West Florida Healthcare Announces Selection of Sanda Tan, M.D., Ph.D to Serve as Program Director for New General Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Tan Will Also Serve on the Medical Staff of West Florida Healthcare as a General and Colorectal Surgeon.

Sanda Tan, M.D., Ph.D, a board certified colorectal surgeon, has been selected, after a nation-wide search, to lead West Florida Healthcare’s new General Surgery Residency Program in partnership with the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Tan joins West Florida Healthcare and West Florida Medical Group from the University of Florida — College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fl., where she has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery since 2007. While on faculty at the University of Florida — College of Medicine she served as the Administrative Director for the Continuing Medical Education program for the Tumor Board and was the Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency program where she was responsible for developing education in skills and curriculum. She also co-organized and co-wrote Mock Oral exams for all senior surgical residents.

“As a dynamic educator and accomplished surgeon, Dr. Tan’s leadership and experience will be invaluable to our health system and our new General Surgery Residency Program,” said Gay Nord, Chief Executive Officer for West Florida Healthcare. “We are grateful for Dr. Tan’s vision and look forward to the expertise she will provide to our community. Her nationally recognized expertise and experience will allow us to build our program into one of the best in the region and in the country.”

A well-respected educator, Dr. Tan was selected to be an Associate Member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators with the American College of Surgeon. In addition, she also received the Edward M. Copeland Faculty Award at the University of Florida in recognition of her lifetime mentorship of representing academic excellence and leadership.

In keeping with her accomplishments, Dr. Tan serves as a Fellow in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also a member of several nationally recognized associations including, the Association of Program Directors for Surgery, Society of Asian Academic Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons and the Florida Chapter of American College of Surgery.

“I am excited to bring my skills and expertise to West Florida Healthcare as we launch our new Graduate Medical Education program,” said Dr. Tan. I look forward to training future physicians in the techniques used in the field of colorectal and general surgery as we lead this program into exciting new areas of state-of-the-art-care for our patients.”

Dr. Tan earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, where she also completed her general surgery residency training. She then completed a colon and rectal surgical fellowship at Brown University. Prior to her medical training she earned a doctorate in medical sciences at Brown University.

In addition to Dr. Tan’s accomplishments in training future physicians, she is also an expert in the field of colorectal and general surgery. Dr. Tan is currently available to see new patients as she specializes in robotic, laparoscopic and open procedures for benign and malignant tumors of the colon, rectum and anus. In addition to offering transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEM, for rectal tumors, Dr. Tan offers the complete array of open and minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Tan is now seeing new patients at her office located at 2130 E. Johnson Ave., Suite 130 in the West Florida Medical Office Building. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call (850) 494-3749.