Dr. Tony Setiobudi

Orthopaedic Surgery

Credentials Bachelor of Medical Science (University of Sydney)
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS (Flinders University)
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – MRCS Edinburgh
Master of Medicine - MMED (Orthopaedic Surgery) (National University of Singapore)
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – FRCS Edinburgh (Orthopaedic Surgery) (2011)
Language English, Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Teochew Dialect, Hokkien Dialect

Dr Tony Setiobudi is an orthopaedic surgeon, subspecialising in spine surgery, who has more than 12 years of clinical experience in the field. He manages bone, joint, nerve problems and sports injuries. He has a special interest in spine health issues such as lower back pain, scoliosis, slipped disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis, ankylosing spondylitis. He does major spine surgery such as scoliosis correction surgery, surgery to correct hunched back posture and spine tumor surgery. He currently practises at Spring Hope Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard).

Immediately after graduating from the School of Medicine at Flinders University (Adelaide) in 2003, Dr Tony started working as a doctor in Singapore at National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Alexandra Hospital, Singapore General Hospital and KK Hospital. He underwent basic and advance specialist training in Orthopaedic Surgery. His training was completed with post-graduate qualification in Orthopaedic Surgery (FRCS Edinburgh (Ortho), 2011). Subsequently he received the Health Manpower Development Programme award to do further sub-specialty training in Spine Surgery.

During the Spine Fellowship in Brisbane Australia in years 2011/2012, Dr Tony Setiobudi had the privilege to learn from some of the world renowned Spine Surgeons for specific skills in Spine Surgery:

  • A/Prof Robert Labrom – scoliosis, thoracoscopic surgery, degenerative spine
  • Dr Geoff Askin – scoliosis, thoracoscopic surgery
  • Dr Matthew Scott-Young – anterior spine surgery, spinal disc replacement, minimally invasive spine surgery
  • A/Prof Richard Williams – spine tumor, spine fractures

Dr Tony is also working as a Visiting Consultant Spine Surgeon at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. He also actively teaches medical students at National University of Singapore as a Clinical Senior Lecturer.

During his stay in Brisbane, he was also involved in teaching medical students at Queensland University as a Clinical Lecturer.

Prior to his move to private practice, Dr Tony was a Consultant Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Alexandra Hospital. Over there, he was involved in teaching and training Orthopaedic Residents and junior doctors rotated to Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He regularly performed major spine surgery such as scoliosis correction surgery, surgery to correct hunched back posture and spine tumor surgery. Dr Tony further deepened his skills in surgery for scoliosis, hunched back, ankylosing spondylitis, spine tumour, and neck surgery in Japan, Korea, and Spain.

Apart from busy clinical work and teaching, Dr Tony is also actively involved in medical research. He has a number of research publications in International Journals in various fields such as Spine Tumor, Spine Fractures, Lumbar Disc Degeneration, Osteoporosis and Hip Fractures in Elderly.

Dr Tony Setiobudi has been invited to speak in various meetings locally and regionally to talk about spine health in medical forums as well as in public forums.

Apart from his clinical works, Dr Tony is passionate about Sports (Badminton, Table Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Running), Arts (Drawing, Painting, Photography, Piano, Guitar) and Travelling.


Dr Tony Setiobudi also loves to write health articles about orthopaedic and spine issues in his personal blogs:

  • Spine Surgery Singapore – drtonysetiobudi.net (written in English)
  • Orthopaedic & Spine Surgery Singapore – drtonysetiobudi.com (Written in Indonesian)


Health articles shared by Dr Tony Setiobudi

  • What does Excessive Smart Phone Use do to Your Neck? – https://drtonysetiobudi.net/spine-conditions/nerve-compression/what-does-excessive-smart-phone-use-do-to-your-neck/
  • Walking gradually becoming unsteady may be a sign of spinal cord compression in the neck – https://drtonysetiobudi.net/spine-conditions/walking-gradually-becoming-unsteady/
  • Spine Tumor – https://drtonysetiobudi.net/spine-conditions/spine-tumor-surgery-singapore/
  • Lower Back Pain – https://www.spring-hope.com/services/lower-back-pain-treatment-singapore/
  • Ingrown Toenail –  https://www.spring-hope.com/services/ingrown-toenail-surgery-singapore/