Dr. Hee Hwan Tak

Orthopaedic Surgery

Credentials MBBS, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Glas), FAMS(Ortho)
Language English,Mandarin Chinese,Bahasa Melayu,Bahasa Indonesia,Hokkien Dialect,Cantonese Dialect,Teochew Dialect

Adj A/Prof Hee has been in clinical practice since 1990 when he graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS).He obtained his post-graduate degrees in surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow and Edinburgh in 1995.He underwent his training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH), and completed advanced surgical training in Orthopaedics in 1999. In 2000, he spent a year on a Clinical Fellowship in Spinal Surgery in USA, training at the Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana and the University of Kentucky in Louisville and Lexington. Prior to joining the private practice, Adj A/Professor Hee served as Senior Consultant and Deputy Head of the University Spine Centre at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NUH. He was previously also the Clinical Director at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NUH. In the first two years of private practice, he was medical director and senior consultant at Centre for Spine & Scoliosis Surgery (part of Singapore Medical Group).

From 16th June 2013 onwards, Adj A/Professor Hee started Pinnacle Spine & Scoliosis Centre. He also co-founded Pinnacle Orthopaedic Group ( together with Dr Kevin Lee), with the vision of providing a truly Orthopaedic sub-speciality practice in Singapore. Adj A/Professor Hee’s clinical interests is in all aspects of Spine and Scoliosis Surgery, and is fully devoted in his practice to the conservative and surgical management of spinal and scoliosis conditions.Adj A/Professor Hee has won multiple awards for excellent patient care including the NUH STAR Award in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as the SPRING EXSA Gold Award in 2009. Adj A/Professor Hee is actively involved in the teaching of both undergraduate and post-graduate medical trainees. He has also been invited overseas to many countries to impart and share his knowledge of spinal surgery to his overseas counterparts.

Adj A/Professor Hee’s research interests are in degenerative spinal disease, in particular the basic science of intervertebral disc degeneration and regeneration. He is also involved in the evaluation of a novel non-invasive quantitative assessment method for functional recovery in patients after low back surgery, as well as the clinical outcomes after spinal surgeries. His research work was recognised at the 15th Triennial Congress of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association 2007 and the 81st Annual Congress of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association 2008.

Adj A/Professor Hee is currently Visiting Consultant at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Alexandra Hospital. He also holds an adjunct Associate Professor position at Nanyang Technological University, and is a Visiting Professor at the Clinical Medical College of Yangzhou University, China. Adj A/Professor Hee is a member of several international spine societies including North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Spine Arthroplasty Society (International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery), Scoliosis Research Society, and AO Spine International. Regionally, he is a member of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, Singapore Orthopaedic Association and Singapore Medical Association. He sits on the editorial board of The Spine Journal, the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, the Open Spine Journal, the Open Orthopaedic Journal and the World Journal of Orthopaedics. Adj A/Professor Hee is currently President of the Singapore Back Society (since 2005) and past Chairman of the AO Spine Singapore chapter (2007 to 2010).

  • HMDP Fellowship Award (Spine Surgery), 1999 to 2000
  • TTSH 9th Annual Scientific Meeting (Overall Best Paper Award), 2001
  • Singapore Orthopaedic Association Hong Kong Ambassador, November 2001
  • 5 Year Long Service Award – National University Hospital, 2002
  • Yahya-Cohen Lecture, 36th Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine, August 2002
  • Star Award, Quality Convention, National University Hospital, January 2004
  • Biographical Sketch in 23rd Edition of Who’s Who in the World, 2006
  • Star Award, Quality Convention, National University Hospital, March 2006
  • Young Orthopaedic Investigator Award 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of Singapore Orthopaedic Association, November 2006
  • 10 Year Long Service Award – National Universital Hospital, 2007
  • 1st prize, Doctoral Category in Research Presentation Contest, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, May 2007
  • Star Award, Quality Convention, National University Hospital, May 2007
  • Best Poster Award – Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell transplantation and intervertebral disc distraction reverse intervertebral disc degeneration in a rabbit model. 15th Triennial Congress of APOA, Seoul, Korea, September 2007
  • JOA Congress 2008 Travel Award Winner – Effects of dynamic tension on degenerated human annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus cells: An in vitro study. The 81st Annual Congress of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association, Sapporo, Japan, May 2008
  • Excellent Service Award (Star Award), 2008
  • Excellent Service Award (Gold), 2009
  • Long Service Award – National University of Singapore