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Professor Wong Hee Kit

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Credential:
MBBS(S'pore), MMED(Surg), FRCS(Glas), MCh(Orth) Liv., FAMS
Designation:
Senior Consultant, University Spine Centre, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National University Hospital

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Specialty:
Orthopaedic Surgery
Sub Specialty:
Spine Surgery
Medical and Surgical Conditions:
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Neck Pain, Scoliosis
Special Interest:

Spinal Deformity, Scoliosis in Adults and Children, Revision Spinal Surgery, Low Back and Neck pain

Institution:
National University Hospital
National University Health System

Professor Wong Hee Kit is a Senior Consultant at the University Spine Centre, National University Hospital, and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He was the Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National University Hospital and the National University Health System from 2004 to 2015; Head of Spine Surgery from 1996 to 2015; and Chair of the University Orthopaedics, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster from 2008 to 2019.

Prof Wong's practice is exclusively in the subspecialty of Spine Surgery, focusing on the management of spinal disorders. He has special interests in the surgical treatment of back pain, scoliosis and other forms of spinal deformity, with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery as well as major reconstructive and revision spinal surgery. He is a pioneer of minimally invasive "keyhole" surgery and vertebral body tethering (VBT) for the treatment of juvenile and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Prof Wong's research interests are in the area of spinal nerve injury and repair, tissue engineering solutions for back pain, the epidemiology and treatment of adolescent and adult scoliosis. He is an active member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), North American Spine Society (NASS), and the Asia Pacific Spine Society (APSS). He is the founding President of the Singapore Spine Society, and has served as a President of ISASS and APSS. He serves as a Board Member in the Pacific Asian Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (PASMISS). He peer-reviews for the journal SPINE, the Journal of Spinal Deformity, the Asian Spine Journal, the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Science.

In recognition for his contributions to spine surgery, he was awarded the "Master Clinician Award" by the National University Health System in 2011; the "National Outstanding Clinician Award" by the Ministry of Health, Singapore in 2012; and the "Distinguished Senior Clinician Award" by the Ministry of Health, Singapore in 2016.