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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 a Consultant in the Division of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore and the Singapore General Hospital. In 2013, she was awarded a 12-month Fellowship to train in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, a subspecialty that incorporates breast cancer surgery with plastic surgical techniques, at the Nottingham Breast Institute, UK.

Dr Tan believes that the appearance of the breast after cancer resection 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 education, Dr Tan holds a Master of Science for her research in cancer biology and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Yong Loo Lin and Duke-NUS Medical Schools. She has published several scientific papers in prestigious international journals such as ‘Cancer’, ‘Nature Genetics’ and ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’, and is regularly invited to present her work in local and regional conferences. Her clinical research interests currently include the surgical management of the breast and axilla in the era of preoperative therapy for breast cancer; optimizing clinical management of patients genetically predisposed to breast cancer; and breast cancer in young women.

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.


2013   MSc; National University of Singapore

2012   FRCS; Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh

2008   MMed; National University of Singapore

2007   MRCS; Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh

2004   M.B.B.S; National University of Singapore

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

·         Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore

·         Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Singapore General Hospital

·         Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

·         Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin Medical School, National University of Singapore

·         Clinical Faculty, SingHealth Residency Program (General Surgery)

·         Director of Research, SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre

·         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

·         Co-Chairperson, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) Committee


2017   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), Singapore General Hospital

2008   Best Oral Paper (Third Prize), Singapore General Hospital      

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, National University of Singapore

2000   Distinction in Anatomy, First Professional Examination M.B,B.S, National University of Singapore

Publications and Research Trials

Research Interests

  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer – Predictive markers; rationalising surgical management
  • Breast cancer in young women
  • Hereditary breast cancers
  • Benign breast diseases
  • Advances in breast-conserving surgery



  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A case controlled study of the oncological safety of fat grafting. Gale K, Rekha E, Ball G, Tan VK, McCulley SJ, Macmillan RD; Plast Reconstr Surgery. 2015 May; 135(5):1263-75

  • Lateral thoracic artery perforator (LTAP) flap in partial breast reconstruction. McCulley SJ, Schaverien MV, Tan VK, Macmillan RD; J Plast Reconst Aesthet Surg 2015; 68(5):686-91

  • Anticoagulation in the treatment of portovenous emboli after vyanoacrylate injection for a bleeding gastric varix. Kwa CX, Tan VK, Ong HS; Singapore Med Journal 2015 56(1):e14-6

  • Randomized trial comparing surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy versus concurrent chemo-radiotherapy in advanced, non-metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck: 10 year update and subset analysis. Iyer NG, Tan DS, Tan VK, Wang WN, Huang JS, Tan NC, Sivanandan R, Tan HK, Lim D, Ang MK, Wee J, Soo KC, Tan EH; Cancer. 2015 121(10):1599-607

  • Qualitative mammographic findings and outcomes of surveillance mammography after partial breast reconstruction with an autologous flap. Tan VK, Cornford EJ, McCulley SJ, Macmillan RD; J Surg Oncol. 2015 Mar15; 111(4):377-81

  • Exome sequencing identifies highly recurrent MED12 somatic mutations in breast fibroadenoma. Lim WK, Ong CK, Tan J, Thike AA, Ng CC, Rajasegaran V, Myint SS, Nagarajan S, Nasir ND, McPherson JR, Cutcutache I, Poore G, Tay ST, Ooi WS, Tan VK, Hartman M, Ong KW, Tan BK, Rozen SG, Tan PH, Tan P, Teh BT; Nat Genet. 2014 Aug; 46(8):877-80

  • Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy in an Asian population: A single institution review. Sim Y, Tan VK, Ho GH, Wong CY, Madhukumar P, Tan BK, Yong WS, Ng YY, Ong KW; Breast. 2014 Feb; 23(1):56-62

  • Case report of an internal hernia through a unilateral congenital defect of the broad ligament and literature review. Lim SZ, Tan VK, Teo MC; Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. 2012 Oct; 21(3): 213-6

  • 2011 Young Surgeon’s Award Winner: High endothelial venules – a novel prognostic marker in cancer metastasis and the missing link? Lee SY, Qian CN, OoiAS, Chen P, Tan VK, Chia CS, Hwang JS, Teh BT, Soo KC; Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2012 Jan; 41(1): 21-8

  • Medium-term results of ultrasound-guided, catheter-assisted foam sclerotherapy of the long saphenous vein for treatment of varicose veins. Tan VK, Abidin SZ, Tan SG; Singapore Med J. 2012 Feb; 53(2): 91-4

  • Wash-out of hepatocellular carcinoma: Quantitative region of interest analysis on CT. Tan CH, Thng CH, Low AS, Tan VK, Hartono S, Koh TS, Goh BK, Cheow PC, Tan YM, Chung AY, Ooi LL, Earnest A, Chow PK; Ann Acad Med Singapore 2011 Jun; 40(6): 269-75

  • The feasibility and accuracy of sentinel node biopsy in clinically node-negative patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer – a systematic review and meta-analysis. Tan VK, Goh BK, Fook-Chong S, Khin LW, Wong WK, Yong WS; J Surg Oncol. 2011 Jul; 104(1):97-103

  • An approach to the ethical evaluation of innovative surgical procedures. Tan VK, Chow PK; Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2011 Jan; 40(1): 26-9

  • Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome: Data from the Singapore Polyposis Registry and a shifting paradigm in management. Tan VK, Koh PK, Loi C, Eu KW, Tang CL; Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2010 Feb; 39(2): 17-21

  • Technique and early results of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy of the long saphenous vein for treatment of varicose veins. Tan VK, Tan SG; Singapore Med J. 2009 Mar; 50(3): 284-7

  • Melaena: An unusual presentation of a pseudoaneurysm of the internal carotid artery. Tan VK, Tan HH, Ong YK, Tan SG; Singapore Med J. 2008 Nov; 49(11): e296-9

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