Dr Tan Yah Yuen

Senior Consultant & Breast Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glas), FRCSEd (Gen), FAMS, GDipHML

Dr Tan is our Senior Consultant and Breast Surgeon practicing at Solis. She is a key opinion leader in her field and is actively involved in the training of breast surgeons in the region.

Education and Surgical Training

She obtained her medical degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1995, and pursued surgical training after completion of her internship, and received post-graduate diplomas from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Royal College of Surgeons in 1999.

Dr Tan underwent advanced surgical training at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and received further accreditation in General Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2003.

Awarded the HMDP Scholarship

In pursuit of her interest in breast surgery, Dr Tan was the recipient of the HMDP scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Health and spent 12 months in subspecialty training in Breast and Endocrine Surgery at the University of California San Francisco in 2004.

Establishing Sentinel Lymph Node Programs at TTSH and KKH

Upon her return from the United States in 2005, Dr Tan assisted in the establishment of the sentinel lymph node program for early breast cancer in Tan Tock Seng Hospital using a dual radionuclide and blue dye technique. Today, selective sentinel lymphadenectomy is the standard of care for women with early breast cancer. In 2005, Dr Tan joined the newly set up specialised Breast Unit in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), where she managed and treated solely breast diseases ranging from developmental and lactational problems to benign tumours and breast cancer.

Published in the Field of Breast Surgery

Dr Tan is also widely published in the field of breast surgery in multiple local, regional, and international journals. She previously received a S$1million Ministry of Health grant to research the usefulness of mammary ductoscopy in women with pathological nipple discharge and breast cancer from 2007-2010.

Interests in Invasive Techniques in Breast Surgery

Dr Tan’s other interests include minimally invasive techniques in breast surgery, including ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted needle biopsies (mammotomy).

Recognizing Her Efforts Towards Patient Care

In recognition of her efforts towards patient care, she was awarded the SPRING Singapore Excellent Service Award (EXSA) Silver, Gold, and Star Awards from 2007-2009 respectively, and the KKH CEO Heart Award in 2008.

Member of the International Society of Surgeons and Breast Surgery International

Before establishing her private practice, Dr Tan was a senior consultant at the Breast Surgery Department at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She is currently a member of the International Society of Surgeons and Breast Surgery International.

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Medical Publications By Dr Tan Yah Yuen

Young breast cancer in a specialised breast unit in Singapore: clinical, radiological and pathological factors. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2014 Feb;43(2):79-85.
Teo SY, Chuwa E, Latha S, Lew YL, Tan YY.

Intraepidermal malignancy in breast skin: A tale of two tumours Human Pathology Case Reports 14(2018) 33-37
Zhao Z, Tay TKY, Agrawal R, Tan VKM, Tan YY, Tan PH

Attitudes toward fertility preservation in female cancer patients. J Reprod Med. 2010 Sep-Oct;55(9-10):411-6.
Loi K, Lau M, Loh SF, Tan YY, Hong GS, Chan MY, Tan AM.

A Case Report of Aggressive Fibromatosis with Bone Involvement. Singapore Med J. 1999;Vol 40(2):111-112
Tan YY, Low CK, Chong PY.

Verrucous Haemangioma – Case Report. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 1998;27:255-7
Tan YY, Seah CS, Tan PH.

MRSA breast abscesses in postpartum women. Asian J Surg. 2009 Jan;32(1):55-8
Chuwa EW, Wong CM, Tan YY, Hong GS.

Does routine consultation of thyroid fine-needle aspiration cytology change surgical management? J Am Coll Surg. 2007;205:8-12
Tan YY, Kebebew E, Reiff E, Caron NR, Ogilvie JB, Duh QY, Clark OH, Ljung BM, Miller T.

Selective Use of Adrenal Venous Sampling in the Lateralization of Aldosterone Producing Adenomas. World J Surg. 2006;30(5):879-85
Tan YY, Ogilvie JB, Triponez F, Caron NR, Kebebew EK, Clark OH, Duh QY.

Selective Modified Radical Neck Dissection for Papillary Thyroid Cancer – Is Level I, II and V Dissection Always Necessary? (2nd author). World J Surg. 2006;30(5):833-40
Caron NR, Tan YY, Ogilvie JB, Triponez F, Reiff ES, Kebebew E, Duh QY, Clark OH.

Predictors of Axillary Lymph Node Metastases in Women with Early Breast Cancer in Singapore (2nd author). Singapore Med J. 2005;46(12):693-7
Tan LG, Tan YY, Heng D, Chan MY.

Ratio of Positive to Total Number of Sentinel Nodes Predicts Nonsentinel Node Status in Breast Cancer Patients. The Breast Journal. 2005;Vol 11(4):248-53
Tan YY, Fan YG, Lu Y, Hwang S, Ewing C, Esserman L, Morita E, Treseler P, Leong SP.

Primary Tumour Characteristics Predict Sentinel Lymph Node Macrometastasis in Breast Cancer. The Breast Journal. 2005;Vol 11(5):338-43
Tan YY, Wu CT, Fan YG, Hwang S, Ewing C, Lane K, Esserman L, Lu Y, Treseler P, Morita E, Leong SP.

Positive Predictive Value of BI-RADS Categorization in an Asian Population. Asian Journal of Surgery. 2004;Vol 27(3):186-91
Tan YY, Wee SB, Tan MP, Chong BK.

Management Delays for Early Gastric Cancer in a Country without Mass Screening (2nd author). Hepato-gastroenterology. 2003;50(51):873-6
Look M, Tan YY, Vijayan A, Teh CH, Low CH.

Melioidosis Splenic Abscess – An unusual presentation as
Osteomyelitis of Rib. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2001;30:48-50
Tan YY, Agasthian T, Low CH, Ang BS.