Dr. Tan received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia and trained in Montreal before working as a family physician for four years.
He subsequently completed a residency in Pathology (Medical Microbiology) in Vancouver and a PhD from the Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
He returned to Vancouver in 1997 to practice pathology and pursue research and was made Professor in 2007. Dr. Tan is the previous Head of Pathology at Children’s & Women’s Hospital and has been the Chair of Pathology at Sidra since 2014. His main research contributions have been in understanding the role that immune cells play in autoimmunity, and in the primary immunodeficiency, X-linked lymphoproliferative disease.
Dr. Tan has been the receipient of many awards including the Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship in Medicine, the Lotte Straus Award and a Michael Smith Foundation Senior Scholar Award.
He is currently a Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar, and Professor Emeritus of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.