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Gavin Tan
Dr Gavin Tan
Singapore National Eye Centre
General Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology Department
MMed(Ophth), FRCS(Ed), FAMS

Dr Gavin Tan is a Consultant in the Vitreo-Retinal Department of the Singapore National Eye Centre. He is also Visiting Consultant for the Vitreo-Retinal service at Changi General Hospital. He is a specialist in General Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery, and a subspecialist in Vitreo-Retinal surgery. In addition, he is actively involved with academic research and leads multiple Clinical Trials at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI).

Dr Gavin Tan graduated with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) with Distinction in Biochemistry and Medicine from the National University of Singapore in 2003. He was awarded multiple Dean’s List Awards and the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) Medal for academic excellence.

Dr Gavin Tan started his career in Ophthalmology at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC). From residency training, where he served as Chief Resident, he went on to complete a two-year Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Surgery at SNEC in 2014. During this time, he obtained his post-graduate qualifications in Ophthalmology, including a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS) in 2012.

Under the Singhealth scholarship, Dr Gavin Tan pursued further overseas training in the field of Vitero-Retinal. At the Byer Eye Institute at Stanford University, USA, he mentored with world-renowned Retinal specialists in Pediatric Vitero-Retinal diseases and the use of novel lasers for Retinal diseases. At the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), he honed his clinical expertise in advanced retinal imaging, management of intraocular tumours, and the use of human stem cell derived RPE in the treatment of Retinal diseases.

In clinical practice, Dr Gavin Tan’s philosophy is to provide his patients with the highest quality of care in a compassionate and patient centered approach. Dr Gavin Tan’s expertise includes General Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery and Retinal Diseases of the eye in both adults and children. He is an expert Cataract surgeon, performing complicated cataract surgery, offering multifocal and toric (astigmatism) intraocular lens; and managing dislocated cataracts and cases requiring lens fixation. His main interests in the Retina are in advanced techniques in Retinal detachment and macular surgery, use of subthreshold laser in macular diseases, treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and intraocular tumours.

Being passionate about eye research, Dr Gavin Tan was awarded multiple grants to study Diabetic Retinopathy. His goal is to eliminate diabetic visual impairment and blindness by developing and assessing new methods in screening, diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy with the goal of transforming clinical care and improving patient outcomes. His other research interests are in the epidemiology, genetics and treatment of age-related muscular degeneration and Retinal diseases. He has published scientific papers in respected peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous international scientific meetings. He also actively mentors medical students, residents and fellows and holds the concurrent appointments as Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Publications and Research Trials

1. Tan GS, Wong CY, Wong TY, Chitra VG, Wong EY, Yeo IY, Aung T. Is Routine Pupil Dilation safe Among Asian Patients with Diabetes. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009 Sep;50(9):4110-3.

2. Tan GS, Wong TY, Fong CW, Aung T. Diabetes, Metabolic Abnormalities and Glaucoma: The Singapore Malay Eye Study. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Oct;127(10):1354-61.

3. Tan GS, He M, Zhao W, Sakata LM, Li J, Nongpiur ME, Raghavan L, Friedman DS, Tin A, Determinants of Lens Vault and Association with Narrow Angles in patients from Singapore. Am J Ophthal. 2012 Jul;154(1):39-46.

4. Tan GS, He M, Tan DT, Mehta JS. Correlation of anterior segment optical coherence tomography measurements with graft trephine diameter following descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty. BMC Med Imaging. 2012 Jul 23;12:19.

5. Tan GS, Ikram MK, Wong TY. Traditional and novel risk factors of diabetic retinopathy and research challenges. Curr Med Chem. 2013;20(26):3189-99.

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