Raffles Shield Panel Specialists

A/Prof John Tam Kit Chung

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Clinic Details


Clinic Address: 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road NUH Main Building Zone F Singapore 119074

Clinic Number: 6779 2777

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:30am to 5:30pm Sat, Sun & PH: Closed
Associate Professor John Tam is a Senior Consultant and the founding Head of Thoracic Surgery at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS). He is also an Associate Professor with tenure at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
A/Prof Tam specialises in performing minimally invasive single-port keyhole surgery using advanced techniques in Uniportal Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (UVATS).  He has been performing Uniportal VATS lobectomy since June 25, 2009; from then onwards, thousands of patients have benefitted from this technique. A/Prof Tam has achieved excellence in enhanced recovery protocols, pain reduction, and quality of life after surgery to maximise patients’ well-being and comfort. He leads a high performance team of thoracic surgeons with excellent surgical outcomes, and is passionate with educating the new generation of thoracic surgeons in Singapore and Asia.
A/Prof Tam has many research publications in top high-impact international-refereed journals, including Science, Nature, Cell, Immunity, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery and top journals in the field of Thoracic Surgery.  He is Chairman of the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Residency Advisory Committee in Ministry of Health, Singapore. He is also a member of various committees in Ministry of Health, Singapore. He holds multiple leadership appointments within the National University Health System (NUHS) and National University of Singapore.
A/Prof Tam is a passionate educator. He has a proven track record of leadership and mentorship in higher education. He was Associate of the Centre of Medical Education at NUS, and was a lead faculty of numerous faculty development and pedagogical development workshops and programs. He was Faculty Facilitator by invitation for five courses in the Harvard Medical International-NUS “Essentials for Clinician Teachers” series. He was the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in both the Department of Surgery and the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) in 2006 to 2011, during which he successfully led major reforms of the entire undergraduate curriculum in surgery. He has been Core Examiner of the FRCS Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (CTS) exit examination in Singapore held jointly with Royal college of Edinburgh and College of Hong Kong since 2007. He is Director of the Advanced Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program in the National University Hospital (NUH), and Chairman of the Program Evaluation Committee in the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Residency Program in NUHS. He is Core Faculty of both the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and General Surgery residency programs in NUHS.
A/Prof Tam was awarded with the Public Healthcare Clinician Special Recognition in 2013. He was awarded the SPRING Singapore Excellent Service Gold Awards in 2008 and 2009 in recognition of his excellent service to patients. He was awarded the NUS Medicine Teaching Excellence Award in 2019, and the NUS Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for 3 consecutive years in 2007-2010. A/Prof Tam is recognized as a key opinion leader in lung surgery. He was featured as an invited panel speaker in ChannelNewsAsia Perspective series on lung cancer management in 2017, which was broadcasted and televised across Asia.
A/Prof Tam is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). He was a Clinical Instructor at the Advance Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Center at the University of Pittsburgh in USA. Prior to that, he obtained the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and underwent Thoracic Surgery training in Canada. He also holds graduate degrees in Master of Education, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with First Class Honors in Canada.

BSc (Honors), MD, MSc, MEd, FRCSC (Thoracic Surgery)

Lung Surgery
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Oncology (Thoracic Surgery)