Susan Lim

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For the Malaysian biologist, see Susan Lim (parasitologist).
Susan Lim
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Alma mater Monash University
University of Cambridge
Occupation Surgeon
Dr Susan Lim

Susan Lim is a Singaporean surgeon who performed the first successful liver transplant in Singapore in 1990.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lim was born in Singapore and was educated at Singapore Chinese Girls' School and Raffles Institution.[2] In 1974 she was awarded a scholarship under the Colombo Plan to study medicine at Monash University in Australia.[3] From 1977, during her studies, she was resident at Trinity College attached to the University of Melbourne.[4]

Professional Life[edit]

In 2003 Lim started the biotechnology company Stem Cell Technologies.[5] The following year she became a Fellow of Trinity College (University of Melbourne). She is the youngest person, and first Singaporean, to receive this honor.[6]

Lim established the Indiapore Trust with her husband Deepak Sharma and her friend Satpal Khattar. The trust issued $50,000 to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which assists struggling parents to meet their children's school expenses. The trust has also donated a science laboratory to Raffles Junior College and provided scholarships to underprivileged children in Singapore and India.[6]

Lim sits on the Global Advisory Council of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.[7] In April 2011 she gave a presentation at TED on Transplanting Cells, Not Organs.

In October 2011 Lim was included in The University of Newcastle's book 100 Women, which celebrates the achievements of 100 remarkable and inspirational women, both in Australia and globally.[8][9]

Controversy and suspension[edit]

In February 2011 the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) presented a case to the Ministry of Health, in which Lim was accused of overcharging one of her patients, the sister of the Queen of Brunei.[10][11] In August 2012 Lim was convicted of professional misconduct in respect of the overcharging, and was given a 3-year suspension from practising and fined. Lim appealed her sentence and was allowed to continue practising, pending the outcome of the appeal.[12][13] On 28 June 2013 the appeal court dismissed her appeal and confirmed the sentence in all respects.[14]