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Dr Tan Char Loo

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  • Senior Consultant, Department of Pathology, National University Hospital


MBBS (MAL), FRCPA (Australia)



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Dr Tan Char Loo graduated from the University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2009. Thereafter she trained in Anatomic Pathology at the Department of Pathology, National University of Hospital, Singapore. In 2015 she completed her specialist training in Anatomic Pathology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. She has a subspecialty interest in Neuropathology. In 2018, she was awarded an AMDA sponsorship to pursue subspecialty training in Neuropathology, and spent half a year as a Visiting Fellow at the division of Neuropathology, Duke University Medical Centre, USA, under the mentorship of Professor Roger McLendon, and half a year as a Visiting Fellow at the division of Neuropathology, University of California, San Francisco, USA, under the mentorship of Professor Arie Perry.

Education and Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), University of Malaya, Malaysia


  • Awarded Dean's List, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
  • Gold medallist for Tan Sri T.J. Danaraj Award for Best Student in Clinico-pathological Correlation Final MBBS, session 2008/2009

Journals & Publications

  1. Lee CC, Soon YY, Lum JHY, Tan CL, Tey JCS. Frequency of discordance in programmed death-ligand (PD-L1) expression between primary tumors and paired distant metastases in advanced cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acta Oncologica. 2020; 59(6): 696-704. doi: 10.1080/0284186X.2020.1741678. 
  2. Yow KS, Tan CL, Nashi N. Nailing the diagnosis- Anti-synthetase syndrome as a cause for pyrexia of unknown origin. Am J Med. 2020 Jun 2; S0002-9343(20)30448-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.04.034. 
  3. Chen W, Soon YY, Pratiseyo PD, Sutanto R, Hendriansyah L, Kuick CH, Chang KTE, Tan CL. Central Nervous System Neuroepithelial Tumors with MN1-Alteration- An Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis of 73 cases. Brain Tumor Pathology. 2020; 37(4): 145-153. doi: 10.1007/s10014-020-00372-0 
  4. Lim JX, Leong A, Tan AP, Tan CL, Nga VDW. H3K27M-mutant diffuse midline glioma presenting as synchronous lesions involving pineal and suprasellar region: A case report and literature review. J Clin Neurosci. 2020; 81: 144-148. 
  5. Zhang SL, Lee H, Cai EZ, Yap YL, Yeo TT, Lim TC, Tan CL, Lim J. Dermointegration in the exposed titanium cranioplasty: a possible protective phenomenon. J Surg Case Rep. 2021; (1): rjaa551. doi:10:1093/jscr/rjaa551. 
  6. Tan HM, Low SW, Tan CL. A case report of atypia in angiomatous microcystic meningioma: a mimicker and masker of intratumoral metastasis in a patient with no known systemic malignancy. Glioma. 2021;4(1):12-14. 
  7. Tan NJH, Pratiseyo DP, Wahjoepramono EJ, Kuick CH, Goh JY, Chang KTE, Tan CL. Intracranial Myxoid Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma with “Classic” Histology and EWSR1-CREM Fusion Providing Insight for Reconciliation with Intracranial Myxoid Mesenchymal Tumours. Neuropathology. 2021; 41(4):306-314. doi: 10.1111/neup.12737.
  8. Oon ML, Low SYY, Kuick CH, Goh JY, Chang KTE, McLendon RE, Tan CL. An Unusual ganglioglioma with pseudopapillary features and PRKAR2B-BRAF fusion. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2021; 80 (10): 1000-1003. doi: 10.1093/jnen/nlab099. 
  9. Oon ML, Hendriansyah L, Pratiseyo DP, Wahjoepramono EJ, Goh JY, Kuick CH, Chang KTE, Perry A, Tan CL. The Multifaceted Appearance of Supratentorial Ependymoma with ZFTA-MAML2 Fusion. Free Neuropathol. 2021; 24(2).
  10. Chia N, Wong A, Teo K, Tan AP, Vellayappan BA, Yeo TT, Oh SY, Tan CL. H3K27M-mutant, Hemispheric Diffuse Glioma In An Adult Patient with Prolonged Survival. Neuro-Oncology Advances. 2021; 3(1).

Professional Memberships

  • Fellowship of Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia

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