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Dr Wong Kong Min Reuben

"I’m here as a humble doctor to do the best in getting my patents along the road back to health."
Dr Reuben Wong is a gastroenterologist practising at Parkway East Hospital. He has special interests in functional and motility disorders such as acid reflux, constipation or diarrhoea, and bloating.
  • Specialty:

    • Gastroenterology
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, National University of Singapore
    • Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, UK
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, UK
    • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore (Gastroenterology)
    • Fellow at the Centre for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Languages Spoken

    • Cantonese
    • English
    • Hakka
    • Hokkien
    • Mandarin
    • Teochew

Getting to Know Dr Wong Kong Min Reuben

Getting to Know Dr Wong Kong Min Reuben

Q: What motivated you to become a doctor, and how did you decide to become a gastroenterologist?

Medicine marries objectivity and subjectivity – where science and knowledge are brought to bear in helping patients, each of whom is unique and special, get better. That’s what really attracted me to take the long road towards becoming a doctor.

Gastroenterology is a fascinating field, as you get to both put on your thinking cap as a physician to work on diagnostic puzzles, and also use your hands to effect treatment through the endoscope.

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Q: What kind of conditions do you treat, or specialise in treating?

As a gastroenterologist, I work on keeping patients’ guts in good health! This means the entire digestive tract from oesophagus through to the anus. My subspecialty is in functional and motility disorders, meaning helping people with reflux, constipation or diarrhoea, and abdominal pain and bloating. I was one of the first to introduce new testing techniques for the diagnosis of patients with reflux and swallowing disorders. I also do research and publish on the gut microbiota and colon cancer screening.

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Q: Could you share your philosophy in treating patients?

God is the ultimate healer – I’m here as a humble doctor to do the best in getting my patents along the road back to health.

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Q: How does a typical day look like for you working as a gastroenterologist?

A typical day consists of ward rounds and clinics to see patients, as well as endoscopy sessions to visualise and treat conditions in the stomach and colon. I’m also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, and still spend time on research and teaching, as well as training doctors and specialists both locally and overseas.

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Q: What are some of the most interesting or fulfilling parts of your job?

Clinically, it’s in getting the right diagnosis and treatment in challenging cases, and the joy of seeing the smiles on patients’ faces when they get better. Academically, I sit on international boards and comitia, and it’s very satisfying to have a hand in drafting new knowledge and guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the ever-evolving field of medicine.

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Q: Briefly describe a particularly difficult case that you successfully treated using your expertise

We had a lady who was diagnosed as having acid reflux and treated as such with medication for many years, with little improvement. By using 24hour pH-reflux and pressure testing of the oesophagus, we were able to show that she did not have reflux but instead had a motility disorder. We appropriately treated this and her symptoms resolved with a big improvement in her quality of life, putting a big smile on her face!

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