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Dr Benjamin Yong-Qiang Tan

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  • Consultant, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital


MBBS(S'pore), MRCP (UK), M Med (Int Med), MCI (S'pore)



Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:


Special Interests:

Acute Ischemic Stroke, Young-onset Stroke, Brain-Heart Interactions


Dr Benjamin Tan underwent his undergraduate medical training at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine National University of Singapore (NUS), where he graduated in 2013 on the Dean's List. For his achievements in medical school, he was awarded the prestigious Lee Hsien Loong Award for Outstanding All-Round Achievement by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Dr Tan then underwent his postgraduate residency training in the National University Health System. He previously served as Chief Resident of the University Medicine Cluster at NUHS. He attained his Master of Clinical Investigation degree from the NUS, supported by a Ministry of Health Healthcare Research Scholarship. He subsequently obtained specialist accreditation in Neurology in 2021.

Dr Tan has been active in clinical research and medical education. He is currently the Phase II Clinical Skills Foundation Program Medicine Lead at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is also the Neurology Specialty Editor of the Singapore Medical Journal. Dr Tan's research interests lie in investigating heart-brain interactions, young stroke etiologies, and outcome prediction in patients with acute stroke.


  • 2022 - ExxonMobil-NUS Research Fellowship for Clinicians
  • 2022 - NUHS Seed Grant Awardee (Junior Category)
  • 2021 - Special Recognition Award, NUS Medicine
  • 2021 - NUHS Young Clinician Mentor Award
  • 2021 - Wong Hock Boon Society-SMA Charity Fund (WHBS-SMACF) Outstanding Mentor Award
  • 2020 - NUHS Residency Research Award, Gold Award
  • 2020 - Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award, American Heart Association (International Stroke Conference 2020)
  • 2020 - Ministry of Health Healthcare Research Scholarship2019 - Chan Heng Leong Research Award, National University Hospital
  • 2018 - Dean's Award (Junior Doctor Teaching Award), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
  • 2018 - NUHS Junior Pitch for Funds Grant Winner
  • 2017 - Best Resident Tutor Award, University Medicine Cluster, National University Health System
  • 2017 - Junior Research Award, Department of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Journals & Publications

  1. Tan BYQ, Ho JSY, Leow AS, Chia MLJ, Sia CH, Koh YY, Seetharaman SK, Yang C, Gopinathan A, Teoh HL, Sharma VK, Seet RCS, Chan BPL, Yeo LLL, Tan LF. Effect of frailty on outcomes of endovascular treatment for acute ischaemic stroke in older patients. Age Ageing. 2022 Apr 1;51(4):afac096.
  2. Tan BYQ, Siow I, Lee KS, Chen V, Ong N, Gopinathan A, Yang C, Bhogal P, Lam E, Spooner O, Meyer L, Fiehler J, Papanagiotou P, Kastrup A, Alexandrou M, Zubel S, Wu Q, Mpotsaris A, Maus V, Andersson T, Gontu V, Arnberg F, Lee TH, Chan B, Teoh HL, Seet RCS, Sharma V, Yeo LLL. Effect of Sex on Outcomes of Mechanical Thrombectomy in Basilar Artery Occlusion: A Multicentre Cohort Study. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2022 Apr 7:1-8.
  3. Goh CXY, Tan YK, Tan CH, Leow AST, Ho JSY, Tan NHW, Goh S, Ho AFW, Sharma VK, Chan BPL, Yeo LLL, Tan BYQ. The use of colchicine as an anti-inflammatory agent for stroke prevention in patients with coronary artery disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2022 Jul;54(1):183-190.
  4. Siow I, Tan BYQ, Lee KS, Ong N, Toh E, Gopinathan A, Yang C, Bhogal P, Lam E, Spooner O, Meyer L, Fiehler J, Papanagiotou P, Kastrup A, Alexandrou M, Zubel S, Wu Q, Mpotsaris A, Maus V, Anderson T, Gontu V, Arnberg F, Lee TH, Chan BPL, Seet RCS, Teoh HL, Sharma VK, Yeo LLL. Bridging Thrombolysis versus Direct Mechanical Thrombectomy in Stroke Due to Basilar Artery Occlusion. J Stroke. 2022 Jan;24(1):128-137.
  5. Abhiram K, Tan BYQ, Tan M, Tan L, Sia CH, Chua YX, Lim LJH, Suppiah CM, Sim K, Chan YH, Ooi SBS. The Effect of COVID-19 Endemicity on the Mental Health of Health Workers. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2022 Mar;23(3):405-413.e3.
  6. Toh EMS, Lim AYL, Ming C, Yeo LLL, Sia CH, Tan BWQ, Leow AST, Ho JSY, Chan BPL, Sharma VK, Tan BYQ. Association of triglyceride-glucose index with clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke receiving intravenous thrombolysis. Sci Rep. 2022 Jan 31;12(1):1596.
  7. Tan BYQ, Leow AS, Lee TH, Gontu VK, Andersson T, Holmin S, Wong HF, Lin CM, Cheng CK, Sia CH, Ngiam N, Ng ZX, Yeo J, Chan B, Teoh HL, Seet R, Paliwal P, Anil G, Yang C, Maus V, Abdullayev N, Mpotsaris A, Bhogal P, Wong K, Makalanda HLD, Spooner O, Amlani S, Campbell D, Michael R, Quäschling U, Schob S, Maybaum J, Sharma VK, Yeo LL. Left ventricular systolic dysfunction is associated with poor functional outcomes after endovascular thrombectomy. J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Jun;13(6):515-518.
  8. Yeo LL, Chen VHE, Leow AS, Meyer L, Fiehler J, Tu TM, Tham CH, Sia CH, Jamous A, Behme D, Kastrup A, Papanagiotou P, Styczen H, Forsting M, Lee TH, Chu CL, Fischer S, Maus V, Abdullayev N, Kabbasch C, Mönch S, Maegerlein C, Arnberg F, Andersson T, Holmin S, Teoh HL, Paliwal P, Ahmad A, Gopinathan A, Yang C, Seet RC, Chan BP, Sharma VK, Tan BY. Outcomes in young adults with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular thrombectomy: A real-world multicenter experience. Eur J Neurol. 2021 Aug;28(8):2736-2744.
  9. Tan CH, Wu AG, Sia CH, Leow AS, Chan BP, Sharma VK, Yeo LL, Tan BY. Cilostazol for secondary stroke prevention: systematic review and meta-analysis. Stroke Vasc Neurol. 2021 Sep;6(3):410-423.
  10. Meyer L, Stracke CP, Jungi N, Wallocha M, Broocks G, Sporns PB, Maegerlein C, Dorn F, Zimmermann H, Naziri W, Abdullayev N, Kabbasch C, Behme D, Jamous A, Maus V, Fischer S, Möhlenbruch M, Weyland CS, Langner S, Meila D, Miszczuk M, Siebert E, Lowens S, Krause LU, Yeo LLL, Tan BY, Anil G, Gory B, Galván J, Arteaga MS, Navia P, Raz E, Shapiro M, Arnberg F, Zelenák K, Martinez-Galdamez M, Fischer U, Kastrup A, Roth C, Papanagiotou P, Kemmling A, Gralla J, Psychogios MN, Andersson T, Chapot R, Fiehler J, Kaesmacher J, Hanning U. Thrombectomy for Primary Distal Posterior Cerebral Artery Occlusion Stroke: The TOPMOST Study. JAMA Neurol. 2021 Apr 1;78(4):434-444.

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