Dr Alexander Tan began his medical training at the age of 16 at The University of Western Australia, graduating with both a Bachelor of Medical Sciences with First Class Honours in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours. He then commenced work at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and continued to contribute to clinical research at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth. He completed his ophthalmic training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne, whilst serving on the Qualification and Education Committee and as a member of the Senior Trainees Network for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO).
He previously served as the Chief Ophthalmology Registrar at RVEEH and was responsible for teaching new Ophthalmology trainees in the Victorian Training Network, as well as coordinating the national RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination. Dr Tan continues to serve on the RANZCO Curriculum Committee for Retinal disease, and is a Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology for the University of New England. He has presented his research at local and international scientific conferences, and has received a number of scholarships, awards and grants. Dr Tan recently spent 3 years working full-time in rural NSW as a general ophthalmologist, serving the needs of patients with poor access to healthcare, and continues to perform a regular visiting surgical service there. He currently maintains public appointments at the Monash Medical Centre and Yarra Ranges Health.
Dr Tan has a special interest in cataract surgery and medical retina, including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He has performed over 3,000 successful cataract surgeries and is always striving to perfect his surgical techniques. He also manages a wide range of ophthalmic disease including glaucoma, oculoplastics, and neuro-ophthalmology.
Alexander believes that good commnunication is the cornerstone for excellent medicine. His patients are given time to ask questions and understand all of the options available before proceeding with a treatment plan tailored to meet their individual needs. His clinical motto is: "What would I do for my loved one". Outside of work he enjoys spending quality time with wife and their young daughter.
- Noel and Imelda Foster Award, given to a Registrar or Fellow who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contribution to the life of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, specifically in the areas of: promoting clinical excellence; teaching and research; patient centred care; and, demonstrating the values of the Eye and Ear.
- Royal Childrenís Hospital New Technology Grant
- Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia New Investigator Grant
- Australian Postgraduate Award for postgraduate medical research
- UWA ìA & A Sawî Scholarship for postgraduate medical research
- Alvina King Scholarship, UWA Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science
- RANZCO (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists)
- AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology)
- ASO (Australian Society of Ophthalmologists)