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Doctor Profile
Tan Kiak Mien Veronique
Dr Tan Kiak Mien Veronique
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Division of Surgical Oncology
Senior Consultant
MBBS, MMed (Surgery), MSc, FRCS(Edinburgh)

Dr. Veronique Tan is Chief of Breast Service in the Division of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore and at the Department of General Surgery, Singapore General Hospital. She also serves as Head, SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre.

In 2013, Dr Tan was awarded the Health Manpower Development Program (HMDP) Award to pursue a year-long Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at the Nottingham Breast Institute, UK. She is one of the few breast surgeons in Singapore formally trained in this discipline where breast oncologic surgery is combined with plastic surgical techniques to ensure a good aesthetic outcome. Dr Tan believes that the appearance of the breast after cancer removal is important, and that every patient should have a tailored, individualized surgical solution. As an Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, she offers surgical expertise in breast reshaping and breast reconstruction after breast cancer removal.

Dr. Veronique Tan is Chief of Breast Service in the Division of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore and at the Department of General Surgery, Singapore General Hospital. She also serves as Head, SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre.

In 2013, Dr Tan was awarded the Health Manpower Development Program (HMDP) Award to pursue a year-long Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at the Nottingham Breast Institute, UK. She is one of the few breast surgeons in Singapore formally trained in this discipline where breast oncologic surgery is combined with plastic surgical techniques to ensure a good aesthetic outcome. Dr Tan believes that the appearance of the breast after cancer removal is important, and that every patient should have a tailored, individualized surgical solution. As an Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, she offers surgical expertise in breast reshaping and breast reconstruction after breast cancer removal.

Active in research and teaching, Dr Tan is (Adj) Assistant Professor at the DukeNUS Graduate Medical School and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Her research interest is in breast cancer, in particular breast cancer in young women and genetic breast cancers. Dr Tan is regularly invited to speak at regional and international conferences where she presents her work and surgical techniques. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed several book chapters on oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery.

Dr. Veronique’s practice covers benign breast conditions, the diagnosis and surgical treatment of symptomatic and screen-detected breast cancer, oncoplastic breast surgery and breast reconstruction.

Education

2004   M.B,B.S; National University of Singapore
2007   Member (MRCS); The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
2008   Master of Medicine (Surgery); National University of Singapore
2012   Fellow (FRCS); The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
2013   Master of Science (Research); National University of Singapore
2013   Subspecialty Fellowship – Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

• Chief, Breast Service at National Cancer Centre Singapore & Singapore General Hospital

• Head, SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre

• Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore

• Senior Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Singapore General Hospital

• Assistant Professor (Adj), Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

• Clinical Senior Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS

• Clinical Faculty, SingHealth Residency Program (General Surgery)

• Chairperson, Tissue Review Committee, National Cancer Centre Singapore

• Member, NCCS Cancer Service Line Development Workgroup: Breast Cancer

• Member, NCCS Cancer Service Line Development Workgroup: Cancer Genetics

• Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh)

 
Awards

2018   Service with a Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital
2017   Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Gold)
2016   Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Silver)
2016   Singapore Medical Journal Recognition Award for Reviewing with Distinction
2015   SingHealth 10 –year Long Service Award
2013   SingHealth Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP), Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
2009   Best Research Paper Award  (Third Prize), Singapore Medical Journal
2009   Best Systematic Review (Surgery), 18th Annual Scientific Meeting, SGH
2008   Best Oral Paper (Third Prize), 17th Annual Scientific Meeting, SGH
2007   SingHealth Service Quality Award  
2004   Dean’s List, Final Professional Examination M.B,B.S, National University of Singapore
2004   Distinction in Surgery, Final Professional Examination M.B,B.S, NUS


Publications and Research Trials

Research Interests

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast cancer in young women
  • Hereditary breast cancers
  • Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) in breast cancer surgery

 

Publications

1. Intraepidermal malignancy in breast skin: A tale of 2 tumours. Zhao ZT, Tay KY, Agrawal R, Tan VK, Tan YY, Tan PH. Human Pathology: Case Reports. 2018 Nov, 14:33-37

2. Immediate breast reconstruction following nipple-sparing mastectomy in an Asian population: Aesthetic outcomes and mitigating nipple-areolar complex necrosis. Pek WS, Tan BK, Ng YY, Tan VK, Rasheed MZ, Tan BK, Ong KW, Ong YS. Arch Plast Surg. 2018 May; 45(3):229-238

3. Risk management adherence following genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes: A Singaporean experience. Courtney E, Chin XW, Yuen J, Li ST, Chen Y, Allen JC Jr, Tan VK, Lim GH, Ngeow J. Familial Cancer. 2018 Jan 24 [Epub ahead of print]

4. Surgery for early breast cancer in the extremely elderly leads to improved outcomes – An Asian population study. Lee CM, Zheng H, Tan VK, Tan TJ, Kanesvaran R, Wong FY, Sim YR, Yong WS, Madhukumar P, Ong KW, Tan BK. Breast. 2017 Dec 36:44-48

5. Trends in postmastectomy reconstruction in an Asian population: A 12 year institutional review. Ng YY, Tan VK, Goh TL, Yong WS, Wong CY, Ho GH, Madhakumar P, Ong KW, Ong YS, Sim YR, Tan BK, Tan BK. Breast J. 2017. 23(1): 59-66

6. Operasi Onkoplasti dan Rekonstruksi pada Payudara. Tan VK, Wong MZ. In Farida Briani Sobri, Y Azhar, IGN G Wibisana, A Rachman (Ed.) Manajemen Terkini Kanker Payudara Edisi I 2017 (pp. 160 – 185). Media Aesculapius. (ISBN 97-6026105615)

7. Perioperative Outcomes of Therapeutic Breast Surgery in the Elderly. Lee CM, Tan VK, Tan BK, Madhukumar P, Yong WS, Wong CY, Ong KW. Ann Acad. Med Singapore. 2016. 45(6): 261-3

8. Breast carcinoma and phyllodes tumour: a case series. Sin EI, Wong CY, Yong WS, Ong KW, Madhukumar P, Tan VK, Thike AA, Tan PH, Tan BK. J. Clin Pathology. 2016. 69(4): 364 – 9

9. Local Perforator Flaps in Oncoplastic Breast-Conserving Surgery: The Nottingham Experience. Macmillan RD, Carstensen L, Tan VK, McCulley SJ. In Losken A, Hamdi M (Ed.) Partial Breast Reconstruction, Techniques in Oncoplastic Surgery. 2nd Edition 2016. Thiene Medical Publishers Inc. (ISBN 9781498709255)

10. Genomic landscapes of breast fibroepithelial tumors. Tan J, Ong CK, Lim WK, Ng CC, Thike AA, Ng LM, Rajasegaran V, Myint SS, Nagarajan S, Thangaraju S, Dey S, Nasir ND, Wijaya GC, Lim JQ, Huang D, Li Z, Wong BH, Chan JY, McPherson JR, Cutcutache I, Poore G, Tay ST, Tan WJ, Putti TC, Ahmad BS, Iau P, Chan CW, Tang AP, Yong WS, Madhukumar P, Ho GH, Tan VK, Wong CY, Hartman M, Ong KW, Tan BK, Rozen SG, Tan P, Tan PH, The BT. Nature Genet. 2015. 47(11):1341-5

11. Characteristics and behaviour of screen-detected ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast: comparison with symptomatic patients. Koh VC, Lim JC, Thike AA, Cheok PY, Thu MM, Tan VK, Tan BK, Ong KW, Ho GH, Tan WJ, Tan Y, Salahudin AS, Busmanis I, Chong AP, Iqbal J, Thilagaratnam S, Wong JS, Tan PH. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015; 152(2):293-304

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