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Dr James Lee Wai Kit

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  • Associate Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Endocrine & Thyroid Surgery), Department of Surgery, National University Hospital
  • Associate Consultant, FAST Programme (Get Better), Alexandra Hospital
  • Associate Consultant, Chronic Programme (Live Better), Alexandra Hospital
  • ​​Assistant Group Chief Technology Officer, National University Health System
MBBS, MRCSEd (Surgery), M MED (Surgery), FRCSEd (General Surgery)
Endocrine & Thyroid Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology (Thyroid & Endocrine Surgery)
Special Interests:
​Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery, Non Surgical Ablative Therapy for Thyroid Nodules, Parathyroid Disease, Adrenal Surgery, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery


​Dr James Lee Wai Kit graduated from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 2013 and was enrolled on the Dean’s List for his performance in the final MBBS examination. He joined the General Surgery Residency Program at the National University Health System in 2013 and obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2015, and the Master of Medicine (Surgery) from the National University of Singapore in 2019. Upon completion of his Residency Training in 2020, he obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was accredited as a Specialist in General Surgery by the Singapore Specialist Accreditation Board. 

Dr Lee has a sub-specialty interest in Endocrine and Hernia Surgery and joined the Department of Surgery in Alexandra Hospital as well as the Division of Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2022 in the University Surgical Cluster, NUH. He has a keen interest in advancing Minimally invasive surgical techniques for Thyroid and Hernia Surgery. 

Apart from clinical work, Dr Lee is extensively involved in both Undergraduate Medical Education at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS as well as Post Graduate Medical Education for the General Surgery Residency. He serves actively as the Phase III Surgery Posting Director, as well as part of the Final MBBS Assessment Committee for the Surgery Track. He also currently leads the Undergraduate Surgical Program as well as the Post Graduate General Surgery Residency Program at Alexandra Hospital. 

Dr Lee has a special interest in Healthcare Informatics and Artificial Intelligence. He anchors the NEGMR GO-Live for the Department of Surgery in Alexandra Hospital as well as spear heads multiple Technology related projects in the Group Technology Office with applications in the clinical and medical education spheres. He is currently the Assistant Group Chief Technology Officer for the Technology Office, NUHS.


​2021 - Junior Doctor Teaching Award, YLLSOM NUS
2021 - Special Recognition Award for Education, YLLSOM NUS
2021 - Young Clinician Mentor Award, NUHS
2020 - Medicine Fortitude Award, YLLSOM NUS
2020 - Junior Doctor Teaching Award, YLLSOM NUS
2020 - Special Recognition Award for Education, YLLSOM NUS
2020 - Young Clinician Mentor Award, NUHS
2019 - Quality Improvement Project (QIP) Merit Award, NUHS
2019 - Junior Doctor Teaching Award, YLLSOM NUS
2018 - Junior Doctor Teaching Award, YLLSOM NUS

Journals & Publications

​1. Soh G, Lee JWK, Boon OH, Boon TW, Parameswaran R , Yuan NK. Experience of Intraoperative Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve monitoring in a Single Center -  Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Electromyographic Data. World J Endoc Surg 2017;9(1):1-6 

2. Lee JWK, Kow AWC, Iyer SG. Letter in Response to: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus percutaneous catheter drainage for acute cholecystitis In high risk patients (CHOCOLATE): Multicenter randomized clinical trial by Loozen and colleagues. BMJ 2018;363:k3965/rr-2 (IF 30.2) 

3. Chan PMY, Kuah S, Lee JWK, Lee CH, Phua JKS, Chen JJC, et al. Factors Predicting Locoregional Recurrence after Wide Local Excision – Experience from a Tertiary Centre. Clin Surg. 2019; 4: 2382 (IF 1.8) 

4. Prajwala S Prakash, James Wai Kit Lee, Siau Wei Tang, Philip Tsau Choong Iau, A rare case report of recurrent metastatic breast cancer mimicking primary pancreatic cancer, International Journal of Surgery Case Reports,Volume 77,2020,Pages 446-449,ISSN 2210-2612, (SJR 0.233) 

5. Aw AEY, Lee JWK, Tay KV. Primary Peritonitis Secondary to Streptococcus pyogenes in a Young Female Adult—A Case Report and Literature Review. Infectious Disease Reports. 2021; 13(1):26-32. (IF 2.73) 

6. Yit Cheung Dylen Mun, James Wai Kit Lee, Yi Ting Lim, Tharun Ragupathi, Jing Yu Ng, Frances Lim, Ridzuan Farouk & Choon Seng Chong (2021) Transverse Colostomy Differs in Outcomes Compared to Sigmoid Colostomy: A Cohort Analysis, Journal of Investigative Surgery, DOI: 10.1080/08941939.2021.1956025 

7. Tan LRL, Joel LWL, Lee JWK, et al. Challenges in the Management of Parathyroid Cyst: A Mini-review. World J Endoc Surg 2021;13(1):20–23. 

8. Wijerathne S, Wai L, Lee J, Loh C, Malik S, Lomanto D. Feasibility of modified-TEP technique for large inguinoscrotal and large femoral hernia and its advantages. Hernia. 2021 Oct 2. doi: 10.1007/s10029-021- 02505-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34599718. 

9. J.W.K. Lee, Sarah S. Tang, J.L. Ong, H.B. Oh, Bettina Lieske, Perianal endometriosis case report: An unusual cause of perianal pain, Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinical Medicine, 2021, ISSN 2667-1646, 

10. Louis Wai, Sujith Wijerathne, Lydia Liew, Shree Venkatesan, James Lee, Clement Loh, Davide Lomanto, Novel local anaesthesia technique ‘NATURE’ (Nerves And Transversalis-fascia Using Ropivacaine) to improve outcomes during endo-laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, Asian Journal of Surgery, 2021. Https:// 

Professional Memberships

​Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)
Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA)


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