Dr. Lim Chong Hee

Specialist: Consultant Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeon
MBBS (S’pore), FRCS (Edin), FAMS, CTBS

Dr Lim Chong Hee graduated with his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the National University of Singapore in 1990. Thereafter, he earned his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 1994.

From 1999 to 2001, Dr Lim furthered his training in cardiothoracic surgery at the world-renown Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, USA.

As of 2002, Dr Lim has been a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore and has held various appointments in the Chapter of Cardiothoracic Surgeons in the College of Surgeons, Singapore such as Honorary Secretary (2005-2009) and Chairman (2009-2013).

With more than 20 years in cardiac and thoracic surgery, Dr Lim’s clinical interests are in Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery, Heart Valve Repair and Replacement, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Aortic Aneurysm Surgery, Esophagectomy for esophageal cancers and pulmonary embolectomy & endarterectomy surgery. He has special interest in Heart/Lung Failure pioneering in Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and implantation of Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD) for heart failure patients.

Prior to private practice, Dr Lim had served at the National Heart Centre, Singapore from 1994-2016 and had performed thousands of surgical procedures. He continues to serve as Visiting Consultant.

An active researcher, Dr Lim is presently working to develop a bidirectional cannula for ECMO and minimally-invasive cardiac surgery. He is also involved in various government-funded programmes such as the National Cardiovascular Homograft Bank, where he continues to be the Programme Director. Previously, he had been involved in several clinical trials. He was the principal investigator for the InteguSeal Protocol 100-06-0001 and Merck Trial V710, and co-investigator for STICH (Surgical Treatment for Ischaemic Heart Failure).

Dr Lim had published abstracts & papers and written chapters in medical books including the “VATS in Diffuse Lung Disease – Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)”.

Other than his clinical work, Dr Lim also contributed to the NUS Medical Faculty as Senior Lecturer on a part-time basis from 2003-2016. Dr Lim held the appointment of Adjunct Associate Professor with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore from 2014-2016 where he taught and tutored future doctors. At present, he continues to give lectures and conduct workshops at local, regional and international meetings.

Previous appointments:

Senior Consultant
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, National Heart Centre, Singapore
Director
Heart & Lung Transplant and Mechanical Heart Assist Devices Programme, National Heart Centre, Singapore
Honorary Secretary & Chairman
Chapter of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore
Senior Lecturer
National University of Singapore Medical Faculty
Adjunct Associate Professor
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
Visiting Consultant
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Professional Appointments, Postgraduate Fellowships & Committee Memberships:

Visiting Consultant, National Heart Centre, Singapore
Visiting Consultant, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Programme Director, National Cardiovascular Homograft Bank, Singapore
Certified Tissue Banking Specialist
Fellow, Chapter of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore
Fellow, Academy of Medicine (FAMS)
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK
Member, Singapore Medical Association
Member, Singapore Thoracic Society
Member, Heart Failure Society (Singapore)
Member, Society of Transplantation (Singapore)

Awards

NHCS Service Quality Bronze Award 2005
NHCS Service Quality Bronze Award 2006
NHCS Service Quality Silver Award 2007
Healthcare Humanity Award 2009
NHCS Service Quality Gold Award 2009

Accredited hospitals:

Farrer Park Hospital Gleneagles Hospital Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital Parkway East Hospital Raffles Hospital Visiting Consultant, National Heart Centre, Singapore Visiting Consultant, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital