Tan Mann Hong

MBBS, FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Glasgow), FAMS

Chair, Musculoskeletal Sciences Academic Clinical Programme

Clinical Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School

Chairman, Division of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Singapore General Hospital

Senior Consultant, Musculoskeletal Tumour Service, Singapore General Hospital


Clinical Associate Professor Tan Mann Hong completed his medical undergraduate studies in 1985 from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He went on to complete his orthopaedic surgical training in 1994. In the same year, he was awarded the Ministry of Health, Singapore HMDP (Health Manpower Developmental Programme) and spent a year as a fellow in orthopaedic surgical oncology in the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1995. He then returned to practice in the Singapore General Hospital since 1996.

His main interests within orthopaedic surgery are in musculoskeletal tumours, limb sarcomas involving bone and soft tissues, limb salvage surgery, limb reconstructive surgery with mega-endoprostheses and bone allografts, joint replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery with percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of bone tumours, computer aided surgery in joint arthroplasties and limb reconstruction. Since 1999, he is the Director of Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgery in SGH. Clinical Associate Professor Tan has been instrumental in setting up SGH as the main referral centre for musculoskeletal tumour surgery and limb salvage reconstructive surgery.

Clinical Associate Professor Tan has cultivated limb salvage surgery in the use of mega- endoprostheses and bone allografts, especially in bone segment replacement for limb sarcomas. He has introduced minimally invasive surgery with percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of bone tumours in Singapore. He also chairs regular sarcoma board conferences with a multi disciplinary team of oncologists, pathologists and radiologists from the Singapore General Hospital and the National Cancer Centre.

Clinical Associate Professor Tan is also an invited local and overseas speaker for various scientific symposiums on the topics of limb salvage surgery and reconstructive surgery, as well as musculoskeletal tumour topics. He has presented many papers during his European Travelling Fellowship in EFFORT in 1996, the ASEAN region during the ASEAN Orthopaedic Meetings, Musculoskeletal Tumour Society’s Scientific meetings, and in China as well. He has also conducted knee arthroplasty workshops overseas for the regional ASEAN medical institutions and hospitals.

Clinical Associate Professor Tan is also highly involved in undergraduate and post graduate medical teaching in the faculties of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS as well as Duke-NUS. He is part of the Core Faculty in the Singhealth Orthopaedic Residency Program, and is also involved Specialist Training Committee in Orthopaedic Surgery of the Ministry Of Health. He is well published with over 35 publications, and is a reviewer with distinction for the Singapore Medical Journal, as well as the Annals, Academy of Medicine.

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships:
  • Core Faculty, ACGMEI Orthopaedic Residency, Singhealth
  • Associate Editor, Singapore Medical Journal (2006 -Present)
  • Reviewer, Singapore Medical Journal (2005 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Annals, Academy of Medicine (2001 - Present)
  • Member, Advisory Panel for Cancer Helpline, National Cancer Centre (2000 - Present)
  • Chairman, Musculoskeletal Tumour Board Conference, SGH. (1996 - Present)
  • Member, Singapore Orthopaedic Association (1991 - Present)
  • Community Resource Volunteer,People's Association of Singapore (1985 - Present)
  • SGH Service with a Heart Award (February 2008)
  • SGH Service with a Heart Award, August (2006)
  • SGH Long Service 20 year Award (2006)
  • SGH Service with a Heart Award, February (1999)

Leadership positions / roles in Education:

  • Local and External Examiner in Joint Specialty Fellowship Examination in Orthopaedic Surgery, Joint Committee on Specialist Training, Singapore and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Examiner in Master of Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery), Joint Committee on Specialist Training, Singapore
Selected Publications:
Accelerometer-Based Navigation Is as Accurate as Optical Computer Navigation in Restoring the Joint Line and Mechanical Axis After Total Knee Arthroplasty : A Prospective Matched Study,Graham Seow-Hng Goh, Ming Han Lincoln Liow,Winston Shang-Rong Lim,Darren Keng-Jin Tay, Seng Jin Yeo,Mann Hong Tan. Journal of Arthroplasty (online ), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.arth.2015.06.048.

Soft Tissue Myoepithelial Carcinoma : Letter to the Editor. Mun Chun Lai, Mann Hong Tan. Singapore Med J 2016; 57(3): 166-167 doi: 10.11622/smedj.2016058

Risk factors for recurrence of giant cell tumours of bone ; Mashfiqul A Siddiqui, Chusheng Seng, Mann Hong Tan. J Orthop Surg ( Hong Kong): 2014;22(1):108-10 

The clinical utility of conventional karyotyping in the detection of cytogenetic abnormalities in soft tissue tumours: an Asian institutional experience: JD Tien, LC Lau, SL Tien and MH Tan, Hong Kong Medical Journal, April 2014, Epub ahead of print (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 24762332)

Joint line changes in cruciate-retaining versus posterior-stabilized computer-navigated total knee arthroplasty: Hamid Rahmatullah Bn Abd Raak, Hee-Nee Pang,  Seng Jin Yeo, Mann Hong Tan , Hwei Chi Chong, an Ngai Nung Lo. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Vol 133Iss No. 6 853 -859 June 2013.

Is Pre-Operative Obesity Associated With Worse Post-TKA Clinical Outcomes? G. Z. Q. Liau, and M. H. Tan Bone Joint J 2013  vol. 95-B: SUPP 34  119

Core needle biopsy as a diagnostic tool in musculoskeletal tumours- A review of its efficacy. Seng C, Png W, Tan MH .J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2013 Apr;21(1):92-5

A Misdiagnosed Spindle Cell Sarcoma - Chay You Ang, Chung Yuan Kau, Ghee Kheng Chew, Mann Hong Tan ; Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare ; Vol 22  No,4 2013.

Atypical Presentation of High-grade Intramedullary Osteosarcoma with Bilateral Cervical, Supraclavicular, and Axillary Lymphadenopathy: A Case Report and Literature Review ;Chen JYQ, Sittampalam K, Sathiyamoorthy S, Tan MH ; Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare ; Vol 22  No,4 2013.

Primary Lymphoma of the Bone - The Bone Lesion Difficult to Place Your Finger On
Woo YL, Tan MH , Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare ; Vol 22  No,4 2013.

Extending the Limb of Orthopaedic Healthcare ( Editorial ) : Lo YL, Tan MH, Chia S-L, Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare ; Vol 22  No,4 2013.