James C.H. Tan

Professional Role

Dr Tan is a Senior Consultant and Head of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Centre. He specializes in

  • Shoulder arthroscopy, joint replacement, fracture fixation, tendon transfer, bone reconstruction
  • Knee arthroscopy and ligamentous reconstruction, meniscus repair
  • Cartilage resurfacing and reconstruction
  • Elbow reconstruction and fracture fixation


He graduated from the National University of Singapore School of Medicine and obtained Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (Orth Trauma).

Additional Experience

1st University of Malaya – Singapore Sports Injury and Arthroscopy Meeting Sep 2019, Kuala Lumpur

1st All Around The Shoulder Expert Symposium Aug 2019, Mumbai

Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy Course Mar 2019, Bangkok

Women Tennis Association Tournament. Speaker, Tennis Coach Clinic, Singapore 2018

Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress Oct 2018, Singapore

Korean Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting Nov 2018, Seoul

KEY OPINION LEADER (KOL) and Shoulder Arthroscopy Course Instructor for Smith and Nephew, Johnson & Johnson and Conmed in Singapore and South East Asia.

Annals of Academy of Medicine Singapore
Singapore Medical Journal
Journal of Biomechanics
Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology

Publications, posters, presentations and blogs

Advanced hip osteonecrosis managed using vascularized fibula graft: Case report on technical challenges CH J Tan, Sathappan SS, Chew W, Ong HS. Singapore Med J 2007; 48(11):e299–e303

The rat hind limb as a realistic training model for extremity replantation. Peng YP, Sandeep JS, CH J Tan. Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Hospital.

Minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) for shaft of humerus fractures: unique plating technique and outcome CH J Tan, Kagda FH, Murphy D, Thambiah JS, Khong KS. Open Orthop J. 2012;6:1848.

Effect of three remplissage techniques on tendon coverage and shoulder kinematics: a navigated robotic biomechanical study. CH J Tan, Saier T, Martetshlaeger F, Braun S, Imhoff AB. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Jan 4;17(1):1

Acromiohumeral Interval in Patients with Supraspinatus Tear. Does it Differ in an Asian Population? Qi En Hong, Chang Su, CH J Tan Presented at Academic Congress of Asian Shoulder Association (ACASA) 2014.

Neuropathic Arthropathy of the Elbow Treated with Double-plating and Resection Site Bone Graft – Technique and Outcome. CL Jen, CH J Tan

Arthroscopy Assisted Fixation of Acute Acromioclavicular Joint Dislocations – Mid Term Results and Technique. SY Wang, CH J Tan – Presented at Singapore Orthopaedic Association (SOA) Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

Double-row Repair Technique of Torn Rotator Cuff Tendon in Porcine Cadaveric Model: Comparing Tendon Compression Area Between Techniques SH Ng, CH J Tan – Finalist for Young Orthopaedic Investigator Award, Singapore Orthopaedic Association (SOA) Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

Public health contributions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Visiting Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Department of Biomaterials Engineering

Visiting Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Advanced Diploma Course, Faculty of Nursing