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Dr Tan Shi Ming

Dr Tan Shi Ming

​MBBS (Singapore) MRCS (Edinburgh); MMed (Ortho) (Singapore); FRCS (Orth) (Edinburgh; FAM(Singapore) 


Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Sub-specialties: Foot & Ankle Service, Trauma Service

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Achilles Tendon Injuries, Ankle Injuries, Ankle Sprains, Ligament and Cartilage Injuries, Flat Feet, Foot and Ankle, Foot and Ankle Deformities, Knee Arthroscopy, Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Procedures in Orthopaedics.

Clinical Appointments

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgery Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital


Dr Tan Shi Ming is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital and an Assistant Professor with Duke-NUS Medical School. He is a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery, particularly for conditions such as sports injuries, osteoarthritis and foot deformities.

In 2021, he was awarded an MOH Scholarship and successfully completed a comprehensive foot and ankle stint in Bristol (United Kingdom) where he learned a wide variety of arthroscopic, minimally-invasive and conventional techniques in foot and ankle surgery. This substantially-increased the repertoire of surgical skills has enabled him to provide his patients with greater choices and improved outcomes for their foot and ankle treatments.

Dr Tan is a strong patient advocate who believes in the holistic care of the patient. He has received compliments from patients and the SingHealth Service with a Heart Award for excellent patient care.
Special Interests:

  • Keyhole Ankle Surgeries
  • Sports Injuries - Osteochondral Lesions / Ligament Injuries
  • Fusion Procedures
  • Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis
  • Ankle Replacements
  • Keyhole Fusion Procedures 
  • Knee Osteoarthritis and Sports Injuries
  • Partial / Total Knee Replacements 


  • National University of Singapore, MBBS (Singapore) 
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, MRCS (Edinburgh)
  • National University of Singapore, MMed (Ortho) (Singapore)
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, FRCS (Orth) (Edinburgh)
  • Ministry of Health, Singapore, Specialist Accreditation in Orthopaedic Surgery 

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Clinical Lecturer, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Core Faculty, SingHealth Orthopaedic Residency Programme
  • Faculty, SingHealth PGY1 Residency Programme
  • Faculty, SingHealth Institute of Medical Simulation
  • Member, Singapore General Hospital Trauma Committee
  • Member, AO Trauma Faculty


  • MOH Training Award 2012
  • SingHealth Surgical Congress Best Presentation Award 2015
  • SingHealth Residency Quality Improvement Award 2018
  • SingHealth Health Manpower Development Plan Award 2019 
  • SingHealth Service with a Heart Award 2020 

Research Interests


  1. Bicompartmental Versus Total Knee Arthroplasty for Medical and Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis.
    Tan SM, Dutton AQ, Bea KC, Kumar VP.
    Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hong Kong) 2013 Dec; 21(3): 281-4
  2. Total Hip Arthroplasty for Surgical Management of Advanced Tuberculous Hip Arthritis: Case Report.
    Tan SM, Chin PL.
    World Journal of Orthopaedics 2015 Mar 18;6(2): 316-21
  3. Autologous Bone Grafting and Revision Plating in a Case of Persistent High Tibial Osteotomy Non-union.
    Tan SM, Wong MK.
    Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2016 July-Aug; 6(3):91-93
  4. Predictors of Midterm Outcomes after Medial Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty in Asians.
    Bin Abd Razak HR, Acharyya S, Tan SM, Pang HN, Tay KD, Chia SL, Lo NN, Yeo SJ.
    Clinics of Orthopaedic Surgery 2017 Dec; 9(4) 432-438
  5. Early Functional, Radiological Outcomes and Satisfaction Rates of Total Ankle Arthroplasty in an Asian Population.
    Tan SM, Bin Abd Razak HR, Singh Rikhraj I.
    Foot and Ankle Specialist 2018 Oct 11(5):425-432.
  6. Unusual case of a Volleyball Athlete Presenting with Posterior Shoulder Pain and Infraspinatus Muscle Wasting.
    Tan SM, Lim DM, Andrew THC.
    Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2018 Sept-Oct; 8(5):11-14
  7. Satisfaction Rates Are Low following Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty in Asians Despite Improvements in Patient-Reported Outcome Measures.
    Bin Abd Razak HR, Lee JHM, Tan SM, Chong HC, Lo NN, Yeo SJ.
    Journal of Knee Surgery 2019 Jul 4. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1692629
  8. Recurrent surgical site infection after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A case report.
    Koh D, Tan SM, Tan AHC
    World J Orthop. 2019 Jun 18;10(6):255-261. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v10.i6.255.
  9. Isolated Synovial Osteochondromatosis in a Completely Enclosed Suprapatellar Pouch: A Rare Case Report.
    Tan SM, Moo IH, Sitampalam K, Koh JSB, Howe TS.
    Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2020 MarApr;10(2): 17-20
  10. Mid-Term Functional and Radiological Outcomes of Total Ankle Replacement in an Asian Cohort.
    Koh DTS, Chen JY, Tan SM, Tay KS, Singh IR, Yeo NEM.J Foot Ankle Surg. 2021 Sep 20:S1067-2516(21)00340-9.
  11. Elevated Body Mass Index Does Not Adversely Influence the Outcomes of Arthroscopic Treatment for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus.
    Koh DT, Xia Z, Li Z, Tay KS, Tan SM, Yeo N, Rikhraj IS.Foot Ankle Orthop. 2022 Jan 21;7(1):2473011421S00285.

Research Trials