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MD(Canada), FACS (USA)

Board Certified by American Board of Surgery


Senior Consultant

General Surgeon

Colorectal Clinic Associates


Former Program Director

General Surgery Residency,

National University Health System

Former Research Director

Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, USC,

National University Health System

Former Program Director

Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Former Program Director

Surgery-In-General Residency Program,

National University Health System


Former Board Certification with American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery



American College of Surgeons



American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery



Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia



Singapore Medical Association



Singapore Colorectal Society


Dr. Frances Lim is a double board-certified general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. She received her Medical Doctor degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She completed a General Surgery residency at the State University of New York in Syracuse New York, USA and then completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., USA. 


Throughout her distinguished career she has held numerous prominent positions including a Senior Consultant to the National Cancer Institute Singapore (NCIS) and to the Division of Colorectal Surgery at National University Health System (NUHS) Singapore where she performed complex colorectal surgery, sphincter-preserving rectal cancer surgery; transanal excision for early-stage rectal cancer; complex and simple surgery for anorectal conditions; anal ultrasounds; surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease surgery and many more benign conditions. She also treated her patients through diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy. She treated functional bowel disorders and pelvic floor disorders. 

She has been the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency as well as the past Program Director for the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship Program at the NUHS in Singapore. In these roles, she worked closely with surgical residents to ensure quality physicians. She pushed her residents to think outside the box, take a holistic approach to the patient, and utilize evidence-based medicine. She stressed upon her residents the importance of a good bedside manner as well as listening, and talking, to the patient and their families. 


An internationally known physician, she has been a speaker on numerous gastroenterological procedures and patient management topics at conferences ranging from the Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She is well published in countless peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters for medical textbooks. Always seeking to improve patient care she was awarded the A*Star BEP Grant for a disposable, self-administered haemorrhoidal therapy device where she was the Lead Clinical Co-Principal Investigator. This device is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently in the process of patent application around the world.


She is now happy to be a part of Colorectal Clinic Associates where she can practice holistic, patient centered, compassionate care. Dr. Lim respects patient preferences and takes the time to explain all medical options available to them so they can make the best decision for themselves. Utilizing evidence-based medicine, her approach to patient care is much appreciated by her patients and their families.


She is skilled in a wide range of Colorectal and general surgeries; but her main interests lie in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Colorectal Cancer. She is a skilled laparoscopic surgeon who always attempt to utilize minimally invasive procedures on her patients whenever possible to shorten recovery time and improve patient outcomes. 


Dr. Lim is a mother of 2 children, ages 3 and 6 and enjoys anything having to do with the sun, sand, and sea. In her free time, she can often be found on the beach, walking trails, and spending time with her kids. She is trilingual, being fluent in Mandarin both the Hokkien and Cantonese dialects, English, and Malay.

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