Doctor's Profile

Dr Tan Yung Khan

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Dr Tan Yung Khan is a USA fellowship trained Senior Consultant Urologist (Columbia University Irving Medical Center) and the Medical Director of Urohealth Medical Clinic. Dr Tan Yung Khan serves several key positions in the medical community. He is the current Chairman of the Operating Theatre and Tissue Committee and Urology and Renal Medicine Speciality Interest Group on the Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Medical Advisory Board. He is also the current Vice-President of Singapore Urological Association (SUA) and the Singapore representative for the Asian Urology Stone Management Guidelines. Dr Tan Yung Khan is accredited in major hospitals; Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Novena and Orchard), Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital and Farrer Hospital. He is also currently a Visiting Consultant with Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is an accredited surgeon in robotic and minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures providing specialized care in prostate cancers, kidney cancers, kidney stone diseases, bladder diseases and men’s health issues. Dr Tan Yung Khan adopts a holistic approach to patient care with the support of his qualified clinical team at Urohealth Medical Clinic.

MEDICAL BACKGROUND AND INTEREST

Dr Tan Yung Khan was formerly a Senior Consultant Urologist and Director of Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he specialized in kidney and urinary stones and prostate diseases. As a surgeon who is always looking to improve patient outcomes, Dr Tan Yung Khan initiated and established these medical procedures in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Mount Elizabeth Hospitals;

  • GreenLight Vaporisation of the Prostate (XPS 180-W)
    A surgical technique that significantly reduces bleeding as compared to TURP (Transurethal resection of the prostate to treat enlarged prostates). This procedure can be performed on patients on blood thinners.
  • UroNav Fusion Biopsy of the Prostate
    Paradigm shift in method of prostate biopsy. Targeted MRI/ultrasound biopsy is positioned to become a new standard in prostate care and cancer detection.
  • Supine Mini PCNL and Endoscopic Combined Intrarenal Surgery (ECIRS)
    Minimally invasive kidney surgery for removal of large kidney stones which involves a much smaller incision and quicker recovery time for patients.
  • BPH Water Vapor Therapy
    A minimally invasive day treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) which uses thermal energy in water vapour (steam) to treat the excess prostate tissue thereby reducing the size of the prostate.
  • UroLift
    A minimally invasive day procedure for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) which uses tiny implants to hold open the obstructed prostate channel.

ACADEMIA AND INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Dr Tan Yung Khan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2000 and completed his postgraduate surgical degrees from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2006 and Masters in Surgery from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2007. After completing his Specialist Urology Training at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 2010, Dr Tan Yung Khan completed Fellowships at University Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Columbia Medical Center in New York. Dr Tan Yung Khan was awarded the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Fellowship to train at the University Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The training focused on minimally invasive surgery, the development of novel microparticles in the treatment of kidney stone diseases and research on new ways to ablate kidney cancers. He also received the Ministry of Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) award and was accepted into the Endourology Society Fellowship Programme at Columbia Medical Center where he continued to develop his skills in endourology and minimally invasive urologic robotic surgery. He was a Senior Lecturer with NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

Dr Tan Yung Khan has been invited to Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Africa and USA to share his expertise through live surgery demonstrations and talks. He has a strong interest in research and has published more than 20 original research articles and book chapters. He received the award for “Best Paper” at the Engineering and Urology Society Meeting which was part of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. His recent project involves developing a robotic system for PCNL which makes the surgical procedure more accurate and safer. He had since successfully performed the “First in Human Robotic Kidney Stone Surgery”.

HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

Dr Tan has a keen interest in humanitarian relief work. In recognition of his contributions, he has received the Courage Award for managing SARS patients in the 2003 pandemic, the Healthcare for Humanity Award in 2006 and the Minister of Health Award in 2007 for medical relief work during the tsunami in Bandah Aceh and Merapi eruption and earthquake in Indonesia. Dr Tan enjoys mountain biking, running in his free time and spending time with his family and pet dog. He enjoys challenges and has ran a number of marathons and taken part in adventure races including the USA Nationals and World Adventure Racing Championships.