Asst Prof Vishalkumar G. Shelat

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Dr Vishal completed his MBBS from Gujarat University in 1999. He completed surgical residency from B. J Medical College, Ahmedabad in year 2002 with a thesis on ‘Hashimoto’s thyroiditis’ leading to MS (General Surgery). He passed national surgical exams and was accorded DNB (General Surgery) in 2003. In 2003, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in General Surgery at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad. He passed Membership of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005. He gained experience of working in UK-National Health Service for 2 years and then came to Singapore. He completed his 1 year Clinical Fellowship in HPB and Liver Transplantation from National University Hospital in 2007. During this Fellowship, Dr Vishal also accomplished Hesperis Diploma in Organ Transplantation from ECOT with thesis on ‘Theft, Trafficking, Trade and Transplant Tourism’ in 2008. It was during this 1 year period he decided to stay in Singapore. He also completed MMed (Surgery) from NUS in 2008 and Advanced Surgical Training in 2012 with Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was elected as a Fellow of Academy of Medicine soon after. He was awarded HMDP award to pursue Advanced Laparoscopic HPB surgery at Southampton General Hospital, UK under supervision of Mr Abu Hilal. Dr Vishal passed UEMS conducted HPB surgery exam and was elected as a Fellow of European Board of HPB surgery in 2014. He was awarded Davies Foundation Trust Travelling Fellowship to pursue Robotic Pancreas Surgical Fellowship with Dr Herbert Zeh at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre in 2015.


Dr Vishal enjoys teaching and has received Certificate of Commendation from National University of Singapore for teaching undergraduates. He is also appointed as Clinical Lecturer with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and a Core Faculty member of NHG-APL surgical residency programme. Dr Vishal is also Assistant Lead and Adjunct Asst. Prof in Surgery for Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He has been conferred visiting Professorship of 2015 by Asian Institute of Telesurgery, IRCAD, Taiwan for teaching in Laparoscopic courses. Dr Vishal is an instructor for ATLS, CCrISP and SMA Ethics courses.


Dr Vishal also enjoys doing research and he pursued part time Master in Clinical Investigation with NUS with MOH-NRF Scholarship award. He has more than 35 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He is mentoring surgical residents pursuing Clinician Leadership in Research and helps foster research interest to next generation of surgeons. He serves as an editorial board member of peer reviewed international surgical journals. He is in the governing council of International College of Surgeons and represents Singapore in World Society of Emergency Surgery. He is a coapted member with Chapter of General Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore.


He is happily married to Garvi and has two children with which he spends his free time. He plays chess and collects stamps.​