Prof Soo graduated from medical school at the University of Singapore with a distinction in biochemistry in 1975. He moved to Australia where he was trained as a Surgical Resident at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Bankstown Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW. Surgical Registrar positions in a number of Surgery departments in Australian hospitals between 1979 and 1983 led to the position of Senior Surgical Registrar/Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research in London from 1983 to '85. Specialising in Head and Neck surgery Prof Soo spent a further year at the Royal Marsden before continuing his training at the Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.
As the Director of the National Cancer Centre, Prof Soo provides strategic leadership to over 500 staff engaged in clinical care and research. His distinguished career also includes his professorship at the National University of Singapore. He is on the board of examiners for the final MBBS exams. In addition, Prof Soo holds the position of Director, Research Council, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and Member of the National Medical Research Council.
He has trained international surgeons and has been well consulted as Visiting Professor in the University of Toronto , Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India, Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang as well as Stanford University Medical Center, USA. To honour his commitment to training, he has been conferred the Outstanding Teachers’ Award in 1996 and Best Teacher (Undergraduate) Award in 2001.
Prof Soo has wide ranging research interests but has gained a particular reputation in the conduct of clinical trials for new cancer treatments and in the field of biophotonics and its role as a new imaging modality for the early detection of cancer.
In 2003, Prof Soo was awarded the National Day Award, Public Admin Medal (Gold) for his contribution to the country.