3 Mount Elizabeth,
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre,
Suite 14-17, Singapore 228510
Tel: +65 6474 6116
Fax: +65 6737 0816
Website: www.thyroidsurgery.com.sg
Emergency Tel: +65 6535 8833

A/Prof Luke Tan is a pleasant and effable doctor who enjoys his practice in the Specialty of Ear Nose Throat – Head and Neck Cancer Surgery, and has a particular passion for Thyroid Surgery. A/Prof Tan attained his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore in 1988. After completing his basic surgery training in Singapore at the Singapore General Hospital & National University Hospital, he took unpaid leave and went overseas for training.

A/Prof Tan went to the UK in 1994-1996, where he completed his ENT Specialist residency in Otolaryngology in the United Kingdom and attained entry into the prestigious Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of ENGLAND (FRCS(England)), which is only possible for overseas doctors who have worked in the UK. During this same period, he spent his evenings and weekends on cancer research (P53 and angiogenesis in Laryngeal Cancer), for which he was awarded the Master of Medical Science at the University of Dundee.

Upon completion of his ENT specialty training in UK, he was awarded a Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery in Galveston, Texas. This was a 2-year intensive training program that was accreditated by the American Joint Council of Head and Neck Surgeons. During these years, A/Prof undertook sub-specialty training that included cancer surgery (over 150 cases) of the mouth, tongue, throat, voice box, neck, salivary gland and thyroid gland. He was also trained in reconstructive surgery of the head and neck which allowed him not only to remove cancers but also to functionally and aesthetically replace cancer defects of the head and neck.

In 1998, A/Prof Tan returned to Singapore in 1998 as Consultant in Otolaryngology at NUH and Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. In 2001, he was promoted to Associate Professorship and Senior Consultant. In 2002, A/Prof Tan was appointed as Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Head of the Department of Otolaryngology at the National University of Singapore. During his tenure, he was responsible for adding Head & Neck Surgery to the department of Otolaryngology. A/Prof Tan was also the past President of the Singapore Otorhinolaryngology Society, for which he initiate the landmark formation of the Singapore Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

A/Prof Tan has a large repertoire of surgery of the head and neck, including endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, endoscopic transoral head and neck cancer surgery. However, he has a special interest in thyroid surgery. He is known regionally for his skill in thyroid surgery and especially minimal access thyroid surgery. He has not only spoken at many conferences on his thyroid surgery experience but has performed demonstration surgery in many countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia. A/Prof Tan also treats cancers of the head and neck. He has developed and performs microsurgical and laryngeal preservation surgery in NUH. He also performs microvascular reconstruction of complex head and neck defects and other surgical procedures like parotid, submandibular gland surgery as well as routine general ENT surgery.

A/Prof Tan is the Associate Chairman of the Medical Board, NUH, and the President of the Singapore Society of Otorhinolaryngology. He is a member of the Specialist Training Committee (STC) in Otolaryngology and the previous director of training in the National Otolaryngology Training Programme. He has also been an external examiner for overseas exams in Otolaryngology.

A/Prof Tan has been invited to numerous international conferences in USA, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has also published extensively in Otolaryngology literature. In 2004, he was the Editor of an Otolaryngology textbook for Family Physicians.