Dr. Sandeep Sebastin
Senior Consultant, Hand Surgeon
M.Med. (Surgery) National University of Singapore, Singapore
‘....to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always’
Dr. Sebastin believes that his role is like a mountaineering guide, who walks besides you, encouraging you, advising you, and helping you get to the top. He obtained his basic medical degree (MBBS) fromTamil Nadu, India in 1994. He then worked as a medical officer at Wanless Mission Hospital, Miraj in Central India, when he developed a keen interest in Hand Surgery. In those days, the path to becoming a Hand Surgeon required one to complete either Orthopaedic Surgery or Plastic Surgery. Plastic Surgery appealed to him more as the fusion of form and function seemed ideal for Hand Surgery. He then completed his Master’s in General Surgery from the Naval Hospital at Mumbai. This was a pre-requisite for doing Plastic Surgery in India. Subsequently he completed his super-specialization in Plastic Surgery from Gujarat. He then joined Ganga Hospital, India’s premier Hand & Plastic Surgery Hospital in 2002 under the mentorship of Dr. Raja Sabapathy, a world-renowned Hand Surgeon.
In 2004, Dr. Sebastin came to Singapore for a fellowship in Hand Surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. Singapore is one of the three countries in the world, where Hand Surgery is a recognized specialty and has a training program separate from Plastic or Orthopaedic Surgery. During his training at NUH, Singapore General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, he had the opportunity to work with multiple senior Hand Surgeons that included Prof. Aymeric Lim, Prof. RWH Pho, A/ Prof. Lim BH, Prof.. LC Teoh and Dr FC Yong. He completed his training in Hand Surgery in 2009. He was amongst the pioneering group of candidates selected by the Ministry of Health, Singapore for its research scholarship program. He spent two years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA from 2009-2011. His mentor at Michigan was Prof. Kevin Chung, a world authority on Hand Surgery and incumbent President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Sebastin returned to Singapore in2011 and has been working at the Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery at NUH till 2020.
He is currently Senior Consultant Hand Surgeon at Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery Partners –a private group practice located at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore. He continues to serve as Visiting Consultant at Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery at NUH and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Changi General Hospital. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at National University of Singapore. In addition, he is an accredited Hand Surgeon at the multiple private hospitals that include Mt. Elizabeth Hospital, Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Parkway East Hospital, Farrer Park Hospital, Mt Alvernia Hospital,Raffles Hospital, and StarMed Specialist Centre. Dr Sebastin has practiced Hand Surgery for over 25 years and manages a wide range of Hand Surgical Conditions. His sub-specialty interests include peripheral nerve surgery and micro-surgical reconstruction-fields where he is well known nationally and internationally. In addition to micro-surgical reconstruction in the upper extremity, he is well versed with soft tissue reconstruction of the lower limbs, both for trauma and diabetes. He was also part of the adult and paediatric liver transplant teams at NUH helping with microsurgical repair.
Dr. Sebastin sits on the executive committee of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery (SSHS) and the Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (APFSSH). He was previously President of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery and Chair of the Chapter of Hand Surgeons, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He held these positions concurrently (2015-2017) and remains the only Hand Surgeon to have done so. He is also a member of the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC), the National body entrusted with Hand Surgery training in Singapore and was chair of the Hand Surgery examination sub-committee of the Joint Committee for Surgical Training (JCST) from 2015-2019. He is also a member of the American Society for Hand Surgery (ASSH), Indian Society for Hand Surgery (ISSH) and Indian Society for Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Sebastin has a keen interest in research and has published over 90 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts. In addition, he has authored nearly 60 book chapters, two dissertations, and co-edited an issue of a Hand Surgery Journal along with his partner Dr. David Tan becoming the first Hand Surgeons in Singapore to do so. He has presented widely at national and international meetings and has given more than 50 invited lectures at international meetings.Dr Sebastin loves photography, especially wildlife photography. His other interest is jogging and playing squash. He is married and his wife Achu works for the media. He has two sons, Tanay and Ishan, who are growing up too fast.