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Ruban Poopalalingam

Clinical Associate Professor

Chairman, Medical Board, Singapore General Hospital

Chairman & Senior Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Division of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Singapore General Hospital


Education Qualifications: MBBS, MMed (Anaesthesia)

Adjunct Associate Professor Ruban is the founding Academic Chair in the Academic Clinical Programme for Anaesthesiology & Perioperative Sciences (ANAES ACP) of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre.  He is the Chairman & Senior Consultant of Division of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Singapore General Hospital. He is also a visiting consultant and Anaesthesiologist at National Heart Centre, Singapore  He is a member of the cardiothoracic  anaesthesia service and lung transplantation team at the National Heart Centre.  He has been involved in developing and overseeing postgraduate anaesthesiology training in Singapore for the last 10 years.  He was previously the Program Director for the SingHealth Anaesthesiology Residency Program 2010-2014.

His interests include thoracic anaesthesia, airway management and medical education.


  • Singapore Society of Anaesthesiologists Gold Medal (1997) 
  • Human Manpower Development Program Award in Thoracic Anaesthesia (2002)
Selected Publications: 

Use of low molecular weight heparin for prevention of deep vein thrombosis in total knee arthroplasty-a study of its efficacy in an Asian population. YK Fong, P.Ruban, SJ Yeo, BPH Lee, NN Lo, KH Seow, SCK Ng. Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore 2000; 29(4):439-41

Remifentanil in the management of laparoscopic resection of phaeochromocytoma – case reports. PC Ip-Yam, P Ruban, C Cheng, T Ravitharan. Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore 2003; 32(6): 828-831

Peripheral Cardiopulmonary Bypass-Assisted Thymoma Resection. Soon Jia Lin, Lim Chong Hee, T Agasthian, P. Ruban.
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2007; 21(6): 867-9

Diagnosis and Management of a Persistent Pneumothorax.
Ku CM, Ong GS, Poopalalingam R. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia 2009; 23:369-72

Anaesthetic management of Bronchopleural Fistula in a patient of Myasthenia Gravis. Singh P., Poopalalingam R., Singapore Medical Journal 2011; 52(5): e100

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: a novel procedure for weight loss. Lee SY, Lim CH, Pasupathy S, Poopalalingam R, Tham KW, Ganguly S, Wai CH, Wong WK., Singapore Medical Journal 2011; 52(11) : 794

Abnormal coagulation profile after hepatic resection: Effect of chronic hepatic disease and implications for epidural analgesia.
Flora Shiyi Yuan, Shin Yi Ng, Kok Yuen Ho, Ser Yee Lee, Alexander Y. Chung, Ruban Poopalalingam. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 2012; 24: 398-403

Can Bariatric Surgery be Performed Safely in Patients with Severe Treatment-Resistant Asthma? Joseph Jia Hong Toh, Shanker Pasupathy, Ruban Poopalalingam, Mariko Siyue Koh, Obesity Surgery 2013

Anaesthetic Concerns for Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Tan PY, Poopalalingam R.
Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 2014; 23(3): 246-53

A novel airway management technique for nasal surgery following transoral robotic surgery in patients with obstructive sleep apnea
Jerry Tan, Priscilla Phoon, Theodore Wong, Ruban Poopalalingam.
Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2015; 62(12): 1350-2