Dr Ho Kok Sun graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1993. He obtained his Master of Medicine in Surgery from the National University of Singapore in 1998 and also became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the same year. He completed his training in general surgery in 2002. He went to Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2002 for his fellowship and has been subspecialising in colorectal surgery since he completed his general surgery training.
Dr Ho is the immediate past President of the College of Surgeons Singapore and the immediate past President of the ASEAN Society of Colorectal Surgeons. He was also previously President of the Society of Colorectal Surgeons (Singapore) and vice president of the Singapore-China Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology. He is a founding member of the Eurasian Colorectal Technologies Association. He has served as Organising Chairman of 2 major international colorectal conferences.
Dr Ho was formerly Senior Consultant at the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Singapore General Hospital. During his time in Singapore General Hospital, he held numerous posts including Director of Enterostomal Therapy Service, Director of Transanal Ultrasound Lab and Director of Endo-Laparoscopic Simulation Centre. He was also Deputy Director of Singapore General Hospital Endoscopy Centre. Dr Ho was also Visiting consultant to the Department of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre of Singapore.
Dr Ho also held concurrent appointments of Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Assistant Professor with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. He was a core faculty member of the SingHealth General Surgery Residency Program and developed the syllabus for the Colorectal Surgery training program.
Dr Ho has a strong special interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. He does laparoscopic (keyhole) colon and rectum surgeries regularly and also progressed to performing numerous single incision port (single keyhole) colon and rectum surgery. He is also one of the very few surgeons in Singapore accredited to do Robotic Colorectal Surgery. In the field of laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy, he has conducted more than 20 animal laparoscopic workshops to teach overseas surgeons. He has also taught medical students and advanced specialty trainees laparoscopic and endoscopic skills using simulation machines.
Dr Ho’s other area of interest is in advanced therapeutic endoscopy (gastroscopy and colonoscopy) including the use of colon stents in the relief of symptoms from complication of colon cancer.
Another area of expertise would be that of anal diseases. This includes conditions like haemorrhoids (piles), anal fistula, anal fissures and abscesses.
Dr Ho has published more than 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He is also a reviewer and is on the editorial board of numerous journals.
Dr Ho is effectively bilingual in both Chinese and English and is also able to speak in Cantonese and Hokkien as well. He has travelled to speak and perform live surgery demonstration and teaching in countries such as China, Indonesia and Vietnam.