2213-Specialist Medical Practitioners (Surgical)

Job Title: 

Specialist Medical Practitioners (Surgical)

Job Description: 

Specialist medical practitioners (surgical) diagnose, treat and prevent illness, disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans, using surgical techniques, through application of the principles and procedures of modern medicine. They specialise in certain disease categories, types of patient or methods of treatment and may conduct medical education and research in their chosen areas of specialisation.


Tasks include:

  • considering medical information provided by a referring doctor or other healthcare provider
  • ordering specialised diagnostic tests to determine the nature of disorders or illnesses
  • prescribing, administering and monitoring patients' responses to surgical treatments
  • performing surgery of a general or specialised nature
  • managing complications before, during and after surgery
  • recording patients' medical information and exchanging information with other health professionals to ensure the provision of comprehensive care
  • reporting births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities to meet legal and professional requirements
  • providing information to patients and families about preventive measures, treatment and care for specific ailments
  • conducting research into specific human disorders and illnesses and preventive or curative methods and disseminating the findings such as through scientific reports
  • planning and participating in programmes designed to prevent the occurrence and spread of specific diseases
Additional Notes: 

This unit group includes

General surgeon
Cardiothoracic surgeon
Hand surgeon
Orthopaedic surgeon
Plastic surgeon

This unit group excludes

General practitioner (2211)
Dental surgeon (2261)
Ear, nose, throat (ENT) specialist (2214)

Specific Occupations: 

General surgeon

Cardiothoracic surgeon

Hand surgeon


Orthopaedic surgeon

Paediatric surgeon

Plastic surgeon


Other specialist medical practitioners (surgical)

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

Source: SINGAPORE STANDARD OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION 2015, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Republic of Singapore