Described as a modern day miracle worker, Dr Swee Tan ONZM is an internationally recognised plastic surgeon and research scientist. His dream is to find a way to treat cancer so that patients will no longer have to suffer the indignity of current treatments.
As the founder and executive director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, he is dedicated to researching the cause of disfiguring and life-threatening conditions such as birthmarks and cancer, and regenerative medicine.
Dr Swee and his team have received numerous prizes nationally and internationally for their work. In particular, Dr Swee is the recipient of the Wellingtonian of the Year Award for Science and Technology (2014), the New Zealand Value of Medicines Award (2014) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Research Award (2011).
Watch Dr Swee Tan accept his award here.