Dr Tan Kai Chah

General Surgeon
43 years of experience


General Surgery

Consultation Fee

$150 and above

Clinical Interest

Liver Transplantation


D.P.M.P., MBBS (U of Malaya, Malaysia) 1978FRCS (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) 1982FAMS

What I do

Dr Tan Kai Chah provides clinical services, such as:
* Liver Transplantation
* Hepatobiliary Surgery
* Fatty Liver
* Liver cancer
See more [ + ]* Liver Cirrhosis
* Viral Hepatitis
* Chronis Liver Diseases
* Acute Liver Diseases

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Clinic Locations

Asian American Liver Centre
Gleneagles Hospital Annexe
6A Napier Road, S 258500
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Professional Statement

Dr Tan Kai Chah is a renowned liver surgeon practising at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore. He specialises in hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplants and has trained, practised and worked in the United Kingdom.

During his time in the United Kingdom, Dr Tan pioneered various liver transplant procedures for both adults and paediatric patients; these include the first ‘split-liver’ transplant, the first auxiliary liver graft, five combined liver-kidney procedures and two combined heart-liver transplant.

Dr Tan spent six years as the senior liver transplant surgeon in King’s College Hospital, London, where he trained 26 surgeons and performed more ... See more [ + ]than 400 procedures. He also advised and helped implement the Irish National Liver Transplant Programme at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

In 1994, Dr Tan returned to Southeast Asia and set up his private practice, the Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation (ACLDT), in Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore and the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

From 1996 to March 2002, Dr Tan was director of the Liver Transplant Programme at Singapore’s National University Hospital, where he performed 72 transplants, both adult and paediatric. He also started a Living Donor Liver Transplant (LDLT) programme at SJMC in 1995, where he has performed more than 50 procedures before he left.

Dr Tan’s work primarily involves general hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation. In January 2002, Dr Tan and his team at Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore were authorised to perform LDLTs. In April that same year, Dr Tan performed the first successful adult-to-adult LDLT in Southeast Asia. To date, the team in Gleneagles Hospital has performed more than 240 LDLT procedures.

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Languages Spoken

English, Indonesian, Malay, Mandarin


University of Malaya, Malaysia

Awards and Publications

The world’s heart-and-liver transplant (performed with Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub)
First split-liver transplant in the UK
First auxiliary liver transplant for liver failure in the UK
First paediatric living donor liver transplant in the UK;
Second auxiliary liver transplant for metabolic disease in the world
First paediatric living donor liver transplant in South-East Asia
Second split-liver transplant in Asia
First successful adult living donor liver transplant in South-East Asia
First private medical centre to successfully performed the 100th living donor liver transplant in Asia
See more [ + ]Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation (ACLDT) listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), stock code AJJ
Established its first satellite clinic, which inocrporated telemedicine services in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Signed Service Agreement with UPMC, a top Global Healthcare Enterprise based in Pittsburgh, USA
First private medical centre to successfully performed the 200th living donor liver transplant in Asia
Creation of new brand Corporate identity and renamed Asian American Medical Group (AAMG)
Signed a joint venture Agreement with Pinlon Hospital and 30th Street Clinic in Yangon, Myanmar to establish the first premier liver centre based in Pinlon Hospital to provide treatment for liver disease
Set up a Radiation Oncology division, Asian American Radiation Oncology

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Professional Positions and Memberships

Surgeon, Asian American Liver Centre, Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore (formerly known as Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation), 1994 - Present
Director/Consultant Surgeon, Liver Transplant Programme, National University Hospital, Singapore, Apr 1996 – Mar 2002
Consultant Surgeon / Teacher in Surgery (Hepatobiliary & Liver Transplantation), King's College Hospital, London, Jan 1989 to Sep 1994
See more [ + ]Lecturer in Paediatric Surgery, King's College School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, 1986 to 1988
Member, World Association of HPB Surgery
Member, International Liver Transplant Society
Fellow, Academy of Medicine Singapore
Past Member, British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
Past Member, British Transplantation Society
Past Member, Liver Transplant Advisory Group to President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Past Member,   Liver Advisory Committee Department of Health for England and Wales

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Accredited Hospitals

Gleneagles Hospital
Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital

Insurances Accepted

Great Eastern