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Dr Lee Ser Yee - Liver Surgeon

Dr Lee Ser Yee

Senior Consultant Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgeon

MBBS, MMed (Surgery), MSc, FAMS, FRCSEd

Prior to private practice, liver surgeon Dr Lee Ser Yee was a founding member and Senior Consultant at the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and Transplant Surgery at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He served as the Director of the Laparoscopic programme and the Director of the Surgical Skills Training Program and the SingHealth Surgical Skills Centre.

He started his medical training at the National University of Singapore in 1996 and completed his training in General Surgery, HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation at SGH and National Cancer Centre, Singapore.

He also completed dual USA-fellowships in Advanced Laparoscopic HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation under Professor Daniel Cherqui at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and a Complex Surgical Oncology clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr Lee Ser Yee - Liver Surgeon

& Philosophy

Liver surgeon, Dr Lee, believes that with his extensive training and clinical experience, combined with his expertise in the principles and techniques of HPB, Transplantation and Surgical Oncology, he is well positioned to tackle even the most advanced cancers to achieve the best outcome possible.

Additionally, he believes that each patient’s healing journey is unique and is best undertaken with the patient’s participation and engagement in formulating a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan.

An experienced liver surgeon, Dr Lee’s clinical interest lies in minimally-invasive HPB surgery and novel surgical techniques such as image-guided surgery. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and a book or two.

& Training Surgeons

He is passionate about training and education and was an Associate Professor (Adj) in Duke-NUS Medical School and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in NUS. He has also chaired and conducted many advanced surgical courses and has been invited to give lectures at many conferences worldwide.

Dr Lee is a founding member of the Singapore HPB Association (HPBA-S), Singapore Robotic Surgery Society, Faculty of Surgery Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and the International Laparoscopic Liver Society. He also serves in the committees of the Chapter of General Surgeons, HPBA-S and the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO).

& Research Contributions

He has authored more than 180 scientific publications including top journals such as Annals of Surgery and written 2 surgical books and 70 book chapters. He has led as the Principal and Co-investigator for several local and international clinical studies, culminating in over $1 million in competitive grants. He currently sits on the Editorial and Reviewer Board for more than 30 international medical journals.

  • National University of Singapore (MBBS)
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (MRCS)
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
  • National University of Singapore, Master of Medicine (Surgery)
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (FRCS)
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (USA)
  • National University of Singapore, Master of Science (Research)

  • Basic and Advanced Surgical Training in General Surgery
    • Singapore General Hospital (SGH) & National Cancer Centre, Singapore (NCCS)
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation
    • New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, USA
  • Complex Surgical Oncology
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, USA

  • Associate Professor (Adj), Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alumni Society
  • Chapter of General Surgeons, Singapore
  • College of Surgeons, Singapore
  • Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore (Founding Member & Scientific Chair)
  • International Laparoscopic Liver Society (Founding Member)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
  • Asia-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (APHPBA)
  • Singapore Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (Founding Member & Vice-president)
  • Faculty of Surgery Trainers, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Founding member)
  • Singapore Medical Association
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO)

  • Thomas Starzl Prize 2019 Runner up
  • National Service (NS) Good Service Medal
  • National Youth Achievement Award
  • SingHealth Best Medical Officer Award
  • SingHealth Best Registrar Award
  • SingHealth Top 10 Registrar
  • Singapore Millennium Foundation Scholarship
  • SingHealth Health Manpower Development Plan Fellowship Award (HMDP)
  • Young Surgeon Award (College of Surgeons, Singapore)
  • Long Service Award, National Cancer Centre, Singapore
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA) Warren Fellowship Award
  • SingHealth Publish Award (Medical Research)
  • SingHealth Publish Award (Outstanding)
  • Soo Khee Chee Publication Award
  • Service with a Heart Award
  • Yahya Cohen Memorial Lecture
  • Game Changer Award, Singapore Health Services
  • Singapore Medical Journal Reviewer Recognition Award
  • SingHealth Outstanding Clinician Researcher Award
  • National Service Excellence Award
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award - Star
“When someone has cancer, it impacts not only them, but their loved ones too. Cancer is a word, not a sentence and I find nothing more meaningful as a surgeon to be in a position to fight this with them and provide the best possible care and comfort; and, where possible, cure them.”