Soon-Phaik CHEE, MD, is the Distinguished Professor of Clinical Education in Ophthalmology at the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, and Professor at the National University of Singapore, Singapore. She is a Senior Consultant of Ocular Inflammation and Immunology Service and the Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), where she served as the immediate past head of both the Ocular Inflammation and Immunology Service and Advanced Cataract Service. In addition, Prof Chee also serves as Group Leader of the Cataract Research Team at the Singapore Eye Research Institute.
Prof Chee’s research interests in cataract include the management of complicated cataracts such as the posterior polar cataract, subluxated cataracts, advanced cataracts, premium intraocular lens implants and femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery. She is also known for inventing a number of surgical instruments for the management of complex cataract surgeries.
In the field of uveitis, she has been the President of the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Inflammation Study Group (APIISG) since 2013 and a member of the International Uveitis Study Group and an International Council member of the IOIS. She has published extensively on Cytomegalovirus infection of the anterior segment in the immunocompetent, Ocular Tuberculosis, Dengue Maculopathy and Vogt-Koyanagi Harada disease.
She has authored over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and many book chapters both in complex cataract and uveitis. She serves as a member of several editorial boards including Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Ocular Inflammation and Immunology and Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection. She was the Editor for the book ‘Emerging Infectious Uveitis’ and the guest editor for the supplementary journal to Ocular Inflammation and Immunology that collated the Epidemiology of Uveitis in Asia Pacific.
She is a much sought out speaker at numerous international, regional and national conferences and has made many presentations on uveitis and cataract and has delivered several named lectures and won medals for her surgeries. She has performed many ‘live surgeries’ and conducted numerous instruction courses locally and internationally. She was the immediate past director of fellowships in the SNEC and has trained a large number of international, regional and local fellows in Uveitis and Cataract over the years. In 2000, she was given the Best Teacher Award in SNEC and in 2005, she became an Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Certified Educator (A.C.E). She was conferred by SingHealth, the Outstanding Clinician 2011 Award and the Singapore Health Quality Service Award 2014 & 2018 (Gold) for her significant contributions to national healthcare. In 2018, she was elected as a member of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club and in 2019, she was admitted as a council member of the Academy of Asia-Pacific Professors of Ophthalmology (AAPPO).