Dr Ong Wei Chen

Senior Consultant

Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS)

Division of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Department of Surgery, National University Hospital (NUH)

Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Programme, National University Health System (NUHS)


Dr Ong Wei Chen obtained her medical degree from the National University of Singapore (MBBS), membership diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Masters in Medicine (Surgery) from the National University of Singapore. She completed her advanced specialist training in Plastic Surgery at the National University Hospital, and is a certified plastic surgeon. She was awarded the Human Manpower Development Programme scholarship to pursue a one year microsurgical fellowship programme at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and St.Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, where she further trained in reconstruction after oncological surgery. Her special interests are in breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, facial reconstruction after facial nerve palsy, and lymphedema surgery.

Besides clinical work, she also publishes clinical and research articles in peer-reviewed international journals and has contributed chapters in textbooks on various topics in reconstruction. She is also actively involved in undergraduate as well as postgraduate education and is the Program Director of the plastic surgery residency program at NUHS.

Education and Fellowships

MBBS (S'pore), MRCS (Edinburgh), M Med (Surgery)(S’pore), FAMS (Plastic Surgery)

Specialty Interests

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Head and Neck reconstruction

Awards and Honours

  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award (Ministry of Health)
  • Winner of NLAM Clinician Scientist Unit “Pitch for Funds”Award – Tissue engineering with liver progenitor cells: a potential model for autologous transplantation
  • NUHS Bench-to-Bedside Grant - Sirtunin 5 in the nervous system: expression, substrates and clinical implications
  • A*Star SERC Grant – Vision aided active handheld instrument for microsurgery
  • NMRC NIH Grant – Liver progenitor cells in chronic liver injury – a potential souce of autologous cells for liver tissue engineering
  • NUS Academic Research Fund – Biodegradable microspheres as a comprehensive tissue engineering system to produce liver tissues
  • NMRC Grant – Tissue engineered prefabricated vascularized flaps


Professional Memberships

  • Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Singapore Society for Cosmetic (Aesthetic) Surgeons 

Updated as of 27 June 2017