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Fellowship Programmes

Fellowship in Medical and Surgical Retina


  • To provide tertiary knowledge in the clinical practice of Medical and Surgical Retina subspecialty
  • To attain an advanced level of surgical skills in the surgical management of retinal disorders
  • To comprehend and appreciate evidence-based medicine
  • To develop an enquiring mind and ability to work out problems from first principles based on sound clinical and scientific foundation
  • To be able to apply quality control measures in his or her practice


One– two years

Fellowship Programme Outline

Fellows work closely with the faculty in the clinics and operating room. In the clinics, expertise is developed in the diagnosis and management of retinal vascular diseases, retinal inflammatory diseases, oncology, macular degeneration and inherited retinal degenerations. Fellow will have hands-on experience with fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography and optical coherence tomography using state-of-the-art equipment.

In the operating room, extensive experience is gained in scleral buckling and vitrectomy techniques, and the management of ocular trauma. Academically, the fellows participate in teaching conferences and are actively encouraged to participate in clinical or basic research.

The retinal team is on call for emergency retinal cases, and the Fellow is on second line call. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work up and be involved in the surgery of this group of patients.

Fellow is expected to be actively involved in education programmes of the vitreo-retina teaching including:

  • Fluorescein angiography teaching rounds, case presentations, clinical conferences, and journal clubs
  • Grand rounds and reviews of emergency patients
  • Participation in teaching of residents and/or medical students
  • Participation in quality assurance audit programmes of the service

The Fellow will be involved ongoing and new research projects:

  • To conduct and coordinate clinical research at least two projects (within the fellowship training duration) in surgical retina diseases within NUH in line with its research strategy and under the direction and supervision of the Principal Investigators and Collaborators
  • To manage these research projects, this includes supervising post-doctoral research assistants, research students, technicians and other support staff
  • Fellow will have access to laboratory space and collaboration on translational research projects with Singapore Eye Research Institute SERI scientists and clinician-scientists
  • To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of research work

Fellowship Supervisors

Clin Assoc Prof Caroline Chee
MBBS (S'pore), MMed (Ophth), FRCSEd, FRCOphth
Senior Consultant and Head, Surgical Retina, Department of Ophthalmology, NUH

Assoc Prof Gopal Lingam
MBBS (India); MS (PGIMER, India); FRCS Ed; DNBE (India)
Senior Consultant Department of Ophthalmology, NUH

Prof Wong Tien Yin
MBBS, MMed (Ophth), FRCSE, FRANZCO, MPH, PhD (John Hopkins)
Head of Department and Senior Consultant, Medical Retina, Department of Ophthalmology, NUH


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