Dr Wong Chee Wai is committed to improving the vision and lives of his patients by treating reversible causes of blindness in the clinic, and to advance research into currently irreversible causes of blindness.
Throughout his career, Dr Wong has strived to develop excellent clinical and surgical skills. These efforts have culminated in several awards including the SingHealth Best Registrar award in 2014 and 3 gold medals in the Ophthalmology Exit Examinations in 2015. He was involved in the setting up and running of the first SNEC High Myopia Clinic in January 2017 aimed at improving the care of the high myopia patients. He received further training in the management of high myopia patients at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University High myopia clinic in 2017.
Dr Wong formalised his knowledge and skills for research by completing a Masters in Clinical Investigation at National University of Singapore in 2015. His research is focused on retinal diseases, specifically myopia and ocular drug delivery. He has published more than 20 papers in peer reviewed journals and won several travel grants as well as awards for his research, including the SingHealth Publish Award and poster prizes at international ophthalmology meetings. In 2016, he has received a $225,000 grant under the prestigious SingHealth Duke-NUS Nurturing Clinician Scientist Scheme, and a $50,000 grant from the SingHealth Foundation grant for his myopia research. In collaboration with Professor Gert Storm from Utrecht University and Enceladus, a drug development company based in the Netherlands, he has completed a study demonstrating the efficacy of liposomes as a drug delivery vehicle for suppressing ocular inflammation. He was awarded the National Medical Research Council’s Research training fellowship award in 2016 to pursue a PhD at Utrecht University on the use of liposomes as a drug delivery mechanism for the treatment of ocular diseases.
Dr Wong has also contributed to the Academic Medicine program in SingHealth in many other ways. He holds an adjunct position as Clinical Lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School, NUS, and previously held positions as the Chief Medical Officer in 2012 and the Chief Resident of SNEC in 2016. He is also an executive committee member of the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology since 2013 and heads the local community outreach programme for the Young Ophthalmologists chapter of the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology.
Dr Wong is also keen to contribute back to society, having organized numerous community eye screening projects under the Mobile Eye Clinic (MEC) Program in conjunction with the Standard Chartered ‘Seeing is Believing’ Program where local needy communities receive free eye care and surgery.