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Dr Ilka Tan

Dr Tan Ilka

​Exam Med Cert (Germany), MRCOG (RCOG, UK)

Senior Consultant

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Antenatal, Intrapartum and Postpartum Care for High and Low risk Pregnancies, Contraceptive Services, Endometriosis, Endometriosis and Ovarian Cysts, Fetal Growth Restriction, Fibroids, Fibroids of the uterus, Management of Common Gynaecological Problems, Management of Unintended Pregnancies, Menopause, Menstrual Disorders/Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding, Multiple Pregnancies, Obstetric Medical Disorders, Ovarian Cysts, Pre-eclampsia, Preterm Birth, Urinary Complaints, Urinary Difficulties.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


Dr Ilka Tan is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore.

She graduated from Ruprecht Karl’s University in Heidelberg, Germany in 2004. She completed her research on the effect of oral antihyperglycemic drugs on the early steps of the insulin signalling cascade at the same university and obtained her PhD in 2005. She undertook her Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist Training in the London Deanery, UK and has worked with numerous prominent specialists at Princess Royal University Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, Whittington Hospital, NorthWest London Hopitals Trust, West Middlesex University Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. In November 2009 she was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK) with a letter of commendation. She was awarded her Certificate of Completion of Training in 2015.

As a senior consultant at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) Dr Tan is actively involved in managing low and high risk pregnancies with both maternal and fetal complications. She has a special interest in labour ward management, high risk pregnancies, ultrasound scanning and medical education. She also sees patients with general gynaecological conditions.

Dr Tan holds teaching appointments in Yong Loo Lin, Lee Kong Chian and Duke-NUS Medical School. She has published in various scientific journal and has presented in medical conferences both in Singapore and overseas.

For her work at KKH Dr Tan has received the Outstanding Faculty award from the Singhealth Residency as well as the Quality Service Awards in Silver/Gold/Star Award and the Service from the Heart Award.

Dr Tan is passionate about women’s health and strongly believes in a open patient and doctor partnership to provide a holistic approach to optimize care and achieve the best possible treatment and outcome for her patients. 


  • Specialist accreditation (Singapore) 2016
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (UK) 2015
  • MRCOG (UK) (Letter of commendation) 2009
  • Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (UK) 2008
  • Staatsexamen Ruprecht Karls’ University Heidelberg (Germany) 2004

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Consultant, Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital 2018 – 2024
  • Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS)
  • Clinical Tutor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Instructor, Clinical Teacher, SingHealth Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Member, Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society, Singapore
  • PGY1 Education Supervisor 2018 - present
  • Member of the PGY1 Training Review Task Force


  • SingHealth Quality Service Award – Star, 2020
  • SingHealth Quality Service Award – Gold, 2019
  • SingHealth Quality Service Award – Silver, 2018
  • Outstanding Faculty award, Singhealth Residency, 2018
  • Service from the Heart Award - 2017
  • Poster prize: “Recurrent ipsilateral tubal pregnancy following salpingectomy – A review of literature” 5th South Thames Postgraduate Congress in O&G, London 2006
  • Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 1999-2004
  • Travel scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 2003
  • Travel scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 2002

Research Interests


  • Tan I, Li XY, Mathur M, Chern B. Changing the structure of elective surgeries: towards improved patient care and supervision EP 6.78. BJOG 2015; 122(s1): 98-99
  • Yu D, Tan TL, Tan I. Are contraceptive failures associated with pregnancy loss? EP1.08. BJOG 2014; 121(s2): 6 
  • Tan I, Lim SE-L, Tan TL. Is there a role for performing blood tests prior to early pregnancy unit visit? EP2.25. BJOG 2014; 121(s2): 23
  • Tan, I, Samarage, H. External cephalic version: success rate P1.115. BJOG 2012;119(s1): 72
  • Tan I, Samarage H. Is there an increased risk of meconium after external cephalic version? P1.024. BJOG 2012;119(s1): 34
  • Dhanpal, A, Tan, I. and Rudra, T. Outcomes of singleton term breech deliveries in a large London district general hospital. Int J of Gyn & Obstet, 2012; 119: S813-S814
  • Tan TL, Tan I, Rodriguez P. The path from external cephalic version to vaginal delivery – how many does it take? P1.073. BJOG 2012; 119(s1): 54
  • Tischner I, Tan TL, Uchil D, Brown RN. Prelabor Uterine Rupture after Laparoscopic Repair of Uterine Perforation. J Minim Invasive Gynecol 2010; 17(2): 265-267
  • Tan TL, Elashry A, Tischner I, Jolaoso A. Lightning does strike twice: Recurrent ipsilateral tubal pregnancy following partial salpingectomy for ectopic pregnancy. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007; 27(5): 534-5
  • Wiesemann A, Amon T, Engeser P, Koser R, Schneider G, Seller H, Sonntag HG, Tischner I Quality assurance (general) at the medical school of Heidelberg as a model. Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich. 1999; 93(8): 591-8

Research Trials

  • Validation of antenatal VBAC prediction models in the Singaporean population 2019
  • Nasal bone nomogram in the Singapore population 2017
  • Breech presentation at term, ECV success rate and complications 2012
  • Molecular mechanism of the anti-hyperglycemic effect of rosiglitazone and metformin in a liver cell model 2003