Dr Tan Yah Yuen

General Surgeon, Breast Surgeon
26 years of experience


General Surgery, Breast Surgery


MBBS, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glasg), FRCSEd (Gen Surg), FAMS, GDipHML

What I do

Dr Tan Yan Yuen provides clinical services such as:
- Breast cancer
- Benign breast tumours 
- Breast fine needle aspiration cytology 
- Breast biopsy
See more [ + ]- Mammotome
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast surgery
- Lactation-related breast complications
- Hormone-related breast changes
- Minimally invasive breast surgery
- Ultrasound guided vacuum assisted needle biopsies 

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Clinic Locations

Breast Care Surgery Pte Ltd
Mt Elizabeth Medical Centre #13-01
3 Mount Elizabeth, S 228510

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Professional Statement

Dr Tan Yah Yuen is trained as a general surgeon and specialises in breast surgery.  Dr Tan has been managing breast conditions since the late 1990s.  Since 2005, Dr Tan has dedicated her practice to the treatment of breast diseases. 

Before she joined private practice in 2010, Dr Tan was a Senior Consultant at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital where she helped to set up a new Breast Unit, which is the only specialized surgical department in Singapore dedicated to dealing with breast diseases.  She also pioneered the Sentinel Lymph Node ... See more [ + ]Program, which is now the standard of care for women with early breast cancer in Singapore. 

Dr Tan treats a wide spectrum of breast conditions including lactation-related complications, hormone-related breast changes, minimally invasive biopsy procedures, and surgery for benign tumours and breast cancer.   Her interests are in minimally invasive breast surgery, including the ultrasound guided vacuum assisted needle biopsies (mammotomy).  

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Languages Spoken

English, Hokkien, Mandarin


National University of Singapore Faculty of Medicine

Awards and Publications

Dr Tan Yah Yuen's Awards:
2004 Ministry of Health’s HMDP Scholarship for subspecialty training in Breast and Endocrine Surgery at the University of California San Francisco, USA
Ministry of Health grant of S$1 million to research the usefulness of mammary ductoscopy in women with pathological nipple discharge and breast cancer from 2007-2010
SPRING Singapore Excellent Service Award (EXSA) Silver, Gold and Star Awards from 2007-2009, respectively
KKH CEO Heart Award Dr Tan Yah Yuen's Publications:
Dr Tan Yah Yuen is widely published in the field of breast surgery in several local, regional and international journals. Verrucous Haemangioma – Case Report
YY Tan, CS Seah, ST Lee
Ann Acad Med Singapore 1998;27:255-7 A Case Report of Aggressive Fibromatosis with Bone Involvement
YY Tan, W Chew, CK Low
See more [ + ] Singapore Med J 1999;Vol 40(2):111-112 Melioidosis Splenic Abscess – An unusual presentation as Osteomyelitis of Rib
YY Tan, T Agasthian, CH Low, BSP Ang
Ann Acad Med Singapore 2001;30:48-50 Needle-guided Open Surgical Biopsy of Non-Palpable Breast Lesions – A 6 Year Review
YY Tan, SB Wee M Sitoh-Tan, BK Chong
Asian Journal of Surgery 2001; Vol 24 (Supp.2): 130 Positive Predictive Value of BI-RADS Categorization in an Asian Population
YY Tan, SB Wee, M Sitoh-Tan, BK Chong
Asian Journal of Surgery of 2004; Vol 27(3):186-91 Ratio of Positive to Total Number of Sentinel Nodes Predicts Nonsentinel Node Status in Breast Cancer Patients
YY Tabm YG Fan, Y Lu, S Hwang, C Ewing, L Esserman, E Morita, P Treseler, SPL Leong
The Breast Journal 2005; Vol  11(4):248-53 The Effect of Sentinel Node Tumour Burden on Non-Sentinel Node Status and Recurrence Rates in Breast Cancer
YG Fan, YY Tan, CT Wu, P Treseler,  Y Lu, CW Chan, S Hwang, C Ewing, L Esserman, E Morita, SPL Leong
Annals of Surgical Oncology 2005 Sept; Vol 12(9):705-11 Primary Tumour Characteristics Predict Sentinel Lymph Node Macrometastasis in Breast Cancer
YY Tan, CT Wu, YG Fan, S Hwang, C Ewing, K Lane, L Esserman, Y Lu, P Tresseler, E Morita, SPL Leong
The Breast Journal 2005; Vol 11(5):338-43 Predictors of Axillary Lymph Node Metastases in Women with Early Breast Cancer in Singapore
LGL Tan, YY Tan, D Heng, MY Chan
Singapore Med J 2005;46(12):693-7 Selective Use of Adrenal Venous Sampling in the Lateralization of Aldosterone Producing Adenomas
YY Tan, JB Ogilvie, F Triponez, NR Caron, EK Kebebew, OH Clark, QY Duh
World J Surg 2006;30(5):879-85 Selective Modified Radical Neck Dissection for Papilary Thyroid Cancer – Is Level I, II and V Dissection Always Necessary?
NR Caron, YY Tan, JB Ogilvie, F Triponez, ES Reiff, E Kebebew, QY Duh, OH Clark
World J Surg 2006;30(5):833-40 Advances in Breast Cancer Surgery
YY Tan
KK Hospital Review 2006;9(2):79-81 Breast Cancer Screening and Biopsy
YY Tan, GS Hong
Practical Obstetrics & Gynaecology Handbook for the General Practitioner, 1st edition, 2006. World Scientific & Imperial College Press. Does routine consultation of thyroid fine-needle aspiration cytology change surgical management?
YY Tan, E Kebebew, E Reiff, NR Canon, JB Ogilvie, QY Duh, OH Clark, BM Ljung, T Miller
J Am Coll Surg 2007; 205:8-12 The number of lymphatic channels does not affect metastasis to the sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer
D Tzou, YY Tan, J Hwang, M Florero, C Ewing, L Esserman, S Hwang, E Morita, SPL Leong
Journal of Nuclear Medicine (accepted) Accuracy of frozen section in sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer
YY Tan, E Chuwa, GS Hong
Eur H Cancer 2008;6(7)Supp:158 (abstract only) Outcomes of stereotactic breast core biopsy (SBCB) of BIRADS category 4 microcalcifications
E Chuwa, SY Teo, YY Tan, GS Hong (accepted) MRSA breast abscesses in postpartum women
E Chuwa, Wong CM, YY Tan, GS Hong
Asian J Surg 2009 Jan; 32(1):55-8

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Professional Positions and Memberships

Senior Consultant Breast Surgeon, BreastCare Surgery Pte Ltd
Senior Consultant Breast Surgeon, Sincere Medical Specialist Center for Women
Former Senior Consultant, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
See more [ + ]Former Registrar & Associate Consultant, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Former Investigator, 3 year trial which studied the usefulness of mammary ductoscopy in the diagnosis of abnormal nipple discharge and breast cancer
Member, International Society of Surgery
Member, Breast Surgery International
Member, Singapore Medical Association

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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

Great Eastern