Dr. Esther Chuwa

Senior Consultant & Breast Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edin), M Med (Surgery), FRCSEd (Gen), FAMS

Dr. Esther Chuwa is our senior consultant practicing at Solis. She has a special interest in the management and research of breast diseases and oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery.

Training and Qualifications

She obtained her medical degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and received her general surgical training at the Singapore General Hospital and National Cancer Centre. Dr. Chuwa was among the first in her cohort to complete her Advanced Surgical Training and was named top candidate by the Board of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in her qualifying examinations.

Management and Research of Breast Disease

Never settling, Dr. Chuwa chose to devote her practise solely to the management and research of breast diseases by joining KK Breast Unit in 2006, which was the only stand-alone breast surgical unit in Singapore.

Trained in Breast Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Recognising the importance to balance oncologic control and cosmetic outcomes in the surgical treatment of breast cancers, Dr. Chuwa embarked on an oncoplastic breast fellowship at the renowned Nottingham Breast Institute, United Kingdom, under the Human Manpower Development Plan Award in 2009. She has undertaken visiting stints and observerships at the breast and reconstruction units at various institutions including the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City, USA, the Lyon Berard Cancer Center in Lyon, France, and Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.Dr. Chuwa ranks among the few local breast surgeons to have received formal training in oncoplastic breast surgery. She now offers this as one of the surgical options of breast cancer treatment. Her other specialisations include minimally invasive breast biopsy techniques and localisation and excision of non-palpable breast tumours.

Research Interests

A prolific researcher and author, Dr. Chuwa has published widely in many local, regional and international journals. She has also authored a book chapter reviewing the outcomes of oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery and is involved in several multi-institutional research collaborations under the A*star and National Medical Council Research Grants.

International Recognition

Dr. Chuwa is also a member of the European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists, the International Society of Surgery/ Breast Surgery International as well as the American College of Breast Surgeons. She serves as a journal reviewer for international journals including Clinical Breast Cancer, International Surgery, World Journal of Surgical Oncology, and an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Gynaecology and Minimally Invasive Therapy.

Read Articles By Dr. Esther Chuwa
Medical Publications By Dr. Esther Chuwa

Schwannoma: an unexpected diagnosis from a breast lump
Qing Ting Tan, Esther Wee Lee Chuwa, Sung Hock Chew, Ga Sze Hong- JSCR 2014; 9 (4 pages)

Early detection of breast cancer through population-based mammographic screening in Asian women: a comparison study between screen-detected and symptomatic breast cancers. Breast J. 2009 Mar-Apr;15(2):133-9.
Chuwa EW, Yeo AW, Koong HN, Wong CY, Yong WS, Tan PH, Ho JT, Wong JS, Ho GH.

MRSA breast abscesses in postpartum women (3rd author)
Asian J Surg 2009 Jan;32(1):55-8

Accuracy of frozen section in sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer
Eur J Cancer 2008;6(7)Supp:158

Outcomes of stereotactic breast core biopsy (SBCB) of BIRADS category 4 microcalcifications
E Chuwa, SY Teo, YY Tan, GS Hong (accepted)

Treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ in an Asian population: outcome and prognostic factors. ANZ J Surg. 2008 Jan-Feb;78(1-2):42-8
Chuwa EW, Tan VH, Tan PH, Yong WS, Ho GH, Wong CY.

Unusual presentation of abdominal Castleman’s disease. Asian J Surg. 2006 Jul;29(3):153-6. Review.
Chuwa WL, Chuah KL, Ong HS.

Omentum as a cover for abdominal wall loss. Tech Coloproctol. 2006 Jul;10(2):139-42.
Chuwa EW, Seow-Choen F.

Gastrointestinal: mesenteric cystic lymphangioma. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 May;21(5):916
Chim H, Chuwa E, Chau YP, Chow PK.

Dietary fibre. Br J Surg. 2006 Jan;93(1):3-4
Chuwa EW, Seow-Choen F.

Outcomes for abdominoperineal resections are not worse than those of anterior resections. Dis Colon Rectum. 2006 Jan;49(1):41-9
Chuwa EW, Seow-Choen F.

Prognostic significance of peritoneal lavage cytology in gastric cancer in Singapore. Gastric Cancer. 2005;8(4):228-37
Chuwa EW, Khin LW, Chan WH, Ong HS, Wong WK