Dr Tan Puay Ling completed her medical degree at the National University of Singapore in 1998 and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2002. She completed the Master of Medicine in Surgery (NUS) in 2002 and obtained her specialist accreditation by the Ministry of Health as a Hand surgeon following that.
She was awarded the Health Manpower and Development Plan in 2006 and spent one year at the prestigious Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (Linkou) under the guidance of Dr FC Wei and Dr David Chuang, who are world renowned specialists in reconstructive microsurgery and paediatric hand surgery. Her keen interest in hand & wrist arthroscopy has also brought her under the wings of Dr AL Osterman from Philadelphia Hand Centre, USA.
Dr Tan was a Visiting Consultant at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital from 2013 to 2020.
Dr Tan is well respected in her area of specialty and served as the chairman of the Chapter of Hand Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore from 2012 to 2014. She has also served in the executive committee of the Singapore society for Hand Surgery for the past 8 years. She was the Medical Director of Westpoint Hospital from 2017 to 2018.
Her active involvement in education and research saw her as the Program Director for the National Healthcare Group Hand Surgery Program from 2011 to 2013. She was involved in planning and executing the training of Hand Surgery Specialists in this role. She is also the senior clinical lecturer in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS since 2012. She was also the Director and Chairman of the Surgical Sciences Training Centre in Tan Tock Seng Hospital prior to joining private practice. As the Director, she was actively involved in organising workshops and events in the education of Medical Specialists, nurses as well as medical and nursing students. Her active involvement in teaching also extended to the Advanced Diploma students in Nanyang Polytechnic.
She has published extensively in numerous international journals and also a book chapter in the referenced text "The Art of Microsurgical Reconstruction".
Prior to establishing her private practice, Dr Tan was the Head and Consultant of the Hand & Microsurgery Section, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Besides managing her practice and looking after patients, Dr Tan is a mother of 3 school-going kids.