Dr Michelle Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2007 and received her postgraduate paediatric and neonatal training at the National University Hospital (NUH). She obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom) and Masters of Medicine, Paediatrics (Singapore) in 2011. She was awarded the Nestle Book Prize in the latter. She completed her advanced specialist training in 2014.
In addition to general paediatric gastrointestinal diseases, Dr Tan’s interests are in childhood nutrition, gut motility, gastro-esophageal reflux disease and feeding-related issues in children. She is part of the multidisciplinary team running the Feeding Clinic in NUH. She was awarded the TEAM Academic Medicine Development Award (AMDA) in 2014, for which she did an attachment in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, specialising in children with aero-digestive issues.
In 2016, she did an attachment in the gastroenterology unit at the Great Ormond Street Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital in the United Kingdom under the AMDA scheme from the Ministry of Health. During which, she had the opportunity to increase her experience in the management of children with complex gut motility disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and children on long-term parenteral nutrition.
Other than being involved in clinical work, Dr Tan is a clinical tutor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS) and enjoys teaching medical undergraduates, postgraduate paediatric doctors and nursing colleagues. She has been awarded the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Annual Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Paediatrics. She is part of the Faculty team (Paediatrics) of the NUHS Residency Programme involving education activities of residents.
Dr Tan is also a member of the KTP-NUCMI Paediatric Ethics and Advocacy Center (PEACe) which meets on a regular basis to discuss ethical issues concerning children. She also does research related to gastrointestinal and feeding issues in her free time.