Oon Tian Tan, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Center for Laser and Reconstructive Surgery

Lecturer on Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School



Laser Dermatologic Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-6493
Fax: 617-424-8428
Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Accepting New Patients



Clinical Interests

Application of lasers in dermatology
Cutaneous vascular tumors, especially the aetiology and genetic origin of portwine stains
Laser/tissue interaction: selective damage of tissues
Using lasers: mechanisms of injury and repair and applications
Imaging systems for differentiation of normal and abnormal tissues
Evaluation of non-invasive techniques for measuring cutaneous blood flow

Research Interests

Investigation and Optimisation of Laser Treatment of Portwine Stains

Select Publications

Quantitative three-dimensional assessment of port-wine stain clearance after laser treatments. Frigerio A, Bhama PK and Tan OT. Lasers Surg. Med. 2013 Oct 24. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22193

Mutations in a novel factor, glomulin, are responsible for glomovenous malformations ("glomangiomas"). Brouillard P, Boon LM, Mulliken JB, Enjolras O, Ghassib M, Warman ML, Tan OT, Olsen BR, Vikkula M. American Journal of Human Genetics 2002(4); 70:866-874.

RASA 1 mutations and associated phenotypes in 68 families with capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation. Revencu N, Boon LM, Mendola A, Cordisco MR, Dubois J, Clapuyt P, Hammer F, Amor DJ, Irvine AD, Baselga E, Dompmartin A, Syed S, Martin-Santiago A, Ades L, Collins F, Smith J, Sandaradura S, Barrio VR, Burrows PE, Blei F, Cozzolino M, Brunetti-Pierri N, Vicente A, Abramowicz M, Dsir J, Vilain C, Chung WK, Wilson A, Gardiner CA, Dwight Y, Lord DJ, Fishman L, Cytrynbaum C, Chamlin S, Ghali F, Gilaberte Y, Joss S, Boente MD, Laut-Labrze C, Delrue MA, Bayliss S, Martorell L, Gonzlez-Ense;at MA, Mazereeuw-Hautier J, O'Donnell B, Bessis D, Pyeritz RE, Salhi A, Tan OT, Wargon O, Mulliken JB, Vikkula M. Human Mutation 2013 Aug 29. doi: 10.1002/humu.22431.

Removal of colored tattoos with the Q-switched Alexandrite Laser. Stafford TJ, Lizek,R, Boll, J, Tan OT.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1995;95:313-320

Treatment of children with port-wine stains using the flashlamp-pulsed tunable dye laser. Tan OT, Sherwood K, Gilchrest BA. New England Journal of Medicine 1989; 320:416-421.

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  • Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University, London, UK, M.D.
  • University of Amsterdam, Department of Medicine, Ph.D.


  • Royal Free Hospital, London


  • Royal Free Hospital, London


  • Clinical and Research Fellowship in Dermatology, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General Hospital)