Dr James Tan Khiaw Ngiap

31 years of experience




MBBS (S’pore), M Med (Surgery), FRCS (Glasgow), FRCS (Edinburgh), FAMS (Urology)

What I do

Dr James Tan Khiaw Ngiap provides clinical services such as:
- Kidney Transplant
- Keyhole surgery (Laparoscopy)
- Robotic surgery
- Renal dialysis
See more [ + ]- Kidney stones
- Cancer of the prostate, kidney and bladder
- Vasectomy

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Clinic Locations

James Tan Centre for Urology & Robotic Surgery
Mt. Elizabeth Medical Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth, S 228510

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Professional Statement

Dr James Tan Khiaw Ngiap  is an accredited Consultant Urologist at 5 major private hospitals in Singapore: Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital, Mount Elizabeth (Novena) Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital and Fortis Hospital.

He is also a Visiting Consultant at the National University Hospital and a gazetted Renal Transplant Surgeon in the Ministry of Health Transplant Team.

Prior to starting his private practice at James Tan Centre for Urology & Robotic Surgery, he was Head of Urology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the Lead Surgeon (Urology) at TTSH's Centre for Advanced Laparoscopic ... See more [ + ]Surgery.

Dr James Tan has wide experience in managing benign and malignant conditions of the adrenal gland, kidney, bladder and prostate. His subspecialty is in genito-urinary cancer surgery, robotic & advanced laparoscopic surgery.

He is the first in Singapore to perform laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (2002), laparoscopic retroperitoneal radical nephrectomy, laparoscopic transposition of retrocaval ureter, laparoscopic repair of vesico-vaginal fistula and robotic ureteric re-implantation. 

Since 2004, Dr James Tan has performed and helped colleagues perform more than a few hundred robotic radical prostatectomy. He routinely performs bilateral nerve sparing and bladder neck sparing robotic prostatectomy to preserve potency and urinary continence. Where appropriate, he will perform additional bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy. 

He is also the first to perform routinely laparoscopic donor nephrectomy for kidney transplant in Mount Elizabeth Hospital in 2008.  

Dr James Tan's other areas of expertise are in minimally invasive and endoscopic management of urinary stones and prostate diseases.

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Languages Spoken

English, Malay, Hokkien, TeoChew, Cantonese, Mandarin


National University of Singapore

Awards and Publications

Thambipillai Medal for Anatomy
Ministry of Health’s Health Manpower Development Programme Scholarship to pursue an overseas clinical fellowship in genitor-urinary cancer surgery at the London Health Sciences Centre in Canada, 2000-2001
Academy of Medicine Travelling Fellowship to specialise in Laparoscopic Urology at the Chi Mei Foundation Medical Centre in Taiwan, 2002
Federation of ASEAN Urological Association Best Oral Paper Prize
Singapore Urological Association Annual Book Prize
European Board of Urology Best in Knowledge Prize
Best Video Prize in the First National Healthcare Group Annual Scientific MeetingDr James Tan has participated in the training of many junior surgeons in Singapore and the region through numerous surgical demonstrations, teleconferences and workshops. He has also done live surgery demonstrations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand. His has published at least 15 peer-reviewed indexed journal articles and more than 100 conference articles and award-winning videos. Publications attached.

Professional Positions and Memberships

Consultant Urologist, James Tan Centre for Urology & Robotic Surgery
Visiting Consultant, National University Hospital
Renal Transplant Surgeon, Ministry of Health Transplant Team
See more [ + ]Former Head of Urology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Former Lead Surgeon (Urology), Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Centre for Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Former Deputy Director, Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Clinical Research Unit
Life Member, Singapore Urological Association
Member, Ministry of Health’s Clinical Guideline Committee for Kidney Cancer
Member, Chapter of Urology Subspecialty Committees for Urologic Cancers, Endourology and Laparoscopy
Member, American Urological Association
Member, European Urology Association
Member, Asian Society of Urology
Member, Asia-Pacific Society of Uro-Oncology and Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia

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Accredited Hospitals

Gleneagles Hospital
Mount Alvernia Hospital
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
See more [ + ]Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Parkway East Hospital

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Insurances Accepted