Assoc. Prof. Tan Seang Beng
MBBS, M Med (Surg), FRCS (Edin & Glasg), FAMS, Diplomate American Board of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor Tan Seang Beng graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1981 and completed his orthopaedic residency training in 1989. He subsequently worked as a post-doctoral fellow in spine surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas from 1989-1990 and was the first fellowship-trained spine surgeon in Asia. He has been practicing at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) since 1992 and the Director of the Spine Service since 2002. Assoc Prof Tan was the immediate past Head of Department.
His main interests in spine surgery are cervical spine reconstruction, minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal deformity surgery. Over the last 18 years, he has pioneered many aspects of spine surgery in Singapore including the use of pedicle screws in spine fusion, segmental spine instrumentation with Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation for scoliosis surgery, anterior spine surgery for tumours and trauma, spine endoscopy, microsurgery, minimally invasive surgery and cervical arthroplasty.
A/Prof Tan was awarded the Russell Hibbs Award for basic research by the Scoliosis Research Society in 1996, and he holds the appointments of Clinical Associate Professor at the NUS and Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University. As a strong proponent of outcomes research and evidence-based surgery, he was responsible for setting up SGH’s Orthopaedic Diagnostic Centre and has been its Director since its inception. He is a strong advocate of patient, public and physician education as well as safety in all aspects of spine surgery.