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Dr Michelle Tan

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  • Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat - National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital
  • Senior Consultant, Paediatric Liver Transplantation Programme, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, National University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


MBBS (S'pore), MMed (Paeds) (S'pore), MRCPCH (UK)


Paediatric Gastroenterology, Paediatric Medicine

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Organ Transplantation, Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology & Liver Transplantation (Digestive System & Liver Conditions), Paediatric Liver Transplantation Programme


Dr Michelle Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2007 and received her postgraduate paediatric and neonatal training at the National University Hospital (NUH). She obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom) and Masters of Medicine, Paediatrics (Singapore) in 2011. She was awarded the Nestle Book Prize in the latter. She completed her advanced specialist training in 2014.

In addition to general paediatric gastrointestinal diseases, Dr Tan’s interests are in childhood nutrition, gut motility, gastro-esophageal reflux disease and feeding-related issues in children. She is part of the multidisciplinary team running the Feeding Clinic in NUH. She was awarded the TEAM Academic Medicine Development Award (AMDA) in 2014, for which she did an attachment in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, specialising in children with aero-digestive issues.

In 2016, she did an attachment in the gastroenterology unit at the Great Ormond Street Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital in the United Kingdom under the AMDA scheme from the Ministry of Health. During which, she had the opportunity to increase her experience in the management of children with complex gut motility disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and children on long-term parenteral nutrition. 

Other than being involved in clinical work, Dr Tan is a clinical tutor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS) and enjoys teaching medical undergraduates, postgraduate paediatric doctors and nursing colleagues. She has been awarded the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Annual Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Paediatrics. She is part of the Faculty team (Paediatrics) of the NUHS Residency Programme involving education activities of residents.

Dr Tan is also a member of the KTP-NUCMI Paediatric Ethics and Advocacy Center (PEACe) which meets on a regular basis to discuss ethical issues concerning children. She also does research related to gastrointestinal and feeding issues in her free time.

Journals & Publications

  1. Low AS, Tan M, Garcia A, Aw M, Quak SH (2014). Childhood autoimmune hepatitis in a paediatric unit of a tertiary care hospital. Singapore Medical Journal, 55(12):648-51
  2. Tan ML, Liwanag MJ, Quak SH (2014). Cyclical vomiting syndrome: Recognition, assessment and management. World Journal of Clinical Paediatrics, 3(3):54-8. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v3.i3.54
  3. Tan LNM, Srivastava S, Teh M, Quak SH, Aw MM (2017). Eosinophilic oesophagitis in children: an uncommon occurrence in a predominantly Chinese population in Singapore (2016). Singapore Medical Journal, 58(4):218-222. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2016060
  4. Tan MY, Tan LN, Aw MM, Quak SH, Karthik SV (2017). Bocavirus infection following paediatric liver transplantation. Pediatric Transplantation, 21(1). doi: 10.1111/petr.12840 
  5. Harvey L, Ludwig T, Alice QH, Quak SH, Tan LNM, Osatakul S, Bindels J, Muhardi L (2017). Prevalence, cause, and diagnosis of lactose intolerance in children aged 1-5 years: a systematic review of 1995-2015 literature. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.022017.05

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