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Dr Xia Zhan William

Dr Xia Zhan

​MBBS, MMed (Ortho Surg), MRCSEd, FRCSEd (Trauma&Ortho)

Associate Consultant

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Acute Care, Trauma Service

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Hip and Knee Arthritis , Hip and Knee Degeneration , Hip Fractures , Upper and Lower Limb Fractures .

Clinical Appointments

  • Associate Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital


Dr Xia Zhan William is an Associate Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Singapore General Hospital. He graduated with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.,B.S.) in 2011. He started further specialist training in SingHealth Orthopaedic Residency Program in 2014 and received MOH Training Award in the same year. He was awarded the SingHealth Outstanding Resident during his training. He attained his Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery) from National University of Singapore in 2018, and was subsequently appointed Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery) in 2020.

Valuing both competence and compassion, he believes firmly that orthopaedic surgeon plays a key role in improving patients’ quality of life. As such, he is a strong advocate for evidence-based practice and patient-centered care to achieve better outcomes for patients.

Apart from his clinical duties, Dr Xia participates actively in medical research. He has presented widely at various local and international conferences including the prestigious American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Scientific Meeting. He has several publications in renowned local and international peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr Xia is also actively involved in the training and education of residents and medical students, including those from all three local medical schools in Singapore. He was appointed as clinical instructor by Duke-NUS Medical School and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He was awarded RiSE Awards 2022 – Outstanding Faculty Award.


  • ​Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Ministry of Health, Singapore, Specialist Accreditation in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • ​Royal College of Surgeon (Edinburgh)
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association
  • AO Trauma


  • ​RiSE Awards 2022 – Outstanding Faculty Award
  • SingHealth Outstanding Resident Award 2017
  • MOH Training Award 2014

Research Interests


  1. ​Joel WA Lim, Zhan Xia, Joyce SB Koh, TS Howe, Brian P Lee, Bernard F Morrey. Sustained Functionality and Survivorship of the Coonrad-Morrey Linked Elbow Prosthesis is replicated by an Asian Institution with Evolving Indications over Eighteen years. Seminars in Arthroplasty: JSES. Doi:
  2. Don T. Koh, Zhan Xia, Zongxian Li, Kae Sian Tay, Shi Ming Tan, Nicolas Yeo, Rikhraj IS. Elevated Body Mass Index Does Not Adversely Influence the Outcomes of Arthroscopic Treatment for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Foot Ankle Orthop. 2022 Jan; 7(1). doi: 10.1177/2473011421S00285.
  3. Xia Z, Yew AKS, Zhang TK, Rikhraj IS. Lateral versus central tendon-splitting approach to insertional Achilles tendinopathy: a retrospective study. Singapore Med J. 2019 May 2. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2019038.
  4. Xia Z, Liow MHL, Goh GS, Chong HC, Lo NN, Yeo SJ. Body mass index changes after unicompartmental knee arthroplasty do not adversely influence patient outcomes. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2017 Sep 6. doi: 10.1007/s00167-017-4703-7.
  5. Xia Z, Yew AKS, Zhang TK, Su HCD, Ng YCS, Rikhraj IS. Surgical Correction of Haglund's Triad Using a Central Tendon-Splitting Approach: A Retrospective Outcomes Study. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2017 Nov - Dec;56(6):1132-1138. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2017.05.015. Epub 2017 Aug 12.
  6. Xia Z, Sittampalam K, Howe TS, Lo NN. Successful treatment of solitary intraosseous haemangioma of the femoral neck. Singapore Med J. 2015 Apr;56(4):e65-70.
  7. Liow MH, Xia Z, Wong MK, Tay KJ, Yeo SJ, Chin PL. Robot-assisted total knee arthroplasty accurately restores the joint line and mechanical axis. A prospective randomised study. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Dec;29(12): 2373-7.
  8. Xia Z, Takano AM, Sittampalam K, Howe TS. Laparoscopic grasper for intramedullary biopsy: a technique to improve tissue sampling. Singapore Med J. 2014 Aug;55(8):e116-8.

Research Trials