Dr. Tan Yia Swam

Breast Surgeon

A Little About Her Background

Dr Tan Yia Swam is an accreditated general surgeon with a special interest in Breast Surgery. Her experience encompasses a wide range of breast conditions such as lumps, pain, nipple discharge, cancers, abnormal imaging. Dr Tan firmly believes in personalized treatment recommendations that respect patients’ needs and concerns.


Prior to private practice, Dr Tan has looked after patients in Singapore General Hospital, National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital during her training years. She developed her consultancy practice at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, in the Department of Breast Surgery. Over the years of breast specialisation, Dr Tan has developed a strong network in multidisciplinary care, with breast radiologists, breast histopathologists, medical and radiation oncologists, as well as allied health professionals, to deliver the best model of breast care for her patients.


As recognition for her patient-centric care, Dr Tan has received the KK “Service from the Heart Award” in 2016 as well as the Gold Award in “Singapore Health Quality Service” in 2018. She participates in outreach through educational talks to the public, family practitioners and medical students. Her passion and commitment to teaching has been recognized with the “Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence” from the NUS YLL School of Medicine.


Dr Tan also actively serves the medical community by sitting on the Singapore Medical Association Council since 2008, and has recently been appointed the first Vice-President of the SMA Council.  As the Chief Editor of the SMA Newsletter, she has also been curating selected articles to promote continuing medical education and encouraging a friendly spirit of collegiality amongst fellow doctors. She has also published and presented research in articles and renowned journals both locally and internationally.


Dr Tan Yia Swam knows how distressing a breast symptom can be, and wants to deliver prompt and accurate diagnosis, in a warm, friendly and supportive environment.

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