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Dr Tan York Kiat

Dr Tan York Kiat

​MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Int Med), FRCP (UK)

Senior Consultant

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: Rheumatology & Immunology

Sub-specialties: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
General Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Rheumatology & Immunology Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore


Dr Tan York Kiat is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He graduated from National University of Singapore, went on to pursue Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) and subsequently completed his specialist training in Rheumatology in 2010. 

Dr Tan’s areas of interest include musculoskeletal imaging and inflammatory arthritis. In 2010, he was awarded the Singhealth Health Manpower Development Program Award and was the organising Chairperson for the 2nd SSR-MSR Intermediate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK) Course in 2013. 

Passionate in medical research, Dr Tan was a recipient of national level research grants such as the National Health Innovation Centre's Innovation to Develop grant (2015) and the National Medical Research Council's Transition Award (2015). His research focus is on the use of modern imaging (e.g ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging) in the study and research of Inflammatory Arthritis (including Rheumatoid Arthritis). Dr Tan is also involved in the teaching of medical students in SGH. 


  • Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom 2006 
  • Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine), National University of Singapore 2006 
  • B of Med, B of Surg, National University of Singapore 2003

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) 
  • Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore 
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore 
  • SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board (CIRB) - Member 
  • Rheumatology Senior Residency Program – Clinical Physician Faculty Member 
  • SingHealth Internal Medicine Residency Program - Clinical Physician Faculty Member 
  • Singapore Society of Rheumatology - Member 
  • Singapore Medical Association - Member 
  • Targeted Ultrasoud Initiative (TUI), Singapore – Member


  • ​Singapore Health Quality Service Award, Silver Award (2014), Gold Award (2011, 2016) 
  • NMRC Transitional Award 2015 
  • Singapore General Hospital, Academic Clinical Medicine, Nurturing Clinician Scientist Program 2014 
  • Singapore General Hospital Public Healthcare Clinician Special Recognition Award 2013 
  • Singapore General Hospital, Service Quality Award, Service with a Heart Award 2012 
  • SingHealth Publish! Award (Medical Research) 2011 
  • Singhealth Health Manpower Development Program Award 2010 
  • Singapore General Hospital, Service Quality Award 2009 
  • Excellent Service Award (EXSA), Silver Award (2009)

Research Interests

  • ​Musculoskeletal imaging in inflammatory arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis)


  • Tan York Kiat; Allen John C; Lye Weng Kit; Conaghan Philip G; Chew Li-Ching; Thumboo Julian. Dichotomous versus semi-quantitative scoring of ultrasound joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis using novel individualized joint selection methods. .Clin Rheumatol. 2017 May;36(5):1137-1141 
  • Tan York Kiat; Allen John C; Lye Weng Kit; Conaghan Philip G; D'Agostino Maria Antonietta; Chew Li-Ching; Thumboo Julian. Novel Ultrasound Joint Selection Methods Using a Reduced Joint Number Demonstrate Inflammatory Improvement when Compared to Existing Methods and Disease Activity Score at 28 Joints. The Journal of rheumatology 2016; 43(1):34-37 
  • Tan York Kiat; Chew Li-Ching; Allen John C; Lye Weng Kit; Htay Lei Lei; Hassan Ali; Conaghan Philip G; Thumboo Julian. Utility of ultrasonography in guiding modification of disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and steroid therapy for inflammatory arthritis in routine clinical practice. International journal of rheumatic diseases 2016; Aug 19 [E-Published Ahead of Print] 
  • Baker JF, Tan YK, Conaghan. Monitoring in established RA: Role of imaging and soluble biomarkers. PG. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Aug-Dec; 29(4-5):566-79 
  • Rossetti Maura; Spreafico Roberto; Saidin Suzan; Chua Camillus; Moshref Maryam; Leong Jing Yao; Tan York Kiat; Thumboo Julian; van Loosdregt Jorg; Albani Salvatore. Ex vivo-expanded but not in vitro-induced human regulatory T cells are candidates for cell therapy in autoimmune diseases thanks to stable demethylation of the FOXP3 regulatory T cell-specific demethylated region. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 2015; 194(1):113-124 
  • Chew LC, Maceda-Galang LM, Tan YK, Chakraborty B, Thumboo J. Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia in Patients With Autoimmune Disease on High-Dose Glucocorticoid. J Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Mar;21(2):72-5 
  • Tong L, Thumboo J, Tan YK, Wong TY, Albani S. The eye: a window of opportunity in rheumatoid arthritis? Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2014 Sep;10(9):552-60. 
  • Cheung Peter P; Kong Kok Ooi; Chew Li-Ching; Chia Faith L; Law Weng Giap; Lian Tsui Yee; Tan York Kiat; Cheng Yew Kuang. Achieving consensus in ultrasonography synovitis scoring in rheumatoid arthritis. International journal of rheumatic diseases 2014; 17(7):776-781 
  • Tan YK, Østergaard M, Bird P, Conaghan PG. Ultrasound versus high field MRI in rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2014 Jan-Feb; 32(1 Suppl 80): S99-105. 
  • Tan YK, Østergaard M, Conaghan PG. Imaging tools in rheumatoid arthritis: Ultrasound versus Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012; 51 Suppl 7:vii36-vii42. 

Research Trials