Tan Chorh Chuan

Tan Chorh Chuan (陈祝全) is a former President of the National University of Singapore (NUS), serving from December 2008 to December 2017. He is Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and Senior Consultant at the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH). Currently, he also serves as the Deputy Chairman of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Senior Advisor to the Governing Board of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.[1]

Tan Chorh Chuan
Tan Chorh-Chuan at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013
2nd President of the
National University of Singapore
In office
December 1, 2008  December 31, 2017
Preceded byShih Choon Fong
Succeeded byTan Eng Chye
Personal details
Alma materNational University of Singapore
ProfessionProfessor of Medicine
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational University of Singapore
ThesisRegulation of erythropoietin messenger RNA (1992)


Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1983. Tan completed his PhD in 1992 with a dissertation entitled "Regulation of erythropoietin messenger RNA".[2]


Tan started his medical career as a renal physician. He went on to serve in several concurrent hospital and academic appointments from 1987 beginning as a faculty member with the Department of Medicine at NUS and Registrar, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine at NUH. He became a Senior Consultant with the Division of Nephrology at NUH since 1997 and a Professor of Medicine with NUS since 1999. He was promoted to Chief and Head of the Department of Medicine from 1997 to 1998. Subsequently, he became the Dean of Faculty of Medicine, NUS and also Chairman of the NUH Medical Board from 1997 to 2000.[3]

Tan served as the NUS's Provost and Deputy President between 2004 and 2007 and then as Senior Deputy President before assuming the appointment of President.[4] In 2018, Tan was awarded NUS' highest academic appointment of University Professor.

Since January 2018, he has been the Chief Health Scientist at the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) and Executive Director of its new Office for Healthcare Transformation, which looks at issues in healthcare outcomes and delivery.


Tan was elected to International Member of the USA National Academy of Medicine in 2015.[5][6] Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine in the United States.

Tan also received several honorary doctorates from:

  • Loughborough University UK (2009) [7]
  • Duke University USA (2011) [8]
  • King's College London UK (2012) [9]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Shih Choon Fong
President of National University of Singapore
December 1, 2008 - December 31, 2017
Succeeded by
Tan Eng Chye
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