DR. CARYN KHOO SHIAO YEN
MD(DAL), ABIM(INT MED, HPM)
Dr. Caryn Khoo obtained her medical degree from Dalhousie University, Canada, and went on to specialise in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, USA before pursuing her fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Stanford University, USA. She is American board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is registered on the National Specialist Register as a specialist in Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Khoo joined the Ministry of Health and was based at the Palliative Care Unit in Hospital Selayang before transferring to Institut Kanser Negara (IKN) as Head of the Palliative & Supportive Care Department for almost 4 years. She is now practicing as a Consultant Palliative Medicine Physician at Sunway Medical Centre.
She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), Malaysian Hospice Council (MHC), Lung Cancer Network Malaysia (LCNM) and Mayo Clinic Alumni. She was a member of the technical committee that developed the National Palliative Care Policy and Strategic Plan 2019-2030, launched in November 2019.
Dr. Khoo has published a number of articles in international peer-reviewed medical journals as well as presented scientific posters at various local and international conferences in the areas of Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. She has authored chapters in two local reference books, the Hospital Selayang End-Of-Life Care Guidelines, 2014, and the Handbook of Palliative Medicine in Malaysia, 2015.
As a palliative care physician, Dr. Khoo manages the symptoms associated with serious illnesses like cancer, through pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies, in order to improve the patient’s wellbeing and quality of life. Her areas of interest are cancer pain and the multiple dimensions of suffering that occur with serious illnesses – physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. Her aim is to provide quality palliative care that reduces the negative impact of a disease on a person and their caregivers.