Donald Tan, MD
Dr Donald Tan is an ophthalmologist practising at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore. He subspecialises in corneal surgery, focusing on newer forms of corneal transplantation. Dr Tan was a founding doctor of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and went on to become its medical director from 2008 – 2014. He was also the director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) from 2000 –2008, and head of the department of ophthalmology at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, from 2001, where he continues to be a fully tenured professor. He is an adjunct professor in ophthalmology at Duke-NUS Medical School, and an adjunct professor (honorary) at Nanyang Technological University. In the field of corneal and external diseases, Dr Tan has made major contributions to the development of new techniques in corneal transplantation and corneal refractive surgery, with over 2 decades of experience.
He has introduced new forms of corneal transplantation such as deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), descemets stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), and descemets membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), and developed new surgical instrumentation for these operations which have transformed the success of corneal transplants. He has led the Singapore Eye Bank as its medical director since 1993.