Dr. Lee Tswen Wen Victor

General Surgery

Credentials Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, National University of Singapore
Master of Medicine (Surgery), National University of Singapore
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
Fellow of Academy of Medicine (General Surgery), Singapore
Language English, Malay/Indonesian, Mandarin

Dr Lee is formally trained in liver transplants, kidney transplants and simultaneous pancreas kidney transplants in addition to complex hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery. He specialises in surgery for liver tumours, major pancreatic surgery and biliary surgery. He is well regarded for his laparoscopic skills especially for gallbladder and gallstone surgery.

Prior to joining Gleneagles Hospital, Dr Lee was senior consultant and the former director of the Centre for Digestive and Liver Disease (CDLD) at the Singapore General Hospital from 2013 to 2015. The Centre has a patient attendance of more than 500 patients a day for hepatobiliary, gastroenterology, upper gastrointestinal and colorectal diseases.

Dr Lee is also the co-director of the Pancreas Transplant Programme in Singapore. He is accredited to perform transplant surgeries of the liver, kidney and pancreas. He is an executive member of the Society of Transplantation, Singapore. He is also a member of the International Pancreas & Islet Transplantation Association and The Transplantation Society.

Dr Lee is an experienced laparoscopic surgeon for cholecystectomy and liver resection. He has been an invited speaker for many international and regional conferences for liver surgery and laparoscopic surgery. In addition, he has performed single-site “scarless” surgery in live demonstrations on numerous occasions. He is an executive member of the Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (Singapore).

He is also an advocate of the adoption of new surgical technology that can result in safer outcomes and quicker recovery for patients such as microwave ablation therapy for inoperable liver tumours.

Dr Lee’s dedication to ensuring the best outcome for his patients has earned him the Service Quality Award in 2014 while at the Singapore General Hospital.

He is an adjunct assistant professor at National University of Singapore, and adjunct assistant professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. Dr Lee is actively involved in research and has won many grants. He is also actively involved in medical device innovation and islet cell research, and has registered patents for his work.

Dr Lee has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to a transplant book chapter. He has been featured in the media for his work. He has also written many articles for public health education.

  • Lee Foundation Grant (2015) for Study of Function and Survival of Human Pancreatic Islets: Use of a Novel Xeno-Transplantation Model and Development of a Human Islet Isolation Facility in Singapore
  • National Research Foundation research grant (2015) for 3D Compass Navigational Tool to augment Laparo-endoscopy
  • Singapore General Hospital Service Quality Award winner (2014)
  • Singapore-MIT Alliance Research & Technology grant (2013) for real-time organ perfusion monitoring for organ viability
  • MOH-HSDP grant (2012) for National Pancreas Transplant for insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  • Health Manpower Development Plan Award, Ministry of Health & National Healthcare Group (2008)
  • National Medical Research Council – Singapore Totalisator Board Medical Research Fellowship (2005)
  • Hewlett-Packard Scholarship (Bio-Informatics), (2003- 2005)
  • Dean’s List, National University of Singapore (1994-1995)