Dr Mona Tan’s profile

Dr Mona Tan, Consultant Breast and Endocrine Surgeon, obtained her basic medical degree (M.B.B.S) from the National University of Singapore and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (FRCS) in 1995. She completed her training in General Surgery and was fully accredited a specialist by the Ministry of Health in 1998. Her special interests include Breast conservation surgery, Minimally Effective Oncoplastic techniques, Multifocal and Multicentric Breast cancers.

Dr Tan underwent subspeciality training in breast surgical oncology and endocrine surgery at the New South Wales Breast Cancer Institute and University of Sydney in 2000. Since obtaining her higher surgical degree in 1995, her focus has been on the surgical treatment of breast disease. She is a dedicated surgical oncologist, dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease conditions, and does not perform any aesthetic plastic procedures. Dr Tan feels that by confining her practice exclusively to breast surgery in this manner, she will be able to offer her patients what she believes to be the most appropriate and up-to-date care for breast conditions. The demands of keeping abreast of the latest developments in this field is significant and leaves her little time to be well informed of other areas in general surgery. Thus, Dr Tan has chosen willingly to give up the rest of general surgery to focus her attention to patients with breast health conditions.

For more than two decades, her work has centred on her subspecialty interest, breast surgery.  Over the years, she has been invited to international meetings as a faculty member, presented her work at contemporary breast oncology conferences and has written multiple articles in internationally well-known medical journals.  Her particular interest is in breast conservation treatment (BCT) for breast cancer, which has been shown to provide better survival outcomes than mastectomy.  To this end, she has pioneered certain surgical techniques enabling higher BCT rates, which she has shared both in recently published journal articles as well as in a book chapter.  Her work has garnered sufficient international attention for her to be invited as a reviewer for world-renown medical journals like British Journal of Surgery, BMC Cancer, Mayo Clinic Proceedings and Breast Cancer Research & Treatment.  She was also recently appointed Guest Editor for a focussed issue on Breast Conservation Treatment in the medical journal, Gland Surgery (Vol 7, No. 6). [http://gs.amegroups.com/issue]

She has been active in promoting what she believes to be current, evidence-based treatment practices for breast disease, especially breast cancer, for her patients.  MammoCare serves as the channel through which she assists patients who wish for breast screening, confirmation of diagnosis and further care should there be an indication of increased risk of malignancy, a locally aggressive breast condition or breast cancer.  Her objective is to assure women of their breast health for those who do not have breast cancer; and for patients who are unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer, Dr Tan’s ultimate aim is to achieve superior survival outcomes following treatment and optimise quality of life during their survivorship.

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Dr Tan uses all the available approaches for the management of breast conditions: observation, minimally invasive breast biopsy and surgery, and consciously selects the best treatment plan for each patient. She has extensive experience in the treatment of breast conditions, having been invited to demonstrate the Mammotomy procedure to colleagues and delegates at local, regional and international conferences. She also has been invited to speak about surgical techniques in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

As Dr Tan is passionate about her work, she takes time and effort to document her experience in the form of articles submitted to internationally reputable medical journals for publication. It is notable that to date, she has one of the highest number of publications as the primary (first) author amongst senior breast surgeons in Singapore. This places her in a good position to offer the most appropriate surgical care in line with international standards.

Dr Tan is one of the few in the Asia-Pacific region to publish on surgical techniques that improve the chance of saving the breast. These surgical techniques also help to prevent deformity. Her articles and techniques have been quoted by surgeons in University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

Dr Tan’s experience is documented and published in the following premier scientific journals in the years indicated.

  1. British Journal of Surgery 2003
  2. Lancet Oncology 2005
  3. ANZ Journal of Surgery 2006, 2012, 2017
  4. The American Journal of Surgery 2009, 2018
  5. The Breast Journal 2007, 2015, 2017
  6. World Journal of Surgery 2007, 2017
  7. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2009, 2016
  8. Annals of Surgical Oncology 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
  9. Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 2009
  10. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2012
  11. Asia Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 2014
  12. International Journal of Breast Cancer 2014, 2015
  13. International Journal of Surgical Oncology 2015
  14. Gland Surgery 2016, 2017
  15. Breast Cancer Research & Treatment 2016
  16. Archives of Plastic Surgery 2017
  17. Journal of Surgical Oncology 2017
  18. The Breast 2018

Please feel free to request for a copy of one of Dr Tan’s articles during your consult.

Our Locations

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
38 Irrawaddy Road, #06-21
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Singapore 329563
Phone: (65) 6694 1706

Mount Elizabeth Orchard
3 Mt Elizabeth, #11-02,
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
Phone: (65) 6734 4880

Consultation Hours

Mon - Fri: 9 am to 12:30pm; 2 pm to 5 pm
Sat: Strictly by Appointment