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Prof Tan Huay Cheem

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  • Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre, Singapore
  • Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


MBBS, MMed (Int Med), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS, FACC, FAsFC, FSCAI, FAPSIC



Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Cardiology (Heart), General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology

Special Interests:

Interventional Cardiology: Coronary angioplasty and stenting

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Professor Tan Huay Cheem graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1987 and obtained his Masters of Medicine in Internal Medicine and Membership of Royal College of Physician (United Kingdom) in 1992. He did his Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Centre, North Carolina, USA in 1995. He received Fellowship of American College of Cardiology in 2001, Fellowship of Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention in 2002 and Fellowship of Royal College of Physician in 2004. He also received training in Vascular Ultrasonography at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia; and Carotid Stenting at Taiwan National University Hospital.

He is presently the Senior Advisor of National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS), Senior Consultant Cardiologist at NUHCS, and Professor of Medicine with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He was the past President of Singapore Cardiac Society and presently chairman of the Singapore Heart Foundation. He was awarded the National Day Award for Public Service Administration in 2016 and Ministry of Health, Singapore Distinguished Senior Clinician Award 2017.

He is the Immediate Past President of the Asia Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC) and founding member of the Asia Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics (AICT). He is also Editor of AsiaIntervention, the official journal of APSIC.

Prof Tan is an active clinical researcher who has initated several multicentre, multinational randomised clinical trials, and more than 220 publications in local and international peer-reviewed journals. He is regularly invited as lecturer and faculty in many international cardiology meetings and is a Visiting Professor to 11 University-affiliated hospitals in China; and University of Mandalay in Myanmar. Prof Tan is bilingual and has a personal writing column in LianHe ZaoBao, Singapore's largest Chinese newspaper.


  • 2020 - NUS Medicine Appreciation Special Recognition Teaching Award
  • 2019 - Ministry of Health 5-Year Service Award
  • 2017 - NUH 25-Year Long Service Award
  • 2017 - Ministry of Health Distinguished Senior Clinician Award
  • 2016 - National Day Award Public Administration (Bronze Medal)

Journals & Publications

Selected Publications:

  1. Comparison of epidemiology, treatments, and outcomes of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction between young and elderly patients. PP Pel, H Zheng, AFW Ho, H Wah, HC Tan, LL Foo, MEH Ong. Emerg Med J 2018; 35: 289-296
  2. Sex differences in 1-tear rehospitalisation for heart failure and myocardial omfarction after primary percutaneous coronary intervention. H Zheng, LL Foo, HC Tan, AM Richards, SP Chan, CH Lee, AFH Low et al Am J Cardiol 2019; 123: 1935-1940
  3. Clinical outcomes one-year and beyond after combination sirolimus-eluting endothelial progenitor cell capture stenting during primary percutaneous coronary intervention in ST-segment elevation myocardial imfarction. HW Sim, EH Thong, HC Tan, AF Low, CH Lee, MY Chan, EL Tay, PH Loh, KH Chan, JP Loh. Cardiovasc Revasc Med 2019; 20: 739-743
  4. Treating very-long coronary artery disease in the contemporary drug eluting stent era: single long 48mm stent versus two overlapping stents showed comparable clinical outcomes. HW Sim, EH Thong, PH Loh, CH Lee, MY Chan, AF Low, EL Tay, KH Chan, HC Tan, JP Loh. Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine, 2020; 21: 1115-1118
  5. Sleep apnea and cardiovascular outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting. CY Koo, AT Aung, ZF Chen, W Kristanto, HW Sim, W Tam, C Gochuico, KA Tan, GS Kang, V Sorokin, P Ong, P Kojodjojo, AM Richards, HC Tan, T Kofidis, CH Lee. Heart 2020; 106: 1495-1502
  6. Intravsacular lithotripsy for the treatment of severe calcific neointimal hyperplasia in a bare metal stent 17 years after implantation. E Sia, HC Tan, KH Chan. Coronary artery disease. Coron Artery Dis 2020 May 8
  7. Impact of time of onset of symptom of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction on 1-year rehospitalization for heart failure and mortality" Paradies V, Zheng H, Chan MHH, Chan MYY, Foo DC, Lee CW, Lim ST, Tan HC, Tan JWC, Tong KL, Wong AS, Wong PE, Yeo KK, Foo LL, Chua TS, Koh TH, Bulluck H, Hausenloy DJ Am Heart J. 2020; 224: 1-9
  8. The Lipid Paradox is present in ST-elevation but not in non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients: Insights from the Singapore Myocardial Infarction Registry. CH Sia Sia, HL Zheng, AFH Ho, H Bulluck, J Chong, D Foo, LL Foo, PZY Lim, BW Liew, HC Tan, TC Yeo, T Chua, MYY Chan, DJ Hausenloy. Sci Rep 2020; 10: 6799.
  9. Transplantation of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Obese Diabetic Rats Following Myocardial Infarction: Role of Thymosin Beta-4. KK Poh, PSS Lee, AH Djohan, MJ Galupo, GG Songco, TC Yeo, HC Tan, AM Richards, L Ye. Cells 2020; 9: 949. doi: 10.3390/cells9040949.
  10. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Door-to-Balloon Time for Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention- Results from the Singapore Western STEMI Network. NWS Chew, CH Sia, HL Wee, BJD Loh, S Rastogi, P Kojodjojo, DWP Chor, BSH Leong, BCP Koh, H Tam, LS Quek, WCH Sia, Kalyar Win Saw, BWL Tung, ZZY Ng, A Ambhore, ELW Tay, KH Chan, CH Lee, JPY Loh, AFH Low, MYY Chan, TC Yeo, HC Tan, PH Loh. Circulation Journal

Professional Memberships

  • 2008 - ASEAN College of Cardiology
  • 2007 - Asia Pacific Society of Cardiology
  • 2006 - Asia Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology
  • 2001 - American College of Cardiology, USA
  • 2001 - Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, USA
  • 1997 - Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • 1992 - Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), United Kingdom
  • 1992 - Singapore Cardiac Society
  • 1987 - Singapore Medical Association

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