The National University Hospital's Associate Professor Madhavan successfully led the city-state's first simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant last year. The director of NUH's Adult Liver and Pancreas Transplantation Programme has had extensive experience in liver, kidney and pancreatic transplantation and also the whole spectrum of benign and malignant hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. A pancreas transplant provides a potential cure for diabetes, which is excellent news given the expectation of one million diabetics in Singapore by 2050. It also improves the quality of life and reduces long-term diabetic complications such as kidney failure, blindness and stroke. Madhavan was a consultant general and transplant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for 11 years before joining NUS/NUH. His current research interests include the role of chemoembolisation in the management of hepatocellular carcinoma, and the management of cholangiocarcinoma, among others.