Meet Dr Benjamin Yip – Gastroenterologist In Singapore
Dr Benjamin Yip with Alpha Digestive & Liver Centre staff

Dr Benjamin Yip

Specialty Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist
Clinic:  Alpha Digestive & Liver Centre

Who Is Dr Benjamin Yip?

Dr Benjamin Yip is a Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, and the Medical Director of Alpha Digestive & Liver Centre in Singapore. He dedicated close to two decades for service in the public sector before transiting into private practice.

What Is Dr Benjamin Yip’s Ethos In Medicine?

Driving Interest In Endoscopy

Dr Yip’s main interest and joy lies in endoscopy and he regularly performs procedures such as gastroscopy and colonoscopy. He also developed expertise in advanced endoscopic techniques. Dr Yip has a strong intellectual curiosity and enjoys deepening his knowledge through clinical research and sharing of his work at medical conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

Holistic Patient Care

When it comes to his patients, Dr Yip is a firm believer of holistic care. He focuses not only on their digestive issues, but also helps patients with non-digestive problems as well. He also goes the extra mile to ensure that his patients have a good understanding of their healthcare choices by spending more time to explain their options to them, using diagrams for better clarity, and avoiding the use of technical jargon.

Dr Yip enjoys the personal touch of getting to know his patients and their family members. This dedication to his patients earned the Alexandra Health Service Champion Award in 2016.

Inspiration From Patients

In Gastroenterology, Dr Benjamin Yip’s  patients may often be late-stage cancer patients. Dr Yip takes inspiration from his patients’ exemplary fortitude and positive attitude.

If You Run Into Dr Benjamin Yip Outside Work, You Are Likely To…

… find Dr Benjamin Yip spending quality time with his wife and two children. He is an avid traveller, and relishes planning detailed itineraries for every trip, much to the delight of his wife!

Dr Benjamin Yip’s favourite pastimes include running and movies. A motorcar enthusiast, Dr Yip enjoys reading about the latest car models and going for test drives.

10 Question & Answers

I had been fascinated with the digestive tract since my medical school days. After a stint in General Surgery, I realised I do not enjoy performing surgeries and I would much rather perform endoscopies. Hence Gastroenterology was the obvious choice!

A  Gastroenterologist is a specialist who specialises in dealing with all issues of the
digestive tract. Patients thus consult a Gastroenterologist for issues ranging from problems right at the top like gastric reflux to problems right at the bottom like haemorrhoids and anal fissures.

I read up on general Gastroenterology and Hepatology using Journal Watch (comprising journal articles selected by editors of the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine). For my sub-speciality of Advanced Endoscopy, I read the 2 premier endoscopy journals – Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE) and Endoscopy from USA and Europe respectively.

I strive to be very holistic in managing my patients. I do not just focus on their digestive issues but also help them out in their non-digestive ones as well. I also derive great joy in getting to know my patients and their family members bit by bit. I am very comforted when a patient recommends his/her loved one or friend to come and see me.

Many of my patients inspire me to be a better and stronger version of myself. In Gastroenterology, we deal with late-stage cancer patients quite often. Quite a few of my patients have shown exemplary fortitude and remain positive despite all odds. I can always learn a thing or two from these patients.

Our clinic has a handphone that is manned 24-7. Patients can also reach us via our clinic webpage at any time.

Most definitely. Patients and very often their loved ones need to be aware of the treatment options available including the pros and cons of choosing each option. They must be given a chance to ask questions to ensure that they are fully onboard for their treatment.

By spending enough time with them, and avoiding using technical jargon. I also use a lot of diagrams on my clinic computer screen to illustrate what I am saying to them. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

I relax by spending time with my wife and 2 children especially on an overseas trip. I also enjoy going for runs and watching movies.

Some cancers are preventable and amenable for screening. In Gastroenterology, colorectal cancer is one such cancer and average risk individuals should start screening from the age of 45. Stomach and liver cancer are also preventable to a certain extent and at-risk individuals should discuss this with his/her Gastroenterologist.

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Your first point of contact

Dr Benjamin Yip strives to be your first point of contact for any gastrointestinal conditions. Gastrointestinal health is inextricably linked with our overall health and well-being. He hence places great emphasis on caring for all aspects of your gut health, from preventative measures to personalised treatment plans with minimally invasive treatment procedures.

“No issue is too small. There are a variety of diagnostic tests that can help examine any structural abnormalities in your digestive system to effectively diagnose your condition. If you experience any gastrointestinal symptoms, we welcome you to consult us for further evaluation.”

– Dr Benjamin Yip

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