Susan Lim - medical pioneer honoured

Intelligent, energetic, and inspiring, Singapore surgeon and Trinity alumna Dr Susan Lim (1977) is a visionary in constant pursuit of excellence. She is also the newest Fellow of Trinity College - the highest honour the College can bestow.

Susan Lim performed Asia's first successful liver transplant in 1990, has pioneered robotic surgery, and is leading research into the use of adult stem cells in search of a cure for diabetes.

As well as running her private surgical practice, Dr Lim is a distinguished international scholar and holds an adjunct Associate Professorship in the Department of Surgery at the National University of Singapore.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, having received the GB Ong Gold Medal for the year's most outstanding candidate in General Surgery, and holds a PhD in transplantation immunology from the University of Cambridge. She is also a volunteer captain in the Singapore Armed Forces, and a committed and generous philanthropist.

In 2000, when she married Deepak Sharma, head of Citigroup Private Bank for Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, and Japan, the couple established the Indiapore Trust Fund which provides scholarships and other educational support for underprivileged children in Singapore and India.

A public poll in 2000 chose Dr Lim to receive Singapore's 'Spirit of the Century' award in recognition of her personal excellence and global achievements.

Born in Singapore, Dr Lim first came to Australia in 1974 on a Colombo Plan Scholarship to study medicine. She was a resident student at Trinity during her clinical years, participating in the College's medical tutorial program and in a number of College sports including rowing, swimming, and tennis.

Dr Lim described her election as a Fellow as 'too amazing for words' and said that she was 'most honoured'. She will be formally installed as a Fellow in a ceremony at the College in 2005.

Professor Derek Denton (1943), internationally renowned medical researcher and Trinity alumnus, was installed as a Fellow of the College in May. A full report will be included in the December edition of TRINITYToday.

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