Dr Benita Tan is a senior consultant, general surgeon sub-specializing in breast surgery. Her clinical practice is largely on breast diseases, both benign and malignant. Experienced in a wide range of breast procedures, she performs breast biopsies including vacuum assisted biopsies (VAB) and breast cancer surgeries, from breast conserving cancer surgery to mastectomies including skin-sparing surgery for breast reconstruction.
She enjoys teaching and has interest is in breast cancer research, a strong believer of collaborative efforts, with local partners from National Cancer Centre, Singhealth Research, Genomic Institute of Singapore, Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology and the other local hospitals; as well as internationally with the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Universiti Malaya and the Cancer Genome Project, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in the National University of Singapore in 1995. She trained as a general surgeon, completed her Membership examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1999 and obtained Master of Medicine (Surgery), National University of Singapore a year after in 2000. She continued to pursue the advanced specialty training in General Surgery and was accredited as a specialist in General surgery in 2003, with the Fellowship Examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (General Surgery), before sub-specializing in breast surgery in particular breast cancer surgery. She attained her Doctor of Philosophy, at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore in 2013.