After completing medical school and an endocrinology fellowship, Dr. Tan stayed on to join the faculty at Loma Linda. His world-renowned work with Lee Berk, DrPH, on the neuroendocrine and immune effects of mirthful laughter and exercise placed Loma Linda University at the forefront of psychoneuroimmunology.
In 2001, he left California and embarked on 20 years of endocrinology research and practice that took him to 11 hospitals across the United States. He was instrumental in establishing the endocrinology and diabetes center at Cape Fear Valley Health System and served as far away as Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. He has earned recognition from both the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Cardiology and continues to actively conduct and present his research.
He currently teaches and practices at Fayetteville VA Medical Center in Arkansas, where he resides with his wife, Linda G. Tan ’73-A.