Dr Goh Hak-Su was born in Sarawak, Malaysia. Following early education in Sarawak, he won a British charity trust scholarship to Sevenoaks School in Kent becoming the first South East Asian to study in this quintessentially English but progressive public school. He studied in King's College Hospital Medical School, London, did electives in Duke University Medical School, Durham NC USA, and Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal Canada, and graduated with a double degree in Science and Medicine. He received his surgical training in the Wessex Region, England under Sir James Fraser and his training in colorectal surgery was under Sir Ian Todd at St Mark's Hospital for Diseases of Rectum & Colon, London.
Dr Goh is the founding chairman of the Society of Colorectal Surgeons (Singapore), inaugural chairman of the Asean Society of Colorectal Surgeons and a past vice-president of the International Society of University Colorectal Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
Since 1995, Dr Goh has been practising as a private colorectal surgeon in the Goh Hak Su Colon & Rectal Centre, Gleneagles Medical Centre, Singapore. He is a Visiting Consultant to the Dept. of Colorectal Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, as well as the Division of Colorectal Surgery, National University Hospital.
Dr Goh is currently an Adjunt Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.