Tan Chorh Chuan

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Tan Chorh Chuan
Tan Chorh-Chuan World Economic Forum 2013.jpg
Tan Chorh-Chuan at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013
2nd President of the
National University of Singapore
In office
December 1, 2008 – December 31, 2017
Preceded by Shih Choon Fong
Succeeded by Tan Eng Chye
Personal details
Born Singapore
Residence Singapore
Alma mater National University of Singapore
Profession Professor of Medicine
Scientific career
Fields Medicine
Institutions National University of Singapore
Thesis Regulation of erythropoietin messenger RNA (1992)

Tan Chorh Chuan (陈祝全) is a former President of the National University of Singapore (NUS), serving from December 2008 to December 2017. He is Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and Senior Consultant at the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH). Currently, he also serves as the Deputy Chairman of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Senior Advisor to the Governing Board of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.[1]


Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1983. Thereafter, he started his medical career as a renal physician. He went on to serve in several concurrent hospital and academic appointments from 1987 beginning as a faculty member with the Department of Medicine at NUS and Registrar, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine at NUH. Tan completed his PhD in 1992 with a dissertation entitled "Regulation of erythropoietin messenger RNA".[2] He became a Senior Consultant with the Division of Nephrology at NUH since 1997 and a Professor of Medicine with NUS since 1999. He was promoted to Chief and Head of the Department of Medicine from 1997 to 1998. Subsequently, he became the Dean of Faculty of Medicine, NUS and also Chairman of the NUH Medical Board from 1997 to 2000.[3] Tan served as the NUS's Provost and Deputy President between 2004 and 2007 and then as Senior Deputy President before assuming the appointment of President.[4]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Shih Choon Fong
President of National University of Singapore
December 1, 2008 - December 31, 2017
Succeeded by
Tan Eng Chye