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Clin Assoc Prof Tan Swee Yaw

Clin Assoc Prof Tan Swee Yaw


Senior Consultant

National Heart Centre Singapore

Specialty: Cardiology

Clinical Interest: Cardiac Computed Tomography

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Cardiovascular Disease, Chest Pain, Chest Pain.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Department of Cardiology National Heart Centre SingaporeNational Heart Centre Singapore


Clinical Associate Professor Tan Swee Yaw is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Cardiology at the National Heart Centre Singapore. He is experienced in the field of cardiac CT angiography and has published extensively in this area. Additionally, Clin Assoc Prof Tan has research interests in exercise physiology, sports cardiology and preventive cardiology, and has published peer review journals on these topics. 


  • FESC 2005
  • FAMS 2005
  • MMED Surgery (Singapore) 2004 
  • MRCP (UK) 2001
  • MBChB (Edinburgh) United Kingdom 1998 

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National Heart Centre Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Heart Failure Guidelines (2014 Committee)
  • Member, Singapore Heart Foundation
  • Fellow, Academy of Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Clinical Tutor, National University Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • Executive Committee Member, Asian Society of Cardiac Imaging, 2011 - Present 
  • Fellow, European Society of Cardiology, 2011 - Present
  • Editorial Committee, Kaiser Permante Journal, 2009 - Present 
  • Website Editor and Council Member, Singapore Cardiac Society, 2008 - Present 
  • Member, Society of Cardiac Computer Tomography, 2005 - Present 


  • Khoo Clinical Scholar Award, 2010
  • Higher Medical Development Programme (HMDP) at Stanford University and Northern California (Cardiac CT and Rehabilitation), 2005

Research Interests

  • ​Cardiac CT Angiography
  • Cardiac Calcium Score
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Exercise Physiology


  • Significance of Quantitative QRS Duration. Desai AD, Tan SY, Yamazaki T, Kaykha A, Chun S, Froelicher VF. Am J Med. 2006 Jul;119(7):600-6. 
  • Comparison of the chronotropic response to exercise and heart rate recovery in predicting cardiovascular mortality. Myers J, Tan SY, Abella J, Aleti V, Froelicher VF. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2007 Apr;14(2):215-21.  
  • Exercise capacity and body mass as predictors of mortality among male veterans with type 2 diabetes. McAuley PA, Myers JN, Abella JP, Tan SY, Froelicher VFDiabetes Care. 2007 Jun;30(6):1539-43. Epub 2007 Mar 10.  
  • Prognostic value of heart rate increase at onset of exercise testing. Leeper NJ, Dewey FE, Ashley EA, Sandri M, Tan SY, Hadley D, Myers J, Froelicher V.Circulation. 2007 Jan 30;115(4):468-74. Epub 2007 Jan 22.  
  • Prognostic value of the computerized ECG in Hispanics. Perez MV, Tan SY, Myers J, Froelicher VF. Clin Cardiol. 2007 Apr;30(4):189-94.
  • The use of ambulatory tonometric radial arterial wave capture to measure ambulatory blood pressure: the validation of a novel wrist-bound device in adults. D Nair , S Y Tan , H-W Gan , S-F Lim , J Tan , M Zhu , H Gao , N-H Chua , W-L Peh , K-H Mak. J Hum Hypertens. 2007 Nov 8; : 17992251  
  • The prognostic value of T wave amplitude in lead aVR in males. Swee Y Tan, Gregory Engel, Jonathan Myers, Marcus Sandri, Victor F Froelicher. Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology 04/2008; 13(2):113-9. 
  • Added value of a resting ECG neural network that predicts cardiovascular mortality. Perez MV, Dewey FE, Tan SY, Myers J, Froelicher VF. Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol. 2009 Jan;14(1):26-3
  • A simplified clinical electrocardiogram score for the prediction of cardiovascular mortality. Tan SY, Sungar GW, Myers J, Sandri M, Froelicher V. Clin Cardiol. 2009 Feb;32(2):82-6.
  • Percutaneous transcatheter heart valve implantation in a bicuspid aortic valve. Chiam PT, Chao VT, Tan SY, Koh TH, Lee CY, Tho VY, Sin YK, Chua YL.JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2010 May;3(5):559-61
  • Percutaneous transcatheter aortic valve replacement: first transfemoral implant in Asia. Chiam PT, Koh TH, Chao VT, Lee CY, See Tho VY, Tan SY, Lim ST, Hwang NC, Sin YK, Chua YL. Singapore Med J. 2009 May;50(5):534-7.
  • Percutaneous transcatheter aortic valve replacement: first transapical implant in Asia. Chao VT, Chua YL, Chiam PT, Lee CY, See Tho VY, Tan SY, Sin YK, Hwang NC, Lim ST, Koh TH. Singapore Med J. 2010 Jan;51(1):69-72. 
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation with pre-existing mechanical mitral prosthesis – use of CT angiography. Victor T Chao, Paul T Chiam, Swee Yaw Tan. The Journal of invasive cardiology 07-2010; 22(7):339-40. 
  • Fish bone-induced hepatic abscess: medical treatment. C T Ng, A Htoo, S Y Tan National Heart Centre, 17 Third Hospital Avenue, Mistri Wing, Singapore 168752.  Singapore medical journal 03/2011; 52(3):e56-8.
  • Diagnostic performance of combined noninvasive coronary angiography and myocardial perfusion imaging using 320 row detector computed tomography: design and implementation of the CORE320 multicenter, multinational diagnostic study. Andrea L Vavere, Gregory G Simon, Richard T George, Carlos E Rochitte, Andrew E Arai, Julie M Miller, Marcello Di Carli, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Armin A Zadeh, Marc Dewey, Hiroyuki Niinuma, Roger Laham, Frank J Rybicki, Joanne D Schuijf, Narinder Paul, John Hoe, Sachio Kuribyashi, Hajime Sakuma, Cesar Nomura, Tan Swee Yaw, Klaus F Kofoed, Kunihiro Yoshioka, Melvin E Clouse, Jeffrey Brinker, Christopher Cox, Joao A C Lima Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography 11/2011; 5(6):370-81. DOI:10.1016/j.jcct.2011.11.001
  • Iliofemoral anatomy among Asians: Implications for transcatheter aortic valve implantation.  Paul T L Chiam, Angela S Koh, See Hooi Ewe, Yoong Kong Sin, Victor T T Chao, Choo Khong Ng, Chung Yin Lee, Yeong Phang Lim, Jang Wen Su, See Lim Lim, Teing Ee Tan, Chong Hee Lim, Swee Yaw Tan, Soo Teik Lim, Terrance S J Chua, Tian Hai Koh, Yeow Leng Chua International journal of cardiology. 04/2012
  • Diagnosis of anomalous origin and course of coronary arteries using non-contrast cardiac CT scan and detection features. Ignasius Aditya Jappar, Terrance Chua, Maung Myint Austin Htoo, Foong Koon Cheah, John Carson Allen, Swee Yaw Tan. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography 09/2012; 6(5):335-45. DOI:10.1016/j.jcct.2012.06.005
  • Asia’s First Successful Minimally Invasive Transapical Transcatheter Mitral Valve-in-Valve Implantation. Jia Lin Soon, Yeow Leng Chua, Victor Tt Chao, Paul Tl Chiam, See Hooi Ewe, Ving Yuen Seetho, Chung Yin Lee, Swee Yaw Tan, Tian Hai Koh, Kenny Yk Sin. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 02/2013; 42(2):85
  • Area stenosis associated with non-invasive fractional flow reserve obtained from coronary CT images. Conference proceedings: … Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Jun-Mei Zhang, Tong Luo, Yunlong Huo, Min Wan, Terrance Chua, Ru San Tan, Ghassan S Kassab, Swee Yaw Tan, Liang Zhong IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference 07/2013; 2013:3865-3868
  • Abnormal origin of right coronary artery from left ventricle with bicuspid aortic stenosis. Ning Kang, Swee-Yaw Tan, Zee-Pin Ding, Yeow-Leng Chua The Annals of thoracic surgery 08/2013; 96(2):e43-5
  • Computed tomography angiography and perfusion to assess coronary artery stenosis causing perfusion defects by single photon emission computed tomography: the CORE320 study. Carlo E Rochitte, Richard T George, Marcus Y Chen, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Marc Dewey, Julie M Miller, Hiroyuki Niinuma, Kunihiro Yoshioka, Kakuya Kitagawa, Shiro Nakamori, Roger Laham, Andrea L Vavere, Rodrigo J Cerci, Vishal C Mehra, Cesar Nomura, Klaus F Kofoed, Masahiro Jinzaki, Sachio Kuribayashi, Albert de Roos, Michael Laule, Swee Yaw Tan, John Hoe, Narinder Paul, Frank J Rybicki, Jeffery A Brinker, Andrew E Arai, Christopher Cox, Melvin E Clouse, Marcelo F Di Carli, Joao A C Lima. European Heart Journal 11/2013
  • Myocardial CT Perfusion Imaging and SPECT for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease: A Head-to-Head Comparison from the CORE320 Multicenter Diagnostic Performance Study. Radiology 05/2014. Richard T George, Vishal C Mehra, Marcus Y Chen, Kakuya Kitagawa, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Julie M  Miller, Matthew B Matheson, Andrea L Vavere, Klaus F Kofoed, Carlos E Rochitte, Marc Dewey, Tan S Yaw, Hiroyuki Niimura, Winfried Brenner, Christopher Cox, Melvin R Clouse, Joao A C Lima, Marcelo Di Carli.
  • Numerical simulation and clinical implications of stenosis in coronary blood flow. Zhang JM, Zhong L, Luo T, Huo Y, Tan SY, Wong AS, Su B, Wan M, Zhao X, Kassab GS, Lee HP, Khoo BC, Kang CW, Ba T, Tan RS Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:514729. doi: 10.1155/2014/514729. Epub 2014 Jun 2.
  • PT409 The Absence of Coronary Calcium Compares Favourably to a Negative Myocardial Perfusion Scan in Detecting Severe Stenosis on Cardiac CT Angiography. Swee Yaw Tan, Terrance Chua, John Allen. Global Heart. 03/2014; 9(1):e252-e253.
  • Myocardial CT Perfusion Imaging and SPECT for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease: A Head-to-Head Comparison from the CORE320 Multicenter Diagnostic Performance Study. Richard T George, Vishal C Mehra, Marcus Y Chen, Kakuya Kitagawa, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Julie M Miller, Matthew B Matheson, Andrea L Vavere, Klaus F Kofoed, Carlos E Rochitte, Marc Dewey, Tan S Yaw, Hiroyuki Niinuma, Winfried Brenner, Christopher Cox, Melvin E Clouse, João A C Lima, Marcelo Di Carli. Radiology 05/2014; 274(2):140806.
  • Assessment of left ventricular preload by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging predicts exercise capacity in adult operated tetralogy of Fallot: a retrospective study. Jonathan Yap, Ju Le Tan, Thu Thao Le, Fei Gao, Liang Zhong, Reginald Liew, Swee Yaw Tan, Ru San Tan. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 09/2014; 14(1):122.
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Radiation Dose Estimates for the CORE320 Study. Frank J Rybicki, Richard T Mather, Kanako K Kumamaru, Jeffrey Brinker, Marcus Y Chen, Christopher Cox, Matthew B Matheson, Marc Dewey, Marcelo F DiCarli, Julie M Miller, Jacob Geleijns, Richard T George, Narinder Paul, John Texter, Andrea Vavere, Tan Swee Yaw, Joao A C Lima, Melvin E Clouse. American Journal of Roentgenology 01/2015; 204(1):W27-36.
  • Hemodynamic analysis of patient-specific coronary artery tree. Jun‐Mei Zhang, Tong Luo, Swee Yaw Tan, Aileen Mae Lomarda, Aaron Sung Lung Wong, Felix Yung Jih Keng, John Carson Allen, Yunlong Huo, Boyang Su, Xiaodan Zhao, Min Wan, Ghassan S. Kassab, Ru. San Tan, Liang Zhong. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. 01/2015

Research Trials

  • ADORE II Trial co-investigator 
  • ISIS - RADICHOL co-investigator   
  • Rocket-AF Trial co-investigator   
  • OASIS 5 Trial co-investigator    
  • Mediwatch Trial co-investigator   
  • Depression post MI trial co-investigator  
  • COSIMA II Principle investigator (PI)   
  • CL3-16257-067 (Ivabradine Safety Trial) (PI)
  • TECOS Trial Co- investigator
  • SAFCAP – Singapore Armed Forces Coronary Atherosclerosis Prevention project – commissioned by the military to ascertain rates of coronary calcium prevalence in an asymptomatic population and other risk factors. Trial complete 2011. Co- Investigator