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Dr Benedict Tan Chi'-Loong

Dr Benedict Tan Chi'-Loong

MBBS (Singapore), MSpMed (Australia), FAMS (SpMed), Designated Workplace Doctor (Compressed Air Works), Doctor of the University (University of Stirling, Scotland UK), Fellow (American College of Sports Medicine, USA)

Chief & Senior Consultant

Specialty: Sports Medicine

Sub-specialties: Sports Medicine

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant SingHealth Duke-NUS Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre
  • Chief & Senior Consultant Sport & Exercise Medicine Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital

Profile

Dr Ben Tan graduated in 1991 with a medical degree from the National University of Singapore and obtained his Masters in Sports Medicine in 1997 from Australian Institute of Sport. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS).

Dr Tan is presently chief and senior consultant of Sport & Exercise Medicine at Changi General Hospital (CGH). The department runs five Sport & Exercise Medicine Centers – Singapore Sport and Exercise Medicine Centres (SSMC) at Changi General Hospital (SSMC @ CGH), Novena Medical Centre (SSMC @ Novena), Singapore Sports Hub (SSMC @ SSI), Singapore General Hospital, and Sengkang General Hospital. Dr Tan won an Asian Games Gold and four consecutive SEA Games Golds, and represented Singapore at the 1996 Olympics in sailing.

Education

  • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (Sports Medicine)
  • Masters of Sports Medicine (Australia)
  • Designated Workplace Doctor (Compressed Air Works) (Naval Medicine & Research Centre)
  • MBBS (Singapore)

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee (Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine Programme), NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Chairman, EIM Southeast Asia Regional Centre, EIM International
  • Chairman, Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Singapore, EIM International
  • Chairman, Expert Panel on Sailing-Specific Conditioning to Prevent Injuries, World Sailing
  • Chairman, Medical Commission, World Sailing
  • Chairman, Sports Medicine Sub Specialty Training Committee, Specialist Accreditation Board (SAB)
  • Clinical Physician Faculty Member, Family Medicine SingHealth Residency
  • Co-Chairman, National Sports Safety Committee, Sport Singapore
  • Examiner in the Military Sports Medicine (MilSpMed) Programme, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)
  • Member, Advisory Panel for Overseas Outdoor Adventure Learning, Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • Member, EIM International Advisory Committee and Education Committee
  • Member, IOC Medical & Scientific Commission
  • Member, Medical Board, Changi General Hospital
  • Member, SAF Specialist Medical Board & Fitness Advisory Board, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)
  • Specialty Editor (Sports Medicine), Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ)
  • Sports Patron and Medical Advisor, Singapore Disability Sports Council

Awards

  • 2018 - Singapore Health Quality Service Awards 2018, Silver Award
  • 2018 - SingHealth Excellence Awards 2018, Distinguished Visionary Leader Award
  • 2016 - Gold Award, Excellence in Workplace Well-Being, Human Resources Excellence Award 2016
  • ​2016 - STAR Achievement Award, 2016 Internal Patient Satisfaction Survey, Winner of the 2016 Uplift Award – Changi Sports Medicine Centre
  • 2014 - Best Poster in Sports Product Engineering 12/2014: Design and Development of an Orthotic Device for Scapular Winging
    1st International Conference in Sports Science & Technology 2014
    Cindy Lin Yuchin, Tan Chi Wei, Lau Jun Liang, Boolsambatra Jindee, Bruno Chia Hock Long, Benedict Tan
  • 2013 - NUS Certificate of Commendation, Role Model to the Medical Class of 2013, NUS
  • 2010 - The Platinum Award, Singapore Health Award, HPB
  • 2006 - Best Healthcare Provider Award, Reader's Choice, Mind Your Body, The Straits Times
  • 2005 - Singapore Medical Journal Recognition Award for Reviewing with Distinction, Singapore Medical Journal
  • 2005 - Best Healthcare Provider Award, Reader's Choice, Mind Your Body, The Straits Times
  • 2003 - SMA Merit Award
  • 1991, 1994, 1995 - Sportsman of the Year, Singapore National Olympic Council
  • Hall of Fame, Sport Singapore

Research Interests

  • Sporting Injuries

Publications

  • Injury and Illness Surveillance at the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Championships 2014. Benedict Tan, Darren Leong, Carmen Vaz Pardal, Cindy Lin, Jia Wen Kam.  Br J Sports Med. 2016;50(11):673–681.
  • Management of Plantar Fasciitis in the Outpatient Setting. Lim Ang Tee, How Choon Hou, Benedict Tan. Singapore Med J. 2016; 57(4):168-171.
  • Evaluation of QT Intervals and Novel Markers of Repolarization in Elite Asian Athletes in a Single Centre:  A 24 Hour Holter Analysis. Jien Sze Ho, Kelvin Wong, Siew Hong Tan, Ben Tan, Baoying Lim, Howley Tan, Sai Kiang Koh, Bee Lay Kang, Leng Leng Lee, Khim Leng Tong. Poster (2nd prize) at the Sports Medicine Association of Singapore Annual Symposium 2016, 7 May 2016.
  • Injury and Illness Patterns in Competitive Sailors of the 43rd ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship – a 12-month Retrospective Study. Darren Leong, Benedict Tan, Cindy Lin, Carmen Vas Pardal. SingHealth CIRB D 2013/351/D. Funding: ISAF Medical Commission.Oral presentation at IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, 10 Apr 2014.
  • Design and Development of an Orthotic Device for Scapular Winging. Cindy Lin Yuchin, Tan Chi Wei, Lau Jun Liang, Boolsambatra Jindee, Bruno Chia Hock Long, Benedict Tan. SingHealth CIRB D 2013/923/D. Poster (best poster in Sports Product Engineering) 12/2014. 1st International Conference in Sports Science & Technology 2014.
  • Determination of Normative Values of Plantar Fascia Thickness in an Asian Population. Benedict Tan, Dr Lim Ang Tee, Dr Cindy Lin. SingHealth CIRB D 2013/872/D. Undergoing peer review. Poster at the Sports Medicine Association of Singapore Annual Symposium 2016, 7 May 2016.
  • Comparison of Ultrasound Characteristics of Achilles and Patellar Tendon between Different Running Footstrike Patterns. Cindy Lin, Bernard Liew, Kelvin Chew, Benedict Tan. SingHealth CIRB D 2013/940/D. In progress.
  • Comparison of Autologous Conditioned Plasma Injection, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, and Conventional Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Trial.Kelvin Tai Loon Chew, Darren Leong, Cindy Y. Lin, Kay Kiat Lim, Benedict Tan. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Journal 2013 Dec; 5(12):1035-43.
  • Comparing effects of low- and high-volume moderate-intensity exercise on sexual function and testosterone in obese men. Khoo J, Tian HH, Tan B, Chew K, Ng CS , Leong D, Teo RC, Chen RY. Journal of Sexual Medicine 2013 Jul;10(7):1823-32.
  • Injury Patterns of Competitive Sailors in Olympic Classes. Benedict Tan, Leong D, Ong A. Poster Presentation at ACSM Annual Meeting 2011: Med Sci Sports Exerc. 43(5):355, May 2011.
  • Disease burden in an overweight population. Kwek Hwei Min, Ng Chung Sien, Benedict Tan. Poster CGH ASM 2009.
  • Evaluation of an institutional weight loss program.Ng Chung Sien, Kwek Hwei Min, Benedict Tan. Poster CGH ASM 2009.
  • Evaluation of an institutional ESWT treatment. Darren Leong Kok Cheong, Benedict Tan. Poster CGH ASM 2009.
  • Sports Medicine. Benedict Tan, Jason KK Chia, Jit Kheng Lim. Sports Medicine. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2008 Apr; 37(4): 259-1.
  • Effects of a 12-week Exercise Training Programme on Aerobic Fitness, Body Composition, Blood Lipids and C-Reactive Protein in Adolescents with Obesity. Patricia CH Wong, Michael YH Chia, Ian YY Tsou, Gervais KL Wansaicheong, Benedict Tan, John CK Wang, John Tan, Chung Gon Kim, Gerald Boh, Darren Lim. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2008 Apr; 37(4): 286-93, Presented at 2008 International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, 1-5 Aug 2008, Guangzhou, China, Presented at 2007 Asia Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science, 6-8 Dec 2007, Hiroshima, Japan.
  • Dehydration Rates and Rehydration Efficacy of Water and Sports Drinks During One Hour of Moderate Intensity Exercise in Well-trained Flatwater Kayakers. Jeremy MF Sun, Benedict Tan, Jason KK Chia, Abdul Rashid Aziz. Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2008 Apr; 37(4): 261-5.
  • Body Mass Changes and Nutrient Intake of Optimist Class Sailors on a Race Day. Benedict Tan, Fahma Sunarja. Journal of Sport Sciences 2007 Aug; 25(10): 1137-40.
  • Body Mass Changes and Nutrient Intake of Dinghy Sailors while Racing. Slater GJ, Tan B. Journal of Sport Sciences 2007 Aug; 25(10): 1129-35.
  • C-Reactive Protein And Functional Capacity Of Obese And Normal-Weight Male Adolescents In Singapore. Patricia Wong, Doreen Chng, Han Chow Koh, Ian Tsou, Gervais Wansaicheong, Michael Chia,  Benedict Tan, Darren Lim.  Adv. Exerc. Sports Physiol. 2007; 13(1): 1-6.
  • An assessment of Dietary Practices among Laser Class Sailors while Racing. Slater GJ, Tan B. Oral Presentation at the Human Performance in Sailing Conference 9-10 January 2003, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Indicators of Maximal Hiking Performance in Laser Sailors. Benedict Tan, Abdul Rashid Aziz, Neil Connel Spurway, Candice Toh, Hamish Mackie, Xie Wei, James Wong, Franz Konstantin Fuss, Teh Kong Chuan. European Journal of Applied Physiology  2006 Sep; 98(2): 169-76.
  • Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in the Treatment of Tendinopathies and Enthesiopathies. B Tan, Chia K K, R Tian. Podium presentation at 9th International Congress of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Shockwave Therapy, 20-23 April 2006, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Left Ventricular Myocardial Features in Overweight Individuals: An Echocardiographic Assessment. Chang Boon Cheng, Goh Ping Ping, Tan Chong Hiok, Benedict Tan, Gerard Leong Kui Toh. Poster presentation at Asia-Pacific Doppler Echo Conference, New Delhi, Nov 2005.
  • Usuage Pattern Of Bedside Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Sonography In A Sports Medicine Clinic. B Tan, Chia K K. Poster presentation at International Skeletal Society 2005 Refresher Course, 28 Sep – 1 Oct.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for the Treatment of Painful Musculoskeletal Conditions. B Tan, Chia K K. Poster presentation at Combined Scientific Meeting 2005, 4-6 November, Singapore.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy For Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: Efficacy In Pain Treatment And Change In Ultrasound Parameters. Chia K K, Kei P L, B Tan. Oral presentation at CGH Research Forum 15 Jul 2005.
  • Profile of Patients Attending an Institutional Sports Medicine Clinic. Tan Yanni, Eva-Leina M Y, B Tan, Chia K K. Oral presentation at CGH Research Forum 15 Jul 2005.
  • Recommending Physical Activity to Patients. Benedict Tan. Singapore Medical Journal, 2004, 45(11):503-5.
  • To Be a Premier Sports Medicine Service Provider in Singapore. Benedict Tan. Poster presentation PS1-ME-100, Singhealth Annual Scientific Meeting, 15-17 Oct 2004.
  • Evaluation of the Changi Sports Medicine Centre Weight Loss Program. Jason Chia,  Goh Lay Yen, Benedict Tan. Poster presentation PS2-SU-188 at Singhealth Annual Scientific Meeting, 15-17 Oct 2004.
  • Review On Dancing As An Intervention To Improve Physical Performance In Older Persons. M Lee, Wong WP, B Tan, MAF Singh Poster presentation at SPA Congress 2004.
  • Determinants of Maximal Hiking Performance in Laser Sailors. Benedict Tan, Abdul Rashid Aziz, Neil Connel Spurway, Candice Toh, Hamish Mackie, Xie Wei, James Wong, Franz Konstantin Fuss, Teh Kong Chuan. Oral presentation at 1st International Bioengineering Conference, 8-10 Sep 2004, Singapore. Proceedings of the 1st International Bioengineering Conference 2004: 328-331
  • Review on Dancing as an Intervention to Improve Physical Performance in Older Persons. Mina Lee, Wong Wai Pong, Benedict Tan, MAF Singh. Presented at 5th National Congress of the Singapore Physiotherapy Association 2004.
  • Healthy Active Lifestyle Initiative Step With It Challenge Week Pilot Project Evaluation. John Wang, Michael Chia, Benedict Tan. 2003.
  • Dietary Supplementation Practices of Singaporean Athletes. G.J. Slater, B. Tan and K.C. Teh. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 2003 Sep; 13(3): 320-32.
  • An Assessment of Dietary Practices in Optimist Class Sailors on a Race Day. Benedict Tan. Fahma Sunarja. Poster presented at 7th IOC World Congress on Sports Sciences, 7-11October 2003, Athens, Greece. Presented at CGH 5th Annual Scientific Meeting, 19-20 September 2003, Singapore.
  • Sepak Takraw: a descriptive analysis of heart rate and blood lactate response and physiological profiles of elite players. Abdul Rashid Aziz, Benedict Tan, and Teh Kong Chuan.  International Journal of Applied Sports Science 2003; 15(1).
  • Association between Quadriceps Performance Parameters and Maximal Hiking Performance in Laser Sailors. Benedict Tan, Abdul Rashid Aziz, Neil Connel Spurway, Candice Toh, Hamish Mackie, Xie Wei, James Wong, Franz Konstantin Fuss, Teh Kong Chuan. Presented at the Human Performance in Sailing Conference 9-10 January 2003, Auckland, New Zealand. Poster presented at 7th IOC World Congress on Sports Sciences, 7-11October 2003, Athens, Greece.
  • Physiological Responses during Matches and Profile of Elite Pencak Silat Exponents. Abdul Rashid Aziz, Benedict Tan, Kong Chuan Teh. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 2002 Dec; 1(4): 147-55. 
  • Effect of a Daily Fasting Regimen on Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Adaptations. Aziz AR, Slater GJ, Lee HC, Schmidt G, Tan B, Teh KC. Presented at the 6th European College of Sport Science Congress, 24th -28th July 2001, Cologne, Germany.
  • Aerobic Demands of the Dance Simulation Game. Benedict Tan, Rashid Aziz, Kelvin Chua, Teh Kong Chuan. International Journal of Sports Medicine 2002; 23:1-5.
  • Physiological Attributes of Elite Pencak Silat Exponents. Aziz AR, Tan B & Teh KC. 5th European College of Sport Science Congress, 19-23 Jul 2000, Jyvaskla, Finland.
  • Grip Strength Measurement in Competitive Ten-Pin Bowlers. Benedict Tan, Abdul Rashid Aziz, Teh Kong Chuan, Lee Hong Choo. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2000; 41(1): 68-72.
  • Correlations Between Physiological Parameters and Performance in Elite Ten-Pin Bowlers. Benedict Tan, Abdul Rashid Aziz, Teh Kong Chuan.  Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 2000; 3(2):176-185.
  • Heart Rate and Blood Lactate Response and Physiological Profile of Elite Sepak Takraw Players. Abdul Rashid Aziz, Benedict Tan, and Teh Kong Chuan. 5th IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences, 31 Oct – 5 Nov 1999, Sydney, Australia. Takraw World, 1 Dec 2002.
  • Manipulating Resistance Training Program Variables to Optimize Maximum Strength in Men: A Review. Benedict Tan. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 1999; 13(3): 289-304.

Research Trials

  • Development of Fast-release Foot Strap for Sailing - Injury Reducing Quick-Release Foot Strap. Benedict Tan, Darren Leong. 2017. In progress.
  • A Study of the Mechanisms of Erythropoietin and Testosterone Sensing Using a Carbon Nanostructure-based Electronic Sensor. Alfred Tok Ling Yoong, Zho Yanli, Benedict Tan, Sharma Antareep. In progress. Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health & Medicine.