Andrology; subfertility; prosthetic urology (penile implants, artificial urinary sphincters); Peyronie’s disease; Sexual Medicine (erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory disorders); penile rehabilitation; prostate diseases (BPH); urinary tract stones
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