Clinical A/Prof Shantha Amrith is Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at International Eye Cataract Retina Centre in Farrer Park Medical Centre and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). She began her ophthalmology career in Singapore in the Department of Ophthalmology at Singapore General Hospital in 1981 before moving to the Department of Ophthalmology at National University Hospital (NUH) in 1986, where she is currently a Visiting Consultant.
A/Prof Shantha obtained her basic medical degree (MBBS) from Madras University, India in 1971, and completed her postgraduate training in ophthalmology at the renowned All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. She obtained her Fellowship in Ophthalmology (FRCS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1979. She did additional short fellowships in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Sydney Eye Hospital, Australia and University of Cincinnati Hospital in Ohio, United States.
A/Prof Shantha has over 30 years of practice in comprehensive ophthalmology and a subspecialty in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has vast experience in managing patients with a wide variety of eyelid, lacrimal and orbital pathologies and injuries. She is also proficient in cosmetic surgeries for sagging eyebrows and baggy upper and lower eyelids.
A/Prof Shantha has published several articles in notable peer-reviewed international journals. She has produced a landmark study on tear outflow physiology. Active in research, A/Prof Shantha has ongoing research interests in thyroid eye disease, trauma reconstruction and the Asian perspective in eyelid and lacrimal diseases. She has reviewed several articles for international ophthalmology journals.
In 2011, A/Prof Shantha was awarded the “APAO Achievement Award” by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. Her other awards include “Outstanding Mentor Award” by Wong Hock Boon Society, NUS in 2013, “Long Service Award” by NUH, and the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Eye and Vision Health Awards committee in 2018. She is a founding member of Asia-Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (APSOPRS) and was its treasurer for 2 years from 2002-2004. She is also a founding member of Singapore Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery (SSOPRS) formed in 2018.
A/Prof Shantha is passionate in teaching and actively shares her knowledge and experience with her peers and students. She teaches and supervises ophthalmology resident trainees, and has trained many fellows in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery from many countries including India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Syria and Thailand. She has given many lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students regularly, and has frequently been invited to speak at international scientific meetings. A/Prof Shantha has also been involved in postgraduate ophthalmology examinations as an examiner both locally and abroad.
A/Prof Shantha has participated in many free eye screening programmes country-wide and previously ran a free eye care clinic in the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre in Moulmein Road in Singapore.