Prof. Chee Soon Phaik is one of the pioneer ophthalmologists of the Singapore National Eye Centre, where she is a Senior Consultant who heads the Cataract Subspecialty Service and the Ocular Inflammation and Immunology Service. She is also Professor at the National University of Singapore and Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, Singapore. In addition to her clinical work, she is the group lead member of the Cataract research team at the Singapore Eye Research Institute. She has trained many local and international fellows, and continues to attract fellows from the Asia-Pacific region and as far as the Middle East.
Dr. Chee’s research interests in cataract include the management of complicated cases such as dense posterior polar cataracts, subluxated cataracts, premium intraocular lens implants, and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. In addition to innovations in surgical technique, she has also designed intraocular instruments that greatly augment surgeons’ abilities to overcome difficulties and improve the outcomes in highly demanding cases.
In the field of uveitis, Dr. Chee has been President of the Asia-Pacific Intraocular Inflammation Study Group (APIISG) since 2013. She is also a member of the International Uveitis Study Group, Clinical Consensus Group (Standardisation of Uveitis Nomenclature) and a member of the IOIS International Council. She has published extensively on cytomegalovirus infection of the anterior segment, ocular tuberculosis, dengue maculopathy and Vogt–Koyanagi Harada disease.
Dr. Chee has authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and is a member of several editorial boards including Ocular Inflammation and Immunology, the Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection, and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.