Dr Jeeve Kanagalingam

ENT Surgeon / Otorhinolaryngologist / Head and Neck Surgeon
24 years of experience


ENT Surgery / Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery


BM BCh (Oxford), MA (Cambridge), MRCS (Eng), DLO (Eng), DOHNS (Eng), FRCS ORL-HNS (Eng), FAMS(ORL)

What I do

Dr Jeeve Kanagalingam provides clinical services such as:
- Ear, nose and throat problems and treatment
- Thyroid surgery
- Voice surgery
- Head and neck cancer surgery
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Clinic Locations

ENT Clinic
Mt. Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, ##07-46/47 
38 Irrawaddy Road, S 329563

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Professional Statement

Dr Jeeve Kanagalingam is an ENT / Head and Neck Surgeon with The ENT Practice at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore. He has rich and vast training and experience in this field, and divides his time between institutional commitments with Tan Tock Seng Hospital as a Visiting Consultant, teaching commitments as an Assistant Professor with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and private practice. He is also Vice-President of the Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Singapore.

Dr Jeeve completed his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom. He read pre-clinical medicine as a ... See more [ + ]Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford, matriculating at Christ Church. Following undergraduate studies, he moved to London to pursue specialist training.

Dr Jeeve trained in ENT Surgery at the world renowned Royal National Throat Nose and Ear on Gray's Inn Road in London under Professors Tony Cheesman, David Howard and Valerie Lund. His outstanding performance in the intercollegiate surgical exams in Otolaryngology in 2006 earned him the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine. His training in the care of head and neck cancer patients was at the Royal Marsden Hospital - the world's oldest cancer hospital - and at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane under Professor WB Coman. He also was awarded the prestious Simpson-Smith Travelling fellowship to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York in 2004. Keeping with recent advancements in the field of surgical oncology, Dr Jeeve has completed advanced training in robotic head and neck surgery in South Korea and was part of the team at Tan Tock Seng Hospital to perform the first transoral robotic surgery case there. Dr Jeeve is trained in paediatric ENT - having been privileged to work at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. In 2011, he received a Singapore Ministry of Health(HMDP) award to pursue care of the Professional voice in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, USA.

Dr Jeeve's main area of specialist interest is in thyroid surgery, voice surgery and head and neck cancer surgery. he was Chief of the Head and Neck Cancer Service at Tan Tock Seng Hospital until October 2012. He had the opportunity to treat many complex head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer cases, including cases from the region and the Middle East referred to him by Johns Hopkins International Medical Centre. He convened the first inaugural joint head and neck cancer meeting in Singapore with the head and neck cancer societies of Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong in September 2011. He has taught in several international head and neck courses both in Australasia (Brisbane 2009, Perth 2010) and in Southeast Asia (Myanmar 2011, Malaysia 2012).

Dr Jeeve is one of a handful of ENT surgeons in Singapore on the General Medical Council's (GMC) Specialist Register in the United Kingdom. He is also a registered as a medical practitioner in Australia and Malaysia.

Dr Jeeve is widely published and continues to have an active interest in teaching and research. He has authored three book chapters and 27 peer-reviewed scientific papers todate. He is assistant professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He is an examiner in the exit examinations in Otolaryngology in Singapore, and has been an external examiner to universities abroad. In 2012, he was selected by medical undergraduates as one of the top 10 teachers in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. His commitment to postgraduate training led to his appointment to the National Residency Advisory Committee in Otorhinolaryngology.

Dr Jeeve is committed to excellence in clinical care and evidence-based clinical practice. Having trained and worked in three continents, he brings his wide and rich clinical experience to help patients with their ENT problems. He believes that patients should be fully informed of their conditions and share in the clinical decision making process.

Dr Jeeve is married and basks at home in the love of his wife and three wonderful daughters. 

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Languages Spoken

English, Malay


University of Cambridge
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Awards and Publications

ASEAN Scholarship
Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship
Australian Equity & Merit Scholarship Scheme
Chevening Scholarship
Cambridge University Scholar
Hartopp-Dixon Research Prize, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital
Simpson-Smith Travelling Fellowship
Nan Blofeld Scholarship
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Gold Medal, Intercollegiate FRCS Exams
Government of Singapore Health Manpower Development Programme Award 2011 Publications
Book chapters
1. Chapter 4: Diseases of the Ear Nose and Throat in Medicine and Surgery, E Lim (Ed), Elsevier
2. Chapter on Tonsils and Adenoids in Head and Neck Surgery, Chris d’Souza (Ed), Jaypee Publications Papers 1. Bacteriology of deep neck abscesses: a retrospective review of 96 consecutive cases.
Lee YQ, Kanagalingam J. Singapore Med J. 2011 May;52(5):351-5 2. The use of race and demographic variables in clinical research in Singapore.
Ali Alshaikh N, Kanagalingam J. Rhinology. 2010 Sep;48(3):379-80 3. Deep Neck Abscesses: The Singapore Experience
Lee YQ, Kanagalingam J. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Apr;268(4):609-14. Epub 2010 Sep 21 4. ECG electrode for tracheostome closure following decannulation
Nicoll F, Kanagalingam J, Coman WB. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2009 Sep; 91(6): 517 5. Maxillary mucosal cyst is not a manifestation of rhinosinusitis: results of a prospective three-dimensional CT study of ophthalmic patients
Kanagalingam J, Bhatia K, Georgalas C, Fokkens W, Miszkiel K, Lund VJ
Laryngoscope. 2009 Jan; 119(1):8-12 6. Vertebral artery dissection after direct laryngoscopy: case report and literature review
Campbell-Lloyd AJ, Kanagalingam J, Bandi H, Coman S. J Laryngol Otol 2009 Feb; 123(2):e11 7. The impact of septodermoplasty and potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser therapy in the treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia-related epistaxis
Harvey RJ, Kanagalingam J, Lund VJ. Am J Rhinol. 2008 Mar-Apr;22(2):182-7 8. Electroglottographic and perceptual evaluation of tracheoesophageal speech
Kazi R, Kanagalingam J, Ventikaraman R, Prasad V, Clarke PM, Nutting CM,  Rhys-Evans P, Harrington KJ. J Voice. 2009 Mar;23(2):247-54 9. Analysis of formant frequencies in patients with oral or oropharyngeal cancers treated by glossectomy.
Kazi R, Prasad VMN, Kanagalingam J, Georgalas C, Venkitaraman R, Nutting CM, Clarke P, Rhys-Evans P, Harrington KJ. Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2007 Sep-Oct; 42(5) 521-32 10. Quality of life following total laryngectomy: assessment using the UW-QOL scale
Kazi R, De Cordova J, Kanagalingam J, Venkitaraman R, Nutting  CM, Clarke P, Rhys-Evans P, Harrington KJ. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2006 Dec 5;69(2):100-106 [Epub ahead of print] 11. Long-term results of Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty in 168 patients with snoring
Iyngkaran T, Kanagalingam J, Rajeswaran A, Georgalas C,  Kotecha B
J Laryngol Otol. 2006 Nov;120(11):932-8. Epub 2006 Jul 3 12. Assessment of the Formant Frequencies in Normal and Laryngectomized Individuals Using Linear Predictive Coding
Kazi R, Prasad VMN, Kanagalingam J, Nutting CM, Clarke P, Rhys-Evans P, Harrington KJ
J Voice. 2006 Sep 27; [Epub ahead of print] 13. Predictors of speech and swallowing function following primary surgery for oral and oropharyngeal cancer
Kazi R, Kanagalingam J, Al-Mutairy A, Nutting CM, Clarke P, Rhys-Evans PH, Harrington KJ
Clin Otolaryngol. 2006 Feb; 31(1):83 14. A randomized trial of Rapid Rhino Riemann and Telfa nasal packs following endoscopic sinus surgery
Cruise AS, Amonoo-Kuofi K, Srouji I, Kanagalingam J, Georgalas C, Patel NN, Badia L, Lund VJ
Clin Otolaryngol. 2006 Feb; 31(1):25-32 15. Upper neck spinal accessory nerve identification during neck dissection
Tatla T, Kanagalingam J, Majithia A, Clarke PM. J Laryngol Otol 2005 Nov; 119 (11): 906-8 16. Cricothyroid Approximation and Subluxation in 21 Male-to-Female Transsexuals
Kanagalingam J, Georgalas C, Wood G, Ahluwalia S, Sandhu G, Cheesman AD
Laryngoscope. 2005 Apr; 115(4):611-8 17. 10-minute consultation: Vertigo
Kanagalingam J, Hajioff D, Bennett S. BMJ. 2005 Mar 5; 330(7490):523 18. New world mucosal and cutaneous leishmaniasis: an emerging health problem among British travellers
Lawn SD, Whetham J, Chiodini PL, Kanagalingam J, Watson J, Behrens RH, Lockwood DN
QJM. 2004 Dec; 97(12):781-8 19. Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis: an imported infection among travellers to central and South America
Ahluwalia S, Lawn SD, Kanagalingam J, Grant H, Lockwood DN. BMJ. 2004 Oct 9; 329(7470):842-4 20. Measuring quality of life in children with adenotonsillar disease with the Child Health Questionnaire: a first U.K. study
Georgalas C, Tolley N, Kanagalingam J. Laryngoscope. 2004 Oct; 114(10):1849-55 21. Follicular dendritic cell sarcoma arising from the hypopharynx
Georgalas C, Kanagalingam J, Gallimore A, O'Flynn P. J Laryngol Otol. 2004 Apr;118(4):317-8 22. Swimmer’s View: A diagnostic adjunct for oesophageal foreign bodies. Author reply.
Kanagalingam J, Georgalas C. Surg J R Coll Surg Edinb Irel 2003 Jun; 1 (3): 184 23. A new technique for the management of inaccessible anterior glottic lesions
Kanagalingam J, Hurley R, Grant HR, Patel A. J Laryngol Otol. 2003 Apr; 117(4):302-6 24. Verdächtiger Gewichtsverlust: Tuberkulose wütet im Rachen
Kanagalingam J. Medical Tribune 37 Jahrgang, Nr. 42 18 Oktober 2002 p 7 25. Oropharyngeal tuberculosis
Kanagalingam J, Grant HR, Barry S. BMJ. 2002; 325: 112 26. The disinfection of flexible fibre-optic nasendoscopes out-of-hours: confidential telephone survey of ENT units in England
Kanagalingam J, Zainal A, Georgalas C, Paun S, Tolley NS. J Laryngol Otol. 2002 Oct;116(10):817-22 27. Swimmer's view: a diagnostic adjunct for oesophageal foreign bodies
Kanagalingam J, Georgalas C, Zainal A, Mochloulis G. J R Coll Surg Edinb. 2002 Aug; 47(4):641-2 28. Rhabdomyosarcoma of the Adult Nasopharynx
Kanagalingam J, Medcalf M, Courtauld E, Clarke PM
ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2002 May-Jun;64(3):233-6 29. The association between periodontal disease and peritonsillar infection: a prospective study
Georgalas C, Kanagalingam J, Zainal A, Ahmed H, Singh A, Patel KS
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Jan; 126(1):91-4 30. The Diploma of Laryngology & Otology: An old exam for new trainees
Kanagalingam J, Kanegaonkar RG. Ann R Coll Surg Engl Suppl 2001; 83: 11-17

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Professional Positions and Memberships

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore
Vice-President, Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Singapore (SOHNSS)
Member, National Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) in Otorhinolaryngology
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Visiting Consultant, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
Former Chief, Head and Neck Cancer Service, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)

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Accredited Hospitals

Gleneagles Hospital
Mount Alvernia Hospital
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
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Parkway East Hospital

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Insurances Accepted

Aviva /Aviva PCP Care
Cigna / IXChange
MIB / MHC Medical Network
Shenton Insurance