A new chapter unfolds for SNEC and SERI as these changes take place:
PROF WONG TIEN
After seven impactful years as SNEC’s Medical Director (MD), Prof Wong is moving on to new endeavours. Other appointments that he is relinquishing include:
FROM 1 JANUARY 2022
THANK YOU, PROF WONGUpon relinquishing his appointments, Prof Wong will assume the position of Founding Head of Tsinghua Medicine, a new medical academy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Before he departs our shores, we would like to express our gratitude to Prof Wong for his exemplary leadership and vision, both of which have cemented SNEC’s position as a global leader in eye care delivery, research and education.
At the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC), Prof Wong made significant contributions to realise numerous joint initiatives with both local and international partners to advance and transform research. He also championed the continual upskilling and development of future-ready healthcare professionals by leveraging innovative learning technology and accelerating digital capabilities of the AMC, which is now home to half of Singapore’s nationally funded clinician-scientists.
A believer in community care, Prof Wong advocated the use of teleophthalmology, and setting up of virtual observation clinics and medication delivery service. He also spearheaded the establishment of Singapore’s first Myopia Centre in 2019 and the VisionSave Mobile Eye Bus, which made eye screening more accessible for everyone.
Among the many innovative solutions pioneered by Prof Wong, the most prominent ones are the Singapore Integrated Diabetic Retinopathy Programme (SiDRP), and the subsequent implementation of SELENA+ (Singapore Eye Lesion Analyser Plus). To date, SELENA+ is the sole healthcare use case under the Smart Nation andDigital Government Office. During his tenure, Prof Wong also set up the SNEC Digital Transformation Office to drive digital solutions for the optimisation of clinical and research processes.
Prof Wong’s instrumental role in advancing clinical and care outcomes has laid strong foundations that SNEC and SERI will build on to shape a better future of healthcare.
We are going to miss you and your forward-looking ideas, Prof Wong. Thank you, and all the best in your new endeavours!
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