James Tan


Dr Tan is an accredited Consultant Urologist at 5 major private hospitals in Singapore: Mt Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital, Mt Elizabeth (Novena) Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital and Fortis Hospital.

He is also a Visiting Consultant at the National University Hospital, and a gazetted Renal Transplant Surgeon in the Ministry of Health Transplant Team.

Prior to starting his private practice at James Tan Centre for Urology & Robotic Surgery, he was Head of Urology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Lead Surgeon (Urology) at TTSH’s Centre for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery.

Dr James Tan obtained his basic medical degree in the National University of Singapore in 1990, and won the Thambipillai Medal for Distinction in Anatomy (top in Class). He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1995, and earned his Masters of Medicine in National University of Singapore in the same year. He was conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Urology) in 2000.

Dr Tan has wide experience in managing benign and malignant conditions of the adrenal gland, kidney, bladder and prostate. His subspecialty is in genito-urinary cancer surgery, robotic & advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is the first in Singapore to perform laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (2002), laparoscopic retroperitoneal radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic transposition of retrocaval ureter, laparoscopic repair of vesico-vaginal fistula and robotic ureteric re-implantation. Since 2004, Dr James Tan has performed and helped colleagues perform more than a few hundred robotic radical prostatectomy. He routinely performs bilateral nerve sparing and bladder neck sparing robotic prostatectomy to preserve potency and urinary continence. Where appropriate, he will perform additional bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy. He is also the first to perform routinely laparoscopic donor nephrectomy for kidney transplant in Mount Elizabeth Hospital in 2008. His other areas of expertise are in minimally invasive and endoscopic management of urinary stones and prostate diseases.