Prof E H Lee specializes 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 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.
He is currently an Emeritus Consultant at the Division of Paediatric Orthopaedics at NUH and the Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at KK Women's and Children's Hospital. He is the Director of the Division of Graduate Medical Studies at NUS and the Co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Specialist Training. He is a member of the Specialist Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Health, Singapore. He serves on the Singapore Medical Council as well as the National Bioethics Advisory Committee. He 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 Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association and the American Orthopaedic Association.
Prof Lee is the author of over 100 scientific research articles, and 15 book chapters. He recently 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)
- Mechanisms and modulation of chodrogenic differentiation of MSCs
- Use of mesenchymal stem cells and chondrocytes for the treatment of partial growth arrest and articular cartilage defects
- Investigation of biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering
- Gait analysis in neuromuscular disorders
- Paediatric Orthopaedics and rehabilitation
- Injuries in Children
- Neuromuscular disorders in children