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Clin Assoc Prof

Adj Assoc Prof Yuen Heng Wai from Changi General Hospital

Clin Assoc Prof

MBBS (S), GDFM (S), MRCS (Ed), DOHNS (UK), MMed (ORL), FAMS (ORL), MHPE (Maastricht)

Senior Consultant

Specialty: Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

Clinical Appointments

  • Co-Director, SingHealth Institute for Medical Simulation Duke-NUS
  • Senior Consultant Otorhinolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital
  • Director, Center for Advanced Clinical & Surgical Skills Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital


Dr Yuen Heng Wai specialises in the treatment of ear diseases and is a Senior Consultant at Changi General Hospital (CGH) where he spearheads the Otology, Hearing Implant and Skull base surgery services for adult hearing and balance disorders and skull base tumors. He completed his ENT specialist training in Singapore before proceeding to Canada and Australia for advanced training in treating ear conditions like hearing loss, vertigo (giddiness), tinnitus (noise in ear), ear infections and tumors. He is also a certified Family Physician, and a Visiting Consultant to Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKWCH) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has been deeply involved in the training and education of ENT doctors. He is the past Associate Program Director and current Core Faculty for Singhealth Otolaryngology Residency. He also serves as an examiner for the ENT Specialist Exit Examination. At the same time, he is also the Director of the Centre for Advanced Clinical and Surgical Skills (CACS) at CGH, and the Co-Director of the Singhealth-Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS). He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS).


  • MBBS (S)
  • GDFM (S)
  • MRCS (Ed)
  • DOHNS (UK)
  • MMed (ORL)
  • FAMS (ORL)
  • MHPE (Maastricht)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Adjunct Associate Professor - Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Associate Program Director - Singhealth Otolaryngology Residency, 2010-2015
  • Campus Director - SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute for Medical Simulation (SIMS)
  • Clinical Associate Professor - Duke-NUS
  • Clinician Lead - Patient Experience Taskforce, Changi General Hospital 2015-present
  • Clinical Lead - Surgical High Dependency Committee, Changi General Hospital 2015 – present
  • Core Faculty - Singhealth Otolaryngology Residency, 2015- present Adjunct Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology & Design Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
  • Deputy Director (Device Development) - SingHealth Surgery Academic Clinical Program (ACP)
  • Founder and Organising Chairman - 1st Foundation Surgical Skills Course (FSSC), 9-11th April 2011, Singapore a. Organizing Chairman, 2nd Foundation Surgical Skills Course (FSSC), 7 -10th April 2012, Singapore b. Organizing Committee, 3rd Foundation Surgical Skills Course in Otolaryngology, 2013 – current
  • Instructor - Otology Fellows Congress & Advanced Course in Ear & Skull Base Surgery 22 – 24th April, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Member - Clinical Competency Committee, Singhealth Residency (Otolaryngology), 2011-2015
  • Member - Competency Assessment Committee, Advanced Practice Nurse Program, Singapore Nursing Board, 2014 – present
  • Member- Hospital Research Committee, Changi General Hospital 2009 – 2014
  • Member - Independent Panel (Internal) for Medical Futility Cases, Changi General Hospital 2012- present
  • Member - Medical Technology Assessment Committee, Ministry of Health, 2014 – present
  • Member - Program Evaluation Committee, Singhealth Residency (Otolaryngology), 2011- 2015
  • Organising Chairman - 1st Southeast Asia Hearing Preservation cochlear implantation workshop, 8 – 9th September 2017. Live surgery 8th September 2017. Examiner, Exit Examination in Otolaryngology, Joint Committee on Specialist Training, Ministry of Health Singapore, 2012 – present
  • Director, Centre for Advanced Clinical & Surgical Skills, Changi General Hospital, 2013 – present
  • Organising Chairman - 5th World Chinese ENT Congress 18 - 20th June 2015, Singapore
  • Organising Chairman - Asia Pacific-Singapore Otology, Neurotology & Skull Base (APSONS) Conference, 1st Conference: 8-12th October 2010, Singapore 2nd Conference: 20-24th October 2011, Singapore 3rd Conference: October 2012, Singapore 4th Conference: 25th – 27th October 2013, Singapore 5th & 6th Conference and Cochlear Implant Masterclass, October 2014 and November 2015, Singapore
  • Organising Chairman - CGH-EH Alliance Scientific Meeting 2013
  • Organising Committee - 11th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness (APCD), 2012, Singapore
  • Organising Committee - Changi General Hospital Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2011
  • Program Director - (SUTD-Duke-NUS Clinician Plus program)
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer - NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Tutor - Final MMed(ORL) Preparatory Course Mock Viva, DGMS, NUS, 12 March 2016
  • Visiting Consultant - Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Visiting Consultant - Tock Seng Hospital


Research Interests

  • Balance Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Healthcare Innovation
  • Hearing Implants
  • Hearing Loss
  • Medical Education


  • An unusual presentation of secondary syphilis in otolaryngology. Yuen HW, Tan LKS, Yeoh KH Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2001; 125:277-9
  • Insular carcinoma of the thyroid with jugular vein invasion Leong JL, Yuen HW, LiVolsi VA , Loevner L, Narula N, Baloch Z, Weber RS Head Neck 2004; 26:642-6
  • Kimura’s disease: a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Yuen HW, Goh YH, Low WK, Lim-Tan SK Singapore Med J 2005; 46:179-183
  • Suppression of laminin-5 expression leads to increased motility, tumorigenicity, and invasion. Yuen HW, Ziober AF Gopal P, Nasrallah I, Falls EM, Meneguzzi G, Ang HQ, Ziober BL Exp Cell Res 2005; 309:198-210
  • Dural sinus thrombosis after minor head injury in a child Yuen HW, Gan BK, Seow WT, Tan HKK Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2005 ;34:639-41.
  • Enlarged cervical sympathetic ganglion : an unusual parapharyngeal space tumor Yuen HW, Goh CHK, Tan TY Singapore Med J 2006; 47:321-3
  • Synchronous airway lesions and associated anomalies in children with laryngomalacia evaluated with rigid endoscopy Yuen HW, Tan HKK, Balakrishnan A Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2006; 70:1779-84
  • Evaluation of recurrent nodal disease after definitive radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma : diagnostic value of fine needle aspiration cytology and CT scan Toh ST, Yuen HW, Goh YH, Goh CHK Head Neck 2007; 29:370-7
  • Nasolabial cysts : clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment Yuen HW, Lee JCY, Yeak SCL Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2007; 45:293-7
  • Urgent awake tracheotomy for impending airway obstruction Yuen HW, Loy AHC, Johari S Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2007; 136:838-42
  • Actinomycetes colonization of tonsils: a comparative study between patients with and without recurrent tonsillitis Toh ST, Yuen HW, Goh YH J Laryngol Otol 2007; 121:775-8.
  • Reconstructive options for skull defects following translabyrinthine surgery for vestibular schwannomas Yuen HW, Chen JM Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2008; 16:318-24
  • External auditory canal osteoma Yuen HW, Chen JM Otol Neurotol 2008; 29:875-6
  • Bilateral persistent stapedial artery Yuen HW, Thompson AL, Symons SP, Nedzelski JM Otol Neurotol 2008; 29:1205-6
  • Auditory manifestations of superior semicircular canal dehiscence Yuen HW, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. Otol Neurotol 2009; 30:280-5.
  • Vascularised mastoid bone flap cranioplasty after translabyrinthine vestibular schwannoma surgery Yuen HW, Thompson AL, Symons SP, Pirouzmand F, Chen JM Skull Base 2009; 19:193-202.
  • Traumatic stapes fracture with rotation and subluxation into the vestibule and pneumolabyrinth Ederies A, Yuen HW, Chen JM, Aviv RI, Symons SP. Laryngoscope 2009; 119:1195-7.
  • Management of single-sided deafness with the bone-anchored hearing aid Yuen HW, Bodmer D, Smilsky K, Nedzelski JM, Chen JM Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2009; 141:16-23.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of facial nerve schwannoma Thompson AL, Aviv RI, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM, Yuen HW, Fox AJ, Bharatha A, Bartlett ES, Symons SP. Laryngoscope 2009; 119:2428-2436.
  • The relationship between the air-bone gap and the size of superior semicircular canal dehiscence. Yuen HW, Boeddinghaus R, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2009; 141:689-94.
  • Cochlear implantation in patients with autoimmune inner ear disease including Cogan syndrome: a comparison with age- and sex-matched controls Wang JR, Yuen HW, Shipp DB, Steward S, Lin VYW, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM. Laryngoscope 2010; 120:2478-83
  • Residual cervical lymphadenopathy after definitive treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma : fine needle aspiration cytology, computed tomography and histopathological findings Toh ST, Yuen HW, Lim KH, Goh YH, Goh HK J Laryngol Otol 2011; 125:70-7
  • 15th Yahya Cohen Memorial Lecture - The relationship between the air-bone gap and the size of superior semicircular canal dehiscence. Yuen HW, Boeddinghaus R, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD Ann Acad Med Singapore 2011; 40:59-66
  • Bilateral enlarged vestibular aqueduct with associated bilateral Mondini’s dysplasia Subramaniam S, Tan TY, Yuen HW Am J Otolaryngol 2012; 33:455-6
  • Head and neck cancers masquerading as deep neck abscesses Soon SR, Kanagalingam J, Johari S, Yuen HW Singapore Med J 2012; 53(12):840-2
  • Sphenoidal mucocele presenting as acute cranial nerve palsies Cheng CS, Sanjay S, Yip CC, Yuen HW Saudi J Ophthalmol 2012; 26:459-61
  • Bell’s palsy in Singapore: a view from the patient’s perspective Charn TC, Subramaniam S, Yuen HW Singapore Med J 2013; 54(2):82-5
  • Effects of tonsillectomy on sleep study parameters in adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea – a prospective study Tan LT, Tan AK, Hsu PP, Loh IC, Yuen HW, Chan YH, Lu PK. Sleep Breath 2014; 18(2):265-8
  • Spenoidal mucocele presenting as acute cranial nerve palsies. Cheng CS, Sanjay S, Yip CC, Yuen HW Saudi J Ophthalmol 2012; 26(4):459-61
  • A comparison study of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for tinnitus treatment in an Asian population Lo YL, Cheong PW, Wong M, Fook-Chong S, Yuen HW, Chan YM Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2014;119:96-9
  • Pre-operative high resolution computed tomography scans for cholesteatoma: has anything changed? Ng JH, Zhang EZ, Soon SR, Tan VY, Tan TY, Mok PK, Yuen HW Am J Otolaryngol 2014; 35(4):508-13
  • Intratympanic steroids as salvage treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss? A meta-analysis Ng JH, Ho RC, Cheong CS, Ng A, Yuen HW, Ngo RY Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2015; 272(10):2777-82
  • Current evidence for endolymphatic sac surgery in the treatment of Meniere’s disease: A systematic review Lim MY, Zhang M, Yuen HW, Leong JL Singapore Med J 2015; 56(11):593-8
  • Neuroendocrine adenoma of middle ear with new bone formation and review of literature Hu HX, Lim WY, Tan TY, Yuen HW Am J Otolaryngol 2016;37(2):108-11
  • A case series of complicated infective otitis media requiring surgery in adults Heah H, Soon SR, Yuen HW. Singapore Med J 2016; 57(12):681-5
  • Cochlear duct length – one size fits all? Thong JF, Low D, Tham A, Liew C, Tan TY, Yuen HW Am J Otolaryngol 2017; 38(2):218-221
  • Cochlear implantation in an NPC patient post-irradiation presenting with electrode array extrusion through the posterior canal wall Chua CA, Low D, Tan TY, Yuen HW Am J Otolaryngol 2017; 38(3):356-357
  • Otosclerosis in a non-endemic population: Utility of CT scan and correlation with audiometry and surgical outcome. Png LH, Pang JY, Karandikar A, Goh JPN, Yeo SB, Yuen HW Ear, Nose, Throat Journal (In press)
  • An unusual case of temporal bone encephalomeningocele occurring together with normal pressure hydrocephalus. Tan BWS, Low DYM, Yuen HW Am J Otolaryngol 2017;38(6):704-705
  • Surgical management of pulsatile tinnitus secondary to jugular bulb or sigmoid sinus diverticulum with review of literature. Yeo WX, Xu SH, Tan TY, Low DYM, Yuen HW Am J Otolaryngol 2018;39(2):247-252
  • Classification of temporal bone pneumatisation on high resolution computed tomography – prevalence patterns and implications. Ng JH, Lim SA, Yuen HW Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 (In press)
  • Dislocation of cochlear implant magnet during 1.5T MRI despite head bandaging, and repositioning using endoscopic approach. Leong CWJ, Ng JH, Yuen HW J Laryngol Otol (JLO) 2018 (In press)
  • BOOK CHAPTER Canalplasty/Meatoplasty. Chapter 20, THE CHRONIC EAR. Ed. John L. Dornhoffer, Michael B. Gluth. 1st edition, Thieme Medical Publishers Inc. 2016

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