Dr James Tan

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Dr James Tan is a Senior Consultant Urologist and accredited Robotic Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital with extensive experience in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for prostate, kidney, and bladder cancers and complex urologic conditions. He is also an accredited Kidney Transplant Surgeon.

Dr Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1990. He topped his batch with a
Distinction in Anatomy. He completed his specialist training in Urology in 1999 at National University
Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

Dr Tan won a Ministry of Health HMDP scholarship for an overseas clinical fellowship in Genito-
Urinary Cancer Surgery from 2000 to 2001. He trained under Uro-Oncologist Dr Joseph Chin of the

London Health Sciences Centre in Canada. He was awarded the 2002 Academy of Medicine Traveling
Fellowship to Chi Mei Foundation Medical Centre in Taiwan specializing in Laparoscopic Urology. He
received further training in Laparoscopic Urology (Cleveland Clinic in 2001), in Laparoscopic Radical
Prostatectomy (France in 2002) and Robotic Prostatectomy (Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit in 2003).

Prior to starting his private practice at James Tan Centre for Urology & Robotic Surgery in 2005, he
was Head of Urology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Lead Surgeon (Urology) at TTSH’s Centre for
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery.

Dr Tan has wide experience in managing benign and malignant conditions of the adrenal gland,
kidney, bladder and prostate. He is the first in Singapore to perform laparoscopic radical
prostatectomy (2002), laparoscopic retroperitoneal radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic transposition
of retrocaval ureter, laparoscopic repair of vesico-vaginal fistula and robotic ureteric re-
implantation.

Since 2004, Dr James Tan has personally performed more than 400 robotic prostate and kidney
cancer surgery as console surgeon and an additional 700 cases as assistant surgeon. He is widely
recognized as a pioneer in robotic surgery in Singapore. He was awarded the Da Vinci Triumph in April 2016 for his outstanding achievement in robotic surgery in Singapore. He performs clipless bilateral
nerve sparing robotic prostatectomy to preserve potency and achieve early urinary continence.

He also performs robotic partial nephrectomy and laparoscopic radical nephrectomy regularly. He is
first to perform laparoscopic donor nephrectomy for kidney transplant in Mount Elizabeth Hospital
in 2008.

His other areas of expertise are in minimally invasive and endoscopic management of urinary stones
and these include percutaneous kidney stone surgery and retrograde flexible ureteroscopic intra-
renal laser surgery.

He has been practicing in Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre since 2005. He is accredited to perform
surgery in all private hospitals including Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Novena,
Gleneagles Hospital, Parkway East Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital and Farrer Park Hospital.

Dr James Tan is married and has four boys. He likes to travel and go for medical missions. In his free
time, he enjoys reading, running and playing board games.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN :

 

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Teochew
  • Hokkien
  • Cantonese
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Bahasa Melayu

RESEARCH:

 

He was Deputy Director of TTSH’s Clinical Research Unit. He was the Principal Investigator of studies on Prostate Cancer Screening Programme, Computerized Online Genito-Urinary Cancer Database, Empirical Antibiotic Therapy for Abnormally Raised PSA, Erectile Dysfunction, Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Varicocele.

His publications include at least 15 peer-reviewed indexed journal articles and more than 100 conference articles and award-winning videos.

Dr Lewis Liew

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Dr. Lewis Liew graduated in 1992 from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He then continued his basic surgical training in the United Kingdom and obtained his surgical fellowship, from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh in 1997. He subsequently joined the Advanced Urological Training Program at National University Hospital, Singapore in 1998. He completed his urological specialist training in 2002. He is Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore as well as Fellow of Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh.

Dr. Liew spent a year as Clinical Fellow in Endourology and Laparoscopy under the mentorship of Dr. Adrian Joyce, at St. James’ University Hospital, Leeds, United Kingdom. He has been involved as faculty and instructor in numerous laparoscopic courses and workshops. He underwent Robotic Surgery training in 2006 and has experienced in Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy using the Da Vinci Robot.

Dr. Liew appointed as Urologist in 2004 following his return from his fellowship training in United Kingdom. He established a comprehensive laparoscopic service in Urology at the Department of Urology, National University Hospital. He has performed various innovative laparocopic urological surgeries including laparoscopic prostatectomy, nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, revision of peritoneal dialysis catheter, ureterolithotomy, Boari flap reimplantation of ureter, and pyeloplasty.

Dr. Liew started his private practice at Gleneagles Medical Centre in 2007. He is currently a Visiting Doctor to National University Hospital. He is a fully gazetted Kidney Transplant Surgeon and member of the National Kidney Transplant Team, Ministry of Health, Singapore.

Dr Liew has numerous publications in peer reviewed local and international medical journals and book chapters. He has been invited to deliver lecture at many local and regional meetings and continuous medical education activities.

Dr. Liew is a life member and the current Treasurer of the Singapore Urological Association. He is also a member of the Societe Internationale d’Urologie and Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia.

Dr Gerald Tan

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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 Ronny Tan

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Dr Ronny Tan is a Consultant Urologist and Andrologist who is trained locally and board certified by the Specialist Accreditation Board. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.He sub-specializes in Andrology, Male Subfertilty, Sexual Medicine and Urological Prosthetic Surgery and is the first Singaporean to be fellowship trained in USA in this niche specialty, having spent one year undergoing a SMSNA(Sexual Medicine Society of North America)- accredited clinical fellowship in Tulane University, Louisiana, New Orleans with world-renowned Andrologist and Prosthetic Urologist Professor Wayne Hellstrom, who served as the past president of the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM), SMSNA and the American Society of Andrology (ASA).


Dr Tan with his mentor Professor Wayne Hellstrom during his fellowship graduation in 2014

 

During his fellowship at Tulane, Dr Tan implanted the latest Titan Touch penile implant from Coloplast as well as the quadratic urethral sling. He was one of the first to start using intralesional injections for the treatment of Peyronie’s disease and reported on the efficacy of the second generation PDE5 inhibitor for treatment of erectile dysfunction.

 

Prior to starting his private practice at Advanced Urology Associates, Dr Tan was the Director of Andrology in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and helmed the Complex Erectile Dysfunction Clinic. He pioneered the use of low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LiESWT) for erectile dysfunction in restructured hospitals and was the first to report the efficacy of this modality of treatment for local patients. He is proficient in the placement of urethral slings, artificial urinary sphincters for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence as well as penile prosthesis (ranging from malleable to inflatable) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. He is also trained in the single-incision concomitant placement of prostheses for both erectile dysfunction and stress urinary incontinence. Urological prosthetic surgeries are all performed as day surgical procedures with patients only having to stay overnight in the hospital.


Dr Tan demonstrating the use of low intensity shockwave treatment for erectile dysfunction to a visiting urologist from Australia.

 

He was also one of the first urologists in the department who started the clinical service using high power greenlight laser vaporisation for treating benign prostate enlargement and serves as the department proctoring surgeon for the procedure.

 

Dr Tan has vast experience in the management of penile deformities, ranging from frenulum brevie to congenital penile curvatures to Peyronie’s disease.He also offers evaluation for male subfertility and is trained in sperm retrieval techniques ranging from percutaneous sperm aspiration, microsurgical TESE to electro-ejaculation. He offers microsurgical varicocelectomy for the treatment of inferior sperm parameters due to varicoceles.

With regards to medical education, he served as Clinical Core Faculty of the NHG Urology Residency Program and has trained many urology specialists. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University as well as a Senior Lecturer of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He was also awarded “Best Teacher” numerous times for his passion and dedication for teaching medical students and young specialists in training. Together with his urology specialist trainee, he was awarded a HOMER Grant to train junior doctors on bladder washout.

Dr Tan is well published and continues to be a regular reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sexual Medicine Reviews and Urology (Gold Journal). He has served as course director in numerous symposia, masterclasses as well as courses on andrology and sexual medicine, He is often invited as speaker and faculty of loco-regional and international conferences. He is also active in organizing public forums and GP forums and contributes articles to local magazines and newspapers, to raise the awareness of Men’s Health issues to both the public and family physicians.


Dr Tan invited to speak on Androgens at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine 2018 in Lisbon, Portugual

 


Dr Tan invited as a speaker and faculty at 1st VSSM Congress 2017 to talk about low intensity shockwave treatment for erectile dysfunction

 


Dr Tan invited to speak at the 16th Biennial Meeting of APSSM 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

 


Dr Tan speaking at SFCS Public Forum during Singapore Continence Week 2015

 

Dr Tan led a team looking at ways to improve cost-effectiveness of ambulatory day surgical management of patients who have undergone TURP or TUVP while he was in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and was awarded the coveted Gold Award at the Asian Hospital Management Awards 2018.

Dr Tan was on the committee for Clinical Practice Guidelines 2012 for treatment of Premature Ejaculation and is the co-chairman for the SMHS Guidelines 2014 for management of erectile dysfunction.

Dr Ronny Tan was awarded the Youth Fellowship of the Urological Association of Urology in 2017 and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Singapore Urological Association (SUA) and the Society for Men’s Health Singapore (SMHS). He serves as the Honorary Treasurer of the Society for Continence Singapore (SFCS), the Vice-President of the Global Chinese Andrology and Sexual Medicine Association (GCASMA) and is the Chairman of the Membership Committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM).


Dr Tan appointed as Vice-President of the GCASMA by Professor Luca Incrocci, President of the ISSM in 2018

 


Dr Tan awarded UAA (Urological Association of Asia) Youth Fellowship 2017 in Hong Kong

 

Dr Shirley Bang

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Dr Shirley Bang is a Singapore Medical Council certified Urological specialist. Prior to her current practice, she was a full time Consultant in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Dr Shirley’s subspeciality interest is in the treatment of Urinary incontinence, Overactive bladder syndrome (OAB), Neurogenic bladder, Functional and Reconstructive surgery of the urinary system. She also has an interest in bladder rehabilitation for post-stroke, post-brain surgery and trauma patients.

The procedures she performs are as follows:

Male urinary incontinence procedures

  • • Male slings
  • • Artificial urinary sphincters

Female urinary incontinence procedures

  • • Tension-free vaginal tapes (TVT)
  • • Trans-obturator tapes (TOT)
  • • Autologous slings (for patients who have failed first line incontinence treatment or who are at high risk for tape erosions)
  • • Transvaginal laser therapy for urinary incontinence
  • • Single incision vaginal tape

Overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) and/or Neurogenic bladder

  • • Intra-vesical injection
  • • Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)
  • • Bladder augmentation

Dr Shirley also performs general and oncological urological procedures. These include endoscopic surgery for stone diseases, minimally invasive surgery for urological cancers and treatment of benign prostatic conditions.

Dr Shirley obtained her medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Auckland in 2004. She subsequently obtained her Membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS) in 2009 and her Master of Medicine in Surgery (M.Med) in 2010. She obtained her specialist accreditation as the Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS-Urology) in 2014.

Dr Shirley did her subspeciality fellowship in three hospitals, namely the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Russells Hall Hospital in the United Kingdom. During her fellowship year, she performed complex incontinence and reconstructive surgeries for both male and female patients under the guidance of Dr Mohammed Belal, Dr Almallah Zaki, Dr Pallavi Latthe and Dr Paul Anderson. She also ran a twice weekly Urodynamics and Video Urodynamics clinic during her fellowship.

During her time in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, she runs a busy tertiary practice and manages both simple and complex urological cases on a daily basis. She is one of only two urologists who runs a weekly Urodynamics and Video Urodynamics session in the hospital. She was instrumental in introducing Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) to the hospital in 2018. PTNS is an effective treatment for overactive bladder (OAB), particularly in patients who do not respond well to medical therapy. In addition to her hospital duties, she runs a twice monthly combined Urology-Rehab clinic at Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Hospital for patients with neurogenic bladder after a stroke or major trauma. In addition to her daily clinical duties, she also mentors the Prostate Cancer Survival Support Group in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Dr Shirley sits on the Executive Committee of the Singapore Society for Continence. She has also authored research papers published in respected urological journals. Some of the published papers include:

  • • Autologous pubovaginal slings: back to the future or a lost art? Bang SL, Belal M. Res Rep Urol. 2016 Jan 18;8:11-20.
  • • Post Prostatectomy Bladder Neck Contracture With Concomitant Urinary Incontinence. Our Experience and Recommendations. Bang SL, Yallappa S, Dalal F, Almallah YZ. Curr Urol. 2017 April; 10(1): 32-39.
  • • The Impact of Post-radical Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence on Sexual and Orgasmic Well-being of Patients. Bang SL, Almallah YZ. Urology. 2016 Mar;89:1-5.
  • • Artificial urinary sphincters for treating postprostatectomy incontinence: A contemporary experience from the UK. Serag H, Bang SL, Almallah YZ.
  • • Res Rep Urol. 2018 June 10; 63-68.
  • • Developing technical expertise in robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy in a moderate-volume center through a proctor based team approach. Bang SL, Png KS, Yeow YY et al. J Robotic Surg. April 2014.
  • • First case of powered stapler malfunction during laparoscopic nephrectomy. Bang SL, Yeow YY, Png KS. Case Reports Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 2014
  • • Upper limb ischaemia – a single centre experience. Bang SL, Nalachandran S. Ann Acad Med Singapore.2009 Oct; 38(10):891-3.
  • • Hepatic enzymes have a role in the diagnosis of hepatic injury after blunt abdominal trauma. Tan KK, Bang SL, Vijayan A, Chiu MT. Injury. 2009 Sep; 40(9):978-83.
  • • Surgery for Small Bowel Perforation in an Asian Population: Predictors of Morbidity and Mortality. Tan KK, Bang SL, Sim R. J Gastrointest Surg. 2010 Mar;14(3):493-9.

In view of Dr Shirley’s experience, she has been invited to present at local and regional conferences such as the Urological Association of Asia Congress and Singapore Urofair. She is also actively involved in organising talks and courses, including GP forums, Singapore Continence Week and Incontinence and Reconstructive surgery Masterclass as part of Singapore Urofair conference. As a keen teacher and mentor, she is a core faculty member of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Urology Residency Program and also a clinical tutor for both the NTU-Lee Kong Chian and NUS-Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

As part of Dr Shirley’s drive for quality improvement and patient safety, she was part of the team that won the first price for the project entitled ‘The Urology Time-Out Script Trial’ at the 8th National Healthcare Quality Improvement Competition in 2011. This project was subsequently presented at the international Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) conference in Geneva in 2012. She has also completed a hospital quality improvement project, leading a team to improve hospital processes.

Dr Shirley Bang’s wish is to provide her patients with the best possible up-to-date treatment with good outcomes while providing cost effective care at the same time.