Dr. Wan-Cheng Tan joined as staff of St. Paul's Hospital, Respiratory Division in April 2004. Prior to that she was Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and Consultant Physician and Pulmonologist at the National University Hospital in Singapore.
Dr. Tan obtained her medical degree from the University of Aberdeen in 1973. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and of London.
Professor Tan is a Past President of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR). Currently, she serves as a member of the advisory group to the World Lung Health committee and the International Relations Committee of the American Thoracic Society. In addition, Professor Tan is chairperson of the Dissemination Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative on Asthma (GINA) and an advisory member of the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), both of which are the collaborative work of the US National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
An author of over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, Professor Tan also serves as Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for various journals, including Respirology, Respiratory Medicine and Journal of COPD. She has major research interests in the risk factors for near-fatal asthma, the role of respiratory viruses in near fatal asthma; ethnic differences in the genetics of asthma severity, in the prevalence, mortality and risk factors of hospitalization in COPD, and in the long term effects of inhaled steroids in mild asthma.
In addition to English, Dr Tan also speaks several Asian languages and dialects such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Malay.