Dr Derek TanBDS (Singapore) FRACDS (Australia)
Cert Prosthodontics (USA)
Diplomat, American Board of Prosthodontics
Dr. Derek Tan is an American Board-Certified Prosthodontist. He graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore in 1999. After a year with the Community Dental Service, Ministry of Health, he joined the National University Hospital, where he was a Dental Officer for 3 years, treating out-patients as well medically compromised in-patients.
After 2 years in private practice, Dr Tan decided to pursue his Prosthodontic Residency at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA, where he was trained in providing complex multidisciplinary dental rehabilitation treatment involving dental aesthetics, cosmetics and dental implants.
During his residency, he was twice awarded the Alex Koper Endowed Scholarship for Prosthodontic Education for being the best prosthodontic resident, as well as the Max Sosin Endowed Scholarship. He also won a research grant from Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics to study dental implant screw mechanics.
After completing his residency, Dr Tan accepted a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Advanced Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at the Ostrow School of Dentistry, where he was responsible for helping to develop parts of the dental implant program curriculum, as well as teaching prosthodontics and implant dentistry to pre- and post-doctoral students.
In 2009, Dr Tan was elected as a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. In order to claim this distinction, Dr Tan had to undergo and pass a rigorous four-part examination administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and is registered with the Singapore Dental Council as a Specialist in Prosthodontics.
Dr Tan also serves as a visiting consultant to the Cleft and Craniofacial Research Centre at KK Hospital where he is part of the team rehabilitating patients with cleft deformities.