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Dr Gerald Tay Ci An

Dr Gerald Tay Ci An

MBBS, MMed(Surgery), FRCS(Edinburgh)

Senior Consultant

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: General Surgery, Surgery & Surgical Oncology

Clinical Interest: Head & Neck Surgery, Head & Neck

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Hypopharyngeal Cancers, Laryngeal Cancer, Larynx Cancer, Nasal cavity cancer, Nasopharyngeal Cancer (Nose Cancer), Oral Cavity Cancers, Oropharyngeal Cancers, Salivary Gland Tumours, Skin Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Nodules and Cancers.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology National Cancer Centre SingaporeNational Cancer Centre Singapore
  • Senior Consultant SingHealth Duke-NUS Head and Neck Centre
  • Senior Consultant Head & Neck Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Programme Director, SingHealth General Surgery Residency Program
  • Clinical Tutor, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School



Dr Gerald Tay is a Senior Consultant at the Singhealth Duke-NUS Head and Neck Centre. He received his medical degree from the National University of Singapore in 2004. He received his specialist training in the Department of General Surgery at the Singapore General Hospital and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He joined the Singhealth-Duke NUS Head and Neck Centre in 2014 and subsequently went on to do a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery in Oregon Health & Science University in 2016.

Dr Tay is a Clinical Tutor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School. He is currently serving as the Associate Programme Director for the Singhealth General Surgery Residency Programme. He also serves as the Deputy Head of the Singhealth Duke-NUS Head and Neck Centre.

His clinical interests are in the surgical management of head and neck cancers, involving the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, hypopharynx, paranasal sinuses, nasopharynx and neck, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, salivary gland tumours and skin cancers.


  • MBBS, (National University of Singapore), 2004
  • MMed (Surgery), 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), 2014

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships


  • Surgical STaR Budding Researcher Award, July 2014
  • Service with a Heart Award, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2022
  • You Shine Award, 2016
  • Silver Award, Singapore Health Quality Services Awards 2020. 
  • Residency in Singhealth Excels(RiSE)- Outstanding Faculty Award 2022

Research Interests



  1. Tay G, Chng J, Wong W, Goh YC. Chicken bone perforation of an irreducible inguinal hernia: a case report and review of the literature. Hernia 2013;17:805-807.
  2. Tay G, Tan HK, Thiagarajan A, Soo KC, Iyer NG. Squamous cell carcinoma of the ear arising in patients after radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 2014;271:149-156.
  3. Guang TN, Ci-An TG, Goh BK. An unusual cause of anterior abdominal wall abscess. Gastroenterology 2015;149:e8-e9.
  4. Hui HNJ, Ci-An GT. The Value of Preoperative CT Scan for Thyroglossal Duct Cysts for Surgical Planning. VideoEndocrinology 2016;3.
  5. Tay GC-A, Iyer NG, Ong W-S, Tai D, Ang MK, Ha TC, Soo KC, Tan HK. Outcomes and prognostic factors of radiation-induced and de novo head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery 2016;154:880-887.
  6. Ong C-AJ, Shannon NB, Mueller S, Lek SM, Qiu X, Chong FT, Li K, Koh K, Tay GC, Skanthakumar T. A A three gene immunohistochemical panel serves as an adjunct to clinical staging of patients with head and neck cancer. Oncotarget 2017;8:79556.
  7. Tay G, Ferrell J, Andersen P. Use of a midline mandibular osteotomy to improve surgical access for transoral robotic resection of the base of tongue in a patient with trismus. Head & neck 2017;39:E92-E95.
  8. Tay GCA, Sauer DA, Andersen PE. Rheumatoid nodule presenting as a buccal submucosal nodule: A rare presentation of a common disease. Head & neck 2017;39:E12-E14.
  9. Tay G, Tan HK, Nguyen TK, et al. Use of the EndoMaster robot‐assisted surgical system in transoral robotic surgery: A cadaveric study. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery 2018;14:e1930.
  10. Lee S-H, Nguyen TK, Ong W-S, Haaland B, Tay GC-A, Tan NC, Tan HK, Ng JCF, Iyer NG. Comparing the Utility and Surgical Outcomes of Harmonic Focus Ultrasonic Scalpel with Ligasure Small Jaw Bipolar Device in Thyroidectomies: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of surgical oncology 2019;26:4414-4422.
  11. Tan AL, Iyer NG, Putri N, Nadkarni N, Skanthakumar T, Wong TH, Tay GC. Factors driving frequent attendance at emergency departments for patients with head and neck cancer. Head & Neck. 2019;41(11):3798-805.
  12. Lek SM, Li K, Tan QX, Shannon NB, Ng WH, Hendrikson J, Tan WS, Lim HJ, Chen Y, Koh KK, Skanthakumar T, Kwang XL, Chong FT, Leong HS, Tay G, Putri NE, Lim TKH, Hwang JSG, Ang MK, Tan DSW, Tan NC, Tan HK, Kon OL, Soo KC, Iyer NG, Ong C-A J Pairing a prognostic target with potential therapeutic strategy for head and neck cancer. Oral Oncology. 2020;111:105035.
  13. Rangabashyam M, Wee HE, Wang W, Mueller S, Karim KA, Skanthakumar T, Hariraman B, Sommat K, Soong Y-L, Chua MLK, Tay G, Tan NC, Tan HK, Iyer NG. Electronic tumor board presentations as the basis for the development of a head and neck cancer database. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. 2020;5(1):46-54.
  14. Poh BR, Nagadia RH, Tay GCA. Ectopic parathyroid gland within carotid sheath. Clinical Case Reports. (Online first)
  15. Chin YA, Zhao Y, Tay G, Sim W, Chow CY, Chandran M. Delayed diagnosis, difficult decisions: novel gene deletion causing X-linked hypophosphatemia in a middle-aged man with achondroplastic features and tertiary hyperparathyroidism. Case Reports in Endocrinology. 2021;2021.
  16. Nguyen TK, Tay G, Ng J, Iyer NG, Tan NC, Tan HK. Adhesions in the Neck Post-Thyroidetomy: A Necessary Evil. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2020;231(4):e174
  17. Lai YT, Kalimuddin S, Ng HJH, Tay GCA. Acute acalculous cholecystitis in dengue fever: a case series. Singapore Medical Journal. 2021.
  18. Lek SM, Liang W, Ooi SHA, Tay GCA. Surgical management of benign idiopathic tracheo-oesophageal fistula: a case report. Singapore Med J. 2022;63(5):288-90.

Research Trials