Daniel Chan Nim Cho
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Dr Daniel Chan Nim Cho

Dr Chan Daniel Chan Nim Cho


Senior Consultant

Sengkang General Hospital

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery, Spinal Cord Disorders, Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Disease.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Sengkang General HospitalSengkang General Hospital


Dr Chan graduated from medical school in University college, Dublin, Ireland in 1982. Thereafter he obtained his post graduate training in the UK, at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital for registrar training and subsequently Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital for Senior Registrar training.  He also did two Fellowships in Spinal Surgery, in Hong Kong and Leeds respectively.

After completing his post graduate training in the UK, he was appointed as a Consultant, Orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in UK, where he spent 22 years as an Orthopaedic spinal surgeon. He finished his post in Exeter in May 2018 and took up his current position as Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon at Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore.

His practice spans all pathologies, with the exception of intradural pathology. His work ranges from microsurgery to the lumbar and cervical spine to complex reconstruction surgery for tumours, fractures, and degenerative conditions. He has a special interest in anterior spinal surgery also have a spinal deformity correction practice.


  • Qualified from University College Dublin, Ireland 1982.
  • Continued training in UK, obtaining FRCSEd in 1986.
  • Trained in Royal orthopaedic hospital in Birmingham as a registrar and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry as a senior registrar.
  • Obtaining FRCSOrth in 1994 and CCST in 1995.
  • Spinal surgery fellowship at Duchess of Kent Children's hospital and Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong in 1991/2.
  • National Spinal Fellowship in Leeds 1995.

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • British association of spinal surgeons
  • European spine Society
  • North American Spine society
  • Singapore spine society
  • Singapore orthopaedic association
  • AP spine


Research Interests


  • Recommendations for lengthening of magneticallu controlled growing rods in children with pacemakers.  Kinberley Anne Tan, Matt Sewell, A Clarke, M Hutton, D Chan Jun 2017 J Paediatric orthopaedics
  • Effects of needle damage on annulus fibrosis micromechanics.  C Vergari, J Mansfield, D Chan, P Winlove.  Jun 2017 Acta Biomaterialia
  • Snapshot of first presentation Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in the UK and the growing evidence for school prevention programme introduction.  Jan Herzog N Patel, O Stokes, D Lui, D ChanNov 2017, The Spine Journal
  • Anterior lumbar discectomy and fusion for acute cauda equine syndrome caused by recurrent disc prolapse.  Kimberly-Anne Tan, Mat Sewell, Yma Markmann, Daniel Chan Mar 2017, Journal of Neurosurgery Spine
  • Retroperitoneal haematoma in a postoperative ALIF patient taking rivaroxaban for atrial fibrillation. Praveen Deekonda, Oliver Stokes, Daniel Chan.  Nov 2016 European Spine Journal
  • Returning to work and driving after spinal surgery: A web-based survey investigating the opinions of UK spinal surgeons.  J. Hiett, D.Chan, A. Clarke, P. Hourigan.  International Journal Of Therapy And Rehabilitation 22(4):181-186 · April 2015
  • Delayed Presentation of atlanto-axial rotatory subluxation with subsequent occipital-atlantal rotatory subluxation.  A. Singh Dhadwal, A. Clarke, Abhinav Singh, D. Chan, M. Hutton. Eur Orthop Traumatol. 2014; 5(4):371-374.
  • Back pain in the under 20s would appear to be a 'red flag' of dubious significance: Results of a retrospective case note analysis.  J. Hiett, D. Chan, P. Hourigan.  International Musculoskeletal Medicine 36(1):19-22 · April 2014
  • A Radiological Comparison of Anterior Fusion Rates in Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. M McCarthy, L. Ng, G. Vermeersch, D. Chan.  Global Spine Journal 2012; 2: 195-2
  • Erect Radiographs to Assess Clinical Instability in Patients with Blunt Cervical Spine Trauma.  S. Humphry, A. Clarke, M. Hutton, D. Chan.  The Journal Of Bone And Joint Surgery 94(23):E1741-4 · December 2012.
  • Shortening osteotomy for the treatment of spinal neuroarthropathy following spinal cord injury. A case report and literature review.  Thomason K, Emran IM, Chan D  European Spine Journal. 16 Suppl 3:318-21, 2007 Dec.
  • Respiratory failure due to a displaced fracture of the odontoid. Clarke, M.J. Hutton, D. Chan.  The Journal Of Bone And Joint Surgery [Br], Vol. 92-B, No. 7, July 2010. .
  • Spinal subdural haematoma in association with anticoagulant therapy, unusual presentation: A case report and review of literature.  Ravi Badge and D Chan. Case Journal 2009, 2: 151.
  • Combined anterior interbody fusion and posterior pedicle screw fixation in patients with degenerative lumbar disc disease.  El Masry MA, Badawy WS, Rajendran P, Chan D. International Orthopaedics. 28(5):294-7, 2004 Oct.
  • Combined Anterior and Posterior Stabilization for treating an Unstable Cervical Spine Fracture in a Patient with long standing Ankylosing Spondylitis.  El Masry MA, Badawy WS, Chan D. Injury. 35(10):1064-7, 2004 Oct.
  • Stage I compression-extension injury of the cervical spine. A rotationally unstable injury. El Masry MA, el Assuity W, Chan D.  Acta Orthop Belg. 69(6):533-6, 2003 Dec.

Research Trials