Dr Jacqueline Tan is a hand surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore.
She has expertise in the reconstruction of brachial plexus (network of nerves) injuries, open and endoscopic peripheral nerve surgeries, and microsurgical reconstruction of the upper limb. She also has special interests in hand and wrist fractures, arthritis of the hand and wrist, wrist arthroscopy, and ligament reconstruction for wrist instability.
Dr Tan was the former head of department and senior consultant of hand and reconstructive microsurgery at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). She also served as the director of micro-reconstruction service and director of peripheral nerve and paralytic upper limb service at SGH. She is currently a visiting consultant at SGH.
She completed her bachelor and master’s degrees from the National University of Singapore. She was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan scholarship by the Ministry of Health and went on to complete a 1-year fellowship in Taiwan, specialising in brachial plexus surgery and advanced microsurgery. She is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK and a fellow of the Academy of Medicine in hand surgery.
She was the deputy vice-chair for the education in the musculoskeletal sciences academic clinical programme at SingHealth. She was also the programme director for the SingHealth hand surgery programme and core faculty for the SingHealth orthopaedic surgery programme. She is currently a member of the Residency Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, which oversees the training of hand surgery residents in Singapore.
Dr Tan holds concurrent teaching appointments at Duke-NUS Medical School and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. She is also the president of the Singapore Society for Hand Surgery, vice-chairman of the Chapter of Hand Surgeons, the College of Surgeons, Singapore, and secretary of the Singapore Reconstructive Microsurgery Society. She is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Asia Pacific Wrist Association and the International Microsurgery Club. She has been the organising chairperson of many inaugural courses and organised several workshops.
She has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals on hand surgery. She speaks regularly at local, regional and international meetings where she focuses on topics such as brachial plexus injuries, thumb carpometacarpal arthritis, hand and wrist trauma.
Dr Tan is the recipient of numerous awards including the Singapore Health Quality Service Award, Outstanding Faculty Award & Faculty Appreciation Award for SingHealth Residency, and Orthopaedic Teaching Excellence Award.
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