Lee Ser Yee
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon

Associate Professor Lee Ser Yee is a Senior Consultant Surgeon in the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Transplant Surgery, Singapore General Hospital. Dr. Lee’s subspecialty is in Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery (HPB surgery), Liver transplantation, Minimally-Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic surgery) and Surgical Oncology.

He graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and completed his training in General Surgery at Singapore General Hospital and National Cancer Centre, Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. In addition, he holds a Master of Medicine (Surgery) and a Master of Science for his research in cancer biology. He subsequently underwent subspecialty training in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery (HPB) and Liver transplantation in Singapore General Hospital. He was awarded the SingHealth Health Manpower Development Plan Fellowship Award (HMDP) and underwent further overseas training in Advanced Laparoscopic hepatobiliary surgery and Liver transplantation under Professor Daniel Cherqui as a clinical fellow at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, USA. He also completed an additional accredited matched clinical fellowship in HPB and Surgical Oncology in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York. He is a Ministry of Health gazetted Liver Transplant Surgeon and a Visiting consultant at Changi General Hospital, National Cancer Centre, Singapore and the National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, Singapore.

He is passionate about training and education and is currently an Associate Professor (Adj) in Duke – NUS Medical School and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in NUS. He also serves as the Director of Surgical Skills Continuum and the Director in the Surgical Skills Center in SingHealth Surgery Academic Clinical Program. He has also mentored many juniors in various clinical and translational research projects, from undergraduate to postgraduate levels.

He has authored more than 100 scientific publications including top international journals such as Annals of Surgery, Nature, Annals of Surgical Oncology, HPB, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Immunity and JACS. His scientific work is well cited and he has delivered more than 110 scientific presentations at medical conferences worldwide, many as an invited speaker and lecturer. He has written and edited 2 surgical books and 70 book chapters. He also sits on the Editorial Board and is a Reviewer for more than 30 international peer-review medical journals.

For his work, he has received many local and international clinical and research awards including the Young Surgeon Award and the Yahya Cohen Memorial Lecturer and SingHealth Game Changer Award. He received the Singhealth’s Best Junior Doctor award (2007-2010) and Singhealth Publish! Award in three consecutive years, including the Professor Soo Khee Chee Publication Award. He was the first Singaporean and South-East-Asian to receive the International HepatoPancreatoBiliary Association (IHPBA) Warren Fellowship Award. He is also the Principle and Co-investigator for several local and international research grants and studies.

His clinical interest lies in minimally-invasive HPB surgery and research interests revolves around the clinical and translational aspects of HPB cancers and diseases. He also works in close collaboration with the scientists in National Cancer Centre Singapore and Duke-NUS Medical School. He also collaborates on projects with renowned international centers such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic and Amsterdam Medical Centre, Netherlands.

Among his many professional memberships, he is a Founding member of the Singapore Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Faculty of surgery trainers, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore. He also serves as the Honorary Secretary in the Chapter of General Surgeons and as a committee member in the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Singapore and the Scientific Chair of the Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore. He is the country representative for the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO).

In his free time, he helps out as a volunteer in the Meet the People sessions and Humanitarian missions. As a strong patient advocate, he established Singapore Liver Cancer Support Group in 2011 where he serves as chairman and has co-organized many public forums and outreach events. He helped built the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One medical team, served as the Assistant Chief Medical Officer and helps out every year as a senior official.