Dr Stephanie Ming Young is a Consultant at the Ophthalmology Department in National University Hospital (NUH), and an Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). She has obtained Fellowships from both The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (London) and Academy of Medicine (Singapore). Dr Young has a special interest in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the eyelids and orbit, and has received several grants and published various papers on the subject in peer-reviewed journals, as well as two book chapters. She also practices general ophthalmology and performs cataract surgery, in addition to eyelid, orbital and lacrimal surgery.
A graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr Young won the Gold Medal and Book Prize in Ophthalmology, and received a Distinction Award for Ophthalmology-related research for her Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. As a house officer, she was awarded the best house officer award for her Medicine posting in 2008. She went on to specialize in Ophthalmology and underwent training at both National University Hospital (NUH) and Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).
After completion of her Ophthalmology residency, she underwent a surgically intensive fellowship in Orbital, Oculofacial surgery and Ophthalmic oncology in NUH. Thereafter she was awarded the hospital’s Academic Medicine Development Award scholarship to pursue further Oculoplastic training overseas, where she spent a year in Samsung Medical Center, a renowned high-volume tertiary hospital in Seoul, South Korea, training with top Oculoplastic surgeons. During her time in Seoul, she gained significant exposure to functional and aesthetic Asian blepharoplasty, adult and congenital ptosis surgery, endoscopic lacrimal surgery, as well as complex orbital surgery for trauma, thyroid orbitopathy and tumours.
She has won several Ophthalmology-related awards including: Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Best Scientific Paper (2018), American Academy of Ophthalmology Best Poster Award (2014, 2015 & 2017), Eye Foundation Award – National Ophthalmology Residents Research Day 2014, Winner of Free Paper – Confluence 2013, Best Paper Award – NUHS Residents Research Day 2011. Her passion in Oculoplastics-related research has led her to win several research grants including: SNEC HREF Study grant, NUHS Clinician Scientist Program Residency Grant, and SERI Pilot Grant. She also received the Galderma Education Grant to gain training on facial filler injections for periocular rejuvenation.
Aside from clinical work and research, Dr Young is a clinical lecturer with the NUS Clinical Faculty Scheme and teaches medical students as well as junior doctors. She received the Wong Hock Boon Society Outstanding Mentor Award 2017 for her efforts in mentoring medical students. She strongly believes in giving back actively to society and sits on the executive committee of Singapore Women’s Association, and is the chairperson of its Singapore Visioncare Programme which provides free eye screening events for the community. She has also been on several cataract and Oculoplastic trips to remote areas in need of eyecare in China, Myanmar and Cambodia.