Prof E H Lee specialises in the management of orthopaedic problems in children. 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 in children.
Prof Lee completed his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada in 1973 and did his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto Teaching Hospitals. He obtained his FRCS(C) in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1982 after which he did a fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada in 1983.
Prof Lee is currently Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at NUS and an Emeritus Consultant in the Division of Paediatric Orthopaedics at NUH. He is a Senior Consultant with the Ministry of Health and is a member of several boards and committees in MOH including the Specialist Accreditation Board. He is the Chairman of the Bioethics Advisory Committee and the President of the Disciplinary Commission.
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.
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 160 scientific research articles, and 32 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.
His research interests are in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine especially in the use of mesenchymal stem cells and chondrocytes for the treatment of partial growth arrest and articular cartilage defects. He is currently working on the optimisation of chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs by manipulation of biochemical, biophysical, biomechanical, bioelectric factors.
His clinical research interests are in Paediatric Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rehabilitation.