Assistant Professor Francis Wong Keng Lin is an Associate Consultant in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Assistant Professor in Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Clinical Lecturer in NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Clinical Teacher in NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, and Clinical Physician Faculty Member of the Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programme. He graduated as the pioneer resident in the Clinician Scientist Track from NUHS Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programme, clinching the Best Senior Resident Award 3 consecutive years in a row. He was also the Chief Resident in his residency programme and was part of the nation-wide Singapore Chief Residency Programme (SCRP) in 2014-2015 (Cohort 2). He completed his Masters of Clinical Investigation (MCI), and is pursuing a part-time PhD in NUS, after receiving the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Research Training Fellowship (RTF). He is currently investigating the use of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) exosomes as a cell-free injectable therapy for chondral defects of the knee and has published his translational research in a top-tiered Orthopaedic Surgery journal, Arthroscopy. Asst Prof Wong is active in both basic, translational, and clinical research, and has published more than 45 peer reviewed journal articles to date. He won the Singapore Orthopaedic Association Young Orthopaedic Investigator’s Award in 2013 and currently holds several national level grants, including the NMRC New Investigator Grant (NIG).
His clinical interests are in sports medicine and sports surgery, in particular cartilage regeneration and restoration, where he became the very first Fellow of the International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society (ICRS) from South-East Asia. As a testimony of the quality of his clinical care, Asst Prof Wong is an award recipient of the Singapore Health Quality Service Awards (SHQSA) in 2020.
In terms of wound healing, Asst Prof Wong has a special interest in healing complex wounds using innovative technologies, including limb salvage surgery for diabetic foot wounds. He has written more than 10 peer-reviewed articles and 2 book chapters related to the diabetic foot, including novel techniques for wound coverage and clinical cohort studies that look into different ways of wound healing with different negative pressure wound therapy products. He is currently the programme leader of the hospital’s multi-disciplinary orthopaedic surgery wound and lower limb salvage service: Team Orthopaedic Podiatry (TOP), where nurses, doctors, and podiatrists come together to heal difficult wounds and give patients a new lease of life to walk again.