Robotic and minimally invasive surgery; prostate cancer; kidney cancer; bladder cancer; testicular cancer; kidney and urinary stones
Dr Gerald Tan is a Senior Consultant Urologist and accredited Robotic Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard & Novena campuses) with a keen interest in minimally invasive urologic surgery and urologic cancer therapies. Dr Tan graduated from the University of Edinburgh, UK in 1996, and completed his specialist training in urology in 2007 at both Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Singapore General Hospital.
A. (L-R) Dr Tan with his mentors Professor Ash Tewari & Professor E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr during his 2-year fellowship in prostate cancer research and robotic urologic oncology.
B. Weill Cornell Medical Centre, Upper East Side, New York City.
Dr Tan then completed a 2-year fellowship in both prostate cancer research and robotic urologic oncology under world-renowned robotic surgeon Professor Ash Tewari, Director of both the Prostate Cancer Institute and LeFrak Institute of Robotic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City. With Professor Tewari and his co-investigators at Cornell, Dr Tan also explored the potential of novel laser technologies to better visualize the tissues around the prostate that contain the delicate microscopic nerves responsible for erection. Their groundbreaking research has been recognized with top awards and honors from the American Urological Association, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and the International College of Surgeons.
A. (L-R) Robert Leung, Drs Nishant Patel, Gerald Tan, Professor Ash Tewari, Philip Dorsey Jr, Rajiv Yadav, and Jay Jhaveri
B. B. Dr Gerald Tan with Professor Ash Tewari and the robotic surgery team of LeFrak Institute of Robotic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical Centre, New York City
Dr Tan has received numerous top international academic awards and honors, being the named recipient of the prestigious Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship in Urologic Research by the New York Academy of Medicine, the AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholar Award by the American Association of Cancer Research, the John Steyn Travelling Fellowship in Urology & the James Syme Medal for outstanding academic achievement by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (Medical Innovation) by Junior Chamber International (Singapore). In 2011, Dr Tan was awarded the Yahya Cohen Memorial Lecture and Medal from the College of Surgeons of Singapore in recognition of excellence in clinical research.
A. Dr Tan was the first urologist trained outside North America to receive the prestigious Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship in Urologic Research, New York Academy of Medicine in its 45-year history
A. Dr Tan receiving the Syme Medal from the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for outstanding academic excellence
B. Dr Tan receivng the Outstanding Young Urologist of Asia award from the President of Urological Associations of Asia
Dr Tan has been involved in over 1,000 robotic radical prostatectomies, and pioneered robotic kidney-sparing surgery (partial nephrectomy) for kidney cancer and robotic radical cystectomy for muscle-invasive bladder cancer in TTSH. At TTSH, he headed the hospital’s Robotic Urology Task Force as Surgical Proctor, and oversaw the development of the hospital’s inpatient carepath for patients undergoing robotic prostatectomy. Dr Tan is proficient in robotic and advanced laparoscopic procedures. Previously a Visiting Consultant in the Department of Gynaecologic Oncology, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Dr Tan also performs major cancer and reconstructive surgeries for complex pelvic cancers. In 2012, he was named the Outstanding Young Urologist of Asia by the Urological Association of Asia for his significant academic and clinical contributions to the field of urology in Asia.
A-H: Dr Tan and his mentor Professor Tewari have co-authored six invited textbook chapters in the leading authoritative textbooks on robotic prostatectomy and minimally invasive surgery. Dr Tan has also published over twenty-five peer-reviewed scientific papers published in prestigious journals that include Urology (Gold Journal), European Urology, Urologic Clinics of North America, Journal of Endourology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and British Journal of Urology International.
Dr Tan is a regular reviewer for the British Journal of Urology International in the fields of minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He has served as Course Director in numerous symposia and masterclasses in robotic and minimally invasive urologic surgery, and shares his expertise extensively as invited speaker and faculty in workshops and conferences in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand. Professionally, Dr Tan serves actively on several committees in the Singapore Urological Association and the Singapore Mens’ Health Society
If you have any concerns about your urinary or sexual health, please come in for a consult today. You can be assured of a highly professional opinion from one of Asia’s most highly awarded and experienced urologists, who balances evidence-based medicine with a good dose of personal humour.
Dr Gerald Tan has received numerous prizes and awards in recognition for his outstanding academic, research and clinical contributions to the field of urology, robotic surgery and prostate cancer. These are listed below in reverse chronological order below the photo gallery:
Dr Tan receiving the Outstanding Young Urologist of Asia award at the 11th Asian Congress of Urology from the President of the Urological Association of Asia (2012)
Dr Tan received the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (Medical Innovation) from Ms Lim Hui Hua, Minister in Prime Minister's Office (2009)
Dr Tan receiving the Clarke Medal and Cutlers' Surgical Prize from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Worshipful Company of Cutlers for outstanding innovation and design of surgical instrument (2009)
Dr Tan receiving the AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Cancer Research Scholar Award, American Association of Cancer Research (2009)
Dr Tan with Professor Hing Leung, Director of the Prostate Cancer Biology programme at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow during his visit of academic centres in Scotland courtesy of the Sir James Fraser Travelling Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2009)
Dr Tan receiving the James Syme Medal for outstanding research achievement from the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2009) – he was the first surgeon trained outside the UK to receive this prestigious mark of academic excellence
Dr Tan receiving the Best Abstract (Basic Science Category) from the President, Sexual Medicine Society of North America at its Annual Meeting, Toronto (2008)
Dr Tan receiving the Best Scientific Paper (Urology) and Best Video (Urology) awards during the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons in Chicago (2008)
Dr Tan receiving the prestigious Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship in Urologic Research from Dr Jo Ivy Boufford, President of the New York Academy of Medicine – he was the first overseas urologist trained outside North America in its 45-year history to receive this award
Dr Tan receiving the Grand Prize, Research Essay Award from the International College of Surgeons in Chicago, USA (2008)
AWARDS & PRIZES TO DATE
National Medical Research Council, Singapore
Medical Research Scholarship
National Medical Research Council (Singapore)
Role: PI Supervisor: Ashutosh K. Tewari
01/01/08 – 31/12/2008
New York Academy of Medicine
Ferdinand C. Valentine Fellowship in Urologic Research
Role: PI Supervisor: Ashutosh K. Tewari
Novel use of multiphoton and second-harmonic generation for improving cancer clearance and potency outcomes during nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy
NIH R01 from National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Role: Co-investigator PI: Ashutosh K. Tewari
Real-time multiphoton microscopy of periprostatic tissue architecture for improving surgical outcomes during nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy
Nanyang Technological University
New Initiative Fund
Role: Clinical Collaborator PI: Domenico Campolo
Towards a new generation of wearable medical devices: Cognition, ergonomics and design
College of Medicine, University of Edinburgh
The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Lauriston Place
A. Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where Dr Tan oversaw the development of the hospital's robotic urology service
B. Dr Tan speaking with a member of the public at the annual Prostate Awareness Month (2011)
A. (L-R) Drs Gerald Tan & Mohamad Allaf with Professor Sidney Yip lecturing at the Robotic Surgery Masterclass, Hong Kong (2011)
B. Dr Tan delivering a lecture at the International Prostate Cancer Symposium, New York (2011)
Dr Gerald Tan and his mentor Professor Ash Tewari have contributed significantly to the published literature on the surgical craft of robotic prostatectomy. Many of their innovative surgical techniques for improving pathologic and clinical outcomes for patients undergoing robotic prostatectomy have won numerous international awards and have been adapted by surgeons worldwide. Listed below are some of their invited book chapters in the leading authoritative textbooks for robotic surgery.
Dr Gerald Tan with his mentor Professor Ash Tewari jointly receiving the 2009 Clarke Medal and Cutlers' Surgical Prize from the President, Royal College of Surgeons of England & Worshipful Company of Cutlers, UK for their outstanding innovation and design of surgical instruments for use during robotic prostatectomy.
Tan GY, Grover S, Takenaka A, Sooriakumaran P, Tewari AK. "Current concepts in cavernosal neural anatomy and imaging and their implications for improving nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy" in Hemal AK, Menon M (Ed): Robotics in Genitourinary Surgery. Springer Verlag London Limited 2011; Chapter 24: pp273-290. ISBN 978-I-84882-113-2.
Tan GY, Dorsey PJ Jr, Tewari AK. "Difficult conditions during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy." In Al-Kandari A, Gill IS (Ed): Difficult Conditions in Laparoscopic Urologic Surgery. Springer Verlag London 2011; Chapter 17, pp 229-248. ISBN 978-84882-104-0.
Tan GY, Dorsey PJ Jr, Tewari AK. "Methods and maneuvers during robotic assisted radical prostatectomy" in Ghavamian R (Ed): Complications during robotic urologic surgery. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010, Chapter 18, pp211-232. ISBN 978-I-60761-675-7.
Jhaveri J, Tan GY, Tewari A. – "Reconstruction of bladder neck during radical prostatectomy" in Staskin D (Ed): Atlas of Bladder Disease. Current Medicine Group LLC, Philadelphia, Chapter 18, pp 259-66. ISBN 978-l -57340-307-8.
Tan GY, Tewari AK. contributors to "Robotic Prostatectomy - Surgical Steps". in John H, Wiklund P, Witt JH (Ed): Chapter 4, pp25-79. Atlas of robotic prostatectomy. Springer-Verlag Berlin-Heidelberg 2013. ISBN 978-3-540-88407.
Srivastava A, Tan G, Tewari A. "Athermal nerve-sparing prostatectomy" in Guru K, Hayne M, (Eds). Operative Manual of Robot-Assisted Urologic Surgery. Buffalo, NY: Roswell Park Cancer Center, 2010
Tan GY, Goel RK, Kaouk JH, Tewari AK. Technological advances in robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Urologic Clinics of North America 2009; 36: 237-49.
A-H: Dr Tan has also published over twenty-five peer-reviewed scientific papers published in prestigious journals that include Urology (Gold Journal), European Urology, Urologic Clinics of North America, Journal of Endourology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and British Journal of Urology International.