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Tan Bien Soo

Clinical Professor

Chair, Radiological Sciences Academic Clinical Programme

Chairman, Division of Radiological Sciences, Singapore General Hospital

Senior Consultant, Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital


Education Qualifications: MBBS, FRCR, FAMS

Adjunct Professor Tan Bien Soo is Senior Consultant at the Department of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Singapore General Hospital. He is the former Academic Chair of the Radiological Sciences Academic Clinical Programme at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Centre and the Chair of the Division of Radiological Sciences at Singapore General Hospital. He was Head of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital from 2002 to 2010. He is concurrently Adjunct Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School and Clinical Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Department of Medical Science, Development and Management University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar.

Adjunct Professor Tan has served in various capacities professionally. He was the Chairman of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Advisory Committee, the national committee that oversees postgraduate training in Diagnostic Radiology in Singapore from 2010 to 2018. He is a past President of the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, and a past President of the College of Radiologists, Singapore. He is also in the team of editors of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (CVIR) and an assistant editor of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Adjunct Professor Tan is a fellow of several professional organizations, including the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE). He is active in research and is the Principal Investigator of an NMRC funded prospective randomized clinical trial looking into the efficacy of drug eluting balloon angioplasty in critical limb ischemia.

In 2013, he was conferred the prestigious CIRSE Distinguished Fellow Award for his contributions and achievements in the field of Interventional Radiology, being only the 3rd Asian radiologist to receive this honour. He was also one of the  2017 recipients of the SingHealth Distinguished Senior Clinician Award, which annually recognises top performing senior clinicians who are leading experts in their fields and are role models to fellow colleagues.


Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships:

  • President, Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) (2014 – 2016)
  • President, College of Radiologists, Singapore (2009 - 2011)
  • Head, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital (Apr 2002 – Sep 2010)


  • Distinguished Senior Clinician Award (SingHealth, Singapore, 2017)
  • The FY Khoo Memorial Lecture (College of Radiologists, Singapore and Singapore Radiological Society, Singapore, 2016)
  • Outstanding Clinician Award (SingHealth GCEO Excellence Awards, Singapore, 2014)
  • The Singapore Urological Association Lecture (Singapore Urological Association, Singapore, 2013)
  • Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe Distinguished Fellow Award (Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe, 2013)
  • Fellow, Society of Interventional Radiology (Society of Interventional Radiology, USA 2005)

Research Interests: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, including embolization techniques, genitourinary intervention, dialysis access intervention and drug eluting technology for prevention of restenosis. 

Selected Publications:

Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula and Graft Stenoses: Randomized Trial Comparing Drug-eluting Balloon Angioplasty with Conventional Angioplasty. Irani FG, Teo TKB, Tay KH, Yin WH, Win HH, Gogna A, Patel A, Too CW, Chan SXJM, Lo RHG, Toh LHW, Chng SP, Choong HL, Tan BS.  Radiology. 2018 Oct;289(1):238-247. 

Randomized clinical trial of cutting balloon angioplasty versus high-pressure balloon angioplasty in hemodialysis arteriovenous fistula stenoses resistant to conventional balloon angioplasty. J  Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014; Aftab SA, Tay KH, Irani FG, Gong Lo RH, Gogna A, Haaland B, Tan SG, Chng SP, Pasupathy S, Choong HL, Tan BS. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2014 Feb;25(2):190-8.

Post-radioembolization yttrium-90 PET/CT - part 1: diagnostic reporting. Kao YH, Steinberg JD, Tay YS, Lim GK, Yan J, Townsend DW, Takano A, Burgmans MC, Irani FG, Teo TK, Yeow TN, Gogna A, Lo RH, Tay KH, Tan BS, Chow PKh, Satchithanantham S, Tan AE, Ng DC, Goh AS. EJNMMI Res. 2013 Jul 25;3(1):56.

Image-guided personalized predictive dosimetry by artery-specific SPECT/CT partition modeling for safe and effective 90Y radioembolization.  Kao YH, Hock Tan AE, Burgmans MC, Irani FG, Khoo LS, Gong Lo RH, Tay KH, Tan BS, Hoe Chow PK, Eng Ng DC, Whatt Goh AS.  J Nucl Med. 2012 Apr;53(4):559-66. 

Long-term follow-up of the treatment of renal angiomyolipomas after selective arterial embolization with alcohol.  Chick CM, Tan BS, Cheng C, Taneja M, Lo R, Tan YH, Lin SE, Tay KH. BJU Int. 2010 Feb;105(3):390-4.

Use of magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of placental invasion. Teo TH, Law YM, Tay KH, Tan BS, Cheah FK.  Clin Radiol. 2009 May;64(5):511-6.

Perioperative endovascular internal iliac artery occlusion balloon placement in management of placenta accreta. Tan CH, Tay KH, Sheah K, Kwek K, Wong K, Tan HK, Tan BS.  AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Nov;189(5):1158-63.

Palliation of inoperable esophageal carcinoma: a prospective randomized trial of laser therapy and stent placement.  Adam A, Ellul J, Watkinson AF, Tan BS, Morgan EA, Saunders MP, Mason RC. Radiology. 1997; 202(2): 344-8

Using uncovered metallic endoprostheses to treat recurrent benign esophageal strictures. Tan BS, Kennedy C, Morgan R, Owen W, Adam A.  AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1997 Nov;169(5):1281-4.

Minimally invasive therapy for advanced oesophageal malignancy. Tan BS, Mason RC, Adam A.  Clin Radiol. 1996 Dec;51(12):828-36