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Dr Tan Yia Swam

General Surgery

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Breast Friend Surgery & Wellness


Mount Alvernia Hospital
820 Thomson Road
St Anne Mother & Child Centre #04-82
Singapore 574623

Clinic Hours

8.30am to 5.00pm (Mon – Fri)
8.30am to 1pm (Sat)


Dr Tan Yia Swam is a general surgeon at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore.

Her subspecialties lie in minimally invasive breast surgery, ultrasound-guided biopsy of breast lumps, aspiration of breastfeeding abscesses, and surgery for breast cancer such as breast conservation surgery, skin-sparing/nipple-sparing mastectomy, and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Dr Tan is experienced in a wide range of breast conditions including lumps, pain, nipple discharge, cancers, and abnormal imaging.

She has also published and presented research in articles and journals both locally and internationally.

Dr Tan advocates for patients and for doctors, and has held various leadership roles over the years.

2022-2025 Appointed Member, Singapore Medical Council (SMC)
2021-2023 President, Singapore Medical Association (SMA)
2021-2023 Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP)
2014-present Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AMS)
2014-present Member Singapore Society of Oncology (SSO)
2013-present Member, Association of Women Doctors, Singapore (AWDS)
2007-present Member, SMA Council

As recognition for her patient-centric care, Dr Tan has received the KK Service from the Heart Award in 2016 as well as the Gold Award in Singapore Health Quality Service in 2018. She participates in outreach through educational talks to the public, family practitioners and students. Her passion and commitment to teaching has been recognised with the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

She believes in personalised treatment recommendations that respect patients’ needs and concerns.
Dr Tan speaks English, Mandarin and Hokkien.