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Establish A Professorship

At SNEC, we recognise and honour the contributions of individuals that have left lasting legacies to Singapore’s eye care ecosystem.

To date, we have launched a professorship: the Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology on 20 January 2014.


The Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology


The Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology was inaugurated on 20 January 2014 by SNEC and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. This professorship honours the late Professor Arthur Lim, who raised the bar for ophthalmology in Singapore by establishing SNEC, SERI, as well as the Department of Ophthalmology in National University Hospital.

Besides founding leading eye care institutions in Singapore, Professor Lim is also an experienced educator which is credited for training almost all current senior ophthalmologists in Singapore. His vast contributions in clinical service, patient care, eye research, and eye health education in Singapore and the region have earned him the title of Southeast Asia’s Father of Ophthalmology.

Under this professorship, S$5 million will be allocated by SNEC and the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, to award outstanding practitioners in the field of ophthalmology in honour of Professor Lim.

The Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology was conferred on Professor Donald Tan in October 2014. Professor Tan is well known in the field of ophthalmology internationally and is credited with being the architect of SERI. Currently the founding President of the Asia Cornea Society, and the first international President of the US-based Cornea Society, he is recognised as a research pioneer for innovations in corneal and stem cell transplantation, refractive surgery, myopia treatments and patented surgical devices.

The Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology recognises Professor Tan as an outstanding clinician, researcher and educator who has demonstrated academic leadership and is a pioneer in advancing the frontiers of ophthalmology.