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Assoc Prof Tan Su-Ming

Assoc Prof Tan Su-Ming

MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Glasgow), MMed (Surgery), FAMS

Head & Senior Consultant

Changi General Hospital

Specialty: General Surgery

Sub-specialties: Breast Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Breast Cancer, Breast Infection, Breast Lumps, Breast Reconstruction, Gynecomastia.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Breast Surgery Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital
  • Service Chief SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre
  • Senior Consultant Surgery Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital


A/Prof Tan Su-Ming is the head of division of Breast Surgery, director of Breast Centre and Senior Consultant surgeon at Changi General Hospital (CGH), Singapore.

After graduating from the School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, she was accepted as a surgical trainee. She completed her training in 1999 and was awarded the HMDP fellowship as a clinical fellow at the renowned Nottingham City Hospital and at the NHS Royal Marsden Hospital in London. After returning to Singapore in 2000, she spearheaded the Breast Centre at CGH, providing an integrated, one-stop service for patients with breast conditions.

In addition, she is a clinical associate professor at the Yong Loo Lin, School of Medicine , NUS, an adjunct associate professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a faculty physician of the Singhealth residency programme (surgery) and a member of the Residency Advisory Committee. She holds several research grants in various aspects of breast cancer and has published widely on a variety of breast issues. She is a member of the Cancer society of Singapore and a volunteer with the Breast Cancer Foundation. She regularly gives talks on breast cancer to the public.


  • ​MBBS (Singapore)
  • FRCS (Edinburgh, UK)
  • FRCS (Glasgow, UK)
  • MMed (Surgery)
  • FAMS (Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore)
  • Clinical Fellow at the Nottingham City Hospital, NHS, UK
  • Clinical Fellow at the Royal Marsden Hospital, NHS, UK

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Duke-NUS
  • Clinical Associate Professor, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Member, SingHealth Performance Review Subcommittee, Residency Programme
  • Clinical Physician Faculty,SingHealth General SurgeryResidency Program
  • Physician Faculty, SingHealth PGY1 Residency Program
  • Clinical Core Faculty, SingHealth PGY1 Program, Residency Programme
  • Faculty Member of CCrISP (Care of the Critically III Surgical Patient) Course, Singapore
  • Specialty Editor, Singapore Medical Journal
  • External Examiner, Joint Specialty Fellowship Examination in General Surgery, RCSEd & College of Surgeons, Hong Kong, 2013 & 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow, UK
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK
  • Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Member of the Singapore Society of Oncology (SSOC)
  • Member of the General Medical Council (UK)

Ministry of Health (MOH) appointments:

  • Organising Committee Member, 2018 BreastScreen Singapore (BSS) Seminar
  • Member, Table of Surgical Procedures Review Committee
  • Member, Residency Advisory Committee for General Surgery
  • Member, Master of Medicine (Surgery) Committee of the Division of Graduate Medical Studies, NUS


  • Healthcare Humanity Awards (2017)
  • Awarded Recognised Reviewer Status by Elsevier Journals (2016)
  • Excellence in Public Service PS21 Star Service award (Individual) May 2016
  • EHA Caring award, Superstar Award May 2016
  • Quarterly Best Service Award (FY15 Q1), April 2015 to June 2015
  • 2015 Dean's Teaching Award, YLLSOM, NUS, 1 December 2015
  • Best Educator Award (Medical - Undergraduate), CGH Scientific Meeting, 6 Nov 2015
  • Gold Service Award, CGH Quality Convention, 23 October 2014
  • Certificate of Commendation for being a Role Model to the Class of 2014, YLLSoM, NUS, Sep 2014
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, RISE Awards Ceremony, SingHealth Residency, 14 Aug 14
  • Quarterly Best Service Award, FY14Q1, April-June 2014
  • Star Award, Eastern Health Alliance Caring Award for April 2012-March 2013
  • Quarterly Best Service Award, FY13 Q2, Jul – Sep 2013, 21 October 2013
  • Gold Service Award, CGH Quality Convention 2013, 14 August 2013
  • Best Teacher Award (Surgery), AY2012-13, YLLSM, NUS, 14 May 2013
  • Best Service Award, CGH Quality Improvement Forum, 27 November 2012
  • Quarterly Best Service Award, FY12 Q2 - July to September 2012
  • "Role Model" Award, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine [YLLSM], NUS, August 2012

Research Interests

  • Breast Cancer


  • ​A Survey on Singaporean Women's Knowledge, Perception and Practices of Mammogram Screening. Siew Kuan Lim, Xin Ling Teo, Jia Lin Ng, Fay X Li, Su Ming Tan. Ann Acad Med Singapore 2015; 44: 317-25
  • Case Report: Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration and dermatomyositis as first manifestations of underlying breast malignancy: a report of two cases and a brief review of the subject. Ying Ru Yvonne Ng, Chunyin Derek Ho, Weng Leong Victor Ng, Su-Ming Tan. Surgical Case Reports (2015) 1:59, SOI 10.1186/s40792-015-0063z
  • The Impact of Mammographic Breast Cancer Screening in Singapore: A Comparison Between Screen-detected and Symptomatic Women. Wei Vivian Wang, Su Ming Tan, Wai Leng Chow. Asian Pacific J Cancer Prevention, Vol 12. 2011, 2449-2454
  • Radiofrequency ablation – a new approach to percutaneous eradication of benign breast lumps. Teh HS, Tan SM. The Breast Journal. 2010 May-Jun; 16(3):334-6. Epub 2010 Apr 10
  • Improving B mode ultrasound evaluation of breast lesions with real-time ultrasound elastography – A clinical approach. SM Tan, HS Teh, J F Kent Mancer, WT Poh. The Breast 17 (2008) 252-257
  • Rapidly Enlarging Tumoral PASH in a 15-year-old Girl: Distinguishing Ultrasound and MRI Findings and Correlation with Histology. Teh HS, Chiang SH, Leung JWT, Tan SM, Mancer JFK. J. Ultrasound Med. 2007 26: 1101-1106

Research Trials