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Dr. James Tan Siah Heng

Dr. James Tan Siah HengVerified

Doctor in Singapore


Dr. James Tan is a neurosurgeon with subspecialty interests in degenerative disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine and minimally invasive procedures for the removal of pituitary tumours. He is one of the first surgeons in Asia to use artificial cervical disc implants in spinal surgery.

Dr. Tan completed his MBBS degree at the National University of Singapore in 1989. After becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (General Surgery) of both Edinburgh and Glasgow, he pursued his neurosurgical training at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Singapore) and his specialist training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Charing Cross Hospital (London). He subsequently obtained his specialist neurosurgical fellowship from the Intercollegiate Board of UK.

Upon his return to Singapore, Dr. Tan joined the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) as director of its spine programme. In 2003, he pursued his subspecialist training in spinal surgery at the Schulthess Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland where he developed his interest in the use of spinal injections for the treatment of chronic neck and back pain and minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Dr. Tan is often invited to speak at various conferences in Singapore and Asia. Aside from his clinical practice, he is also a part-time lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic and clinical lecturer at the National University of Singapore.

  • Bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery, National University of Singapore, 1989
Medical training
  • Internship in general surgery, Singapore General Hospital, 1990
  • Fellowship in neurosurgery, National Neuroscience Institute, 2007
  • Residency in neurosurgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 2001
  • Residency in general surgery, Brani Medical Centre, 1995
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 1995
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1999
Professional Memberships
  • AOSpine International
Languages spoken
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Hokkien
  • Teochew
  • Bupa
  • Fullerton Health
  • FWD
Affiliated Hospital
    Camden Medical Centre
    Mount Alvernia Hospital Gleneagles Medical Centre (Singapore)
    Mount Elizabeth Hospital
    Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre

Orthopaedics International is one of the largest private orthopaedic practices in Singapore. It is a one-stop orthopaedic clinic that offers complete services for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of all known musculoskeletal problems, with a special focus on sports-related injuries, spine conditions, and joint replacements. The clinic is staffed by eight specialist orthopaedic surgeons with different subspecialties to take care of each patient's orthopaedic needs. The clinic is also staffed by physiotherapists who provide inpatient and outpatient care. It has branches at major medical centres in Singapore: Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre (Novena), Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre (Orchard), Gleneagles Medical Centre, Mount Alvernia Medical Centre, and Camden Medical Centre. The clinic is equipped with cutting-edge technologies and uses up-to-date methods and techniques as it strives to deliver the best possible outcome from medical or surgical intervention to education and rehabilitation. Its goal is to enable patients to return to their activity while minimising the risk of injury recurrence as much as possible. Orthopaedics International is guided by its five core values, which include respect for patients, treating patients with empathy and compassion, adherence to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity and ethics, commitment to continuous improvement, and collaboration and teamwork.

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