Dr. Tan is the James Edmund Dodds Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University. He is also Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre.
Dr. Tan is an internationally recognized infertility expert and a pioneer in the simplification of in-vitro fertilization. He founded the McGill Reproductive Center and led the team that produced the world’s first air transport IVF and ICSI pregnancies. His team is the pioneer in Canada in the use of in-vitro maturation of human oocytes for the treatment of infertility and in the use of in-vitro maturation (IVM) and vitrification of oocytes to preserve fertility in young women undergoing cancer treatment. As a result of this groundbreaking work, in 2005, the team was the first in the world to achieve a livebirth from an egg that was matured through IVM, vitrified and then thawed.
Dr. Tan has published 11 books, 310 original scientific papers and review articles, and he has made 222 research presentations. He has been on the editorial board of nine medical journals and is regularly invited to speak at national and international scientific meetings.
He is a member of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Expert Advisory Panels on Reproductive Medicine and Ultrasound as well as a fellow of the International Academy on Human Reproduction.
He is the Founding President of the International Society of In-Vitro Maturation (ISIVM) and the Global Chinese Association for Reproductive Medicine (GCARM) and the Founding Treasurer of the International Society of In-Vitro Fertilization (ISIVF).
In 1998, he received the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society – European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Exchange Speaker Award and, in 1999, the Resolve Award from the National Infertility Association of the United States for outstanding contribution in the field of ultrasound. Dr. Tan was the John Collins lecturer at the 2001 CFAS meeting. In 2008, he received the Singapore Lecture Gold Medal from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom in recognition of his significant scientific contribution to the field of obstetrics and gynecology. He has also been awarded the Howard Eddey Gold Medal by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the MRCOG Gold Medal by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the United Kingdom.
In 2003, he earned an MBA degree with distinction from the New York University/London School of Economics/HEC Grande Ecole Paris TRIUM Executive MBA Program.