Our Specialists

Dr Tan Yew Seng

Senior Consultant Palliative Medicine

MBBS (Singapore)
MMed (Singapore)
FCFP (Singapore)
FAMS (Palliative Medicine)

Oncocare Location

Gleneagles Medical Centre, #02-17


English, Mandarin and Cantonese


> 30 Years


Palliative and end-of-life care for patients with cancer or non-cancer terminal illnesses


Dr Tan Yew Seng is the Senior Consultant Palliative Medicine Physician at OncoCare Cancer Centre. His subspecialty interests are in supporting patients with life-threatening diseases and patients at the end of life. He has more than 30 years of clinical practice. 

Before joining OncoCare Cancer Centre, Dr Tan was a Medical Director of Assisi Hospice in 2006 and subsequently a Senior Consultant at Bright Vision Hospital in 2014.  He is accredited in Palliative Medicine and Family Medicine subspecialties.

Dr Tan is actively involved in teaching Family Medicine, Palliative Medicine, hospice, and end-of-life care to doctors, medical students, nurses, physical therapists, art therapists, social workers, counsellors, and volunteers. He had also been an examiner for the Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine and Family Medicine, Master of Medicine in Family Medicine, and the Palliative Medicine Advance Specialty Training Exit Examinations.

Dr Tan has a special interest in supporting patients, families, and care staff who are experiencing the challenges of life-threatening diseases and the end of life.  For his work with these patients, families, and caregivers, he was awarded the Healthcare Humanity Award in 2010. He is also an alumnus of the Metta Institute End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program in San Francisco, which trains professionals in the care of the dying.

In terms of other contributions, Dr Tan has served in various national workgroups and committees on opiate dependence and abuse, mental health, and dementia; on clinical practice guidelines for epilepsy, dementia, and benzodiazepines; as well as in health feedback and health policy study workgroups.

Dr Tan is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. 

  • Graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1990.
  • Obtained Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine in 1998.
  • Obtained Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2000.
  • Received his Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) in 2004.
  • Accredited with the Fellow of the College of Family Physicians (Singapore) in 2007.