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Last updated: 14 Sep 2020
Mr Neil Tan is a dual fellowship trained Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. He manages all aspects of general ENT problems and has a sub-specialist interest in rhinology and endoscopic sinus surgery. This includes all conditions of the nose including inflammatory problems (eg sinusitis or nasal allergy) and structural problems (eg deviated nasal septum and deformity causing nasal obstruction). He has an interest in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for the treatment of watery eyes.
Mr Tan undertook his basic medical training at Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine, London, which included an honours degree in Radiological Sciences. He completed his higher specialist ENT Training in the East of England region and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2016. He undertook two years of sub-speciality fellowships in Anterior and Lateral Skull Base Surgery in Addenbrookes, Cambridge, and Advanced Rhinology, Endoscopic Skull Base and Lacrimal Surgery in Adelaide, Australia working with world leaders in rhinology and endoscopic sinus surgery.
He has an extensive background in academic rhinology research, having been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy with Distinction from the University of Adelaide in 2013. He has published extensively in basic sciences and clinical rhinology research, and has given numerous international presentations in the USA, Australia, Europe and UK. He has won a number of awards including the Royal Society of Medicine Research Prize, Essay Prize and Sinus Dissection Prizes.
Mr Tan has a keen interest in education and training. He was awarded a Master of Education with Distinction from the University of Cambridge and has been invited to teach on internationally recognised sinus surgery courses in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Areas of interest
Rhinology (nasal conditions); Medical and surgical treatments of acute and chronic sinusitis including advanced endoscopic sinus surgery.
Treatment of nasal obstruction including septoplasty and turbinate surgery
Inflammatory and autoimmune conditions affecting the nose and nasal cavity
General adult ENT Surgery
Current NHS consultant posts held
Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust
PhD with distinction from University of Adelaide - thesis title "Intracellular Staphylococcus aureus in Chronic Rhinosinusitis"
Master of Education with distinction from University of Cambridge
Topics of interest
Pathophysiology of chronic rhinosinusitis
Cystic Fibrosis rhinosinusitis (Paediatric and Adult)
Out of work, I spend most of my free time with my wife and four children, but I have a keen interest in endurance sports, having completed a marathon, half-ironman and numerous triathlons. I have also been enjoying the Cornish beaches especially body boarding and surfing!
Royal Society of Medicine Rhinology Dissection Prize
Royal Society of Medicine Rhinology Research Prize
Royal Society of Medicine Rhinology Essay Prize
British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology Best Rhinology Presentation Prize
Basil Hetzel Institute Best Presentation Prize
PhD Scholarship from University of Adelaide
31 Peer-review publications
15 International presentations
3 Book chapters
- BSc (hons) University of London 2003
- MBBS University of London 2004
- MEd University of Cambridge 2016
- PhD University of Adelaide 2013
- FRCS (ORL-HNS) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2016
- Fellowship in Anterior and Lateral Skull Base Surgery Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge 2016
- Fellowship in Advanced Rhinology, Skull Base and Lacrimal Surgery University of Adelaide 2017
Reference number 6105672
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Exeter Medical School 2019
- International Committee Member American Rhinologic Society 2019
Details of entry to specialist register
- Otolaryngology, 2017
Affiliations / memberships
- Duchy Hospital, Truro
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