About Dr Thomas Gan

B Sc (Med) MB BS (UNSW) PG Dip Sport Med (UoA)

Dr Thomas Gan has previously been the club doctor for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles NRL club (2013-15) and Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL club in their inaugural 2012 season.

He was the medical director for the Sydney International Tennis Tournament from 2012 to 2017 and has previously been the medical director for the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament.

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Dr Gan has been practicing as an Assistant Surgeon since 2008, primarily in orthopaedic and spinal surgery. He is located mainly at The Mater Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital and Norwest Private Hospital. He currently assists many surgeons across a spectrum of specialised operations for all body parts including knee and hip joint arthroplasty, ACL reconstruction, shoulder anterior stabilisation, hip arthroscopy and spinal fusion surgery.

He completed his undergraduate medical degree in 2004, graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science (Medicine), Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. In 2007, he was awarded the John D Mitchell Scholarship to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Paediatrics from the Sydney Children’s Hospital. In 2011, he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from the University of Auckland.

He has also completed courses in Advanced Paediatric Life Support (Sydney Children’s Hospital) , Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and musculoskeletal ultrasound use (Australian Institute of Ultrasound). He has published a paper in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine on the use of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound in stress fractures. He is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, widely acknowledged internationally as the world’s leading multi-disciplinary sports medicine body.

He is the proud father of two active and healthy children.

Team Coverage

  • Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
  • Balmain Tigers
  • North Sydney Bears
  • Newtown Jets
  • Wentworthville United
  • Greater Western Sydney Giants (2012 season)
  • NSW / ACT Rams (U18 Championships)
  • QLD Scorpions (U18 Championships)
  • Sydney Kings
  • Speed Blitz Blues
  • Sydney Church of England Grammar School
  • Sydney University
  • QAS Reds Academy
  • QLD Firebirds
  • Football Federation Australia AYOF Squad
  • W-League Sydney FC
  • Sydney Striders Road Runners Club

Event Coverage

  • Sydney International Tennis Tournament 2012 -
  • Brisbane International Tennis Tournament 2010 - 2012
  • Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 (Australian Team Doctor)
  • Nissan / BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series (Sydney) 2010
  • Mother’s Day Classic 2008 - 2009
  • NSW Masters Rowing Championships 2009
  • Six Foot Track Marathon 2009
  • Sydney Striders Road Runners Club 2009 - 2010
  • Alice Springs Masters Games 2008
  • Australian Swimming Championships 2008
  • FINA Swimming World Cup 2007

In the Media

Prototype tech sees Sea Eagles to Grand Final
John Chammas and Richard Maxton
Saturday 5 October 2013 2:09 PM
Original article and image from www.seaeagles.com.au
Portable Ultrasound used at Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Dr Thomas Gan with Sea Eagles forward Jamie Buhrer

At this end of the season, keeping the players on the field and at their prime takes a lot of work from our medical team. But on Sunday we'll run out for the Grand Final with an almost full-strength squad, thanks in part to a piece of leading-edge technology.

The Sea Eagles are fortunate have been given a prototype Samsung portable ultrasound machine, not much bigger than an iPad, to help speed the diagnosis of soft tissue injuries and help guide painkilling injections.

The mini machine has been used by club doctor Thomas Gan to major effect throughout the season, particularly during the Sea Eagles’ fierce finals campaign.

In a year plagued by injury, the trial of the prototype, set up by Sea Eagles Board Member John Walstab, has played an essential role in treating the players' knocks and niggles.

It's been an incredibly tough run into what promises to be a hugely physical match-up with the Roosters, but both Jamie Buhrer (knee and ribs) and Anthony Watmough (knee), among many other players, have been able to battle through the pain, thanks to Dr Gan and the Sea Eagles medical team.

“It makes a massive difference on game day," Dr Gan said. "You’ve got the confidence of an ultrasound machine backing up your clinical skills at the same time. I find it extremely useful having it on game day.”

Buhrer in particular is thankful for the Doc's effective and efficient treatment, able to line up for his second Grand Final on Sunday despite being forced from the field with a knee injury during Manly's win over the Rabbitohs last week.

“The knee’s fine now, just a bit of a scare," Buhrer said. "I had a few problems with it earlier in the year. I kind of got chopped down low and felt a bit of a click and just got seen by the Doctor and he’s given me the all clear."

“I wouldn’t miss the Grand Final for the world!”

Dr Gan believes it won’t be long before every NRL club makes use of the handy tool.

“We’re just lucky here at Manly,” he said. “I’d think that Manly are pioneering in this field. Give it at least five years and I think every club will have one in their medical department.”


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