Dr. Laren Tan is the Founder and Director of Loma Linda University Health Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases. He is also the Head for Loma Linda University Health, Department of Medicine Center of Innovation and Promotions. Dr. Tan is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary, critical care, hyperbaric, allergy and sleep medicine. Currently he also serves as president elect for the California Thoracic Society (CTS).
He earned a BS in Cytology at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health (2003) and an MD at Loma Linda University (2009) before completing a residency in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center (2012) and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of California at Davis. He joined the Loma Linda University faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine in 2015. He is the author of multiple articles in scientific journals including; Benralizumab: a unique IL-5 inhibitor for severe asthma, Bronchial Thermoplasty: Implementing Best Practice in the Common Era, and Patient-Centered Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and additional articles in such professional journals as Bronchial Thermoplasty: A Decade of Experience: State of The Art.
The founder and director of the university’s Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases, he has led in the development of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, non-tuberculous mycobacterium, and bronchiectasis program on the West Coast. During his tenure as director, the university has become one of the premier West Coast sites providing bronchial thermoplasty care—and has achieved national recognition as a center of excellence for the provision of this therapy. The program has also become the regional referral center for advanced biologic therapy for severe asthmatics. As part of the interdisciplinary obstructive airway disease team, Professor Tan provides comprehensive personalized conventional and advanced therapies for patients with the most severe obstructive airway diseases.
Professor Tan’s other interests include praying for the medically ill, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship, precision marketing, and innovative solutions to current health care challenges. He is chief and the creator of Center for Innovation and Promotions within the department of Medicine at Loma Linda University Health. The center utilizes innovative ways to promote internally and externally the achievements and high quality work that medicine and its subspecialty physicians perform. He is also the creator and president of Ignis Medical Innovations, a medical technology think tank that seeks to examine and solve the local and global health care needs. He has organized prayer seminars to assist health care providers and medical learners in meeting the spiritual needs of patients and their families. He has facilitated the academic and professional education of physicians in a variety of contexts outside the university. He has presented at sessions of the American College of Chest Physicians, California Thoracic Society, American Lung Association, Inland Empire Health Plans (IEHP), at County of Riverside events, at programs organized by the Office of the Mayor of the City of Riverside and is an active participant in conversations about State of California medical policies.
- Wearing turquoise in the months of March, April and May
- Raising awareness for the cause through their social media networks
- Fundraising for the American Lung Association, with a minimum target of $1000