoarthrosis release of left L5/S1 Bertolotti’s syndrome under intraoperative computer tomographic guidance in an ambulatory setting. Acta Neurochirurgica, 163(10), 2789–2795.

Wu, P. H., et al. (2022). Comparative Clinical and Radiographic Cohort Study: Uniportal Thoracic Endoscopic Laminotomy With Bilateral Decompression by Using the 1-Block Resection Technique and Thoracic Open Laminotomy With Bilateral Decompression for Thoracic Ossified Ligamentum Flavum. Operative Neurosurgery, 22(6), 391–399.

Wu, P. H., et al. (2020). Posterior endoscopic cervical foramiotomy and discectomy: clinical and radiological computer tomography evaluation on the bony effect of decompression with 2 years follow-up. European Spine Journal, 30(2), 534–546.

Wu, P. H., et al. (2022). Retrospective Case Control Study: Clinical and Computer Tomographic Fusion and Subsidence Evaluation for Single Level Uniportal Endoscopic Posterolateral Approach Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Versus Microscopic Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion. Global Spine Journal, 13(2), 304–315.

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