Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist
About Your Surgeon
Dr Su Jang Wen graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1998. Subsequently, he obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and his Master of Medicine from the National University of Singapore in 2002 and 2003 respectively. In 2006, Dr Su became a Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (Cardiothoracic Surgery, Edinburgh) and was the first ever Singapore candidate to be awarded the gold medal for the Fellowship examination. In the same year, Dr Su became a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Singapore) – Gold Medallist.
From 2007-2009, Dr Su completed intensive training for both Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery. He was the first foreign fellow to be assigned the highly sought-after Chief Fellow of the Thoracic Surgery & Lung Transplantation Programme at the Cleveland Clinic which has been ranked as top Cardiothoracic Centre in the United States of America since 1995. He received comprehensive training under world-renowned Thoracic & Oesophageal Surgeons as well as a panel of internationally prominent Cardiac Surgeons. During his training at Cleveland, he was the first Asian to receive a prestigious award for the best research paper.
Dr Su is one of the very few cardiothoracic surgeons who is accredited to perform both heart and lung surgery. Upon returning to Singapore in 2009, Dr Su served as a Consultant in The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, National Heart Centre Singapore, making him one of the youngest ever cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. Since 2007, Dr Su has accumulated extensive experience having carried out more than 5,000 heart, lung and oesophageal surgeries. He has since remained one of the busiest Cardio-Thoracic surgeons in the region, performing more than 350 surgery per year. During his practice, he held the record of having no mortalities in all his elective thoracic surgery as well as most cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, cardiac valves and acute aortic dissection).
Apart from performing a full range of surgery for cardiac and thoracic conditions, Dr Su’s main interest is in Minimally Invasive Surgery. For thoracic surgery, he routinely performs video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in lung cancer, mediastinal tumours and many other thoracic conditions. In 2010, he was the first in South East Asia to have successfully resected lung cancer using Da Vinci Robot. In order to maintain the highest standard of care for his patients, he has nowadays routinely applied uniportal (single hole) VATS techniques for most of his thoracic surgery.