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Kathy Goh Professorship in Pathology

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Professor Tan Puay Hoon

Kathy Goh Professorship in Pathology, April 2022 - Current




​The Kathy Goh Professorship in Pathology has been conferred on Professor Tan Puay Hoon.

Professor Tan plays a key role in the breast diseases research programme, particularly in the classification of fibroepithelial breast lesions and their molecular pathogenesis, triple negative breast cancers, and ductal carcinoma in situ. She has contributed to several high impact research publications. Professor Tan is the recipient of multiple research grants related to translational studies of breast cancer. To date, she has published more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Her contributions led to her appointment on several editorial boards. Professor Tan was a Volume Editor of the 2012 (4th series) WHO Classification of Tumours of the Breast, and is a Standing Editorial Board member for the 5th series of the WHO Classification of Tumours, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, as well as an expert member for the Breast volume in this latest series. She sits on the Editorial Boards of Modern Pathology, Breast Cancer Research, Pathology, Seminars in Diagnostic Pathobiology, and is Associate Editor of Histopathology and the Singapore Medical Journal. She is the series champion of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting Breast Datasets, and represents SGH as a core member of the International Collaboration on Cancer Classification and Research, IARC.

She is a Past-President of the International Society of Breast Pathology (ISBP), and was Councillor for Asia of the International Society of Urological Pathology from 2009 to 2015. She is the immediate Past-President of the Asian Breast Diseases Association, and is the current Convenor of the Assembly of Asia-Pacific International Academies of Pathology. She was conferred the National Outstanding Clinician Award by the Ministry of Health Singapore in 2015, and the ISBP-BCRF Norton award for excellence in breast pathology in 2020.

Professor Tan is involved in educational activities, actively mentoring students and residents. She is the Chairman of the Specialist Training Committee for Pathology. She participates in many international and regional pathology teaching courses and seminars.

The conferment of this Distinguished Professorship is an endorsement of Professor Tan as an outstanding breast pathologist who has made major contributions in the field of breast diseases research, and in recognition for her thought leadership in advancing medical research in Pathology.