Dr Felicia Tan
Dr Felicia Tan graduated with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery from the National University of Singapore. She has more than 10 years of clinical experience. She received her post-graduate training as a general surgeon at the National Cancer Centre Singapore and Singapore General Hospital and chose to subspecialize in breast surgery. She served as an associate consultant in Kerdang Kerbau Womens’ and Childrens’ Hospital and as a consultant surgeon in Raffles Hospital prior to starting her own practice at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and received her specialist accreditation in General Surgery in Singapore.
She continues to serve as a visiting consultant to the Breast Department at KK women’s and children’s Hospital where she is involved in training of medical students, fellows and trainee surgeons.
Her clinical interest lies in treatment of breast cancer and the use of various surgical techniques to achieve the best oncologic and cosmetic outcome for her patients. This includes breast conservation surgery (lumpectomy) for cancers as well as nipple- and skin-sparing mastectomies with immediate breast reconstruction.
She is also adept with the whole range of breast surgical procedures including vacuum assisted biopsies for breast lesions. She is the pioneer of the procedure radioisotope occult lesion localization (ROLL) in Singapore – which is used for locating non-palpable breast lesions and microcalcifications for surgical excision. She continues to perform the full range of general surgical operations.
Her current research interests lies in breast oncology, especially in understanding breast cancer in young women. Her research background is in translational medicine, utilizing molecular and genetic profiling of tumour subtypes to identify biomarkers, which will assist in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer. She received the prestigious Singapore Millennium Foundation Scholarship in 2007 to pursue her research interests.
Dr Felicia is actively involved in promoting breast cancer awareness. She is a committee member on various breast cancer support groups locally – The Breast Cancer Foundation (Singapore’s largest breast cancer support group) as well as Alpine Blossoms (KK Breast Unit’s support group lead by health care professionals for breast cancer survivors). She has also been invited to give lectures and public talks on breast cancer related issues both locally and internationally. She is a member of Bali’s international women’s association, which is involved in promotion of breast cancer awareness and screening in Bali, Indonesia.