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Dr. Tan Kai Chah , Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon

Medical Group: Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation
Qualification: M.B.B.S., F.R.C.S
Specialty: Hepatobiliary
Medical Group Address: 6A Napier Road, Gleneagles Hospital Annexe Block #02-37
Singapore 258500
Operating Hours: 8:30A.M - 5:00P.M (Monday - Friday)
Years of Practise: 19
Practice Locations: Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre

Liver Diseases

Fatty liver
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
Liver cancer
Alcoholic liver diseases
Drug induced liver injuries
Liver cirrhosis
Any other forms of acute and chronic liver diseases

Gastrointestinal Diseases

Irritable bowel syndrome
Chronic constipation
Non-specific abdominal pain
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Colorectal cancer screening
Gall stones
Other gastrointestinal cancer and conditions

Preventive Screening

Liver cancer
Bile duct cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Viral hepatitis A, B and C
General medical / health checks


Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Combined Hepatitis A&B
Post-transplant vaccinations

Liver Transplantation

Pre-transplant assessment of donor
Pre-transplant assessment of recipient
Post liver transplant follow-up
Liver dialysis
Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT)

Critical Care Services

Care of patients following major liver operations


Interventional radiological procedures
Radio-frequency ablation (RFA)
Transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE)
Biliary and vascular stenting
Banding of oesophageal varices
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)
NEW – FibroScan® (a non-invasive method of assessing liver fibrosis)

Surgery (Open and Laparoscopic/"Key Hole")

Bile duct

Executive Chairman & Surgeon, Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation

Among the 400 liver transplant operations which he had performed in the UK, many were procedures that were carried out for the first time in the UK. He pioneered the first 'split-liver' transplant operation in which a donor graft was divided and transplanted to two recipients. He also performed the first auxiliary heterotopic liver graft for a patient with fulminant hepatic failure. A pair of siblings with Crigler-Najjar syndrome was successfully given orthotopic segmental grafts, the first such operation in Europe. He performed five combined liver-kidney and two combined heart-liver transplant operations, the latter a collaborative effort with Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub of Harefield Hospital, London. He successfully completed the first pilot study on paediatric living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) in the UK.

Dr Tan returned to South-east Asia in 1994 after six years as Consultant Surgeon in KCH to set up private practice, the Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation, in Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore, and the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He started a LDLT programme in SJMC in 1995 where he had performed more than 50 transplants. It was here that he performed the South-east Asia's first paediatric LDLT on 23rd March 1995.

In 1996, he was appointed Director of the Liver Transplant Programme, National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. He performed 47 transplants, both adult and paediatric, at the NUH before he left in March 2002.