Dr Lie Kwok Ying

Clinical Interests

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney stone surgery
  • Hernia surgery

Appointments: +65 6475 3668

BA MBBChir (Cantab) MRCS (Edin) FRCS (Urol)(Glasg) FAMS

Dr Lie is a Singapore Medical Council certified Urological specialist


Dr Lie Kwok Ying

Dr Lie Kwok Ying is a Senior Consultant Urologist who specialises in the use of HoLEP (Holmium Enucleation of Prostate) for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in Singapore.

He graduated from Queensā€™ College in Cambridge University with triple First Class Honours and subsequently qualified in 2001 with degrees in Medicine and Surgery. He received his surgical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2006 and Masters degree in Medicine (Surgery) in 2007.Ā  He received his Urology training in Singapore General Hospital and National University Hospital and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is also a member of the Chapter of Urologists, College of Surgeons, Singapore.

Dr Lie is one of the pioneer Urologists at the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and was pivotal in obtaining one of the first high power laser platforms in Singapore, improving stone and BPH care for patients. He was awarded a Ministry of Health Fellowship to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide where he pursued his interest in BPH. Since returning to Singapore, he became the first Urologist to perform HoLEP in Singapore and he is one of the only fellowship-trained and locally accredited surgeons to do this procedure. Since starting the HoLEP service, he has done more than 200 HoLEPs, including patients on anticoagulants and very elderly patients. He also set up the use of CO2 lasers for use in male circumcision and the Rezum steam therapy as a minimally invasive technique for BPH at NTFGH.

Before starting his private practice, Dr Lie was a Senior Consultant in the Urology Service at NTFGH.Ā  Dr Lie is also actively involved in educating the next generation of Urologists and is the site director for the Urology Residency program in NTFGH and supervisor for the Diploma in Urology run by the Chapter of Urologists, College of Surgeons, Singapore. He is also currently the Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Urological Association.

His dedication to patient care has been recognized by patients and he is the winner of the ā€œService with a Heart Awardā€ in SGH. He has also been awarded the 15-year long service award in public healthcare. He was also actively involved in patient care in public hospitals both during SARS in 2003 and the recent COVID-19 pandemic and was part of a whole nation effort combating the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

Giving a talk on HoLEP at a Urology Conference

Demonstrating HoLEP on a simulator during a workshop

Dr Tan has wide experience in managing benign and malignant conditions of the adrenal gland, kidney, bladder and prostate.

His subspecialty is inĀ genito-urinary cancer surgery, robotic & advanced laparoscopic surgery.

He is theĀ first in SingaporeĀ to perform laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (2002), laparoscopic retroperitoneal radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic transposition of retrocaval ureter, laparoscopic repair of vesico-vaginal fistula and robotic ureteric re-implantation.

Snce 2004, Dr James Tan has performed and helped colleagues perform more than aĀ few hundred robotic radical prostatectomy. He routinely performs bilateral nerve sparing and bladder neck sparing robotic prostatectomy to preserve potency and urinary continence. Where appropriate, he will perform additional bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy.

He is also theĀ first to perform routinely laparoscopic donor nephrectomyĀ for kidney transplant in Mount Elizabeth Hospital in 2008.

His other areas of expertise are inĀ minimally invasiveĀ andĀ endoscopicĀ management of urinary stones and prostate diseases.

Dr James Tan obtained his basic medical degree in the National University of Singapore in 1990, and won theĀ Thambipillai Medal for Distinction in Anatomy (top in Class).

He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1995, and earned his Masters of Medicine in National University of Singapore in the same year.

He was conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Urology) in 2000.

Dr Tan won a Ministry of Health HMDP scholarship for an overseas clinical fellowship in Genitor-Urinary Cancer Surgery from 2000 to 2001. He was attached to theĀ London Health Sciences Centre in Canada.

He was awarded the 2002 Academy of Medicine Traveling Fellowship to theĀ Chi Mei Foundation Medical CentreĀ in Taiwan specializing in Laparoscopic Urology. During the Fellowship, he honed his laparoscopic skill by studying and performing laparoscopic partial cystectomy and enterocystoplasty in an animal model. He also participated in many laparoscopic radical cystectomy and nephro-ureterectomy in the clinical setting for patients with bladder and/or ureteric transitional cell carcinoma.

He received further training inĀ Cleveland ClinicĀ (Laparoscopic Urology) in 2001, Detroit (Robotic Prostatectomy) in 2003 and France (Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy) in 2002.

Dr Tan won the Federation of Asean Urological AssociationĀ Best Oral Paper PrizeĀ in 1999.

He was awarded the Singapore Urological AssociationĀ Annual Book PrizeĀ in 2000.

He received the European Board of UrologyĀ Best in Knowledge PrizeĀ in 2002.

He also won theĀ Best Video PrizeĀ in the First National Healthcare Group Annual Scientific Meeting in 2002.

Dr James Tan has helped in the training of many junior surgeons in Singapore and the region through numerousĀ surgical demonstrations, teleconferences and workshops. He has also doneĀ live surgery demonstrationsĀ in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand. His teaching appointments include the following:

  • Course Director, Experimental Surgery in Laparoscopic Urology, 2002
  • Teaching Faculty, Advanced Urological Laparoscopic Symposium and Workshop, XXXIII World Congress of the International College of Surgeons, Taipei
  • Faculty, Endourology & Laparoscopic Surgery Workshop cum National Conference, Society of Surgeons of Nepal
  • Teaching Faculty, National Healthcare Group Annual Scientific Meeting 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Teaching Faculty, Pre-Congress Workshop, Asian Congress in Urology (Hong Kong), 2004
  • Qingdao International Urology Meeting, 2004
  • Teaching Faculty, Urology Fair 2005
  • Course Director, Laparoscopic Workshop, 2005

He is a life member of theĀ Singapore Urological AssociationĀ and had held the position of EXCO member and Honorary Treasurer.

He is in the Ministry of Healthā€™sĀ Clinical Guideline CommitteeĀ for Kidney Cancer as well as a member of Chapter of Urology Subspecialty Committees for Urologic Cancers, Endourology and Laparoscopy.

He is a member of the American Urological Association, European Urology Association, Asian Society of Endourology, Asia-Pacific Society of Uro-Oncolog and Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia.

He is currently Chairman of Tissue Committee, Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

He is also member of Medical Advisory Board, Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

He is currently the Representative of the Urology/Nephrology Subspecialty Interest Group at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

  • Head of Urology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Lead Surgeon, Laparoscopic Urology Service, Centre for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Visiting Specialist, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital
  • Deputy Director, Clinical Research Unit, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Clinical Lecturer, National University of Singapore
  • Member, Tan Tock Seng Hospital Research Committee
  • Member, Credentials and Accreditation Committee for Minimally Invasive Surgery, TTSH
  • Mentor and Supervisor, Advanced Surgical (Urology) Trainees
  • Reviewer for Research Grants Awarding Committees:
    – National Medical Research Council
    – National Healthcare Group Research Fund
    – Tan Tock Seng Hospital Research Fund
  • Secretary, Urology Fair 2003, 2004
  • Scientific Chairman, Urology Fair 2005
  • Scientific Chairman, Federation of Asean Urological Assn Meeting, 2005
  • Chairman Organizing Committee, Urology Fair 2006
  • Treasurer, Singapore Urological Association 2004-2006
  • Vice-President, Singapore College of Surgeons, 2007

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