Swee T Tan is the Director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute in Wellington, New Zealand. He completed his Medical Training at Melbourne University in 1985, Plastic Surgery Training in New Zealand in 1992, and gained a PhD from Otago University in 2001. In 1995, he was appointed as Consultant Plastic & Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Wellington Regional Plastic, Maxillofacial & Burns Unit at Hutt Hospital, where he was the Director of Plastic Surgery from 2000 to 2006 and Director of Surgery 2007-2013. He was appointed as Professor in Plastic Surgery at Otago University in 2008. He is the Founder and Director of the Centre for the Study & Treatment of Vascular Birthmarks, a national referral centre. He has received numerous honours and awards and is well known internationally for his research into the stem cell basis of diseases including vascular anomalies and cancer. He is the author of more than 140 publications and has delivered over 350 lectures at conferences.