Professor Wong Hee Kit is the Chair of the University Orthopaedics, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster, National University Health System; and Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is a Senior Consultant Surgeon at the University Spine Centre, National University Hospital, where he was Head of Spine from 1996 to 2015. He is also a Visiting Consultant to the Scoliosis Clinic at the Youth Health Service, Health Promotion Board, Singapore.
Prof Wong's practice is exclusively in the subspecialty of Spine Surgery, focusing on the management of degenerative, infective, metabolic, and neoplastic conditions of the spine. 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 and stem cell solutions for back pain, the epidemiology and genetic basis of, and growth modulation in idiopathic 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 Immediate Past President of the Singapore Spine Society, and the Past President of ISASS and APSS. He serves as a Board Member in the Pacific Asian Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and has also chaired the Fellowship Committees in the SRS & ISSLS. 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 and his exemplary work, 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.