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Singapore National Eye Centre

Prof. Donald Tan

Prof. Donald Tan

Singapore National Eye Centre
Speciality Cornea and refractive surgery
Languages English
About Prof Tan has a wide range of research interests, mainly in the field of cornea and refractive surgery, but also in myopia research. His primary research contributions lie in new forms of selective lamellar keratoplasty, femtosecond corneal and refractive surgery, and the Osteo-odonto keratoprosthesis.
Education FRCS (G), FRCS (Ed), FRCOphth , FAMS

Prof Tan obtained his postgraduate subspecialty training as a clinical fellow in corneal and external eye diseases in London at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology.
Professional Experience Prof Donald Tan is Director of the SNEC, Professor of Ophthalmology at NUS and Chairman of SERI. One of the global leaders in the field of cornea and refractive surgery and his work has lead to major innovations in corneal and stem cell transplantation, refractive surgery, and in myopia treatments which he has imparted internationally as a global educator and researcher for over 15 years.Prof Tan is among the pioneers of modern pterygium surgery and ocular surface stem cell transplantation surgery as well as artificial cornea surgery with his highly successful osteo-odonto keratoprosthesis (OOKP 'tooth-in'eye') program in Singapore. He was among the 1st surgeons internationally to develop the modern techniques of lamellar keratoplasty, introducing Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) and is a world-recognized authority, and has recently developed new techniques and devices for Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK).

He has been organising corneal and refractive programs for various organizations and at conferences. He has also served on and chaired numerous international committees for ophthalmic professional organizations as well as the editorial boards of several ophthalmic journals and scientific advisory boards. In 2007, Professor Tan formed the Asia Cornea Society (ACS) as President, and ACS is now recognised to be a premier international corneal society with over 450 members from 13 countries. In 2009, Professor Tan formed the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA), also serving as President, and in 2011, opened a new National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, a collaboration between Sri Lanka Health Ministry and the Singapore Eye Bank, aiming for tissue distribution throughout Asia. In recognition of his international contributions in the corneal field, Professor Tan was elected as a council member of the Cornea Society in 2007, the premier professional association for corneal surgeons worldwide, based in the US, and in 2010 was elected as the Socie
Memberships Asia Cornea Society.

Association of Eye Banks of Asia.

National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Cornea Society.
Awards Prof Tan has won over 20 international awards. In 2001, he was awarded the APAO De Ocampo Award, and the AAO Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Health for alerting the international community to a global outbreak of fusarium keratitis linked to a contact lens solution, which prevented thousands of contact lens users from blindness. In 2009, he was awarded Singapore's inaugural top President's Science Award for his contribution to corneal research, and in the same year, he was awarded the Casebeer Award by the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2010, he was awarded the Gold Medal Lecture Award by the Saudi Ophthalmological Society in 2010. As a global educator, he has conducted more than 80 international teaching courses, and has trained over 20 international and local corneal fellows from various countries.

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