Adj Assoc Prof Ben Tan, BBM, PBM​

MBBS (Singapore), MSpMed (Australia), FAMS (SpMed)
Designated Workplace Doctor (Compressed Airworks)
Sports Physician

Head,  SingHealth Duke-NUS Sport & Exercise Medicine Centre
Senior Consultant, SSMC@CGH
Senior Consultant, SSMC@Novena


Adj Assoc Prof Ben Tan graduated in 1991 with a medical degree from the National University of Singapore and obtained his Masters in Sports Medicine in 1997 from the world-renown Australian Institute of Sport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (FAMS) and American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). Adj Assoc Prof Tan is presently Head of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Sport & Exercise Medicine Centre, and Senior Consultant at three of Singapore’s leading Sport and Exercise Medicine Centers – SSMC@CGH, SSMC@Novena, and SSMC@SSI.

Adj Assoc Prof Tan is the Chairman of the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Singapore National Centre, and EIM Southeast Asia Regional Centre; Co-Chairman of the Sports Medicine Subspecialty Training Committee; Co-Chairman of the National Sports Safety Committee; Specialty Editor of the Singapore Medical Journal; Past President of the Sports Medicine Association of Singapore; and member of the workgroups for the MOH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease Screening, and Heat Injuries. Adj Assoc Prof Tan served as Team Physician for the Singapore Contingents to the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games, and the 1999 and 2001 Southeast Asian Games. His original research covers sports medicine and sports science, and has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. Adj Assoc Prof Tan is also the author of the books, “The Complete Introduction to Laser Racing,” and “Fight the Fat – What You Must Know and Do to Lose Weight,” and “Run for Your Life! – the Complete Marathon Guide.” Apart from sports injuries, Adj Assoc Prof Tan's area of interest also includes musculoskeletal sonography, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), physical activity promotion, weight management, gait analysis, and performance enhancement.

Adj Assoc Prof Tan, a former Nominated Member of Parliament (2014-2015), currently serves as the Chairman of the World Sailing Medical Commission; Sports Patron and Medical Advisor of the Singapore Disability Sports Council; President of the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF); Chairman of SSF Olympic Pathway Taskforce; Advisor to the Singapore Ice Skating Association; Member of the Sports Excellence Steering Committee (MCCY) amongst other appointments in the sports and physical activity sector.

An Olympian, Adj Assoc Prof Tan is an Asian Games (1994) and four-time consecutive Southeast Asian Games (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995) Gold medalist in sailing. He is a Hall-of-Famer and three-time Singapore Sportsman of the Year. After competing in the 1996 Savannah Olympics, Adj Assoc Prof Tan retired from competitive sailing and now sails (including kiteboarding) recreationally. He took up marathon running recreationally in 2002, competing in more than 20 marathons to date, including all six World Marathon Majors (Boston, Berlin, London, New York, Chicago, and Tokyo), and has a personal best time of 2 hrs 56 min. Adj Assoc Prof Tan also a regular SCUBA diver and (snow) skier.​