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ENT Specialist In Singapore

Dr Gan Eng Cern

Fellowship trained Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Surgeon

ENT Specialist In Singapore

Dr Gan Eng Cern

Fellowship trained Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Surgeon

ENT Specialist Doctor Singapore

Dr Gan Eng Cern is a fellowship trained Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Surgeon. Before moving to private practice, he was the Chief Rhinologist (Nose and Sinus Subspecialist) at Changi General Hospital, Singapore. He obtained his subspecialty training in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the world renowned St Paul’s Sinus Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He was also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.

Qualifications

  • MBBS – Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • MRCS (Edin) – Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • MMed (ORL) – Master of Medicine in ENT (National University of Singapore)
  • FAMS – Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore

Training

Dr Gan obtained his medical degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Subsequently, he completed his specialty training in Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (ENT) in Singapore. He attained his ENT specialist accreditation from the Ministry of Health of Singapore and the Singapore Medical Council. He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Award (HMDP) by Ministry of Health Singapore and underwent subspecialty training at St Paul’s Sinus Centre at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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Dr Gan with his fellowship mentor, Professor Amin Javer, Director of St paul's Sinus Centre, Vancouver, Canada

Awards

Throughout his career, Dr Gan has received numerous awards, a testament to his dedication and passion in educating medical students and ENT residents as well as in patient care, research and medical work. These include:

  • 2016 – Best Educator Award (Eastern Health Alliance)
  • 2016 – “Wow” Award (Patient Compliment)
  • 2014 – Eastern Health Alliance Caring Award – Silver
  • 2014 – 19th Yahya Cohen Memorial Lectureship (awarded by the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore for best scientific surgical paper)
  • 2012 – Human Manpower Development Award (Ministry of Health, Singapore)
  • 2007 – Singhealth Best Doctor Award
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    Dr. Gan receiving the Wow Award 2016 from Dr Lee Chien Earn, CEO of Eastern Health Alliance

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    Dr Gan receiving the 19th Yahya Cohen Lectureship in 2014 from Associate Professor Benjamin Ong, Director of Medical Services at Ministry of Health

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    Dr. Gan receiving the Best Educator Award (Eastern Health Alliance) in 2016, from Minister of Health, Mr. Gan Kim Yong

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    An appreciative patients presenting a plaque to Dr Gan

Research

Dr Gan practices evidence-based medicine and is an avid researcher. In 2014, his work in patient positioning during sinus surgery to minimize bleeding and improve surgical safety won him the prestigious 19thYahya Cohen Memorial Lectureship for best surgical paper in Singapore. He has received hospital grants for research and published in numerous peer-reviewed top international ENT journals (listed below). He was in the review committee for Eastern Health Alliance (EHA) Scientific Meeting Competition for best scientific paper in 2015 and 2016. Dr Gan is a journal article reviewer for the following medical journals:

  • International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology (IFAR) – Official Journal of American Rhinologic Society (ARS) & American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy (AAOA)
  • The Laryngoscope
  • Singapore Medical Journal
  • Annals, Academy of Medicine Singapore

Teaching

Dr Gan is a keen and patient teacher. He was involved in the teaching of medical students from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore as well as ENT Residents in Singapore.He was an examiner for the National University of Singapore Medical Student ENT exam. Together with the ENT Department at Changi General Hospital, Dr Gan organizes an annual nose and sinus cadaveric dissection course (Foundation Surgical Skills Course in Otolaryngology) for local and overseas ENT surgeons. He has been invited speaker and cadaveric dissection teacher in many local and international sinus surgery courses.

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    Dr Gan was part of the teaching faculty at a Canadian Sinus Surgery Course with Professor Amin Javer (for right), Professor Heinz Stammberger (2nd from right) and Dr Saad Alsaleh (3rd from right)

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    Dr Gan demonstrating sinus surgery in a cadaveric dissection course

Administration Appointments

  • 2015-2016 – Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Singapore
  • 2015-2017 – Rhinology Module Director for 6th and 7th Foundation Surgical Skills Course in Otolaryngology at Changi General Hospital
  • 2014 – Course Convenor (Organizing Chair) of 5th Foundation Surgical Skills Course in Otolaryngology at Changi General Hospital
  • 2014 till 2017 – Changi General Hospital Research Committee Member at Changi General Hospital
  • 2014-2017 – Centre for Advanced Clinical & Surgical Skills (CACS) Committee Member at Changi General Hospital
  • 2014-2017 – Patient Blood Management (PBM) Committee Member at Changi General Hospital
  • 2013-2017 – Co-chair of Morbidiy and Mortalilty Committee (for Department of Otorhinolaryngology) at Changi General Hospital
  • 2009-2010 – Executive Committee member of Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Singapore (SOHNSS)

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Hsu PP, Tan AK Tan BY, Gan EC, Chan YH, Blair RL, Lu PK. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty outcome assessment with quantitative computer-assisted videoendoscopic airway analysis. Acta Otolaryngol. 2007;127(1):65-70
  2. Gan EC, Ng YH, Hwang SY, Lu PK. Intratonsillar abscess: a rare cause for a common clinical presentation. Ear Nose Throat J. 2008;87(12):E9
  3. Gan EC, Lau DP, Chuah KL. Epstein-Barr virus-associated smooth muscle tumour mimicking bilateral vocal process granuloma. J Laryngol Otol. 2008 Jan;122(1):100-4.
  4. Gan EC, Lau DP, Cheah KL. Stridor in Parkinson’s disease: a case of “dry drowning?” J Laryngol Otol. 2010 Jun;124(6):668-73. Epub 2009 Dec 11. Review.
  5. Hsu PP, Tan AK, Gan EC, Chan YH, Goh MM, Lu PK, Howe WL. Computer-assisted quantitative upper airway analysis following modified uvulopalatal flap and lateral pharyngoplasty for obstructive sleep apnoea: a prospective case-controlled study. Clin Otolaryngology. 2012;37(3):188-96
  6. Gan EC, Anicete R, Tan HK, Balakrishnan A. Preauricular sinuses in the pediatric population: techniques and recurrence rates. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2013;77(3):372-8
  7. Gan EC, Habib AR, Hathorn I, Javer AR. The efficacy and safety of an office-based polypectomy with a vacuum-powered microdebrider. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013;3(11):890-5
  8. Habib AR, Thamboo A, Manji J, Dar Santos RC, Gan EC, Anstead A, Javer AR. The effect of head position on the distribution of topical nasal medication using the Mucosal Atomization Device: a cadaveric study. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013;3(12):958-62
  9. Gan EC, Habib AR, Hathorn I, Javer AR. 5-10- and 20 degree Reverse Trendelenburg Position during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: a double blind randomized controlled trial. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013;4(1):61-8
  10. Thamboo A, Manji J, Szeitz A, Santos RD, Hathorn I, Gan EC, Alsaleh S, Javer AR. The safety and efficacy of short-term budesonide delivered via mucosal atomization device for chronic rhinosinusitis without nasal polyposis Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014;4(5):397-402
  11. Parhar HS, Thamboo A, Habib AR, Chang B, Gan EC, Javer AR. The interrater and intrarater Reliability of the Philpott-Javer Staging System Based on Level of Training. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;150(4):538-41
  12. Gan EC, Thamboo A, Rudmik L, Hwang PH, Ferguson BJ, Javer AR. Medical management of allergic fungal rhinosinusitis following endoscopic sinus surgery: an evidence-based review and recommendations. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Jul 12 (Epub ahead of print)
  13. Gan EC, Alsaleh S, Manji J, Habib AR, Amanian A, Javer AR. Hemostatic effect of hot saline irrigation during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Nov;4(11):877-84. Epub 2014 Aug 8
  14. Gan EC, Habib AR, Rajwani A, Javer AR. Omalizumab therapy for refractory allergic fungal rhinosinusitis patients with moderate or severe asthma. Am J Otolaryngol. 2015 Jun Sept-Oct;36(5)672-7
  15. See A, Gan EC. Orbital compartment syndrome during endoscopic drainage of a subperiosteal orbital abscess. Am J Otolaryngol. 2015 Nov-Dec;36(6):828-31
  16. See A, Tan TY, Gan EC. Atypical culture-negative skull base osteomyelitis masquerading as advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Am J Otolaryngol. 2016 May-Jun;37(3):236-9

Textbook Chapters

  1. “Fungal Rhinosinusitis” Chapter in Scott-Brown’s 8th Edition of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (One of the definitive textbook for ENT & Head & Neck Surgeons)
  2. “Endoscopic Repair of CSF Leaks & Encephalocoeles of the Ethmoid Skull Base” Chapter in Atlas of Surgery on the Nose, Paranasal Sinuses, and Skull Base (Editors – Samuel Becker & Paolo Castelnuovo)

Selected Oral Presentations At ENT Scientific Meetings

  1. A systematic study of the recovery of facial nerve dysfunction following parotidectomy
    • 7th International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, American, Head and Neck Society, San Francisco, California, United States – 2008
  2. Surgical excision of preauricular sinus under microscope guidance in the paediatric population
    • 14th ASEAN Paediatric Congress & 3rd Asian Paediatric Otolaryngology Meeting, Suntec City Convention Centre, Singapore – 2011
    • 14th ASEAN ORL Head & Neck Surgery, Kuching, Malaysia – 2011
  3. Transnasal esophagoscopy-guided tracheoesophageal puncture. A novel method using the mini tracheostomy kit
    • 1st Congress of the Confederation of the European ORL-HNS (CE-ORL-HNS) Barcelona, Spain – 2011
  4. The role of topical antimicrobials in the treatment of recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis.
    • Young Surgeon’s Forum Malaysia – 2011
  5. Five-degree, 10-degree and 20-degree Reverse Trendelenburg Position during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: a double blind randomized controlled trial
    • Annual American Rhinologic Meeting, Vancouver, Canada – 2013
  6. Hemostatic effect of hot saline irrigation during FESS – A randomized controlled trial
    • Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting (COSM), Las Vegas, United States -2014
  7. Five-degree, 10-degree and 20-degree Reverse Trendelenburg Position during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: a double blind randomized controlled trial
    • 19th Yahya Cohen Memorial Lectureship 2014 – College of Surgeons, Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore – 2014
  8. Olfaction and olfactory disorders – An often neglected entity in ENT practice. 1st Annual Scientific Meeting – Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Singapore (SOHNSS), Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore – 2017

Selected Poster Presentations At ENT Scientific Meetings

  1. Intratonsillar abscess: A rare cause for a common clinical presentation
    • 11th ASEAN ORL Head & Neck Surgery in Bali, Indonesia – 2005
  2. EBV-associated smooth muscle tumour mimicking bilateral vocal process granuloma
    • 6th European Congress of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Head and Neck Surgery in Vienna, Austria – 2007
  3. Quantitative analysis of anatomical improvements following modified uvulopalatal flap and lateral pharyngoplasty
    • 6th European Congress of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Head and Neck Surgery in Vienna, Austria – 2007
  4. Tonsillectomy in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in the adult population
    • Surgery, Sleep & Breathing III – An International Symposium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 2009
  5. The surgical management of preauricular sinus in children
    • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting, Boston, United States – 2010
  6. Bulla-choanal polyp causing acute upper airway obstruction
    • 13th ASEAN ORL in Siem Reap, Cambodia – 2011
  7. Omalizumab therapy for refractory allergic fungal rhinosinusitis patients with moderate or severe asthma
    • Annual American Rhinologic Society Meeting, Vancouver, Canada – 2013
  8. Orbital compartment syndrome during endoscopic drainage of a subperiosteal orbital abscess. Orbital compartment syndrome during endoscopic drainage of a subperiosteal orbital abscess
    • 16th ASEAN ORL in Chiang Mai, Thailand – 2015
  9. Culture-negative atypical skull base osteomyelitis masquerading as advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma
    • 16th ASEAN ORL in Chiang Mai, Thailand – 2015

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