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Top award for surgery department head

03 July 2012

Prof Lee being presented the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh International Medal by RCSEd President Mr David Tolley

From left: RCSEd Council Member Prof Robert Jeffrey, Mr Tolley and Prof Lee

Prof Lee Chuen Neng, head of the Department of Surgery at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, was awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) International Medal at a diploma ceremony at Edinburgh College on 29 June 2012. Prof Lee is the third Singaporean to receive this prestigious award in the past 14 years.

A reputable heart surgeon, Prof Lee is recognised for his instrumental role in establishing an Asian Update Course in Cardiothoracic Surgery with RCSEd, as well as his active promotion of quality assessment for the course's examinations and other RCSEd examinations conducted in Singapore.

RCSEd President Mr David Tolley said: "RCSEd has a long history of innovation and Prof Lee's contribution exemplifies this quality. I take great pleasure in presenting his International Medal to mark his outstanding contributions in advancing the field of surgery."

"It is indeed a great honour to be awarded this Medal. It is always a pleasure to work with colleagues from all over the world, including those at RCSEd, who have similar zeal for education and training. I look forward to continue working with them to educate the next generation of surgeons, here in Singapore as well as overseas," said Prof Lee.

A graduate from the University of Singapore in 1975 and a trained surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, Prof Lee previously set up the then Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH). Currently, he chairs the University Surgical Cluster at NUH and is also the Deputy Director of the Singapore National University Heart Centre.