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Dr Mei Tan Ophthalmologist

Dr Mei Tan

Dr Mei Tan


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Dr Mei Tan is a fellowship-trained vitreo-retinal surgeon and medical retina specialist.  She specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of all retinal conditions, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions. She is an experienced retinal surgeon and performs complex vitreo-retinal operations including all forms of macular surgery, diabetic vitrectomy and retinal detachment repairs. Dr Tan is also a highly skilled cataract surgeon and frequently combines cataract surgery with retinal operations. For Dr Tan, it is important to take the time to engage with patients, with the aim of providing patients with individualised care and the best possible experience and treatment outcome.

Career highlights


  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne (2014 – present)
  • Teaching and supervision of ophthalmology registrars, optometry students and medical students at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Teaching intraocular surgical techniques and advanced cataract surgery to senior ophthalmology registrars at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Invited lectures at the Australian College of Optometry

Academic review

  • Reviewer for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
  • Reviewer for Plos One
  • Reviewer for Eye
  • Reviewer for Cornea. 2010-2014

Other professional achievements

  • Consultant ophthalmologist and vitreo-retinal surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Consultant ophthalmologist at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Executive Board Member Human Research & Ethics Committee, RANZCO
  • Scientific Program Committee Review Panel for RANZCO
  • Reviewer of research manuscripts for several leading medical journals

Professional memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists
  • American Society of Retinal Specialists
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital Alumni
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • European Society of Retinal Specialists
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons


  • Best Retina Poster Award. Annual Congress of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (2012)
  • ARVO International Travel Grant. Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2009)
  • Best Paper Presentation. MRS/AMS/RCP Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training. The Academy of Medical Sciences, London (2008)
  • Chopra Travel Award. MRS/AMS/RCP Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training. The Academy of Medical Sciences, London (2008)
  • MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship, Medical Research Council (MRC) UK (2005-2009)
  • Macgrath Clinical Prize in Surgery. Queens University Belfast, UK (1999)
  • Wilson Medal in Orthopaedics. Queens University Belfast, UK (1999)
  • Victoria Coleman Medal in Psychiatry. Queens University Belfast, UK (1999)
  • McQuitty Prize in Medicine and Surgery. Queens University Belfast, UK (1999)
  • Wellcome Trust Student Prize. The Wellcome Trust, UK (1998)
  • The British Nutrition Foundation Bursary Award. The British Nutrition Foundation, UK (1998)
  • The British Medical and Dental Students’ Trust travel scholarship (1998)
  • Whitla Medal in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Queens University Belfast, UK (1997)
  • Ulster Immunology Prize. Queens University Belfast, UK (1997)
  • Musgrave Prize in Pathology. Queens University Belfast, UK (1997)
  • Foundation Scholarship. Queens University Belfast, UK (1997)
  • British High Commissioner’s Award, The British Council (1994)

Education & training

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics, Queens University of Belfast, UK
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University College London, UK
  • Ophthalmology training at the teaching hospitals of The University of Oxford and Oxford Eye Hospital
  • Honorary Medical Retina Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  • Fellowship in Vitreo-retinal surgery at the the Lions Eye Institute, Perth, Royal Perth Hospital
  • Fellowship in Vitreo-retinal surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • International Fellowship in Ocular Oncology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Additional languages spoken

  • Cantonese
  • Malay

Personal life

Clinics and research aside, Dr Tan enjoys spending time with her family and her young children.

Research & publications

Dr Tan is an active contributor in the field of retinal medicine, with over 10 years of clinical and scientific research in retinal diseases. Her interest in inherited retinal diseases led her to complete a PhD in genetics and molecular biology, where she worked on the development of gene therapy treatment for an inherited retinal disease. Presently, Dr Tan dedicates her efforts to clinical research. She serves as an investigator for ongoing clinical trials in age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dr Tan also collaborates with other hospitals and clinics on clinical research projects. She continues to pursue her personal research interests, including the evaluation of surgical outcomes in retinal and cataract surgery, retinal imaging and retinal vascular diseases.

Publications Congress posters and lectures
  • Harttamponade ten gevolge van een pancreaspseudocyste in het hemediastinum

    MH Tan, G Kirk, P Archibold, P Kennedy, MC Regan
    Somato Selectief. issue 2-2003:14-15.
  • Progressive Ulnar Neuropathy Caused by Delayed Migration of a Foreign Body

    Choudhari KA, Muthu T, Tan MH
    British Journal of Neurosurgery. 2001;15(3): 263-265.
  • Papilloedema as the Sole Presenting Feature of Chiari I Malformation

    Choudhari KA, Cooke C, Tan MH, Gray WJ
    British Journal of Neurosurgery. 2002 ; 16(4):398-400.
  • Delayed Post-surgical Development of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula after Cervical Meningocoele Repair

    Flannery T, Tan MH, Flynn P, Choudhari KA
    Neurology India. 2003; 51(3): 390-391.
  • Penetrating Head Injury Caused from an Electrical Plug

    Tan MH, Choudhari KA
    Injury. 2003; 34(12):950-953.
  • Cardiac Compromise due to a Pancreatic Mediastinal Pseudocyst

    Tan MH, Kirk G, Archibold P, Kennedy P, Regan MC
    European Journal of Gastroenterology Hepatology. 2002; 14(11): 1279-1282.
  • Fibrosarcoma of the Brachial Plexus Presenting in Childhood

    Tan MH, Kirk G, Clements WD, Choudhari KA
    British Journal of Neurosurgery. 2003;17(4):361-364.
  • Use of Nerve Growth Factor to Treat Congenital Neurotrophic Corneal Ulceration

    Tan MH, Bryars J, Moore J
    Cornea. 2006; Vol 25(3):352-355.
  • Corneal Perforation due to Severe Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis in Crohns Disease

    Tan MH, Chen SD, Rubinstein A, Bron AJ
    Cornea. 2006; 25(5):628-630.
  • Gene Therapy Progress and Prospects: The eye.

    Bainbridge JW, Tan MH, Ali RR
    Gene Therapy. 2006; 13(16):1191-1197.
  • An Unusual Fundus Phenotype of Inner Retinal Sheen in X-Linked Retinoschisis

    Robson AG, Mengher LS, Tan MH, Moore AT
    Eye. 2009; 23(9): 1876-1878.
  • Gene therapy for Retinitis Pigmentosa and Leber Congenital Amaurosis caused by Defects in AIPL1: Effective Rescue of Mouse Models of Partial and Complete Aipl1 Deficiency using AAV2/2 and AAV2/8 Vectors

    Tan MH, Smith AJ, Pawlyk B, Xu X, Liu X, Bainbridge JB, Basche M, McIntosh J, Tran HV, Nathwani A, Li T, Ali RR
    Human Molecular Genetics. 2009; 18(12): 2099-2114.
  • Gene Therapy with a Promoter Targeting Both Rods and Cones Rescues Retinal Degeneration Caused by AIPL1 Mutations

    Sun X, Pawlyk B, Xu X, Liu X, Bulgakov OV, Adamian M, Sandberg MA, Khani SC, Tan MH, Smith AJ, Ali RR, Li T
    Gene Therapy. 2010; 17(1): 117-131.
  • Teaching video neuroimages: acute Adie syndrome

    Wakerley BR, Tan MH, Turner MR
    Neurology. 2012; 79(11) e97.
  • Recurrent Third Cranial Nerve Palsy as the Presenting Feature of Neurofibromatosis 2

    Barrett VJ, Tan MH, Elston JS
    Journal of Neuroophthalmology 2012; 32(4): 329-331.
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  • Outcomes of perfluoro-n-octane tamponade for retinal detachment associated with giant retinal tear

    Tan MH, Pomerleau D, Lock J, Isaacs T, McAllister IL
    IOVS 2014; 55(13): ARVO E-Abstract 1110. Poster.
  • Changes in central retinal venous pressure after central retinal vein occlusion and implications on visual outcome and retinal ischemia

    Tan MH, Smithies L, McAllister IL.
    American Academy of Ophthalmology 2013. Poster no. PO243.
  • The efficacy and safety of intravitreal ranibizumab versus standard grid laser for macular edema following branch retinal vein occlusion

    Tan MH, McAllister IL, Gillies ME, Verma N, Banerjee G, Smithies L, Wong WL, Wong TY
    RANZCO Annual Congress 2012. Best poster award.
  • Disease characterisics of multiple sclerosis patients presenting with optic neuritis

    Wakerley BR, Tan MH, Ryan S, Palace J
    IOVS 2011; 52: ARVO E-abstract 3877. Poster.
  • Clinical spectrum of patients with AIPL1 mutations in recessive inherited retinal dystrophies

    Tan MH, Tran HV, Smith AJ , Henderson R, Russell-Eggitt I, Robson AG, Webster AR, Holder GE, Ali RR, Moore AT
    IOVS 2010; 51: ARVO E-abstract 3087. Poster.
  • Phenotype and genotype correlations of AIPL1 mutations in recessive inherited retinal dystrophies

    Tan MH, Smith AJ, Mackay DS, Cowing J, Tran HV, Henderson RH, Russell-Eggitt I, Robson AG, Webster AR, Holder GE, Ali RR, Moore AT
    American Academy of Ophthalmology 2010. Program no. 30024662. Paper presentation.
  • Comparative analysis of AIPL1 mutations in recessive inherited retinal dystrophies

    Tan MH, Tran HV, Smith AJ, Henderson RH, Moradi P, Russel-Eggitt I, Cheetham ME, Webster AR, Ali RR, Moore AT
    IOVS 2009; 50: ARVO E-abstract 4127. Poster.
  • Clinical and electrophysiological findings in autosomal dominant macular dystrophy due to Rds/Peripherin gene mutation

    Tran HV, Tan MH, Robson AG, Wright G, Ramsden S, Black GC, Webster AR, Holder GE, Moore AT
    International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology and Vision, Annual Meeting 2009. Paper presentation.
  • Five novel mutation in the Rds/Peripherin gene in patients with autosomal dominant macular dystrophy

    Tran HV, Tan MH, Wright G, Robson AG, Holder GE, Michaelides M, Holder NH, Black GC, Webster AR, Moore AT
    IOVS 2009; 50: ARVO E-abstract 4114. Poster.
  • Gene replacement therapy leads to photoreceptor survival and restores beta phosphodiesterase localization to outer segment in AIPL1-related retinal dystrophy

    Tan MH, Smith AJ, Pawlyk B, Li T, Ali RR
    IOVS 2008; 49: ARVO E-abstract 1130. Paper presentation.
  • Development of gene therapy for a severe inherited retinal dystrophy caused by mutations in AIPL1

    Tan MH
    Medical Research Society Annual Meeting 2008. Best paper presentation.
  • Peripheral limbal relaxing incisions for the correction of naturally-occuring astigmatism at routine cataract surgery

    Piminedes D, Tan MH, Figueriedo F
    European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting 2005. Paper presentation.
  • The value of stratus optical coherence tomography in retreatment of choroidal neovascular membranes with photodynamic therapy

    Tan MH, Sandu S, Talks SJ
    IOVS 2004; 45: ARVO E- abstract 3166. Poster.
  • Analysis and identification of protein material in aqueous of patients with pseudoexfoliation syndrome

    Tan MH, Griffiths P,Wisdom B, Chakravarthy U
    Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress 2003.
  • Tamoxifen in the Prevention of Breast Cancer

    Tan MH
    Upjohn Gold Medal in Pharmacology 1995. Paper presentation – Runner-up.
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