Dr Lim Chwee Ming
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Dr Lim graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 1998. He underwent residency in Otolaryngology in Singapore and was awarded the Gold medal for the MRCS (Edinburgh) General Surgery examination in 2003, and subsequently the Gold medal award by the College of Surgeons for the best performing resident in the exit examination organised by the Specialist Training Committee in Otolaryngology in 2009.
After completing his specialist training, Dr Lim joined the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in NUH as an Associate Consultant. He started his practice and pursued further training in head and neck oncologic surgery at the National University Health System, Singapore. In 2010, he was awarded the Ministry of Health Overseas Training award and pursued a 2-year Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the United States of America. This fellowship is accredited by the Advanced Training Council of the American Head and Neck Society.
During these 2 years, Dr Lim did translational benchwork research in immunotherapy in head and neck cancer, focusing on immunological mechanisms in monoclonal antibody based therapy in cancer and identifying novel immune modifiers in cancer therapy. In his clinical training, Dr Lim was trained in transoral robotic surgery (TORS), minimally invasive video assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT) and minimally invasive approaches in head and neck surgery, in addition to the major head and neck resections. Upon his return to Singapore in 2012, he was appointed Consultant at the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, NUH, and Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. His clinical subspecialty is thyroid surgery, robotic assisted surgery, head and neck surgery and surgical oncology.
His awards included the National Healthcare Group Clinical Research Scientist Leadership Award, NHG Clinician investigator gold award and the Best Cancer Prevention Award by the American Head and Neck Society in 2016. He is the Principal Investigator in several grants looking at human papillomavirus in head and neck cancer, immune adjuvant in monoclonal antibody based therapy in head and neck cancer, NK cell therapy in nasopharyngeal cancer, Raman spectroscopy in surveillance of nasopharyngeal cancer and adaptive robotic system in robotic head and neck surgery. Dr Lim was awarded the New Investigator Grant in 2011 and the Transitional Award in 2015 by the National Medical Research Singapore for his research studies. In the area of research in robotic surgery, Dr Lim is actively collaborating with the academic staff from the Faculty of Engineering, NUS and is co-PI in evaluating the key technologies for minimally invasive robotics surgery and adaptive robotic systems. Dr Lim has also published numerous book chapters and articles in peered reviewed journals.