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Prof Wong Tien Yin

Prof Wong Tien Yin from Singapore National Eye Centre

Prof Wong Tien Yin

MBBS, M Med(Ophth), MPH, FRCS(Ed), FRANZCO, FAFPHM, PHD (John Hopkins), FAMS

Senior Consultant

Singapore National Eye Centre

Specialty: Medical Retina

Sub-specialties: Medical Retina

Clinical Appointments

  • Medical Director Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Senior Consultant Medical Retina Department Singapore National Eye CentreSingapore National Eye Centre
  • Senior Consultant SNEC Eye Clinic @ CGH Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Academic Chair SingHealth Duke-NUS Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Programme


Professor Wong Tien Yin is Medical Director of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) where he is a senior consultant ophthalmologist sub-specialising in medical retina.

He is also the Academic Chair of the Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Program at Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore where he is concurrently Deputy Group CEO and Vice-Dean, coordinating clinical and translational research strategy and execution across the SingHealth-Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC). 

Prior to these roles, Professor Wong has served as Professor and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the University of Melbourne, Australia and was the immediate past Executive Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), where he continues to chair SERI’s Board and is a Senior Principal Clinician Scientist.

Professor Wong is a physician-scientist, practicing as a retinal specialist and with a broad-based research focused on the epidemiology of retinal diseases, such as diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. His research has led to the concept that retinal vascular imaging may predict risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and ischemic heart disease.

Professor Wong has published more than 1,000 peer-reviewed papers, including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, has given more than 300 invited named, plenary and symposium lectures, and received more than US$50million in grant funding from the Biomedical Medical Research Council and the National Medical Research Council in Singapore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, and the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia.

Professor Wong completed medical school at National University of Singapore (NUS) as a President’s Scholar, clinical ophthalmology training at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and retinal fellowships at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, and the University of Sydney, Australia. He obtained his MPH and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Professor Wong has served as the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-2014), and is currently on Editorial Boards of JAMA-Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Diabetes Care, Journal of Hypertension, and Ophthalmologica. He is a Board member of the National Medical Research Council, Singapore and in various professional societies, including the Council of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society. He is currently President of the College of Ophthalmologists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

For his service and research, Prof Wong has been recognized nationally and internationally with numerous awards, such as the Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World for "academic leadership in people younger than 40 years of age" and the Sandra Doherty Award from the American Heart Association. He has been recognized as the top researcher in any field from two leading Universities: the Outstanding Researcher Award from the National University of Singapore (winning it twice in 2004 and 2009) and the Woodward Medal from the University of Melbourne. He has received the Alcon Research Institute Award, USA, the Novartis Prize in Diabetes (Global Young Investigator), the Commonwealth Health Minister's Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, the Australian Society of Medical Research AMGEN Medical Research of the Year Award for "outstanding contribution to translational research", and the Arnall Patz Medal from the Macula Society, USA.

Professor Wong is a two-time recipient of the Singapore Translational Researcher Award (2008 and 2014). He received the National Clinician Scientist Award and the President's Science Award in 2010 and the President's Technology Award in 2014; these are three of the highest awards for research in Singapore. He is a recipient of the 2013 Eisenhower Fellowship from the USA.


  • FAMS (2010)
  • FAFPHM (2004)
  • FRANZCO (2004)
  • PhD (Johns Hopkins) (2002)
  • M Med(Ophth) (1999)
  • FRCS(Ed) (1999)
  • MPH (Johns Hopkins) (1997)
  • MBBS (1992)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Research and Education), SingHealth
  • Vice Dean, Office of Academic and Clinical Development, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Provost’s Chair Professor of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore
  • Professor (Joint), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
  • Member, National Health Innovation Centre Oversight Committee (NHIC OC), Ministry of Health (2017- present)
  • Council Board Member, Asia-Pacific Tele-Ophthalmology Society, Hong Kong (2016 - present)
  • Council Member, Singapore Medical Council (2016 - present)
  • President, College of Ophthalmologists, Singapore (2016 - present)
  • Council Member, Academy of Medicine Singapore (2015-present)
  • Chairman, NMRC Working Group on Healthcare Outcomes, National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Singapore (2014 - present)
  • Chairman, Diabetic Eye Disease Committee, International Council of Ophthalmology (2014 - present)
  • Chairman, Clinician Scientist Award (CSA) Panel, National Medical Research Council (NMRC) (2014 - present)
  • Council Member, College of Ophthalmologists, Singapore (2011 - present)
  • Member, Academia Ophthalmologic Internationalis (2010 - present)
  • Board Member, Singapore Eye Foundation (2010 - present)
  • Council Member, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (2010 - present)
  • Board Member, National Medical Research Council, Singapore (2009 - present)


  • Sir Runme Shaw Memorial Lecture, Academy of Medicine Singapore (2017)
  • Senior Achievement Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) (2017)
  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) (2016)
  • Tano Lecture, Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society (2015)
  • ARVO Fellow (Gold Award), USA (2015)
  • President's Science and Technology Award, Singapore (2014)
  • Arnall Patz Medal, Macula Society, USA (2014)
  • Singapore Translational Research (STaR) Award, National Medical Research Council (2014)
  • Eisenhower Fellowship, USA (2013)
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Knowledge of the World Award, USA (2011)
  • Fred Hollows Lecture, Australian Ophthalmic and Visual Sciences Meeting, Australia (2010)
  • President’s Science Award, Singapore (2010)
  • Outstanding Researcher of the Year, National University of Singapore, Singapore (2009)
  • The Australian Society for Medical Research AMGEN Medical Researcher Award, Australia (2007)
  • The Alcon Research Institute Award, USA (2006)
  • The Commonwealth Minister of Health Award for Excellence in Medical Research, Australia (2006)
  • The Woodward Medal for Science and Technology, University of Melbourne, Australia (2005)

Research Interests

  • Diabetic retinopathy

  • Age-related macular degeneration

  • Epidemiology

  • Ocular imaging

  • Clinical trials


  1. Ting DSW, Cheung CY,…Wong TY. Development and Validation of a Deep Learning System for Diabetic Retinopathy and Related Eye Diseases Using Retinal Images From Multi-ethnic Populations With Diabetes. JAMA. 2017;318(22):2211-2223

  2. Wong TY, Bressler NM. Artificial Intelligence with Deep Learning Technology Looks Into Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. JAMA. 2016;316(22):2366-2367

  3. Wong TY, Cheung CM, Larsen M, Sharma S, Simó R. Diabetic retinopathy. Nat Rev Dis Primers 2016;2:16012

  4. Lim L, Mitchell P, Seddon J, Holz F, Wong TY. Age-related Macular Degeneration. Lancet 2012. 379(9827): p. 1728-1738

  5. Wong TY, Scott IU. Retinal vein occlusion. N Eng J Med 2010; 363(22): 2135-44

  6. Wong TY, Liew G, Tapp R, et al. Relation of fasting glucose and retinopathy for diagnosis of diabetes: three population-based cross-sectional studies. Lancet 2008; 371: 736-743

  7. Mohamed Q, Gillies, MC, Wong TY. Management of diabetic retinopathy: a systematic review. JAMA 2007;298:902-916

  8. Wong TY, Rosamond WR, Chang P, et al. Retinopathy and risk of congestive heart failure. JAMA 2005: 293:63-69

  9. Wong TY, Mitchell P. Hypertensive retinopathy. N Engl J Med 2004;351:2310-7

  10. Wong TY, Klein R, Sharrett AR, et al. Retinal arteriolar narrowing and risk of diabetes in middle-aged persons. JAMA 2002; 287: 2528-33

  11. Wong TY, Klein R, Couper DJ, et al. Retinal microvascular abnormalities and incident clinical strokes. The Atherosclerosis Risk in the Communities Study. Lancet 2001: 358: 1134-40 

Research Trials

  • Epidemiology of eye diseases
  • Retinal Vascular Imaging
  • Diabetic retinopathy screening and diagnosis
  • Artificial intelligence and ocular imaging
  • Clinical trials on retinal diseases