One of Singapore’s most-respected surgeons, and an inspiring teacher who has trained many of the surgeons in practice in Singapore today, Adjunct Professor Abu Rauff has been honoured through the establishment of a professorship at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
Colleagues, alumni, former students and friends of Prof Rauff collectively made gifts to set up the Abu Rauff Professorship in Surgery at NUS Medicine. The Professorship also sought to mark NUS Medicine’s 110th anniversary by paying tribute to an individual who has played an instrumental role in the School’s history. The fundraising was led by Professors Chuen Neng Lee, Ngoi Sing Shang, Walter Tan and Wong Peng Cheang.
The Professorship will accelerate the development of surgical expertise through education and mentorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as through translational research, to deliver better, safer and more affordable healthcare to the Singapore community and beyond.
“This Professorship recognises a master surgeon, a dedicated teacher and a great mentor who has served the University for over 40 years. It will assist in improving the healthcare we offer the community by promoting professionalism and world class standards in surgical specialties; providing an excellent education for our undergraduates and supporting translational research,” said Prof Chuen Neng Lee, Department of Surgery, NUS Medicine.
Prof Rauff is always the ‘go-to surgeon’ whenever there are difficult and complex surgical situations. Generations of surgeons who have worked and trained under him testify to his inspiring teaching skills and he is known for making complex issues simple. As a mentor, he always encourages his apprentices to excel, and freely shares his skills, experience and wisdom with his surgical trainees, while spurring them to become good and skillful surgeons themselves.
“I am touched by this recognition. It has been an honour for me to play a part in shaping Singapore’s young surgeons through the Medical School. It is my sincere hope that this Professorship will help advance knowledge in the field of surgery by supporting world-class research and will foster high standards of teaching to allow NUS to continue as one of Asia’s leading medical schools,” shared Prof Rauff. Prof Rauff joined NUS in 1972, held the Chair of Surgery position at the Singapore General Hospital from 1985 to 1988 and later at the National University Hospital (NUH) from 1988 to 1992. Even though he is now private practice, Prof Rauff still teaches clinical surgery skills to undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as participating in research projects at NUH as a senior visiting consultant at the Department of Surgery.
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