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Dr Chung Sze-Ryn

Dr Chung Sze-Ryn

MBBCh BAO (Hons), MRCS (Edin), MMED (Surg), FAMS (Hand)

Consultant

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery

Sub-specialties: Hand Surgery, Minimally-Invasive Wrist Surgery

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Carpal Bone Fractures, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Dequervains Tenosynovitis, Distal Radius Fracture, ECU Tendinitis and Instability, Guyon Canal Disorders, Hand and Thumb Arthritis, Fractures, and Dislocations, Hand and Wrist Trauma, Microvascular Reconstruction of Upper Limb and Free Tissue Transfers, Nerve Palsies (Tendon Transfers), Peri Lunate Injuries, Peripheral Neuropathy, Scaphoid Fracture, Scapholunate Ligament Tears (Wrist), Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Ligament Tears (Wrist), Trigger Finger, Wrist Fractures/Dislocations.

Clinical Appointments

  • Consultant Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical teacher (Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine)
  • Clinical instructor (Duke-NUS Medical school)
  • Clinical Physician Faculty (Singhealth Hand Surgery Residency Program)
  • Adjunct Research Fellow (Duke-NUS)
  • Duke-NUS final year examiner 2022

Profile

Dr. Chung Sze-Ryn graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2011 with an MBBCh BAO degree and achieved her MRCS (Edinburgh) and MMed (Surgery) in 2013 and 2016 respectively. She started her training in Hand Surgery residency in 2014 and has recently completed her trainingship in June 2020. Throughout the years of residency, she has published extensively in many distinguished peer-reviewed journals and was actively involved in the grant collaboration between Singapore General Hospital Hand Surgery department and Nanyang Technology University (NTU-SACP grant). She was one of the co-investigators for a project on tissue adhesive as a vessel sealant compared to traditional sutures for microvascular anastomosis. She also invented a novel technique of continuous irrigation of joints of the hand for minimally invasive management of septic arthritis. She recently won a grant of SGD 150,000 from Academic Medicine Singhealth grant to do animal research on the process of adhesion formation and its impact on clinical outcomes. In 2021, Dr. Chung received the Singhealth health quality service award for honoring COVID-19 healthcare heroes. She also received ‘Service of the Heart Award’ from Singhealth for her high quality contribution to patient care in 2021. Dr. Chung has a vast experience in managing complex hand trauma especially in the emergency setting and is very meticulous with her surgery. Her arthroscopy experience has expanded to arthroscopic reduction of distal radius, arthroscopic synovectomy and assessment of pathology, arthroscopic peripheral and transosseous foveal TFCC repair, scapholunate ligament tears and reconstruction, and CMCJ arthroscopy. She has also performed implant arthroplasties as well for the thumb CMC joints. Dr. Chung has a special interest in minimally-invasive wrist arthroscopy and she will be heading to Paris for her fellowship through the International Wrist Center (IWS) in 2023.

Education

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh BAO) (Hons) Ireland Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 2nd June 2011
  • MRCS United Kingdom Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh 25th April 2014
  • Master of Medicine (MMed), Surgery Singapore National University of Singapore 31st December 2016
  • Fellow of Academy Medicine (Hand Surgery) Singapore Singapore Medical Council 5th October 2020

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Consultant, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, Singapore General Hospital
  • SGH PAPR (Powered air-purifying respirator workgroup member) Workgroup member 
  • Infection Prevention Liaison Officer (IPLO)
  • Department champion in Quality Improvement project (Surgical safety)
  • Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Education Officer 
  • Asia Pacific Federation of Surgical Society of the Hand (APFSSH) - Finance committee member
  • Singapore Wrist Nanoscope Arthroscopy Course 2022 – Co-Convenor
  • International Federation of Surgical Society of Hand (IFSSH) social media committee member
  • Organizer for HRM-Medartis Distal Radius and Hand Sawbone workshop 2022
  • Prof. Raja sabapathy Singapore visit – Co-host for Singapore General hospital
  • Chapters of Hand Surgeons, Associate member 
  • Academy of Medicine, Singapore, Member
  • Young International Member for American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Young International Member
  • International Wrist Arthroscopy Society (IWAS) Member
  • American College of Surgeons Member (03706641)

Awards

  • Service of the heart award (Singapore General Hospital – Singhealth) Jan 2021
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Awards 2021- Honoring COVID-19 Healthcare Heroes 2021
  • Outstanding Singhealth Resident award (RISE) 2020
  • Residency committee appreciation award 2019
  • Pathology prize winner 2009 (RCSI) 2009

Research Interests

Publications

  1. Chung SR, TL Foo. Crescent flap for fingertip reconstruction. Journal of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand. 2014;19(3):459-61.
  2. Chung SR, Wong KLF, Cheah EJA. The lateral lesser toe fillet flap for diabetic foot soft tissue closure: surgical technique and case report. Diabetic foot & ankle. 2014;5:25732.
  3. Chung SR, TL Foo. Modifications to simplify intrathecal irrigation for pyogenic flexor tenosynovitis. Hand (New York, NY). 2014;9(2):258-9
  4. Chung, Sze-Ryn, Tiffany Hennedige, Kesavan Sittampalam and Melissa Ching Ching Teo. “Extrauterine myxoid leiomyoma mimicking an aggressive angiomyxoma.” Case Reports in Clinical Pathology 2 (2014): 51.
  5. Chung SR, Tan JS, Selvarajan S. Intravascular angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia (ALHE) of the hand. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2015 Sep;40(7):750-1.
  6. Chung SR, Tay SC. Audit of Clinical and Functional Outcomes of Arthroscopic Resection of Wrist Ganglions. Hand Surg. 2015 Oct;20(3):415-20.
  7. Nambi GI, Salunke AA, Chung S, Kumar KS, Chaudhari VA, Dhanwate AD. Extended anterolateral thigh pedicled flap for reconstruction of trochanteric and gluteal defects: A new & innovative approach for reconstruction. Chin J Traumatol. 2016 Apr 1;19(2):113-5.
  8. Chung SR, Yap RT, Tuck AYK. Minimally Invasive Palmaris Longus Abductorplasty for Severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2017 Dec;21(4):149-154.
  9. Chung SR, Choudhury MM, Too SJY, Ong CB, Steele TWJ, McGrouther DA, Chin AYH. Microvascular anastomosis with fish-mouth suturing and adhesive sealants. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2019 Jan;72(1):137-171.
  10. Chung SR, Kang YC, McGrouther DA. Techniques for Continuous Irrigation of Septic Joints of the Hand. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2019 Sep;23(3):133-137.
  11. Chung SR, Goh T. A simple approach to facilitate the use of microdebrider for treatment of fibrous gynaecomastia. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2016 Jan;69(1):e15-6.
  12. Djordjevic I, Pokholenko O, Shah AH, Wicaksono G, Blancafort L, Hanna JV, Page SJ, Nanda HS, Ong CB, Chung SR, Chin AYH, McGrouther D, Choudhury MM, Li F, Teo JS, Lee LS, Steele TWJ. CaproGlu: Multifunctional tissue adhesive platform. Biomaterials. 2020 Nov;260:120215.
  13. Leow M, Chung SR, Tay SC. The Effect of Intra-carpal Kirschner Wire Augmentation in Screw Fixation of Scaphoid - A Retrospective Cohort Study. Malays Orthop J. 2020 Nov;14(3):104-109.
  14. Chung SR, Lee EY, Tan DMK. Corrective Osteotomies for Digital Overlap in Phalangeal and Metacarpal Fracture Malunion Using Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) Technique: A Technical Note. J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2021 Sep;26(3):485-489.
  15. Chung Sze Ryn, Meghan N. Cichocki, Kevin C. Chung. “Inside-Out”: Building Emotional Intelligence in Healthcare Workers. Plast Reconst Surg 2022. (Accepted for publication)
  16. Chung Sze Ryn, Kevin C. Chung. Identifying and Managing Distal Radius Fractures that are Prone to Displacement. Hand Clin 2022. (Accepted for publication)

Ongoing projects

  1. The process of tissue adhesion, SGD 150,000 grant from Academic Medicine
  2. Wrist arthroscopy (NanoScope)

Research Trials