During this period, Dr Tan had the opportunity to work in the various tertiary hospitals in Singapore where he gained wide exposure to the field of Orthopaedic surgery. He was awarded the College of Surgeons Gold Medal on completion of his advanced specialty training. He went on to complete fellowship-training in Foot and Ankle Reconstruction under the Ministry of Health Human Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) scholarship. He completed two separate fellowships; the first at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus in Germanyunder the renowned Professor Zwipp and the second at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction in the USA with Dr Mark Myerson, a world leader and pioneer in Foot and Ankle Surgery.
When he returned from fellowship training, Dr Tan joined the Sports Medicine Division at the National University Hospital, Singapore. He was an active member of the Sports Division and also served as a Visiting Consultant at the Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic at the University Health Centre, NUS where he has treated many sports injuries in University students and staff.
Dr Tan was also a founding member of the Foot and Ankle Division since its inception at the National University Hospital. He is still currently one of only a few active members from Singapore in the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). During this period, Dr Tan set up the fellowship-training program at the division that has trained surgeons from the region in Foot and Ankle reconstruction. He was the Program Director of the Foot and Ankle education program and supervised the training of residents in Foot and Ankle surgery.
His subspecialty clinical expertise includes management of:
- Sports injuries and arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle.
- Foot and Ankle Trauma
- Forefoot deformities such as Hallux Valgus (Bunions) and hammer toes.
- Foot deformities such as flatfeet and cavus feet in adults and children.
- Ankle Arthritis with osteotomies, arthrodesis and ankle replacement.
- Sports injuries and arthritis of the knee including knee arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction and knee replacement.
Dr Tan also has a keen interest in the education of fellow doctors and students as well as the lay public in Orthopaedic conditions. He has written many articles in the local press to increase awareness about Foot and Ankle diseases and also spoken in many public forums. Dr Tan has been invited as course chairman and faculty in multiple courses and also as a visiting lecturer both locally and in the region.