Prof E H Lee specialises in the management of orthopaedic problems in children, as well as general orthopaedics. His special areas of interest are the care, rehabilitation and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal problems occurring in infants and children, such as hip dysplasia and dislocation, foot deformities, spinal deformities, limb length discrepancies and neuromuscular disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Muscular Dystrophy.
Prof Lee completed his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada in 1973. He was trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto Teaching Hospitals and obtained his FRCS in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1982. After completion of his fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada in 1983, he joined the National University of Singapore and National University Hospital as a Senior Lecturer. He was appointed a full Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1997.
Prof Lee is currently an Emeritus Consultant at the Division of Paediatric Orthopaedics at NUH and a Visiting Senior Consultant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at KK Women's and Children's Hospital. He is the Senior Advisor to the Division of Graduate Medical Studies at NUS. He is a Senior Consultant with the Ministry of Health and is a member of the Specialist Accreditation Board and the Bioethics Advisory Committee. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Restricted Research. He also serves on local grant review panels for the National Medical Research Council. Prof Lee is a member of the Governing Board of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and chairs their Academic Affairs Committee.
Prof Lee was previously the Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, NUS, as well as the Dean of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He has been the recipient of 3 public service awards, including the Public Service Medal, the Public Administration (Silver) Medal, and the President's Social Service Award. Prof Lee is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at NUS. He has been invited as External Examiner and Visiting Professor to many countries including the US and was invited as the Presidential Guest Speaker at the British Orthopaedic Association meeting in September 2004. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the International Paediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank, Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association and the Singapore Orthopaedic Association.
Prof Lee is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Co-Editor of the JBJS Open Access. He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics A & B and the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the author of over 150 scientific research articles, and 25 book chapters. He co-edited a book on Stem Cells which has been adopted as a standard textbook by many centres. He has won numerous awards for excellence in research, including the award for the Most Outstanding Basic Science Research Paper at two of the Annual Meetings of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.
Some of his research interests over the years are listed below: -
- Stem Cell Biology, especially Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
- Use of mesenchymal stem cells and chondrocytes for the treatment of partial growth arrest and articular cartilage defects
- Optimisation of chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs by manipulation of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical, bioelectric factors
- Investigation of the influence of nanotopography of biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering
- Paediatric Orthopaedics and rehabilitation
- Neuromuscular disorders in children