Dr. Tan Yih Kai is a Senior Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1994. He then received postgraduate training in United Kingdom between 1996 and 2006, working at various hospitals including Royal Stoke University Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust. During the period of his postgraduate training, Dr Tan sub-specialised in vascular surgery. This led to him being awarded Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (FRCSEd).
Following his time in UK, Dr. Tan returned to Australia for 2 years to advance his skills in endovascular procedures at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Repatriation Hospital. During this time, he gained extensive experience in open vascular procedures such as abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, bypass surgery and carotid artery surgery.
Dr. Tan started working as Consultant Surgeon in Changi General Hospital (CGH) in 2008 and was the Director of Vascular Services at CGH between 2009and 2015. He was instrumental in the set up and expansion of Vascular and Endovascular Services in CGH. He was also the founding member and Chairman of Wound Management Committee in CGH who started the yearly nationwide CGH Wound Symposium since 2016. He revamped the wound care service with the introduction of evidence-based and the state-of-the-art wound management techniques, leading to the eventual creation of CGH Wound Healing Centre.
Dr. Tan is accredited as a Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP) by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM). He is a key opinion leader in wound care and is a member of Advisory Board for ConvaTec Group, an international medical company specialising in wound and skin care products.
Dr Tan is also active academically. He has published in many peer-reviewed journals, including book chapters. He was also involved in writing up an International Wound Hygiene Consensus in 2019.He had given numerous presentations and chaired workshops held for both public audiences and fellow health care providers. He was a core faculty member for the SingHealth Residency Program for General Surgery. He is also a founding member of Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgeons of Singapore (SVESS).
He has special interests in venous diseases (such as leg swelling, leg ulcers and varicose veins), diabetic limb salvage (such as angioplasty and bypass surgery), diabetic foot complications (such as infection, wound and gangrene) and advanced wound care.