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Clin Asst Prof Rebecca Heywood

Clin Asst Prof Rebecca Heywood

​MBChb (Manc), DO-HNS (Eng), FRCS (ORL-HNS) (Edin)


Sengkang General Hospital

Specialty: Otolaryngology (ENT)

Sub-specialties: Otology/Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery, Hearing Implant Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Acoustic Neuroma, Hearing Loss, Middle Ear Infections, Tinnitus.

Clinical Appointments

  • Consultant Otolaryngology (ENT) Sengkang General HospitalSengkang General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clincial Assistant Prof SingHealth Duke-NUS Surgery Academic Clinical Programme


​Dr Rebecca Heywood has worked in Singapore as a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Otologist, Hearing Implant and Skull Base Surgeon since 2015. She graduated from the University of Manchester, UK in 1998 and did her postgraduate surgical training in London. She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery in 2012. She completed her fellowship training in Otology and Skull Base Surgery at the Ear Science Institute Australia and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia in 2015.

Dr Heywood has previously been involved in stem cell research at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester, UK and has published and presented clinical research in all areas of ENT. She is passionate about helping those with ear and hearing disorders by combining her clinical work with research. In 2016 she was awarded grant funding to investigate hearing loss and cognition in the ageing population in Singapore, in collaboration with researchers from a number of institutions in Singapore and Australia. She is also involved in clinical research in the area of cochlear implantation and other auditory implants. Actively involved in clinical education, Dr Heywood teaches medical students and has regular faculty positions on otology and skull base surgery courses both locally and internationally. She currently holds appointments as Clinical Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Ear Sciences Centre, The University of Western Australia, and the Ear Science Institute Australia.


  • MBChB (Manchester)
  • Diploma in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (England)
  • Otolaryngology Residency Training (London, UK)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery) (UK)
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (Otolaryngology) General Medical Council (UK)
  • Fellowship in Otology & Lateral Skull Base Surgery (Ear Science Institute Australia, Perth, Australia)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • ​Clinical Lecturer, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Ear Science Institute Australia & University of Western Australia
  • Member of European Association of Otology & Neurotology
  • Member of the Politzer Society
  • Member of Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Singapore
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK


  • 2020       National University Health System Value Driven Outcomes Merit Award
  • 2018       JurongHealth Campus Service Quality Patient Experience Award for Adult Cochlear Implant Programme team
  • 2016       JurongHealth Internal Research & Development Grant Award ($100,000)

Research Interests


  • ​Long-term audiometric and clinical outcomes following stapedectomy with the shape memory nitinol stapes prosthesis. Heywood RL, Quick M, Atlas MD. Otol Neurotol. 2019;40(2):164-170
  • Hearing Loss and Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Findings from the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study. Heywood R, Gao Q, Nyunt MSZ, Feng L, Chong MS, Lim WS, Yap P, Lee TS, Yap KB, Wee SL, Ng TP. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017;43(5-6):259-268
  • Assessment and Outcome in Non-Traditional Cochlear Implant Candidates. Heywood RL, Vickers DA, Pinto F, Fereos G, Shaida A. Audiol Neurootol. 2017;21(6):383-390
  • Effect of intratympanic steroid administration on sensorineural hearing loss associated with acute otitis media. Heywood R, Ifeacho S, Narula A. J Laryngol Otol. 2016;130(6):532-5
  • A twin centre study of nasal tip numbness following rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty. Jaberoo MC, Prasad V, de Zoysa N, Heywood R, Mehta N, Saleh H, Marais J. Ear Nose Throat J. 2016;95(2):E18-21
  • Simultaneous cochlear implantation and labyrinthectomy for advanced Meniere's disease. Heywood R, Atlas M. J Laryngol Otol. 2016;130(2):204-6
  • Samter's triad with aural involvement: a novel approach to management. Sethukumar P, Heywood R, Narula A. J Laryngol Otol. 2014;128(12):1114-6
  • A prospective, randomised, single-blind cross-over study comparing three nasal hygiene systems and corresponding patient preference for such devices. Elmiyeh B, Heywood R, Prasad V, Chatrath P, Quiney R. J Laryngol Otol. 2014;128(1):73-7
  • Pros and cons of canal wall up vs canal wall down mastoidectomy for cholesteatoma: a review. Heywood R, Narula A. The Otorhinolaryngologist. 2013;6(3):140-3
  • Infliximab for autoimmune inner ear disease. Heywood R, Donnelly S, Hadavi S, Patel N. J Laryngol Otol. 2013;127(11):1145-7
  • Is it a bird? No it's a feather! Parotid abscesses and the perils of feather pillows. Pilgrim G, Heywood R, Kuchai R. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol Extra 2012 10.1016/j.pedex.2012.03.001
  • A strawberry in the nose. Omar A, Kuchai R, Heywood R. J Paediatr Child Health 2012;48(2);184
  • Analysis of hearing thresholds using the BAHA – pre-operative assessment tools vs. surgically implanted fixture. Heywood R, Patel PM, Jonathan DA. Ear Nose Throat J 2011 May;90(5):E21-7
  • Radiological airway changes following bipolar radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction. Heywood R, Khalil HMB, Kothari S, Chawda S, Kotecha B. J Laryngol Otol  2010;124(10):1078-84
  • Prospective comparative cohort study comparing the rhinogram, Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-20 and Health-Related Quality of Life questionnaire. Patel PM, Maskell S, Heywood R, Eze N, Hern J. J Laryngol Otol 2010;124(6):623-30
  • Parotid duct ligation for the treatment of drooling in children with neurological impairment. Heywood R, Cochrane LA, Hartley BEJ. J Laryngol Otol 2009;123(9): 997-1001
  • The role of the nasopharyngeal airway for obstructive sleep apnoea in syndromic craniosynostosis. Ahmed J, Marucci D, Cochrane LA, Heywood R, Wyatt ME. J Craniofac Surg 2008; 19(3): 659-663
  • A case of brachial amyotrophy mimicking rupture of flexor digitorum profundus tendon. Kampa R, Heywood R, Ashbrooke A. J Hand Surg Eur 2008; 33(1): 87-88
  • Excision of nasal dermoids with intracranial extension - anterior small window craniotomy approach. Heywood R, Lyons M, Cochrane LA, Hayward R, Hartley BEJ. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2007; 71(8): 1193-1196
  • Effect of changing work patterns on ENT training in a UK District General Hospital. Heywood R, Patel PM, Hern J. Ann R Coll Surg Engl (Suppl) 2007; 89: 220-221
  • Following anterior resection for rectal cancer, defunctioning ileostomy closure may be significantly delayed by adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy: a retrospective study. Lordan J, Heywood R, Shirol S, Edwards DP. Colorectal Dis 2007; 9: 420-422
  • A displaced paediatric metaphyseal fracture of a distal tibia and fibula sustained during parkour – a potentially dangerous recreation from France. McLean C, Oakshott J, Patel P, Heywood R, Darbyshire M, Pike J. J Orthopaedics 2005; 2(3)e4
  • An unusual case of segmental clavicle fracture. Heywood R, Clasper J. J R Army Med Corps 2005; 151: 93-94
  • Characteristics of MACS isolated CD34+AC133+ haematopoietic progenitor cells. de Wynter EA, Hart C, Heywood R, Testa NG. MACS & More 1998, Vol 2, No.2
  • CD34+ AC133+ cells isolated from cord blood are highly enriched in long-term culture-initiating cells, NOD/SCID - repopulating cells and dendritic call progenitors. de Wynter EA, Buck D, Hart C, Heywood R, Coutinho LH, Clayton A, Rafferty JA, Burt D, Guenechea G, Bueren JA, Gagen D, Fairbairn LJ, Lord BI, Testa NG. Stem Cells 1998;16:387-396

Research Trials

  • ​Study to investigate the association between hearing loss and cognitive function in Singapore: Cross-sectional analysis of the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study Cohort