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Assoc Prof Tay Shian Chao

Senior Consultant & Director, Wrist Service

Department of Hand Surgery

MBBS, FRCS(Edin.), FRCS(Glasg.) FAMS(Hand Surg), MBmedSci (Mayo), FAMS(Clin Scientist)

Dr Tay has special interest in wrist conditions. He is the Director of Wrist Service and a Senior Consultant Hand Surgeon. Dr Tay completed his 3 year hand surgery training in SGH and a 1 year hand surgery clinical fellowship in Mayo Clinic, USA.

Dr Tay is also involved in Education and is currently the Program Director of the Singhealth Hand Surgery Residency Program. He is also involved in teaching medical students and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Duke-NUS Medical School.

Dr Tay is also involved in Research and has completed a two year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Biomechanics Laboratory as well as a postdoctoral Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Research) from Mayo Graduate School. He has more than 70 academic publications and book chapters, and is the Founder and Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory in Academia, SGH.


  • FAMS (Clin Scientist), Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2012
  • MBiomedSci (Clinical Research), Mayo Graduate School, 2007
  • FAMS (Hand Surg.), Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 2003
  • FRCS (Glasg.), Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow, 2000
  • FRCS (Edin.), Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, 1999
  • MBBS, National University of Singapore, 1994


  • Senior Consultant & Director of Wrist Service – Department of Hand Surgery, SGH
  • Adjunct Associate Professor & Research Mentor – Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Program Director – Singhealth Hand Surgery Residency Program
  • Founding Director – Biomechanics Laboratory, SGH
  • Past Chairman – Chapter of Hand Surgeon, College of Surgeons Singapore


  • Singapore Health Services Overseas Full Clinical Fellowship Award - Singapore Health Services, Ministry of Health , 2004
  • Singapore Totalisator Board Medical Research Fellowship - National Medical Research Council, 2005
  • Trainee Research Prize-Real-time Joint Kinematics with Gated Spiral CT: Understanding the Relationship of Artifacts to Joint Motion - Radiological Society of North America, 2006
  • New Investigator Recognition Award (Finalist) - Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies, 2007
  • Service with a Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital, 2011


  1. Extending the reach of the heterodigital arterialized flap by vein division and repair.
    Tay SC, Teoh LC, Tan SH, Yong FC.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Nov;114(6):1450-6. Review. PubMed PMID: 15509932.

  2. The hypoplastic thumb.
    Tay SC, Moran SL, Shin AY, Cooney WP 3rd.
    J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2006 Jun;14(6):354-66. Review. PubMed PMID: 16757675

  3. Surgical approaches to the carpus.
    Tay SC, Shin AY.
    Hand Clin. 2006 Nov;22(4):421-34; abstract v. Review. PubMed PMID: 17097464.

  4. The clinical implications of scaphotrapezium-trapezoidal arthritis with associated carpal instability.
    Tay SC, Moran SL, Shin AY, Linscheid RL.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2007 Jan;32(1):47-54. PubMed PMID: 17218175.

  5. The "ulnar fovea sign" for defining ulnar wrist pain: an analysis of sensitivity and specificity.
    Tay SC, Tomita K, Berger RA.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2007 Apr;32(4):438-44. PubMed PMID: 17398352.

  6. In vivo three-dimensional displacement of the distal radioulnar joint during resisted forearm rotation.
    Tay SC, Berger RA, Tomita K, Tan ET, Amrami KK, An KN.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2007 Apr;32(4):450-8. PubMed PMID: 17398354.

  7. Four-dimensional computed tomographic imaging in the wrist: proof of feasibility in a cadaveric model.
    Tay SC, Primak AN, Fletcher JG, Schmidt B, Amrami KK, Berger RA, McCollough CH.
    Skeletal Radiol. 2007 Dec;36(12):1163-9. Epub 2007 Sep 6. PubMed PMID: 17805530.

  8. A method for in-vivo kinematic analysis of the forearm.
    Tay SC, van Riet R, Kazunari T, Koff MF, Amrami KK, An KN, Berger RA.
    J Biomech. 2008;41(1):56-62. Epub 2007 Sep 12. PubMed PMID: 17854815.

  9. Understanding the relationship between image quality and motion velocity in gated computed tomography: preliminary work for 4-dimensional musculoskeletal imaging.
    Tay SC, Primak AN, Fletcher JG, Schmidt B, An KN, McCollough CH.
    J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2008 Jul-Aug;32(4):634-9. doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e31815c5a bc. PubMed PMID: 18664854; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC2744860.

  10. Trapeziectomy and carpal collapse.
    Yuan BJ, Moran SL, Tay SC, Berger RA
    J Hand Surg Am. 2009 Feb;34(2):219-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2008.11.007. PubMed PMID: 19181222.

  11. In-vivo kinematic analysis of forearm rotation using helical axis analysis.
    Tay SC, van Riet R, Kazunari T, Amrami KK, An KN, Berger RA.
    Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2010 Aug;25(7):655-9. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2010.03.010. Epub 2010 May 18. PubMed PMID: 20483515.

  12. Longitudinal split tears of the ulnotriquetral ligament.
    Tay SC, Berger RA, Parker WL.
    Hand Clin. 2010 Nov;26(4):495-501. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2010.07.004. Review. PubMed PMID: 20951899.

  13. Interfragmentary compression profile of 4 headless bone screws: an analysis of the compression lost on reinsertion.
    Gardner AW, Yew YT, Neo PY, Lau CC, Tay SC.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Sep;37(9):1845-51. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.05.044. Epub 2012 Jul 31. PubMed PMID: 22854254.

  14. Dynamic imaging with dual-source gated Computed Tomography (CT): Implications of motion parameters on image quality for wrist imaging.
    Neo PY, Mat Jais IS, Panknin C, Lau CC, Chan LP, An KN, Tay SC.
    Med Eng Phys. 2013 Jun 14. doi:pii: S1350-4533(13)001264.10.1016/j.medengphy.2013.05.009. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23773336.

  15. A method for carpal motion hysteresis quantification in 4-dimensional imaging of the wrist.
    Mat Jais IS, Liu X, An KN, Tay SC.
    Med Eng Phys. 2014 Sep 29. doi:10.1016/j.medengphy.2014.08.011. [Epub ahead of print] Pubmed PMID:25277831

  16. Surgical outcomes of fifth metacarpal neck fractures- a comparative analysis of dorsal plating versus tension plating
    Wong KP, Hay AS, Tay SC
    Hand Surg. 2015;20(1):99-105.

  17. The effect of screw design on union rates in scaphoid nonunions
    Wu J, Tay SC, Shin AY
    Hand Surg. 2015 Jun;20(2):273-9.

  18. Comparison of flexor tendon repair between 6-strand Lim-Tsai with 4-strand Cruciate and Becker technique
    Wong YR, Lee CS, Loke AM, Liu X, Suzana M J I, Tay  SC.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Sep;40(9):1806-11.

  19. A Comparison of K-Wire Versus Screw Fixation on the Outcomes of Distal Phalanx Fractures
    Hay RA, Tay SC.
    J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Nov;40(11):2160-7.

  20. Dorsal Buttress Plate Fixation of Ulnar Carpometacarpal Joint Fracture Dislocations.
    Tan ES, Tay SC
    Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2016 Jun;20(2):77-82.

Last Modified Date :04 Jan 2010