Dr Tan is the founder and executive director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, and a consultant plastic & cranio-maxillofacial surgeon at Hutt Hospital in Wellington. Originally from Malaysia, he has studied at Melbourne University, Oxford, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is an elected member of 13 national and international professional and scientific societies, the author of over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and the recipient of 24 science prizes and 20 honours and awards.