Special interest areas
Dr Melanie Seah specializes in the management of breast diseases. This encompasses the entire spectrum of both benign diseases and breast cancer. Since her time in Tan Tock Seng Hospital she has been actively involved in breast cancer screening and performing breast biopsies from vacuum assisted biopsies to surgical biopsies.
She is proficient in all aspects of breast surgery and has a special interest in breast cancer oncoplastic surgery. This is where she aims to achieve the best oncologic outcome and cosmetic result possible tailored to each individual patient. These range from breast conservation procedures to skin sparing and nipple sparing mastectomies with immediate breast reconstruction.
‘I enjoy going to work everyday and meeting women from all walks of life. From listening, understanding and talking through various breast issues, to sharing a patient’s relief that a breast lump isn’t cancer. Or on the flip side, sitting down with a patient who has to face up to a cancer diagnosis, journeying through the surgery and the countless medical reviews that come after that. I count it my blessing and privilege to have been there and being a part of it.’
Dr Melanie Seah embarked on her medical training with the National University of Singapore in 1995 followed by residency training in General Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. This subsequently led to Fellowship accreditation in General Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK.
Upon completion of fellowship training in breast surgery, she was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan scholarship by the Ministry of Health to further hone her clinical skills in breast oncoplastic surgery at the Marien Hospital in Dusseldorf, Germany. There she worked alongside Prof Audretsch Werner, an international leader in breast oncoplastic surgery.
She continues to be a Visiting Consultant Breast Surgeon with the one-stop Breast Clinic @ Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Apart from her passion for clinical work, Dr Seah believes in the importance of mentoring students who will eventually be doctors looking after the generations to come. She served as a senior clinical lecturer with the Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and as a Clinical Teacher with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.
Dr Melanie Seah has presented and lectured at many local and international conferences and has authorship of numerous peer-reviewed indexed medical journals.
Present Clinical and Academic Appointments
Visiting Consultant Breast Surgeon; Tan Tock Seng Hospital
- Senior clinical lecturer, Department of Surgery - Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
- Clinical Teacher - Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.
Health Manpower Development Plan scholarship
Marien Hospital, Dusseldorf, Germany - Ministry of Health
Farrer Park Hospital
Mt Alvernia Hospital
Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Mt Elizabeth Orchard Hospital
Parkway East Hospital
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Visiting Consultant)