Dr Lynne Lim is an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist practising at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore. Dr Lim treats adult and paediatric ENT conditions such as tinnitus, giddiness, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, snoring, adenoid and tonsils, throat and voice disorders, and head and neck lumps.
Dr Lim specialises in managing complex cases of hearing loss using ear bone reconstruction surgery, cochlear implants, middle ear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids in adults and infants. She also has expertise in airway reconstruction for lung and voice problems, managing ENT problems in children with Down syndrome, and soft palate and pharyngeal surgery for hyper-nasal unclear speech.
Dr Lim graduated with the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1992, and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1996 on completion of the ENT specialty exam. In 2001, she was accredited as a specialist in otorhinolaryngology (ENT) by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Medical Council.
Dr Lim was further awarded a Healthcare Manpower Development Program (HMDP) Fellowship for ENT Surgery and a research fellowship from the National Medical Research Council at the renowned Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Centre, Ohio, USA. She was there from 2001 to 2003, mentored by paediatric ENT specialists Professor Robin Cotton and Professor John Grienwald.
In 2004, Dr Lim completed her Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA. Her second HMDP award in 2008 – 2009 was for reconstruction surgery of complex microtia and atresia (middle ear bones) pathology at the Stanford Medical Centre, USA, University of Virginia Medical Centre, USA, and Nagata Plastic and Ear Reconstruction Clinic (Japan).
Dr Lim was Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine from 2011 to 2014, and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs from 2010 to 2011. She was Vice Chairman of the Medical Board (Medical Affairs – Human Resource) at the National University Hospital (NUH) from 2011 to 2013.
Dr Lim was awarded tenure as an associate professor at NUS in 2008. She has been very involved in the teaching of medical students, ENT trainees and fellows. Additionally, she has been in the teaching advisory committee and is a faculty member for the NUS Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, Master of Science in Audiology, Master of Clinical Investigation and Nursing Diploma programmes.
Dr Lim has been Director at the NUH Centre for Hearing Intervention & Language Development since 2006. She lists as her happiest achievement the nurturing of a tight-knit team of 21 audiologists, audio-technicians and speech/auditory-verbal therapists in 2014, delivering a full adult and paediatric service.
Dr Lim has performed hundreds of cochlear, middle ear and bone-anchored hearing implants in adults and infants from 6 months of age. She has led many surgical workshops and complex surgeries and been on the advisory committees of airway and hearing/cochlear implant centres in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Middle East.
Dr Lim is the founding director of the Singapore Master of Science in Audiology degree programme which inaugurated in August 2013 at NUS. This unique collaboration between industry, hospital, medical school and audiology professionals is a significant milestone in her continual efforts to elevate the profile of audiology and improve the hearing health ecosystem in Singapore.