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Health: Singaporean Receives Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Awards

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By Donavan Lim

In a rare honour for Singaporean, Professor Lee Chuen Neng from the National University Hospital is awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) International Medal.

Currently serving as Chair of University Surgical Cluster at the National University Hospital (NUH) and Deputy Director of the National University Heart as well as the head of the Department of Surgery at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the professor is being honoured for his instrumental role in the establishment of an Asian Update Course in Cardiothoracic Surgery in collaboration with RCSEd.

In addition, he has also strived for quality assessment for the course’s exams as well as other RCSEd exams conducted in Singapore.

“It is indeed a great honour to be awarded this Medal. It is always a pleasure to work with colleagues from all over the world, including those at RCSEd, who have similar zeal for education and training. I look forward to continue working with them to educate the next generation of surgeons, here in Singapore as well as overseas,” said Professor Lee.

Internationally, Professor Lee also holds various appointments such as the President of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery since 2009 as well as being an Executive Council Member of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular Surgery since 1993.

The hospital is also proud to share in the Professor’s achievement.

Associate Professor Aymeric Lim, chairman of the hospital’s medical board said, “In 2001, Professor CN Lee left a very successful private practice to return to public healthcare to serve Singaporeans and mentor the next generation of doctors. Not one to shy away from challenges and difficulties, he stepped up and provided leadership to the Department of Surgery at a time of need.”

“Today, the department is thriving and includes top surgeons in their fields. The Medical Engineering Research and Commercialization Initiative (MERCI) and Project SOUL (Surgical Outreach for Underprivileged Localities) are examples of two programmes that testify to his passion in research and helping the less fortunate,” he added.

Professor Lee is the third Singaporean to receive this prestigious award in the past 14 years.