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Dr Tan Lip Kun

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  • Senior Consultant, Division of Haematology, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
  • Senior Consultant, Haematology Division, Department of Laboratory Medicine, National University Hospital





Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

Laboratory Medicine

Special Interests:

Leukaemia, Lymphomas, Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Blood transfusion medicine, Cell and Gene Therapy


Dr Tan Lip Kun graduated from Leicester Medical School, UK, in 1989. She obtained her MRCP in 1993 and completed her post-graduate training in Haematology in 1998 and obtained her MRCPath in 1998. She was conferred FRCPath in 2006. Dr Tan has experience in both laboratory and clinical haematology. Her main field of interests in Haematology is in Acute Leukaemias, Lymphoproliferative Diseases, Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Transfusion Medicine. She is the Programme Director for the NUHS Adult and Paediatric Haematopoeietic Stem Cell Transplant Clinical Programme, a FACT-accredited centre. Dr Tan is the Clinical Director of the Department of Laboratory Medicine.

She is also the Medical Director for the Stem Cell Processing Laboratory, Blood Transfusion Services and Blood Donation Centre which are accreditated with the College of American Pathologist (CAP) and American Association of Blood Banking (AABB). Dr Tan is the Chairperson for the Hospital Blood Usage Committee and is one of the team member of the Quality Improvement and Risk Management (QIM) of the hospital. She is an appointed member of the Product Vigilance Advisory Committee of HSA. Dr Tan is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Pathology, Yong Loo Lin Medical School, NUS. She participates in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Dr Tan is appointed as the Executive Director at the Advanced Cell Therapy and Research Institute, Singapore. She leads the national cell and gene therapy programme.

Journals & Publications

  1. Koh LP, Chen CS, Tai BC, Hwang WYK, Tan LK, et al. Impact of Post-grafting Immunosuppressive regimens on non-relapse mortality and survival after non-myeloablative allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplant using fludarabine and low dose total body irradiation 200cGy. In press. BBMT 2007.
  2. Yeo WT, Tan LK, Dan YY, Wai CT. Delayed bleeding after liver biopsy: a dreaded complication. Singapore Med J. 2008 Jan;49(1):76-80.
  3. Poon LM, Chia HY, Tan LK, Liu TC, Koh LP. Transpl Infect Dis. 2009. Apr;11(2):160-6. Epub 2009 Feb 18. Successful intensive chemotherapy followed by autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia and hepatosplenic candidiasis: case report and review of literature.
  4. Ng ES, Aw DC, Tan KB, Poon ML, Yap ES, Liu TC, Tan LK, Chng WJ, Koh LP. Leuk Res, 2010 May;34(5):e130-2. Epub 2009 Dec 21. Neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis associated with decitabine.
  5. Hereditary Thrombophilia in an unselected cohort of venous thrombosis patients in Snigapore. J Clin Pathol 2011, May 18 (e-pub) Lee LH, Liu TC, Kuperan P, Tan LK, Tan D, Poon ML, Ong KH, Fong SZ, Tan MY, Ng HJ.
  6. Ministry of health clinical practice guidelines : clinical blood transfusion. Koh BC, Chong LL, Goh LG, Iau P, Kuperan P, Lee LH, Lim LC, Ng HJ, Sia A, Tan HH, Tan LK, Tay KH, Teo LT, Ting WC, Yong TT; Ministry of Health Clinical Practice Guidelines Workgroup on Clinical Blood Transfusion. Singapore Med J. 2011 Mar;52(3):209-18; quiz 219
  7. A febrile donor. Tang JW. Ng Y. Koay ES, Leow GH, Yap ES, Chan D, Tan LK, Tambyah PA. Clin Chem 2010, Mar; 56.
  8. Risk factors for adverse outcomes and multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteraemia in haematology patients with febrile neutropenia in a Singaporean university hospital. Poon LM, Jin J, Chee YL, Ding Y, Lee YM, Chng WJ, Chai LY, Tan LK, Hsu LY.Singapore Med J. 2012 Nov;53(11):720-5.
  9. Comparing peripheral blood stem cell collection using the COBE Spectra, Haemonetics MCS+ and Baxter Amicus. Wu FY, Heng KK, Salleh RB, Soh TG, Lee JJ, Mah J, Linn YC, Loh Y, Hwang W, Tan LK, Law P, Goh YT. Transfus Apher Sci. 2012 Dec;47(3):345-50.
  10. World blood donor day: the challenges ahead. Tan LK. Ann Acad Med Singapore, Editorial Review. 2012 Jun;41(6):236-8.

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