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  • Our strength is innovative, minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic surgery
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Dr. James Tan
Consultant Urologist and
Kidney Transplant Surgeon
Laparoscopic, Robotic & Cancer Surgeon
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Dr Tan is an accredited Consultant Urologist at 5 major private hospitals in Singapore: Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital, Mount Elizabeth (Novena) HospitalGleneagles Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital and Fortis Hospital.

He is also a Visiting Consultant at the National University Hospital and a gazetted Renal Transplant Surgeon in the Ministry of Health Transplant Team.

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

Dr James Tan has been in private practice since June 2005. He is most well known for his laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and kidney transplant surgery.  

Dr Tan is an accredited Consultant Urologist at 5 major private hospitals in Singapore: Mt Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital, Mt Elizabeth (Novena) Hospital, Gleneagles HospitalMount Alvernia Hospital and Fortis Hospital.

He is also a Visiting Consultant at the National University Hospital, and a gazetted Renal Transplant Surgeon in the Ministry of Health Transplant Team.

Prior to starting his private practice at James Tan Centre for Urology & Robotic Surgery, 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.

His subspecialty is in genito-urinary cancer surgery, robotic & advanced laparoscopic surgery.

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. 

Snce 2004, Dr James Tan has performed and helped colleagues perform more than a few hundred robotic radical prostatectomy. He routinely performs bilateral nerve sparing and bladder neck sparing robotic prostatectomy to preserve potency and urinary continence. Where appropriate, he will perform additional bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy. 

He is also the first to perform routinely 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 prostate diseases.

Dr James Tan obtained his basic medical degree in the National University of Singapore in 1990, and won the Thambipillai Medal for Distinction in Anatomy (top in Class)

He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1995, and earned his Masters of Medicine in National University of Singapore in the same year.

He was conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Urology) in 2000.

Dr Tan won a Ministry of Health HMDP scholarship for an overseas clinical fellowship in Genitor-Urinary Cancer Surgery from 2000 to 2001. He was attached to the London Health Sciences Centre in Canada.

He was awarded the 2002 Academy of Medicine Traveling Fellowship to the Chi Mei Foundation Medical Centre in Taiwan specializing in Laparoscopic Urology. During the Fellowship, he honed his laparoscopic skill by studying and performing laparoscopic partial cystectomy and enterocystoplasty in an animal model. He also participated in many laparoscopic radical cystectomy and nephro-ureterectomy in the clinical setting for patients with bladder and/or ureteric transitional cell carcinoma. 

He received further training in Cleveland Clinic (Laparoscopic Urology) in 2001, Detroit (Robotic Prostatectomy) in 2003 and France (Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy) in 2002.

Dr Tan won the Federation of Asean Urological Association Best Oral Paper Prize in 1999.

He was awarded the Singapore Urological Association Annual Book Prize in 2000.

He received the European Board of Urology Best in Knowledge Prize in 2002.

He also won the Best Video Prize in the First National Healthcare Group Annual Scientific Meeting in 2002.

Dr James Tan has helped in the training of many junior surgeons in Singapore and the region through numerous surgical demonstrations, teleconferences and workshops. He has also done live surgery demonstrations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand. His teaching appointments include the following:

  • Course Director, Experimental Surgery in Laparoscopic Urology, 2002
  • Teaching Faculty, Advanced Urological Laparoscopic Symposium and Workshop, XXXIII World Congress of the International College of Surgeons, Taipei
  • Faculty, Endourology & Laparoscopic Surgery Workshop cum National Conference, Society of Surgeons of Nepal
  • Teaching Faculty, National Healthcare Group Annual Scientific Meeting 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Teaching Faculty, Pre-Congress Workshop, Asian Congress in Urology (Hong Kong), 2004
  • Qingdao International Urology Meeting, 2004
  • Teaching Faculty, Urology Fair 2005
  • Course Director, Laparoscopic Workshop, 2005

He is a life member of the Singapore Urological Association and had held the position of EXCO member and Honorary Treasurer.

He is in the Ministry of Health’s Clinical Guideline Committee for Kidney Cancer as well as a member of Chapter of Urology Subspecialty Committees for Urologic Cancers, Endourology and Laparoscopy.

He is a member of the American Urological Association, European Urology Association, Asian Society of Endourology, Asia-Pacific Society of Uro-Oncolog and Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia.

He is currently Chairman of Tissue Committee, Mount Elizabeth Hospital. 

He is also member of Medical Advisory Board, Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

He is currently the Representative of the Urology/Nephrology Subspecialty Interest Group at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.


  • Head of Urology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Lead Surgeon, Laparoscopic Urology Service, Centre for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Visiting Specialist, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital
  • Deputy Director, Clinical Research Unit, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Clinical Lecturer, National University of Singapore
  • Member, Tan Tock Seng Hospital Research Committee
  • Member, Credentials and Accreditation Committee for Minimally Invasive Surgery, TTSH
  • Mentor and Supervisor, Advanced Surgical (Urology) Trainees
  • Reviewer for Research Grants Awarding Committees:
    - National Medical Research Council
    - National Healthcare Group Research Fund
    - Tan Tock Seng Hospital Research Fund
  • Secretary, Urology Fair 2003, 2004
  • Scientific Chairman, Urology Fair 2005
  • Scientific Chairman, Federation of Asean Urological Assn Meeting, 2005
  • Chairman Organizing Committee, Urology Fair 2006
  • Treasurer, Singapore Urological Association 2004-2006
  • Vice-President, Singapore College of Surgeons, 2007

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.

  1. Tan JK, Hong CY, Png DJC, Liew LCH, Wong ML. Erectile Dysfunction in Singapore: Prevelence and its associated factors-A population-based study. Singapore Med J. 2003 Jan;44(1):20-6.
  2. Tan JKN and Teh M: Papillary cystadenocarcinoma of the epididymis: a rare cause of testicular pain. BJUI (2000), vol 86, 144.
  3. Tan JK., Png DJC, Liew LCH, Li MK, WongML. Prevalence of prostatitis-like symptoms in Singapore: a population-based study. Singapore Med J. 2002 Apr;43(4):189-93.
  4. Tan JK, Yip SKH, Png DJC, Moorthy P. Melioidotic prostatic abscess: presentation, diagnosis and management. ANZ J. Surg. 2002;72:408-410.
  5. Pautler SE, Tan JKN, Dugas GR, Pus N, Ferri M, Hardie WR, Chin JL. Use of the internet for self-education by prostate cancer patients. Urology 57 (2):230-233, 2001.
  6. Yuen JSP, Tan JK, Foo KT, Cheng WS. Effects of bladder volume on transabdominal ultrasound measurement of intravesical prostatic protrusion and volume. Int J Urol, April 2002, 9, 225-229.
  7. Batchelar DL, Chun S, Wollin TA, Tan JK, Beiko DT, Cunningham IA, Denstedt JD. Predicting urinary stone composition using X-ray coherent scatter: a novel technique with potential clinical applications. J Urol Vol 168, 260-265, July 2002.
  8. Wong SH, Tan J KN, TT Yeo, PL Ong, F Hui, Surgical excision of intracranial arteriovenous malformation after preoperative embolisation with N-butylcyanoacrylate. Annals (Academy of Medicine) Singapore, 26(1997):475-480.
  9. Yip SKH, Ang B S, Tan J. Clinics in Diagnostic Imaging (57). Meliodotic prostatic abscess. Singapore Med J. 2001 Jan;42(1):41-3.
  10. Ng SB, Tan PH, Chuah KL, Cheng C, Tan J. A case of juxtaglomerular cell tumor associated with membranous glomerulonephritis. Ann Diagn Pathol. 2003 Oct;7(5):314-20.
  11. Chong YL, Green JA, Toh KL, TAN JK. Laparoscopic drainage of nocardial adrenal abscess in an HIV positive patient. Int J Urol 2004 Jul; 11(7):547–549.
  12. Tan GYM, Chong YL, Ramesh K, Walford NQ, Tan JK. Giant mixed-typed perinephric liposarcoma. Int. Urology and Nephrology 36:319-322, 2004
  13. Sim HG, Yip SKH, Lau WKO, Tan JK, Cheng CWS. Early experience with robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Asian J Surg 2004;27(4):321-5.
  14. Toh KL, Tan JK. Artificial urinary sphincter in adult male with neurogenic stress urinary incontinence: a rare indication. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2005 Jun;34(5):389-90.
  15. Liew LC, Tiong HY, Wong ML, Png DC, Tan JK. A population study of nocturia in Singapore. BJU Int. 2006 Jan;97(1):109-12.
  16. Tiong HY, Shim T, Lee YM, Tan JKN. Laparoscopic repair of vesicovaginal fistula. Int. Urol Nephrol (2007) 39:1085-1090.

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