Singapore Hernia Surgeon Dr Pauleon Tan graduated in 2007 from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) from which he also obtained his Masters of Medicine in Surgery. He subsequently completed his specialist training and became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2016. He was awarded the Ministry of Health – Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Award and furthered his advanced colorectal surgical training in one of the top 5 units in Japan at Saitama International Medical Center.
Dr Tan has subspecialty interest in colorectal surgery and has treated many patients with colon, rectal or anal surgery; both traditional open or laparoscopically (via minimally invasive route). Having trained in Japan, Dr Tan has honed the technique of D3 colorectal resections which enables more lymph nodes to be retrieved during cancer surgery.
After serving in the public sector for over 15 years in various hospitals including Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Dr Tan is well-versed in treating both general surgical conditions and colorectal diseases. He is experienced in minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy (gastroscopy and colonoscopy), including advanced endoscopic resections like Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD).
His passion is also in preventing colorectal cancer via lifestyle changes, early polyp detection and removal. He held the position of the Clinical Director of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme in KTPH and is a committee member of the Singapore Cancer Society Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign. Dr Tan was also the Surgical Department Lead of the Nutrition Workgroup at KTPH.
Before leaving for private practice, Dr Tan was a core faculty member in the National Healthcare Group General Surgery Residency Programme – consistently being highly ranked as an invaluable mentor and teacher to younger surgeons. He was also active in teaching medical students, holding positions as Clinical Teacher and Adjunct Lecturer with Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine as well as Clinical Lecturer with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.
Dr Tan believes in a tailored approach to each individual as every patient will have different backgrounds and needs. Combining sound evidence-based practice together with good surgical and endoscopic technique will result in the best possible outcome for patients.
Dr Tan is fluent in English, Mandarin, Malay, Teochew, Hokkien and Cantonese.