Professor Wong Hee Kit

Academic Appointment:

  • Professor and Head
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
    National University of Singapore

Clinical Appointments:

  • Chair
    University Orthopaedics, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster
    National University Health System, Singapore
  • Head & Senior Consultant
    University Spine Centre
    University Orthopaedics, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster
    National University Health System, Singapore

Qualifications

  • M.B.B.S., University of Singapore, Singapore
  • M.Med. (Surg), National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • F.R.C.S. (Glasglow), Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • M.Ch.Orth. (Liv), University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • F.A.M.S., Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore

Awards and Prizes

  • National Medical Excellence Awards 2012: National Outstanding Clinician Award, Ministry of Health
  • Master Clinician 2011, National University Health System
  • Outstanding Oral Paper Award. Fusion performance of a bioresorbable cage used in a porcine model of anterior lumbar interbody fusion. S.A. Abbah, C.X.F. Lam , K. Yang J.C.H. Goh,,  D.W. Hutmacher, H.K. Wong. The 13th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, Singapore, 3-6 Dec 2008.
  • Winner of N Balachandran Best Paper Award for the paper, ‘Fusion performance of a novel bioresorbable cage used in anterior lumbar interbody fusion’. S.A. Abbah, C.X.F. Lam , K. Yang J.C.H. Goh,,  D.W. Hutmacher, H.K. Wong. 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of Singapore Orthopaedic Association, Singapore, 12-16 November 2008.
  • Award winner for the Best Deformity Paper, Adolescent Undergoing Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS): Does Surgery and Surgical Technique Affect Patient Outcomes? At the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Worldwide Meeting, New Delhi, India, October 2-4, 2008.

Research Areas of Interests

  • Identification and validation of reference markers for neuropathic pain
  • Biology and biomechanics of spinal fusion
  • Bioresorbable scaffolds as bone graft substitutes in spinal reconstructive surgery
  • Evaluation of carriers for stem cells and growth factors in spinal fusion
  • Adolescent spinal deformity, adult and complex spinal deformity surgery
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Genetic factors in curve progression in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Selected Research Projects

  • Development of novel yolk shell nanoparticle based moldable putty for surgery
  • Functionalization of bioresorbable poly-epsilon-caprolactone-20% tricalcium phosphate cage devices to enhance delivery of biological factors in interbody spine fusion
  • Fabrication of growth factors eluting nano particles tubes from polymeric bioceramic composites for orthopaedic tissue engineering applications
  • Genetic prognostication of curve progression in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in Asian School Children
  • Control release of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein type 2 from heparin conjugated multilayered alginate microbeads to enhance new bone formation in spine fusion

Selected Publications

Prof. Wong Hee Kit's Publication List (external site)