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Clinical Appointments

  • Head SingHealth Duke-NUS Spine Centre
  • Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital
  • Director and Senior Consultant CGH-NNI Integrated Spine Centre Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, SingHealth Duke-NUS
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Core Faculty, PGY1 Programme, SingHealth Residency


Dr Dinesh Shree Kumar is currently the Head of SingHealth Duke-NUS Spine Centre and oversees the coordination of spine surgery and spine care for patients in the SingHealth Cluster. He is also the Director of Spine Surgery in Changi General Hospital (CGH). Some of his initiatives in his current appointment include the introduction of Minimally Invasive Spine surgery with robotics/computer navigation at CGH and the development of an Integrated Spine Service in CGH consisting of both Neurosurgeons and Orthopaedic Surgeons.

He has recently spearheaded the Min Inv Computer Guided Spine Surgery Training platform CREST@CGH. He receives visiting surgeons from the region every who are doing proctorships and fellowships in Minimally invasive spine surgery. He has successfully setup the CGH-NNI Spine Centre which is an integrated Spine Centre consisting of Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons and Rehab Physicians offering a one stop service to patients with spinal disorders.


  • MBBS (Singapore)
  • MRCS(Ed)
  • MMed (Surg)
  • FRCS (Neurosurgery) (Edin)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Head, SingHealth Duke-Nus Spine Centre
  • Director & Senior Consultant, CGH-NNI Integrated Spine Centre
  • Deputy Vice Chair, SingHealth MSK ACP (Faculty Affairs)
  • Director, Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Changi General Hospital
  • Director, CREST@CGH Surgical Training Platform
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, SingHealth Duke-NUS
  • Chairman, HOTA Committee, Changi General Hospital
  • Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Residency Physician Faculty, Orthopaedics
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Spinal Fusion VDC Lead, Changi General Hospital
  • Core Faculty, PGY1 Programme, SingHealth Residency
  • Clinician Mentor, CGH Mentorship Program, Changi General Hospital
  • President Elect, Singapore Spine Society
  • Board Member, Asia Pacific Spine Society
  • Member, AO Spine, AO Foundation
  • Member, Asia Pacific Spine Society
  • Member, North American Spine Society
  • Board Member, Chapter of Neurosurgeons


  • SingHealth Quality Service Award 2023
  • SingHealth Excellence Award 2023 – Outstanding Clinician Award
  • SingHealth Outstanding Clinician Award 2023
  • SingHealth Long Service Award 2022
  • SingHealth Outstanding Resident Faculty Award 2018/19
  • SingHealth Outstanding Resident Faculty Award 2013/14
  • Human Manpower Development Plan Award 2012
  • Dean's list award, National University of Singapore, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001

Research Interests


  • Accuracy and Reliability of Spinal Navigation: An analysis of over 1000 pedicle screws. Shree Kumar Dinesh, Nishant Ampar, Loo Wee Lim. Oct 2019 Journal of Orthopaedics
  • Cervical Pedicle Screw Instrumentation is more reliable with O-arm based 3-D navigation:analysis of cervical pedicle screw placement accuracy with O-arm based navigation. Sourabh Chachan, Hamid Ramatullah, Wee Lim Loo, Shree Kumar Dinesh. Apr 2018 Eur Spine J.
  • Cryptococcosis mimicking lung carcinoma with brain metastases in an immunocompetent patient Samantha Y.L. Ang, Victor W.L. Ng, Shree Kumar Dinesh, Sharon Y.Y. Low. Article in Oct 2016 Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.
  • The feasibility of producing patient-specific acrylic cranioplasty implants with a low-cost 3D printer Eddie T W Tan, Ji Min Ling, Shree Kumar Dinesh Article in Nov 2015 Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Extradural Spinal Cavernous hemangioma mimicking a dumbbell shaped tumour. Kappaganthu V. Prassanna, Cholan Shakil Ahmad, Poh Wee Ting, Shree Kumar Dinesh. Jan 2020 in Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery.
  • Outcomes of chronic subdural hematoma drainage in nonagenarians and centenarians: a multicenter study Lester Lee, Justin Ker, Hui Yu Ng, Thangaraj Munusamy, Nicolas Kon Kam King, Shree Kumar Dinesh, Wai Hoe Ng Article in Jul 2015 Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Delayed Occurrence of Escherichia coli Subdural Empyema Following Head Injury in an Elderly Patient: A Case Report and Literature Review Thangaraj Munusamy, Shree Kumar Dinesh Article in Mar 2015 Journal of Neurological Surgery
  • Computed tomographic morphometric analysis of cervical pedicles in a multi-ethnic Asian population and relevance to subaxial cervical pedicle screw fixation Thangaraj Munusamy, Ady Thien, Mark Gerad Anthony, Ramesh Bakthavachalam, Shree Kumar Dinesh. Article in Aug 2014 European Spine Journal
  • Correction to cervical pedicle screw instrumentation is more reliable with O-arm based navigation : analysis of screw placement accuracy Sourabh Chachan, Hamid Rahmatullah, Loo Wee Lim, Shree Kumar Dinesh May 2018. Eur Spine J
  • The Stroke Clinician's Handbook. A practical Guide to the Care of Stroke Patients Editors Robert N Gan, N V RamaniChapter : Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Dinesh SK and Ivan Ng. eISBN 978-981-277-880-2
  • Handbook of Neurosurgery and Neurointensive Care for Medical Officers SY Lee, SK Dinesh, J Thomas, J Goh, TK Tan. 01/2012
  • Min Inv Spine Surgery – A paradigm shift in Technique, Treatment and Outcomes. SK Dinesh. Original Article, 15 July 2020 Medical News
  • A case of mistaken identity: An intracranial foreign body reaction secondary to embolization of a cerebral AVM 10 years ago now presenting as a glioma Shree Kumar Dinesh, Ser Yee Lee, J Thomas. Article in Apr 2008 Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Use of programmable versus nonprogrammable shunts in the management of hydrocephalus secondary to aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: A retrospective study with cost-benefit analysis Lester Lee, Nicolas Kon Kam King, Shree Kumar Dinesh, Ivan ng. Article in Apr 2014 Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Soft tissue chondroma mimicking "dumbbell" neurogenic tumour: A rare cause of lumbar radiculopathy Ady Thien, Clarence Hai Yi Teo, Tchoyoson C C Lim, Amit Karandikar, Shree Kumar Dinesh. Article in Nov 2013 Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Routine spinal navigation for thoraco-lumbar pedicle screw insertion using the O-arm three-dimensional imaging system improves placement accuracy Ji Min Ling, Shree Kumar Dinesh, Boon Chuan Pang, Min Wei Chen, Heng Lip Lim, Danny T Louange, Chun Sing Yu, Ernest Wang. Article in Sep 2013 Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
  • A prospective study on the use of intraoperative Computed Tomography (iCT) for image-guided placement of thoracic pedicle screws. Shree Kumar Dinesh, Rajendra Tiruchelvarayan, Ivan ng. Article in Jun 2012 British Journal of Neurosurgery
  • Sudden severe chest pain: Thoracic dural arteriovenous fistula aneurysm rupture with intracranial subarachnoid haemorrhage Annkheng Tan, Shree Kumar Dinesh, W. E. H. Lim, I. H. B. Ng. Article in Jul 2010 Singapore medical journal
  • Intraoperative computed tomographic angiography in cerebral aneurysm surgery: A pilot feasibility study Shree Kumar Dinesh, John Thomas, Ivan ng. Article in Feb 2010 Neurosurgery
  • Surgical planning for microsurgical excision of cerebral arterio-venous malformations using virtual reality technology Ivan ng, Peter Hwang, Shree Kumar Dinesh, Cheng Kiang Lee, Ralf A Kockro, Yih Yian Sitoh. Article in Apr 2009 Acta Neurochirurgica
  • Hypertension-induced reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome causing obstructive hydrocephalus Ser Yee Lee, Shree Kumar Dinesh, J Thomas. Article in May 2008 in Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
  • A case of mistaken identity: Intracranial foreign body reaction after AVM embolisation mimicking a glioma Shree Kumar Dinesh, Ser Yee Lee, J Thomas. Article in May 2008 Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome: A case report Ser Yee Lee, Shree Kumar Dinesh, J Thomas. Article in Apr 2008 Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
  • Decreased Access to Health Care and Social Isolation among Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy after Leaving School SY Ng, Shree Kumar Dinesh, Stacey K H Tay, E H Lee. Article in Jun 2003 Journal of orthopaedic surgery (Hong Kong)
  • Hyperplastic Hematopoietic Bone Marrow of the spine mimicking Spinal Metastasis: A case report and review of literature WLP yuen, W Png, SK Dinesh, WL Loo. Indian spine Journal 1920, 135,2018
  • Utility of high-definition 3D digital exoscope for spinal surgery during COVID-19 Pandemic. THL Teo, BJN Tan, WL Loo, AKS Yeo, SK Dinesh. Bone & Joint Open1(7), 359-363, 2020
  • Neuromonitoing in Cervical Spine Surgery: When is a Signal Drop Clinically Significant? J DeCruz, AK Kaliya-Perumal, KHY Wong, SK Dinesh, JYL Oh. Asian Spine Journal, 2020
  • The Spinal Metastasis Invasiveness Index: A Novel Scoring System to Assess Surgical Invasiveness N Kumar, MRD Ramos, R Patel, BWL Tan, KG Lopez, CP Nolan, A Kumar, SK Dinesh. Spine 2021.
  • Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Spinal Surgery in Singapore. BJN Tan, HLT Teo, WL Loo, SK Dinesh. Singapore Med J 61912), 624-625, 2020
  • Subdural Hematoma due to dural metastases from bronchogenic carcinoma in a previously well patient: an unusual cause of non-traumatic recurrent intracranial hematoma. JX Zheng, TK Tan, SK Dinesh, LC Lim, HL Loh Singapore Med J 52(4), e66-e69, 2011
  • Acute Low Back Pain: Diagnosis and Management. Qin Yong See, Jun-Nian Beatrice Tan, Dinesh SK. Singapore Med J 62(6):271-275 2021
  • Is there a place for surgical repair in adults with spondylolysis or grade-1 spondylolisthesis – a systematic review and treatment algorithm. Naresh Kumar, Sirisha Madhu, Naveen Pandita, Miguel RD Ramos, Barry W L Tan, Keith G Lopez,Sridharan AR, Paul J, Colum P N, Dinesh SK. Spine J. 21(8):1268-1285, 2021
  • Intracerebral Haemorrhage following spine surgery: a word of caution on the use of suction drains. Wei Zhang, Colum PN, Dinesh SK, Reuben CS, Jacob Oh. Br J Neruosurgery. Apr 6;1-4 , 2021.
  • Mycoplasma hominis Lumbar Wound Infection after Posterior Decompression and Instrumented Fusion: A Case Report. S Ng, Dinesh SK, WL Loo. JBJS Case Connector 11(2),e20, 2021

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