Dr Jothi Kumar

Dr Kumar Jothi is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist currently practising at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore. His special interests are in reproductive medicine and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Dr Kumar graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Singapore (later called National University of Singapore). He undertook his postgraduate training in the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kandang Kerbau Hospital (later renamed KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital) and obtained his specialist degrees in 1984. Subsequently, Dr Kumar joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Singapore as an academic staff member and continued his career from 1984 to 2003 as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the Department. In 1987, he was awarded the Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia to pursue his PhD degree at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Kumar had also undertaken sub-specialty training in gynaecological hysteroscopy and laparoscopy at the Hysteroscopy Training Centre, Spaarne Hospital, Haarlem in the Netherlands, and at Polyclinique Gynecologie Obstetrique Medecine de la Reproduction, Université  Clermont-Ferrand in France.

During his 20-year tenure with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Singapore and National University Hospital (NUH), Dr Kumar was actively involved in the teaching and training of undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors, and undertaking clinical and academic research, in addition to routine patient care and clinical work.

Dr Kumar’s clinical interest is in reproductive medicine, and he has been involved in the field of subfertility and Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) since 1991. He was the clinical coordinator of the Subfertility and ART programmes, and Head of the Division of Reproductive Medicine at NUH from 1997 to 2001. He was also a member of the successful NUH team that produced the world’s first babies born after the transfer of zona-softened blastocysts in both stimulated and natural ART cycles.

Dr Kumar was responsible for introducing professional counselling for couples undergoing ART treatment. He has been actively involved in the teaching and training of postgraduate doctors in the clinical management of subfertility and ART, both locally and regionally. His research interests include the use of Natural Cycle IVF, GnRH-antagonists in ART and the use of metformin in the management of hyperinsulinemia in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)-related subfertility.

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