Dr. Anand Sachithanandan
MB BCh BAO (Dublin), A.F.R.C.S.I., F.R.C.S.I.(C-Th)(UK), A.M., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S. (USA)
Dr. Anand Sachithanandan graduated from the RCSI medical school in Dublin, Ireland in 1998. He subsequently completed his postgraduate cardiothoracic specialist surgical training at leading hospitals in the UK. He is a British board - certified cardiothoracic surgeon since 2008 and has been practising as an independent consultant since 2010.
Dr. Anand is a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a highly published surgeon with a special interest in thoracic (chest) conditions especially lung cancer. His clinical expertise includes minimally invasive keyhole VATS surgery. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Anand is co-founder and President of Lung Cancer Network Malaysia (LCNM). He is a Clinical Tutor in Thoracic surgery at the Malaysian Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (MBCTS) and a Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Monash University Malaysia. Dr. Anand is currently practising at Sunway Medical Centre and the Subang Jaya Medical Centre.
Dr. Tho Lye Mun
MBBS(Sydney), MRCP(UK), FRCR(UK), PhD(Glasgow), CCT in Clinical Oncology(UK), Fellowship in Molecular Oncology(UK)
Dr. Tho Lye Mun read Medicine as a John Crawford Scholar and graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1998. He went on to train and work in the UK, obtaining both internal medicine MRCP (UK) and clinical oncology FRCR (UK) qualifications. He was then awarded a prestigious joint Cancer Research UK and Royal College of Radiologists research fellowship where his research into novel checkpoint inhibitors as anti-cancer therapy led to him being awarded a PhD in molecular oncology from the University of Glasgow.
For his work he was also awarded the John Paul Medal and Anne Hollman Medal. After training and working overseas for 23 years, Dr. Tho returned to Malaysia taking up the post of Associate Professor at the University of Malaya and he then subsequently moved into private practice. His passion and commitment to lung cancer has seen him lead many clinical studies in the field, in particular immunotherapy and serve on numerous regional and international advisory bodies and guideline committees.
He has also pioneered the use of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for lung cancer having undergone further training in Korea and the Cleveland Clinic, USA. He is the current Vice President of South East Asian Radiation Oncology Group (SEAROG). He is co-founder and Vice President of Lung Cancer Network Malaysia.
Dr. Anza Elias
MBBS (Australia), M Community Medicine (Occupational Health) (UKM), MFOM
Dr. Anza Elias is a Public Health Physician (Occupational Health). She completed a Master degree in Community Medicine, specialising in occupational health and holds a Membership in Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM). She trained in medicine from the University of Tasmania, Australia.
She began her career with the Ministry of Health Malaysia and later worked at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) University and was involved in several occupational health projects under the WHO Occupational Health Collaborating Centre for Middle East countries.
She is actively involved in occupational health services and programs, in particular, management of occupational diseases and injuries, fitness for work assessment, smoking cessation at work, and health surveillance. Dr. Anza is currently practising at Tenaga Nasional Berhad. and Twin Tower Medical Centre.
Dr. Yap Beng Khiong
MBChB, MRCP, FRCR, FRCP, CCST (Clinical Oncology UK)
Dr. Yap underwent undergraduate medical education at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He then trained in clinical oncology at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, England, which is one of the largest specialist cancer hospitals in Europe. He undertook clinical fellowship in Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, Canada.
He was appointed as a consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, England between 2003-2014. He was a member of the UK National Cancer Research Institute clinical subgroup designing and conducting clinical trials. He was the chief and principal investigator for a number of clinical trials. He won the first prize in his presentation on Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Thyroid Cancers in the 2nd World Thyroid Cancer Congress, Toronto Canada in 2013.
He has delivered lectures in various local and international meetings and institutions. He is involved in promoting public awareness on the importance in early cancer diagnoses and treatments. He is currently a consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre.
Dr. Balaji Badmanaban
MB BCH BAO (Dublin), FRCSI, FRCS (CTh)
Dr. Balaji Badmanaban graduated from the RCSI medical school in Dublin, Ireland in 1994. He subsequently completed his postgraduate Cardiothoracic surgical specialist training at leading hospitals in the UK. He is a British board - certified Cardiothoracic surgeon since 2007 and has been practising as an independent consultant since 2009.
Dr. Balaji is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a highly published surgeon with a special interest in Thoracic (chest) conditions especially lung cancer. His clinical expertise includes minimally invasive keyhole VATS surgery.
He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Balaji is currently practising at Manipal Hospital, Klang.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Raja Rizal Azman
MRCP (UK), MRad(UM), MBBS (Lond), FRCR(UK)
Dr. Raja Rizal Azman is currently Associate Professor and Consultant Clinical Radiologist in the University Malaya Medical Centre. His areas of clinical and research interests are in Neuro and Cardiac Imaging. Dr Rizal qualified from Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London in 2002.
He obtained the Membership to the Royal College of Physicians in 2005 and the Fellowship to the Royal College of Radiologists in 2010. Dr Rizal completed his Master in Radiology also in 2010 from University Malaya. In 2015 he completed a one year fellowship in Neuroradiology from Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong.
Prof. Dr. Ng Chirk Jenn
MBBS(NUS,Singapore), MMed(Family Medicine)(NUS,Singapore), PhD(University of
Dr. Ng Chirk Jenn is a Professor of Family Medicine and he practises at the Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. He studied his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the National University of Singapore. He subsequently obtained his PhD from University of Sheffield, UK.
Dr. Ng Chirk Jenn is the Deputy Dean of Research at the Faculty of Medicine. He also holds the position of Deputy Chair of the University of Malaya Medical Centre Medical Research Ethics Committee and is the Advisor for the Malaysian Family Physician. He is currently leading the University of Malaya eHealth Initiative. His research interests include shared decision making, evidence-based medicine, men’s health, eHealth and technology enhanced learning.
Dr. Hilmi Lockman
MB, BCh, BAO(Ireland); LRCPI & LRCSI, MRCP(UK), MRCP(UK) (Respiratory Medicine), CCT(UK)(Internal Medicine & Respiratory Medicine)
Dr. Hilmi is currently a Consultant Respiratory & Internal Medicine Physician in Prince Court Medical Centre, KPJ Kajang Specialist Hospital and an Honorary Medical Lecturer with Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed his training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine in the UK.
Prior to returning home he was a locum consultant in Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, UK. He is actively involved in undergraduate medical education, and is a committee member of the Malaysian Thoracic Society. His main interests are in the field of lung cancer, pleural disease and interventional diagnostic procedures.
DR. VOON PEI JYE
MD, MRCP, MMED
Dr. Voon is currently Head and Consultant Medical Oncologist with Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Hospital Umum Sarawak, Kuching, Sarawak. He read medicine at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and graduated in 2001. He undertook training in Internal Medicine and obtained his MRCP (UK) and Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from National University of Singapore in 2007. Dr. Voon was later gazetted as Internal Medicine Specialist. Subsequently, he completed his advanced specialist training in Medical Oncology from National University Hospital Singapore in 2012.
He is principal investigator and co-investigator for numerous international multi-center cancer trials. Dr. Voon has published in peer reviewed journals and also co-authoring numerous presentations in national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Daren Teoh Choon Yu
BMedSci, BMBS, MRCP(UK), FRCR(UK), CCST (UK)
Dr. Teoh read medicine as the University of Nottingham UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Medical Sciences followed by his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. He then trained in general medicine and obtained his MRCP. Following this he undertook postgraduate specialist training in Oncology in the United Kingdom and completed his specialist training in 2008. Subsequently he spent a year as a clinical research fellow at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and was appointed as Consultant Oncologist there.
He returned to head the new Sabah Cancer Centre in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia in 2010 and was also founding head of the Clinical Research Centre in Hospital Likas. He had also been appointed honorary lecturer at University Malaysia Sabah. He has been involved as principal investigator in many clinical trial and lectures throughout the Asean region.
He is currently Consultant Oncologist at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, Kota Kinabalu.
Dr. Muventhiran Ruthranesan
MBBS (University Of Malaya), Masters In Internal Medicine (University Of Malaya), Fellowship In Respiratory Medicine, Sleep Medicine (University Of Chulalongkorn)
Dr. Muven underwent undergraduate medical education at the University of Malaya. He then completed his housemanship at Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching. He subsequently was attached to Miri General Hospital. He completed his training in Internal Medicine Training at University of Malaya. He was awarded the JOHN BOSCO AWARD for Internal Medicine on completing his Masters training in Internal Medicine in 2009 at University of Malaya.
He subsequently completed his Fellowship training in Respiratory Medicine in 2013. He also completed his training in Sleep Medicine at the University of Chulalongkorn. He was awarded the First Place for his presentation at the 2nd ASEAN SLEEP CONGRESS in 2013.
He has presented his research in local and international conferences. He is currently a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Sleep Medicine at Hospital Pantai Ayer Keroh, Melaka.
Prof. Dr. How Soon Hin
MBBS. MMED (Chest Physician and General Physician, International Islamic University Malaysia)
Dr. How qualified from University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 1996 and obtained Master in Internal Medicine at the same university in 2002. He is currently working as Professor of Medicine, Kulliyyah of Medicine, International Islamic University.
He also works as consultant general physician and chest physician in IIUM Medical Centre, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, and Darul Makmur Medical Centre. He has special interest in EBUS-TBNA, rigid bronchoscopy, navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial tumour debulking, metallic and silicone stenting. Dr. How’s research interests focus on melioidosis and lung cancer.
He also involved in multi-centre randomized control study on asthma, COPD and lung cancer.
Ms. Khoo An Jo
B. Sc.(HONS) DIETETICS, UKM
Ms. Khoo is a practising dietitian for more than 17 years. She obtained her degree in Dietetics with honours from the National University of Malaysia. She is professionally trained in translating the science of food and nutrition to meet the needs of individual or target groups. She also plays a vital role in the promotion of wellness through mindful eating, development of therapeutic diets in Hospital Lam Wah Ee, Penang where she is the chief dietitian.
She is the active member of the Malaysian Dietitians' Association (MDA) and also the member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA. She has been an invited speaker for more than 200 sessions of corporate health talks and medical forums. Although there are many contradictory nutrition messages, she advocates the key to good nutrition is Balance, Variety and Moderation.
Assoc. Prof. Dr Tan Teik Hin
MBBS, MMed, FANMB, AM
Assoc. Prof. Dr Tan graduated his MBBS from University of Malaya and obtained Master of Medicine (nuclear medicine) from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He pursued his International Fellowship Programme in Seoul National University Hospital; and Radionuclide Therapy training in Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia. He currently works as a nuclear medicine physician and clinical researcher in Sunway Medical Centre and Sunway University. His practice mainly focuses on oncologic PET-CT imaging in detecting, staging and monitoring response for cancers, and radionuclide therapy in certain cancers (i.e. thyroid, neuroendocrine tumour and prostate cancer).
With regards to lung cancer, his interest is on using respiratory gating (4-D) PET-CT in quantifying lung nodule; and monitoring immunotherapy response using FDG PET-CT. He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed journals and has received numerous best paper awards in international conferences.
He is a fellow of Asian Board of Nuclear Medicine and a scientific committee member (for nuclear medicine) in Asia Pacific Neuroendocrine Tumour Society
Prof. Dr. Pathmanathan Rajadurai
MBBS, MPath, MRCPath (UK), FICTM (USA), FRCPath (UK), FRACP(Australia) , MIAC, MD, FAMM.
Prof. Dr. R. Pathmanathan is Senior Consultant Pathologist and Laboratory Director at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre. He is also currently Professor of Anatomical Pathology in the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine, Monash University (Sunway Campus, Kuala Lumpur and Clayton campus, Australia), an Adjunct Professor of Pathology in Manipal University (Manipal campus) and is an Honorary Professor of Pathology in the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Pathma is an examiner in Pathology for the local Master’s degree as well as an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists, Australasia. He is an established researcher with more than 230 scientific publications in international and peer-reviewed journals and serves on the Editorial Board of “Pathology”, the official publication of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
He serves as advisor and consultant for numerous multinational pathology diagnostics companies as well as pharmaceutical companies, including Roche, Astra-Zeneca, MSD, Pfizer, Abbot, Leica and Panagene. His current research areas include the molecular pathology of cancers, telepathology and digital imaging.
Dr. Caryn Khoo Shiao Yen
MD(DAL), ABIM(INT MED, HPM)
Dr Caryn Khoo is a Palliative Medicine Physician based at the National Cancer Institute (IKN) in Putrajaya. She obtained her medical degree from Dalhousie University, Canada before moving to the United States for residency training in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She then completed fellowship training in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Stanford University in California before returning back to Malaysia in 2013.
She worked in Hospital Selayang for 2 years before being appointed into her current position as the Head of the Palliative & Supportive Care Department in IKN.
Ms. Indra Balaratnam
BSc. Nutrition & Dietetics (USA)
Dietitian, founder & owner of Indra Balaratnam Nutrition. Indra obtained her BSc. in Nutrition & Dietetics from Lamar University, Texas, USA and has been in practice for 23 years. She runs her own private practice in Kuala Lumpur, conducting diet counselling, group workshops and nutrition consultancy for corporations. Indra is the co-author of “Healthy Eating – Recipes for the Asian Palate” (Times Edition Marshall Cavendish 2004 – translated to Bahasa Malaysia) and “Healthy Family Meals” (Marshall Cavendish Cuisine 2008). She advocates health awareness for the community to prevent and manage lifestyle illnesses.
She’s a regular invited speaker at professional conferences, wellness programmes, workshops and media talk shows. She believes in making nutrition relevant for families. Hence, she writes a column “Eat Well” in The New Straits Times and shares health tips/recipes on social media.
Watch her nutrition cooking show “Indra’s Healthy Indulgences” Season 1 on YouTube. Indra is a Past President of the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association, and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA.
Ms. Ng Yee Voon
Ng Yee Voon is a Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas A&M University and a Registered Dietitian of the USA. She has over 10 years of clinical experience in dietetics, serving patients in acute care setting, preventive medicine, women and children nutrition, and now in post hospital discharge domiciliary care for a private hospital in the Klang Valley. Ms. Yee Voon has been an active clinician for NGOs, and a member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics U.S.A. Yee Voon served a council member for the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association from year 2012 to 2019.
She has been featured in several interviews by the radio (e.g. BFM), press and magazines. Active as a public speaker and a writer, she has contributed comments and write up as a panelist to several magazines and online platform for all walks of life.
Ms. Ivy Patricia Santhanadass
BSc. Physiotherapy (UK)
Physiotherapist for the past 10 years in multiple sectors of rehabilitation medicine. Clinical expertise includes, neurological rehabilitation (adult and child), Acute Care Rehabilitation (pre and post-operative care), and Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (in-patient and out-patient clinics).
She is very much an active and firm believer in the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach to patient care and goal directed rehabilitation. She has lead, a MDT for several years in the hospital she is attached with, which was one of the first of its kind to be established in a private hospital (2011).
Her interests now are very much into the field of robotics in rehabilitation and early mobilisation in acute care settings. She is also very involved in sharing and training young Physiotherapy students in this field. Futhermore, she is a member of the Malaysian Physiotherapy Association and has been featured in several interviews on the radio (e.g. BFM), press and magazines - sharing her experience on the different perspectives for successful outcomes in rehabilitation.
Ms. Pui Hwa
BSc. (Hons) Phyt (UK), Dip Phyt (Mal)
Pui Hwa is a Bachelors Degree holder in Physiotherapy from MAHSA University, Malaysia. She has over 2 years of clinical experience working in a private hospital in Klang Valley. She also has undergone over 1000 hours of clinical practice during her study days. Her job requires her to help patients in functional recovery and improving general quality of life.
She is also equipped with a Basic Life Support knowledge and is actively practising this in her daily work. She’s a very compassionate person in nature and is highly reputable among her colleagues for her interpersonal skills.
She has been featured in a public talk on pre-natal exercises and also been invited to speak on Physiotherapy in geriatric care. She believes in movement is an alternative medicine and adding meaning to life.
Ms. Pui Hwa
MR. Lim JACK SHEN, RPH
B. Pharm, Monash University Parkville
Jack Shen is a registered pharmacist in Malaysia and Australia with a varied professional experience having practiced in hospital, manufacturing, industry and community pharmacy for the past 17 years. He obtained his pharmacy degree from Monash University Parkville and has never wavered in his belief that pharmacists can play a vital role in building healthier, happier communities.
He is a passionate advocate for the profession, currently serving as the Hon. Treasurer of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) and as the Vice President of the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA). He was previously the founding president of the Asian Young Pharmacist Group (AYPG) and one of the founders of the MPS Young Pharmacist Chapter. His continuing work with these organisations allowed him close collaboration with government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions in the areas of pharmacy practice, public education, health technology and strategic planning.
He currently works with Tigas Alliance, a community pharmacy network, where he heads pharmacy practice.