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Linette Lai
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014


Prominent eye surgeon Arthur Lim, who helped set up National Eye Centre, has died

The Straits Times | Linette Lai | Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Pioneering eye surgeon Arthur Lim played a key role in establishing the Singapore National Eye Centre, and put Singapore on the world map with his many international appointments and collaborations.

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Here is a Facebook post about Professor Arthur Lim by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan:

"Professor Arthur Lim, a giant father figure to an entire generation of ophthalmologists has just left us. I will never be able to thank him enough for all that he gave us so generously. All the institutions he established, the lessons and the memories will live on. May God bless his soul always."

$5m professorship to honour Arthur Lim

The Business Times
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore yesterday announced a $5 million professorship to honour Arthur Lim Siew Ming, a pioneer of Singapore's ophthalmology sector.

The Arthur Lim Professorship in Ophthalmology will be established with SNEC donating $2.5 million from the SNEC Health Research Endowment fund, with a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Ministry of Education through Duke-NUS.

Prof Lim created a globally renowned eye department and raised the practice of ophthalmology in Singapore to world-class levels with the establishment of the SNEC, Singapore Eye Research Institute and the Department of Ophthalmology at the National University Hospital, among various feats.

He also put Singapore on the world map through his many international appointments and collaborations, including as secretary-general of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology; second vice-president of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis; and member of the International Council of Ophthalmology and the International Ophthalmic Advisory Board. He was also president of the XXVI International Congress of Ophthalmology held in Singapore in 1990.

Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, said: "Prof Lim has left an indelible mark in the history of ophthalmology not only in Singapore but also the region and the world. He gives generously from his heart because of a greater mission and built a great eye centre, one which allows us to go around the world and hold our heads high as professionals."

Dr Balakrishnan, a former SNEC medical director, was trained by Prof Lim.

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