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Tan Ngian Chye
Dr Tan Ngian Chye
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Division of Surgical Oncology
Senior Consultant
MBBS, MMed (Surg), FRCSEd (Gen Surg), FAMS

Dr Tan Ngian Chye completed his general surgical training in 2006 and went on to pursue sub-specialty training in both head and neck ablative surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. After completing his fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology with Professor Soo Khee Chee, he went on to do another fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan.

Currently, he is a Senior Consultant Head & Neck Surgeon, National Cancer Centre Singapore and the assistant head, clinical services in the Singhealth/Duke-NUS Head and Neck Centre.  At the same time, he is the clinical lead for head & neck oncologic reconstruction and skin malignancies. Dr Tan is also a member of the NCCS Cancer Service Line development for nasopharyngeal carcinoma, thyroid cancer and head & neck cancers.

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Graduate  Medicine School

  • Instructor, ATLS, American College of Surgeons Committee in Trauma

  • Captain, Singapore Armed Forces         


·         Fellow, FRCSEd (Gen) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK

·         Fellow, FAMS Academy of Medicine, Singapore

Publications and Research Trials

·         Periampullary Diverticulum causing Biliary Stricture and Obstruction, Letter to the Editor, Singapore Med J. Tan NC, Ibrahim S, Chen CM, Tay KH. 2005; 46(5): 250.


·         Successful management of a bleeding duodenal varix by endoscopic banding. Tan NC, Ibrahim S, Tay KH. Singapore Med J. 2005; 46(12): 723.


·         Extraperitoneal Approach for Closure of Epithelised Enterocutaneous Fistulas following Late Removal of Jejunostomy Tube. Tan NC, Varkey P, Chen HC. Ann Plast Surg. 2006 Nov; 57(5): 585 – 8.


·         Debulking of free myocutaneous flaps for head and neck reconstruction using an arthroscopic shaver. Tan NC, Cigna E, Varkey P, Liu YT. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2007 May; 36(5): 450-2.


·         Debulking of free perforator flaps for head and neck reconstruction using an arthroscopic shaver. Cigna E, Sassu P, Varkey P, Tan NC, Liu YT. Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Oct; 55(4): 441.

·         Risk Factors for Conversion to Open Surgery in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic    Cholecystectomy. S Ibrahim, Tay KH, Lim SH, T Ravintharan, Tan NC, Chng HC. World J Surg. 2006 Aug 30: 1 – 7.


·         Corrosive Injury of Oral Cavity – A Rare Presentation. Varkey P, Tan NC, Chen HC. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006 Aug; 59(10): 1110 – 3.


·         Triple-Layer Duct-to Mucosa Pancreaticojejunostomy after Pancreaticoduodenectomy. Ibrahim S, Tay KH, Launois B, Tan NC Dig Surg. 2006 Oct 12; 23(5): 296 – 302.


·         “A picture speaks a thousand words”- the use of digital photography and the internet in  monitoring free tissue transfer. Varkey P, Tan NC, Girotto R, Tang WC, Liu YT, Chen HC. ANZ J Surg. 2007 May;77 Suppl 1:A62.


·         An alternate model for learning microsurgical skills. Varkey P, Cigna E, Tan NC. ANZ J Surg. 2007 May;77 Suppl 1:A62.


·         Management of adult choledochal cyst. Tan SS, Tan NC, Ibrahim S, Tay KH. Singapore Med J. 2007 Jun; 48(6): 524-7.


·         Risk factors for conversion to open surgery in patients with acute cholecystitis undergoing interval laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Lim KR, Ibrahim S, Tan NC, Lim SH, Tay KH, Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2007 Aug; 36(8): 631 – 5


·         Analysis of a structured training programme in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Ibrahim S, Tay KH, Lim SH, Ravintharan T, Tan NC. Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2008 Nov; 393(6): 943-8.


·         The venous flap – safe alternative to the simple vein graft in a special situation. Tang WR, Varkey P, Girotto R, Tan NC, Rose V, Chen HC. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008; 61(4): 434-7.


·         An Eastern perspective on oesophageal perforation: a high incidence of ingested bones. Sng KK, Koh AJ, Tan NC, Tan SM, Tay KH. ANZ J Surg. 2008 Jul; 78(7): 573-8.


·         Nutrition in Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Varkey P, WR Tang, Tan NC. Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2010; 24: 325-330.


·         Multidisciplinary Treatment in Head and Neck Cancer. Varkey P, Liu YT, Tan NC. Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2010; 24: 331-333.


·         Single free anterolateral thigh flap for simultaneous reconstruction of composite hypopharyngeal and external neck skin defect after head and neck cancer ablation. Tan NC, Yeh MC, Shih HS, Nebres RP, Yang JC, Kuo YR. Microsurgery 2011; 31: 524 – 528



·         A case of late metastasis of a renal cell carcinoma to a multinodular goiter. Pang PY, Koh AJ, Tan NC, Agrawal R. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2011; 40: 298 – 302.


·         Distal skin paddle as a monitor for buried anterolateral thigh flap in pharyngoesophageal reconstruction. Tan NC, Shih HS, Chen CC, Chen YC, Lin PY, Kuo YR. Oral Oncol 2011; 48: 249 -252.


·         The outcome of prostaglandin-E1 and dextran-40 compared to no antithrombotic therapy in head and neck free tissue transfer: Analysis of 1351 cases in a single centre. Riva FM, Chen YC, Tan NC, Lin PY, Tsai YT, Chang HW, Kuo YR. Microsurgery 2012; 32: 339-343.

·         Optimizing aesthetic and functional outcomes at donor sites. Jeng SF, Tan NC. Chang Gung Med J 2012; 35:219-230.


·         The nasolabial flap as a one-stage procedure for reconstruction of intermediate-to- large lip defects with functional and aesthetic assessments. Tan NC, Hsieh CH, Riva FM, Jeng SF. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2013; 66: 352-357.


·         Management of orocutaneous fistulas using a vaccum-assisted closure system. Tian B, Khoo D, Tay AC, Soo KC, Tan NC, Tan HK, Iyer NG. Head Neck 2013; Epub.


·         Wide composite resection of follicular thyroid carcinoma with metastases to sternum: report of two cases. Chen YC, Tan NC(co 1st author), Lu HI, Huang SC, Chou FF, Kuo YR. Asian J Surg 2013; 36: 130-133.


·         Anteromedial thigh perforator free flap: report of 41 consecutive flaps and donor-site morbidity evaluation.  Riva Fm, Tan NC, Liu KW, Hsieh CH, Jeng SF. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2013; 66: 1405-1414.


·         Imaging appearances for recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma and post-salvage  nasopharyngectomy. Teo PT, Tan NC, Khoo JB. Clin Radiol 2013; 68:629-638.

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