In 2013, he joined the National University Hospital (NUH) and spent a significant amount of time overseas attending fellowships in the region (refer below) whilst establishing his orthopaedic practice. This culminated in a full-time Orthopaedic Knee Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty and Trauma fellowship in 2014 with Drs Myles Coolican, David Parker and Brett Fritsch at the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute in Royal North Shore Hospital.
During Dr Lai’s time as an Orthopaedic Consultant in the Sports and Hip/Knee Divisions in NUH, his surgical interests and repertoire included computer-navigated partial/total knee and hip joint replacement, minimally invasive, arthroscopic/key-hole ligament reconstruction, including double-bundle ACLs, as well as the latest techniques in cartilage resurfacing and regeneration.
Dr Lai has presented on the podium of various international orthopaedic meetings, given numerous talks to the public and fellow health care providers, and participated as a faculty in the Post-graduate Orthopaedic Residency Training in NUH. Dr Lai is also a full member of the Singapore Orthopaedic Association and currently helps out as a co-chairman of the Scientific Committee for its Annual Scientific Meeting.
Dr Lai has been an avid sportsman since primary school. He has donned school and university colours for swimming, athletics, volleyball, badminton, table-tennis, hockey, soccer and basketball. However, the sport which is he well-known for is Rugby, as he was capped 10 times for Singapore in International Test matches. He currently volunteers as the Medical Director on the board of the Singapore Rugby Union. He continues to enjoy rugby every Sunday, albeit the non-contact form, and takes part regularly in competitive International Touch Rugby tournaments.