Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Alan Tan, MD

Clinical Research Medical Director & Medical Oncologist and Hematologist

CTCA near Phoenix

"It's truly a privilege to be an oncologist in such a collegial environment where we all have a common goal at helping our patients in the best way possible."

- Alan Tan, MD

Patient Rating

4.8 / 5
64 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Medical degree

  • Saint Georges University School of Medicine, St. Georges, Grenada

Internship / Residency

  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Degree(s)

  • BS, Molecular Biology - Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Certification(s)

  • Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship(s)

  • Hematology & Oncology - Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Practicing since: 2012

As Clinical Research Medical Director at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Goodyear, Arizona, Dr. Alan Tan works with patients to design a treatment plan to fit their specific needs and goals.

Dr. Tan joined CTCA® near Phoenix in December of 2016. He is experienced in delivering targeted, individualized cancer treatment using the latest advances in cancer care. “Immunotherapy is not a new concept, however we now have newer ways of incorporating immunotherapy so that more patients benefit and have lower toxicity compared to chemotherapy,” says Dr. Tan. “Immunotherapy drugs are designed to help alert the immune system about mutated cells so it may locate and destroy them.  Although we have made major strides in the past several years, we are still at the tip of the iceberg of immuno-oncology." As Director of Cancer Immunotherapy at our Phoenix-area hospital, Dr. Tan has a goal to offer more novel clinical trials investigating combinations of immunotherapy agents to potentially cure more patients of advanced malignancies.

Dr. Tan completed a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He then spent two years in clinical and basic science research at The University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois, investigating intracellular signal transduction pathways.  He then earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Georges University School of Medicine in St. Georges, Grenada. He completed a residency and fellowship at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Tan has past clinical experience as a hematologist and oncologist at a hospital system in Northwest Indiana. He is also a key opinion leader and serves on several advisory boards.  He currently is a principal investigator on several clinical trials at CTCA.

Dr. Tan is board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Tan has authored peer reviewed original research publications and presented his work at many lectures.

Outside of CTCA, Dr. Tan enjoys spending time traveling, hiking, biking and downhill skiing.  He is originally from Chicago and is a life-long Cubs fan.

Patient ratings and comments

The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/3/2018
[...] takes an [...] treatment [...] for his cancer and all questions are handled sufficiently.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/1/2018
Dr. Tan is an amazing doctor who knows what he's doing and truly cares about his patients.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/1/2018
Dr. Tan is amazing and would recommend him to anyone.

Patient rating

5 / 5
4/1/2018
Dr. Tan is exceptional. I would recommend him to anyone fighting this disease. I think he is very personal, but he thinks outside of the box. He is not your typical doctor as he wants you to beat this disease. I appreciate his views and he is very straight forward. He tells you his thoughts and asks for your thoughts. Every doctor that I have met at this facility take the time to know you as a person and not as a patient. They are with you on this journey and that is very important to me. I am not just a number, but a person that they want to help.

Patient rating

5 / 5
3/29/2018
Love Dr. Tan

Patient rating

5 / 5
3/27/2018
He went out of his way to seek immediate advice of a colleague in another city during my initial appointment; he is very aggressive and was able to get treatment approved even though it was outside of standard protocol

Patient rating

5 / 5
3/27/2018
My oncologist is amazing. I trust him completely.

Patient rating

5 / 5
3/23/2018
Extremely knowledgeable and in touch with me in a one on one experience.

Patient rating

2.5 / 5
3/20/2018
Dosen't seem to know the patient condition as he should.

Patient rating

No Rating
3/9/2018
Very knowledgeable, sensitive to my well being.

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The patient star ratings are an average of all responses to physician-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) measures patient satisfaction as part of our effort toward continuous improvement in all aspects of the patient experience. We partner with Press Ganey®, a third-party-validated organization with over 30 years of experience supporting over 26,000 health care organizations, to survey our patients about their recent experiences at CTCA®.

Why is this information important?

CTCA is committed to transparency. Not only do the surveys allow us to continuously improve our services, but we hope these ratings will help you feel confident in your decision to seek care at CTCA.

How are the star scores calculated?

All eligible CTCA patients receive a survey from Press Ganey within one to two weeks after their treatment occurrence. In addition to being asked about their overall experience at CTCA, patients are asked to score the level of confidence they have in their provider, as well as the likelihood they will recommend the physician to others. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating, with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest.

Are all comments included?

In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. Patients’ names and other identifying information are removed from the comments for confidentiality and patient privacy. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved, or are statements that cannot be verified as factual. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Why don’t all physicians have ratings and comments?

Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys. This helps us ensure that the sample size is large enough to give you an accurate representation of the physician's care.

Star ratings and comments are not available for all physicians or specialties. The validated Press Ganey survey captures patient experience feedback with the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which include only medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists. Gynecologic surgical offerings are not included at this time due to a different survey tool required to evaluate these services.

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