Clinical Interest: Fertility Specialist, IVF

Qualifications:
University of Singapore (NUS) in 1974
Specialist degree in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) of London in 1981.

Professor Ng Soon Chye is the Medical Director and Fertility Specialist in O&G Partners Fertility Centre, a member of Sincere Healthcare Group. He is a specialist in Reproductive Medicine.

Professor Ng started his first in-vitro fertilisation programme in Singapore in 1982 which resulted in Asia’s first test-tube (IVF) baby delivered in May 1983. He went on to develop the first SUZI (sub-zona insemination) baby in the world in 1989. This was a revolutionary technique at that time, whereby weak sperm was injected directly under the shell (zona pellucida) of the egg, to enable fertilisation. The baby born was the first in the world from a micro-injection technique. In 1993, he did the first ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) baby in Asia. ICSI is an extension of the SUZI technique, whereby the sperm is injected directly into the egg proper.

Professor Ng graduated from the University of Singapore in 1974, obtained the specialist degree in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) of London in 1981.

Professor Ng served in the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 1977 to 2003 and concurrently in the National University Hospital (NUH) from 1986 to 2003 (from 1977 to 1985, he was in the University Unit of the old KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital). He obtained his professorship in December 1993, and from 1997 to 2001 became the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) in NUS and Chief of O&G in NUH. He was also Chairman of the Committee of O&G, Graduate School of Medical Studies in NUS from 2000 to 2002, during which period he was in charge of the O&G postgraduate training.

He holds special interest in infertility (including male infertility), gynaecological laparoscopy and hormonal disturbances. He serves as an advisor to the Singapore Ministry of Health when there are issues related especially to infertility. He holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of O&G, NUS, and in the School of Biological Science, Nanyang Technological University, where he lectures Development Biology.

Professor Ng enjoys research work. From 1997 to 2003, he was the Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Clinical Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction and the WHO Clinical Collaborating Centre for Maternal-Child Health / Family Planning Service Research and Training. He also has a list of his own publications, mainly in the field of human embryology and in-vitro fertilisation, especially micro-injection.

Honours & Awards

  • National Science & Technology Award, Singapore, 1988
  • 8th Henry Benjamin Henry Sheares’ Memorial Lecture, Singapore, 1989
  • William Blair Bell Memorial Lecture, RCOG, London, 1990
  • Received the Outstanding University Researcher Award, National University of Singapore, 1997

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, National University of Singapore
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee on Human Reproduction & Embryology, Ministry of Health, Singapore, since 1997
  • Former Director, World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction
  • Former Director, World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Maternal-Child Health / Family Planning Service Research and Training