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Clin Asst Prof Tan Teing Ee

Clin Asst Prof Tan Teing Ee

​MBBS, FRCSEd (Gen Surg)

Head & Senior Consultant

National Heart Centre Singapore

Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Cardiac Surgery (Adult), Robotic Surgery, Heart/Lung Transplant, Mechanical Heart Assist Device, Heart Failure

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Consultant Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery National Heart Centre SingaporeNational Heart Centre Singapore
  • Director, Heart Transplant & Mechanical Assist Device Programme National Heart Centre SingaporeNational Heart Centre Singapore
  • Visiting Consultant Cardiology Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital
  • Visiting Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgery Service KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical EXCO SingHealth Duke-NUS Cardiovascular Sciences Academic Clinical Programme


Clinical Assistant Professor Tan Teing Ee is Head and Senior Consultant with the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS). He is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Assist Device Programme of NHCS.

Clin Asst Prof Tan’s subspecialty interest is in cardiac surgery (adult), robotic/minimally invasive heart surgery, heart lung transplant, mechanical heart assist device and pacemaker lead extraction.

He graduated with his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the National University of Singapore in 1989. Clin Asst Prof Tan did his fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Westmead Hospital, NSW, Australia in 2001 and Mt Sinai Hospital, New York, USA in 2002.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, since 1995 and Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore since 2003.


  • FAMS (Cardiothoracic Surgery) 2003
  • FRCSEd (Gen Surg) 1995
  • MBBS (S’pore) 1989

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, National Heart Centre Singapore 2008 to Present
  • Director, Medical Informatics, National Heart Centre Singapore, Jan 2018 to Present
  • Director, Heart Transplant & Mechanical Assist Device Programme, August 2020 to Present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Fellow, Academy of Medicine, 2003 to Present
  • Member, Medical Protection Society, 2015 to 2016
  • Member, Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM-EI), 2013 to Present
  • Honorary Auditor, 2007 to 2008, 2012 to 2013
  • Member, Singapore Cardiac Society
  • Member, Chapter of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore
  • Member, Society of Transplantation (Singapore)
  • Co-Director, Extra Corporal Life Support (ELSO) Registry
  • Member, Singhealth Cluster IT Advisory Committee, 
  • Member, Singhealth Electronic Medical Records Steering committee
  • Member, CTS RAC committee
  • Chairman, CABG CCP pathway committee
  • Chairman, Risk Management review committee


  • National Day Awards 2018
  • SingHealth Family Target Zero Harm Award Team Category, 2016
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (SHQSA), Gold, 2014
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (SHQSA), Star, April 2013 to March 2014
  • Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM.EI) Golden Apple Awards 2013: Program Innovation (Nursing) – Resident Nurse Programme
  • Productivity Award for Year 2013
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (SHQSA), Silver, April 2011 to March 2012
  • Gold Award for National IQC Assessment 2010 (Singapore Productivity Association)
  • 20-year Long Service Award, 2010
  • NHCS Service Quality Silver Award, January to March 2010
  • Excel fair 2009 nominee for "To maintain blood glucose levels between 4-8mmol/L for patients undergoing cardiac surgery intra op and the first 8 hours post operatively"
  • NHCS Service Quality Bronze Award (2nd), October to December 2008
  • NHCS Service Quality Bronze Award, October to December 2006
  • QI project of the year, Singapore General Hospital for "To maintain blood glucose levels between 4-8mmol/L for patients undergoing cardiac surgery intra op and the first 8 hours post operatively"
  • PS 21 Award nominee for "To maintain blood glucose levels between 4-8mmol/L for patients undergoing cardiac surgery intra op and the first 8 hours post operatively"

Research Interests


Refereed Articles

  • Intermittent Tepid Blood Cardioplegia Improves Clinical Outcome. Teing Ee Tan, Sulman Ahmed, Hugh Paterson. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann 2003;11:116-121
  • Extraction of Chronic Transvenous Pacing and ICD Lead. Teo WS, Hsu LF, Kam R, Tan TE. NHC Newsletter: March 2005
  • Endoscopic Vein Harvesting For Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Tan TE, Lim SL. NHC Newsletter: June 2005
  • National Heart Centre Receive Coveted JCI Accreditation. Tan TE. NHC Newsletter: January 2006
  • Design Systems to Avoid Mistakes – To err is Human. Tan TE. NHC Quality Newsletter: March – April 2006
  • Eliminate Waste. Tan TE. NHC Quality Newsletter: July – September 2006
  • Importance of Good Documentation. Tan TE. NHC Quality Newsletter: November – December 2006
  • Zolpidem and its effects on Hypoxic Encephalopathy. Lo YL, Tan EK, P Ratnagopal, Chan LL, Tan TE. Annals of Neurology, Published Online 13 August 2007
  • Enhancing Chronic Disease Management Through Telecare – The Singapore Health Services Experience. Lim FS, Foo M, Devendra K, Lim R, Julina Bahadin, Tan KL, Tan TE, Tan R, Dahliana Bte Idris, Ong A, Chee E. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol 13 Supplement 3, December 2007, pp 73-76(4)
  • Treatment Options For Coronary Heart Disease. V Lim, Tan TE. Borneo Post: 4 February 2008
  • Autologous Pericardial Pulmonary Conduit with Single Point Attached Commissures in a Sheep Model. Wolfgang AG, Tan TE, Lim KH, Xiong FL, Sidney LHS, Grousson N, ChuaYL, Yeo JH. European Journal Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 Jan;33(1):48-52
  • Truly Stentless Molded Autologous Pericardial Aortic Valve Prosthesis with Single Point Attached Commissures in a Sheep Model. Wolfgang AG, Tan TE, Lim KH, Sidney LHS, Nil G, Xiong FL, Chua YL, Yeo JH. European Journal Cardiothoracic Surgery 2008 Apr;33(4):548-53 DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2007
  • Update on Robotic-Assisted Surgery. Tan TE. NHC Quality Newsletter: November – March 2008
  • NHC JCI Re-Accreditation Experience. Tan TE. NHC Quality Newsletter: July – August 2008
  • Robotic-Assisted Technology – A Breakthrough in Cardiovascular Surgery. Tan TE. Medical Grapevine March 2009
  • The Continuous Flow Rotary Blood Pump. Tan TE. MD Singapore September 2011
  • Patient Safety Technology. Tan TE. Cardio Connect March – April 2012
  • Iliofemoral Anatomy Among Asians: Implications For Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. Chiam P, Koh A, Ewe SH, Sin YK, Chao V, Ng CK, Lee CY, Lim YP, Su JW, Lim SL, Tan TE, Lim CH, Tan SY, Lim ST, Chua T, Koh TH, Chua YL. International Journal of Cardiology 2013 Aug 20;167(4):1373-9 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.04.001
  • 3rd Habit: Put First Things First. Tan TE. Cardio Connect October 2012
  • Successful Clearance of Human Parainfluenza Virus Type 2 Viraemia with Intravenous Ribavirin and Immunoglobulin in a Patient with Acute Myocarditis. S Kalimuddin, OM Sessions, Hou YA, Ooi EE, D Sim, C Sivathasan, Tan TE, Lai SH, Low CY. Journal of Clinical Virology 56 (2013) 37-40 DOI: 10.1016/j.jcv.2012.10.005
  • Outcome And Survival Analysis Of Surgical Repair Of Post-Infarction Ventricular Septal Rupture. PYK Pang, Sin YK, Lim CH, Tan TE, Lim SL, Chao VTT, Su JW, Chua YL. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2013,8:44 DOI: 10.1186/1749-8090-8-44
  • Post-Implantation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Migration In A Left Ventricular Assist Device Patient With Severe Aortic Insufficiency. Ong BH, Chiam PTL, Sim DKL, Tan TE. European Heart Journal 2014 Jun 21;35(24):1616 DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht516
  • Use of Left Ventricular Assist Device (HeartMate II): A Singapore Experience. Lim CP, C Sivathasan, Tan TE, Lim CH, Kerk KL, Sim DKL. Artificial Organs 2014 Jul;38(7):543-8 DOI: 10.1111/aor.12247
  • Surgical Management Of Infective Endocarditis: An Analysis Of Early And Late Outcome. PYK Pang, Sin YK, Lim CH, Tan TE, Lim SL, Chao VTT, Chua YL. European Journal Of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2014 Jul 15 DOI: 10.1093/ejcts/ezu281
  • Contained Rupture In A HeartMate II Device’s Outflow Graft Bend Relief Disconnection. Chua KC, Tan TE, Lim CH, Kerk KL, C Sivathasan. Asian Cardiovascular And Thoracic Annuals 2016, Vol 24(3) 269-271 Pii:0218492314557871 (Epub ahead of print)
  • Changing Glucose Control Target And Risk Of Surgical Site Infection In A Southeast Asian Population. Ng RR, Myat Oo A, Lu W, Tan TE, Ti LK, Chew ST. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2015 Jan;149(1):323-8 DOI: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.08.076
  • Rectus Sparing Approach To Left Ventricular Assist Device Exchange And Use Of The Omental Flap For Coverage. Hui C, Ooi A, Tan TE, Tan BK. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 2015, 68(2):278-280 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2014.10.014
  • Comparison Of The Haemodynamic Parameters Of Venous And Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Conduits. Zhang JM, Chan JH C, Kang Ning, Soon JL, Sin YK K, Chao TT V, Tan TE, Lim CH, Mathew JC, Ooi SW A, Chua YL, Tan RS, Zhong Liang. Annals of Academy Medicine Singapore - Letter To The Editor
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia In Adult Patients Receiving Extracorporeal Life Support: Early Results Of A Randomized Controlled Study. Pang YK P, Wee HL G, Hoo EE A, Ismail MTS, Lim SL, Tan TE, Loh YJ, Kerk KL, Sin YK, Lim CH. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2016;11(1):43 DOI: 10.1186/S13019-0437-8


  • Novel Use of Thalidomide In Recurrent Gastrointestinal Tract Bleeding In Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices: A Case Series. Chan KH L, Lim CP, Lim CH, Tan TE, Sim D, C Sivathasan. Singapore Medical Journal (Submitted)
  • Comparison Of Hemodynamic Parameters Of Venous And Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Conduits. Zhang JM, Chan JH C, Kang Ning, Soon JL, Sin YK, V Chao, Tan TE, Lim CH, Mathew JC, Ooi A, Chua YL, Tan RS, Zhong Liang. Annuals, Academy of Medicine Singapore (Submitted)
  • Outcomes Of 195 Consecutive Transvenous Mechanical Lead Extractions Without Powered Sheaths In Patients With Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices. Chong D, Tan TE, Tan BY, Ho KL, Tan VH, Wong K, Teo WS, Ching CK. Singapore Medical Journal (Submitted)

Books and Book Chapters

  • Enhancing Patient Care Through Telecare, Telemedicine, and Personalised Patient Education in Singapore Health Services. Lim FS, Foo M, Devendra K, Lim R, Juliana Bte Bahadin, Tan KL, Loh TF, Janil P, Tan TE, Tan JL, Tan R, Koh E, Tong J, Dahliana Bte Idris, Kong MC, Tan LL, Ong A, Chee E. Synthesis Journal 2007 (by Information Technology Standards Committee) – Section 5

Research Trials

  • STICH Study – Surgical Treatment for Ischemia Heart Failure. (Co-investigator)
  • A Phase III, Randomised, Double-blind, Parallel-group Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Dabigatran Etexilate (150mg bid) compared to Warfarin (INR 2.0-3.0) for 6 months Treatment of Acute Symptomatic Venous Thromboembolism, Following Initial Treatment for at least 5 days with a Parenteral Anticoagulant Approved for this Indication (Principal investigator: Sin Yoong Kong, Co-Investigators: Lim See Lim, Chua Yeow Leng, Lim Yeong Phang, Lim Chong Hee, Tan Teing Ee, Nakao Masakazu, Anna Mani, Soon Jia Lin, Mathew C Jose, Loh Yee Jim)
  • Development of a Practical but Effective Protocol for Tight Control of Blood Sugar Levels in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (Principal investigator: Tan Teing Ee, Co-Investigators: Victoria Coleman, Dahliana Binte Idris) MOH – HQIF 08/18
  • Sorin Group Real Life Registry – Mitroflow Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve (Principal Investigator: Soon Jia Lin, Co-Investigators: Sin Yoong Kong, Chua Yeow Leng, Lim Chong Hee, Lim See Lim, Tan Teing Ee, Lim Yeong Phang, Victor Chao, Su Jang Wen) Period: 2013 – January 2015
  • International Society For Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (IMACS) Registry (Principal Investigator: C Sivathasan, Co-investigators: Lim Chong Hee, Tan Teing Ee, Soon Jia Lin, Sim David KL, Kerk Ka Lee)
  • TRICS-III: Transfusion Requirements in Cardiac Surgery: An international, multi-centre, randomized controlled trial to assess transfusion thresholds in patients undergoing cardiac surgery (Principal investigator: Hwang Nian Chih, Co-Investigator (NHCS): Sin Yoong Kong, Lim See Lim, Victor Chao, Soon Jia Lin, Mathew Jose, Tan Teing Ee, Lim Chong Hee, Co-Investigator (SGH): Ong Biauw Chi, Kong Chee Fai, Shah Shitalkumar Sharad, Goh Meng Huat, Leong Choy Kuen, Sophia Chew, Ruban A/L Poopalalingam, Harikrishnan Kothandan, Teo Li Ming, Kenny Loh Wei Tsen, Hazel Chan) Period: 23 June 2014 – end 2016