YBhg Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang
PhD (UWA),PKT, BCN, JMN, DSPN
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Yahya bin Awang
MBBS (Monash), FRCS (Glasgow), SMJ, KMN,
DPMJ, DMPN, DSAP, PSM, Hon Doct (UKM)
Board of Governors
- YBhg Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang, Chairman
PhD (UWA), PKT, BCN, JMN, DSPN
- YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman
MBBS (Monash), MMed (S’pore), DMedSc (UKM), DSc Hon (UPM), PhD Hon (UMS), FRACP, FAMM, FAMS, FACP (Hon), FRCP, FRCPE, FRCP (Glasgow), FRCPI, FRCSI (Hon), FRCSE (Hon), FAFPM, FASc, AMP (Harvard), Hon DSc (Soton), Hon MD (Qld)
- YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Yahya bin Awang
MBBS (Monash), FRCS (Glasgow), SMJ, KMN, DPMJ, DMPN, DSAP, PSM, Hon Doct(UKM)
- YBhg Prof Datin Paduka Dr Aini Ideris
DVM (UPM), MVSc (Liverpool), PhD (UPM), DSIS, PSK, KMN, FASc, FIAS, FMCVS, FMSA
- YBhg Prof Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed
BPharm (Egypt), MBA (USM), PhD (Neurophysiology) (Sheff)
- YBhg Prof Dato’ Mafauzy Mohamed
MBBS (Adelaide), MMSc (Sheffield), MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin), HonDoc (IMU)
- Prof Abdul Aziz Baba
MBBS (Melb), MRCP (UK), MRCP (Ireland), FRCP (Edin), AM
- Dr Mei Ling Young
BA, MA (Hons) (Auckland), PhD (ANU), DSc (Strath), LLD (Dundee)
- Prof Victor Lim
MBBS (Malaya), MSc (London), MRCPath, FRCPath, FAMM, FASc
Chancellery & Senior Management
Prof Abdul Aziz Baba
Vice Chancellor & CEO, IMU EducationPresident, IMU Health
Before he joined IMU in July 2013 as Professor of Medicine, Prof Aziz held several key academic administrative positions at the School of Medical Sciences (SMS) of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). These included the positions of Dean (2005- 2012) and Deputy Dean (2003-2005). Preceding this he served as a Professor (2000), Associate Professor (1992) and a Lecturer and Clinical Haematologist/ Oncologist at USM’s SMS following the completion of his postgraduate training in 1986. During his tenure with USM, Prof Aziz was instrumental in establishing the Clinical Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation service at USM’s teaching hospital, HUSM.
Prof Aziz undertook his undergraduate medical training at the University of Melbourne on a Colombo Plan scholarship and graduated in November 1979. He subsequently trained in Internal Medicine, Haematology and Medical Oncology at several leading overseas institutions in Singapore, Scotland and in Melbourne, Australia.
His past national appointments include that of President of the Malaysian Society of Haematology, Chairman of the National Conjoint Board for Postgraduate Medical Programmes, as well as Chairman of the Specialist Advisory Committee (Clinical Haematology) of the National Specialist Register. Prof Aziz has also been a member of the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and has served the MMC on several accreditation visits to local and foreign medical institutions. Currently he serves as a member of the Joint Technical Committee of the Malaysian Medical Council and the Executive Committee of the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA).
Academic / Professional Qualification(s)
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), University of Melbourne, Australia
- Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom
- Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin
- Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (UK)
- Member, Academy of Medicine Malaysia
Prof Dr Zabidi A. M. Hussin PSK
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic
Professor Dr Zabidi Azhar Mohd Hussin is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Professor of Paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, International Medical University. Prof Zabidi graduated with a MBBS from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 1985. His keen interest in child’s health led him to obtain his Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Glasgow in 1987. In 1991, he received his membership to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and became Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1997. With extensive experience in teaching, research and leadership, Prof Zabidi’s field of specialisation lies in Paediatric Neurology and Medical Education with special interest in bioethics and communications skills. Actively involved in research related to child health, he published extensively in numerous acclaimed international journals and received numerous awards for his research papers both locally and internationally. He is also the honorary editor for the Advances in Medical Education and Practice and was recently awarded the Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Neuroscience Excellence Grant.
Currently, Prof Zabidi is also the Council Member of the Malaysian Medical Council, member of the Ethics Expert Panel for the European Research Agency, member of the Malaysian Qualification Agency’s accreditation panel for Malaysian and International Accreditation, Head of Child Health Cluster, Malaysia’s National Professors Council and visiting professor for Universitas Jeneral Soedirman, Indonesia and American University of Sovereign Nations, USA.
Prior to this, Prof Zabidi was the Director of Postgraduate, Research & Innovation with MASHA University. He was also the Vice-Chancellor of Perdana University from 2017-19 and held senior roles in the University Sains Malaysia as Dean of School of Medicine (1999-2005) and General Manager of the USAINS Tech Services (2005-16) while serving as a Professor in Paediatrics at USM.
Prof Vishna Devi A/P V Nadarajah
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education & Institutional Development
Vishna Devi V Nadarajah is currently, Professor and Dean of Learning and Teaching at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Malaya (1994) and obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge in the field of microbial biochemistry (2000). She is also a graduate of the Masters in Health Professionals Education from Maastricht University (2014).
She has published and presented research papers in both biomedical sciences and medical education, supervises research students and reviews for indexed and international journals. She is currently on the international editorial board of the journal Medical Education. She was recently awarded the Malaysian Womens Weekly (2012), Great Women of Our Time award for her contribution in Science and Technology in Malaysia.
Her areas of research in health professionals education is in Faculty development, Assessment and Innovative Teaching Learning methods. Vishna has shared her experience and expertise in health professionals education via invitations to speak at conferences, conducting faculty development workshops and collaborative research, appreciating that she has also learnt very much from these collaborative sessions with other educators.
Prof Toh Chooi Gait
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Industrial Partnership
Prof Toh Chooi Gait is the founding Dean of Dentistry and Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to joining the International Medical University she was a professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya and had served in various capacities including Deputy Dean and Head of Department of Conservative Dentistry.
She graduated with honours from the University of Singapore in 1974 and received the Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to pursue her postgraduate training at the Eastman Dental Institute of London from the period of 1977-1980 during which she acquired academic and professional qualifications including Master of Science in Conservative Dentistry (1978) from the University of London and Diploma in Restorative Dentistry (1980) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh besides Fellow of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (1980). She was conferred honorary fellowships by the Academy of Dentistry International (1987), International College of Dentists (1993) and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1996). She received a number of research awards including a gold award with felicitations from the jurors for her research work on immediate loading in the posterior mandible with fixed prostheses at the 32nd Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, Innovations and New Techniques, and Excellent Scientist Award from the Ministry of Higher Education (2004).
She was the President of the South East Asian Association for Dental Education (2000-2002), President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) South East Asian Division (1977 – 1999), Founding President of Malaysian Section of IADR (SEA Division) (2000-2002), Founding Council Member of the Malaysian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (2004-2008) and member of Board of Directors, International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (2007 – 2009). She is a member of the editorial boards of Operative Dentistry, the European Journal for Dental Education and had served as a reviewer for other local and regional journals including Malaysian Dental Journal and Asian Journal of Aesthetic Dentistry. She is a member of various governmental technical committees including the National Committee for Oral Health Manpower Development, Task Force 2 on Dental Education, Qualifications Evaluation Committee and Specialist Sub-Committee on Restorative Dentistry.
She has contributed articles to various peer-reviewed journals as author or co-author and has been invited to speak at numerous scientific and professional meetings locally and internationally.
For leisure, she loves to spend time with family, shopping and playing mind games.
Prof Victor Lim
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Special Functions
Prof Victor K E Lim is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Special Functions and Professor of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to this appointment, he held the positions of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health (2004-11), Vice President of Education (2012-15) and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (2016-19). Before joining the International Medical University he was the Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Centre at the Institute for Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur by virtue of a secondment from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia where he was the Professor of Microbiology and Deputy Dean (Academic Affairs) at the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
He obtained his MBBS from the University of Malaya in 1974, MSc in Medical Microbiology from the University of London in 1978, and passed the Royal College of Pathologists examinations (MRCPath) in 1981.
He was the President of the Western Pacific Society of Chemotherapy from 2004 – 2008, the Master of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia from 2008 – 2011 and the President of the Malaysian Society for Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy from 1999 – 2003. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia. He also held the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Malaysian Medical Journal from 1991 – 1998. He is a member of various governmental technical committees including the National Antibiotic and Infection Control Committee and the National Medical Testing Accreditation Committee.
His fields of interest include antimicrobial chemotherapy and infectious diseases and has published and presented over 350 scientific papers.
He is married to Dr Asma Omar, a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Malaya. His leisure activities include doing mind games, jogging and looking for and partaking of good food.
Prof Datuk Lokman Hakim Sulaiman
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Director, IRDI
He was very much involved in health policy consultation and development both at national and international level. He headed MOH Delegations in various consultative fora such as ASEAN Senior Officers for Health Development, OIC Strategic Health Plan of Action, and various WHO meetings. He headed the Malaysian delegation that tabled the Malaysian initiated decision [FCTC/COP6(19)] to the 6th Conference of Parties of the Framework Convenction on Tobacco Control in Moscow in 2010 on trade and investment issues. Among others, it urges Parties to take the public health dimension of tobacco consumption into account, while in the course of trade negotiations.
He had served in various consultancy capacities to WHO. Among the more recent assignment were, Member of Malaria Advisory Committee, WHO Geneva, 2015, Member of Expert Advisory and Group on Environmental Health to the WHO Regional Director of Western Pacific Office (WPRO), 2016. He chaired two WHO consultative meetings on monkey malaria in 2014 and 2017. He is currently a member of the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Advisory Group, Geneva for the period 2017-2019.
He is married to Datin Rusyah A Ghani and has 4 children and 3 grand-children.
She has wide experiences in the education industry and has held several administrative positions. She started her career as an Assistant Registrar with the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) (1989 to 1993). She subsequently joined the International Medical College in 1993 and served the University for 18 years before leaving in 2011 to participate in the setting-up of Perdana University. In 2013 she was involved with the establishment of the Vinayaka Mission International University College, a university college which offers dual modes of delivery (conventional as well as online programmes). In July 2014 she resumed her roles as Registrar of IMU.
Christy Chiu Lai Heng
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Christy Chiu is currently the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer. She graduated from the Monash University, Australia with BEcons (Accounting) in 1984. She was admitted as a Fellow to CPA Australia in 2006 and has been a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 2007.
Upon graduation, Christy returned to Malaysia in 1985 and worked as an audit assistant with KMG Hew and Tan, Kuala Lumpur for two years. For the next six years, she worked with Beca Carter Holdings and Ferner Ltd, Auckland, the largest consulting engineering firm in New Zealand. During this period, she was promoted from an Accountant to Group Accountant and finally to the Head of Department, overseeing the various finance functions of the Group.
In 1992, Christy returned to Malaysia and was employed as the Regional Accountant for Southeast Asia by Jurutera Perunding Beca Carter Sdn Bhd (JPBC), Kuala Lumpur, travelling to various offices in the region. She joined International Medical College (IMC) in 1993. She set up the finance department and was responsible for financial management of IMC until 1996.
For the next three years, Christy was Financial Controller for Batu Tiga Quarry Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of YTL Cement Bhd, Kuala Lumpur.
In 1999, Christy resumed the position as Financial Controller of the Sesama Medical College Management Sdn Bhd (SMCM) including supervision of the Administration and Building Maintenance & Engineering Services.
In 2010, she was appointed project leader for the IMU’s Strategic Plan, ASPIRE where she worked closely with the senior management team, key staff and PwC to craft the Strategic Direction of IMU. She is responsible for the oversight on the implementation of the ASPIRE project.
Christy is married with three children and she spends much of her Sundays teaching primary school children in the Sunday School at her church. She supports her husband in community work for the Residents’ Association and the Parent Teacher Association of their children’s schools.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Some of the senior positions Francis has served prior joining IMU were Head of HR for Prudential Services Asia, Prudential’s first Regional Shared Services and IT Hub for South Asia, HR Director of Malaysia and Singapore for AstraZeneca, a global bio-pharmaceutical multinational and HR Director of other local conglomerates. He has all together more than 25 years of experience in this field.
Francis holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) majoring in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Human Resource Development from The University of Hull, United Kingdom. He is also a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Management and an ICF-trained Certified Professional Coach.
Kenneth Koh Seng Kee
Chief Strategic Planning & Business Development OfficerChief Executive Officer, IMU Healthcare
Kenneth, an accountant by training, is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (“ACCA”) and a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Following completion of his ACCA examinations in Gwent College in Wales, he started his career with Arthur Andersen, Kuala Lumpur in 1992 until he left as a Senior Associate in the Audit and Financial Advisory Division.
In 1994, he joined Usaha Tegas Group (“UT Group”) as a Corporate Finance Executive. Kenneth was part of the corporate team responsible for the group’s corporate transactions and M&A activities in various sectors including telecom, pay TV, satellite, leisure and power. In the later part of his career with the UT Group, Ken focused on market entry initiatives for its Group companies, in particular in the telecom sector into emerging markets.
From the corporate scene as a Corporate Finance Senior Manager, Kenneth in 2005 moved into an operational role in MEASAT Global Berhad (“MEASAT”). He was appointed as MEASAT’s Head of Finance and Administration and later as a Financial Consultant. He was also a member of the Senior Management Team which managed the day-to-day operations of MEASAT.
In his spare time, Kenneth serves in a local church, tries to hit the gym and potters around the garden.
Prof Dr Nazimah Idris
Medical Director, IMU Healthcare Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs and Development, School of Medicine, International Medical University (IMU)
Professor Dr Nazimah Idris is currently Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine and Medical Director, IMU Healthcare. She is also a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist registered under the National Specialist Registry. She graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with a BMedSc and an MD, and completed her Master in O&G with a Gold Medal award. She was awarded a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Mater Mothers Hospital, Brisbane to pursue training in fetal diagnosis and therapy. As a life-long learner, she went on to pursue the Master in Medical Education from University of Dundee and a postgraduate degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law from the University of Manchester.
Prior to the appointment as Medical Director for IMU Healthcare, Prof Nazimah was the Associate Dean of Clinical School (2014-16) and later the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Development (2016-current), School of Medicine, International Medical University (IMU). She served as a council member of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia for several terms (2012-18) and is a committee member of the Malaysian Medical Council EPR since 2019. She is also a member of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia and life member at the Malaysian Medical Association. Prof Nazimah also actively served as panel member for accreditation of health professional programmes under the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
Her fields of interest include adolescent reproductive health, diabetes in pregnancy and medical humanities. She is an active member of Mercy Malaysia and has organised and participated in many medical humanitarian conferences and projects and is a winner of IMU Achievement Award for Community Services. She has presented her work in scientific meetings and conferences, both locally and abroad, and has won several awards to date.
Heads of Academic Schools and Centres
Prof Nafeeza Hj Mohd Ismail
Dean, School of Medicine
Prof Nafeeza bt Hj Mohd Ismail is currently Professor and Dean, School of Medicine at IMU. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in this field. She holds a PhD (Pharmacology) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and a MBBS from University Malaya.
Prof Nafeeza is also the President and Executive Member of the Malaysian Society of Pharmacology and Physiology (MSPP); member of American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; American Association of Advancement of Science; Malaysian Scientific Association; Malaysian Islamic Medical Society; and University Malaya Medical Alumni.
Prior to joining IMU, Prof Nafeeza was the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Prior to that, she had been the Deputy Dean of Research; Deputy Chair, UiTM Research Ethics Committee; and the Head of Pharmacology. She also played key roles in the UiTM Private Healthcare where she was the Chair as well as Board Member for the Organization.
Prof Allan Pau Kah Heng
Dean, School of Dentistry
Prof Allan Pau is a Professor in Dental Public Health at IMU in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He graduated from King’s College London with BDS, and completed his MSc and PhD in Dental Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. He was elected to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) as a Fellow in Dental Surgery (FDS) after successful completion of his specialist training, and was entered into the UK’s General Dental Council List of Dental Public Health Specialists. He is also on the Malaysian National Specialists Register. In addition to his commitments at IMU, Prof Allan is also serving as a member on the Malaysian Dental Council, the Steering Committee for the National Oral Health Survey of Preschool Children, and the National Oral Health Research Initiatives Committee.
A/Prof Dr Mohd Zulkefeli Mat Jusoh
Dean, School of Pharmacy
Dr Mohd Zulkefeli, PhD is the Dean of School of Pharmacy and an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department at International Medical University (IMU) since September 2016. Before joining the IMU, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and had served in various administrative positions including Deputy Dean of Academic, Quality and Research (2007 to 2008) and Deputy Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages (2011 to 2012). He was also a Director of Centre of Excellence for Natural Products Discovery Research (2012 until 2014).
He was among the first group of Malaysians who graduated with the BPharmSc, from Hiroshima University, Japan in 1998 with a Scholarship of Public Service Department and later completed his postgraduate studies, MPharmSc (By Research) in 2002, and PhD in 2005, at Hiroshima University, Japan under a Scholarship of MONBUSHO (Japanese Government).
Dr Zulkefeli spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher with fellowship under the Japan Society for The Promotion of Science (JSPS) in Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan from 2008 until 2010, and a post-doctoral researcher under NanoMalaysia-IBM Research Collaboration Program, at IBM Research-Almaden, San Jose, California, USA from 2014 until 2015. He received his Full-registered Pharmacist status in 2013.
He also obtained several national research grants such as MAKNA Cancer Research Award (2005), Biotech Incentive MOSTI (2006), and FRGS (2014). His research interests include Supramolecular Chemistry (Design and Synthesis of Functionalities Supramolecules by Self-Assembly method in Aqueous Solution) and Medicinal Chemistry (Design and Synthesis of bioactive Molecules) and also Pharmaceutical Chemistry Education. His research output has been translated into a few high impact publications, such as articles in PNAS, JACS and Inorganic Chemistry (ACS journals), a patent and also a chapter in a research book.
Dr Zulkefeli also actively serve as panel member for accreditation of pharmaceutical science related programmes under Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). He is also currently a minister appointed member of the Pharmacy Board Malaysia and a principal of Malaysian Academy of Pharmacy.
Prof Winnie Chee Siew Swee
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Prof Winnie Chee took on the role of Dean, School of Heath Sciences effective 1 July 2015. Prof Winnie qualified as a dietitian with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and obtained her PhD in nutrition from the same institution. She spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher and project leader at the Nestle Research Institute, Switzerland for joint and bone health platform. She served as a Faculty at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia before joining IMU in 2008 where she was instrumental for the successful implementation of the dietetics curriculum, and was appointed the Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences from 2013-2015. She currently also holds a conjoint faculty position with the School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia since 2012.
Her specific areas of research are in bone health, renal and diabetes nutrition where she holds several external grants, published extensively and supervise post-graduate students. She is currently the President of the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association and key member of several expert committees on nutrition guidelines in the Ministry of Health; member of the Allied Health Professions’ Act working group for dietetics and expert panel for the Malaysian Dialysis and Transplant Registry. Prof Winnie is committed to lead programmes in the School of Health Sciences to reach excellence through producing work prepared graduates, service learning and research.
A/ Prof Ranjit De Alwis
Director, Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dr Ranjit De Alwis received his medical degree from the University of Ceylon. After serving the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka as a medical officer he proceeded to do his postgraduate studies obtaining a MSc in Occupational Medicine from the University of London, Diploma in Industrial Health from the Royal College of Physicans, England and a MD from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine in Sri Lanka.
He was the Head of the Occupational Hygiene division in Sri Lanka before joining the IMU. He has also served the International Labour Organisation as a Consultant in Occupational Safety and Health. He has a wide experience in handling safety and health issues in a wide range of industries, and has been member of many national and international advisory committees.
Some of the roles Dr Ranjit has held in IMU were as Safety & Health Officer in IMU, Semester Coordinator and Module Coordinator for several programmes including Community Health module for Chiropractic, and Faculty Advisor to Students. He is presently the Co-Chair of Occupational Safety and Health Committee and was awarded IMU Achievement Award for Core Values. Dr Ranjit has contributed much to IMU’s projects including being Chair of Medical Sciences curriculum working group and others.
A/Prof Dr Tan Eng Lai
Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies
A/Prof Dr Tan Eng Lai is currently the Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur. He obtained his BSc from Murdoch University, Western Australia, and subsequently Master of Biotechnology and PhD from the University of Malaya. Dr Tan’s research interest is in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) particularly in the virology and molecular prognostication of the disease. His current research interest is in the identification of cancer stem cells in NPC. He was involved in the national research programme on oral cancer and NPC from 2001-2005. Since joining IMU, Dr Tan had secured research grants from MAKNA and the Ministry of Health, Malaysia for his work on NPC. Dr Tan is actively involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in IMU where he teaches across different disciplines.
Dr James Edward Walsh
Director, Centre for Pre-University Studies
Dr Walsh was the Director of Pre-University Studies and Director of Research of a malaysian private university for over 4 years. He had also been the Director of Multi-disciplinary Studies, Language Centre, MPU studies, IT and cross faculty interdisciplinary teaching during his stint with the university.
Before his tenure with the university, he was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Centre for 8 years and had been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor for University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, USA in which he had accumulated both research and teaching experience. He was also an educational consultant in Irish Ambassadors in Kuala Lumpur in year 2012.
YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman
MBBS (Monash), MMed (S’pore)
Hon MD (Monash)
Hon DMed Sc (UKM), Hon DSc (UPM)
Hon PhD (UMS), Hon MD (Qld)
FRACP, FAMM, FAMS, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCP (Glasgow), FRCPI, Hon FACP, Hon FRCSI, Hon FRCSE, FAFPM, FASc, AMP (Harvard)
DSC (HON) (SOTON)
Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman attended Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur and Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia and obtained his MBBS from Monash University, Australia. He obtained the Masters of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the University of Singapore.
He became fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and did his postgraduate training in Nephrology at Georgetown, University Hospital, Washington DC (USA) and Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne (1975-1976). He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1991.
He started the Department of Nephrology and developed the Nephrology and Dialysis services at Hospital Kuala Lumpur and extended this to other hospitals in the country. He developed the network of dialysis centers in Malaysia, in the government hospitals as well as in the community, with the support of donors and non-governmental organisation. He also developed the Renal Transplantation services at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Recognised locally and internationally, Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman had represented Malaysia between 1991-2001 in the World Health Assembly, Geneva (WHO), WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee (Manila), WHO Committee on Strategic Plan for Health Research Implementation, Coordinating Committee Southeast Asian Medical Information Center (SEAMIC, Tokyo) and Governing Board for SEMEO-TROPMED (Bangkok). He was also Chairman for the Western Pacific Region’s regional committee in 1994.
On 24 July 2018, he was awarded the BIM Professional Excellence Award for the Medical and Healthcare Category by the Balai Ikhtisas Malaysia and later conferred the MSN Fellowship Award by the Malaysian Nephrology Society (MSN) on 27 July 2018 for his immense contributions to the healthcare industry. He is currently the President and Board of Governors for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Chairman of the Medical Defence Malaysia.
Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman was appointed Director General of Health Malaysia from 1991-2001. He later assumed position as the President of International Medical University from 2001-2017 and was Chairman of IHH Healthcare from 2011-2017. He is currently the Chairman of IMU Group.
The Late Dr Mei Ling Young
Co-Founder, Advisor & Board Member
Dr Young joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1979 as lecturer in Development Studies, School of Social Sciences and left in 1985 to set up Sesama Consulting Group Sdn Bhd. She was also an Associate Research Fellow with the Malaysia Institute of Economic Research where she wrote on regional development, manpower planning and private education. In 1991, she established the IMC with Datuk Dr Kamal Salih and the late Dr Saidi Hashim.
She is responsible for developing the credit transfer partnerships with Partner Medical Schools from Australasia, North America, United Kingdom and Ireland. The consortium has grown from five to 37 partner schools including a twinned degree in pharmacy with the University of Strathclyde. Dr Young played a major role in the growth and development of the IMU since its inception in 1992. Her interest in medical education research is on longitudinal studies on IMU graduates.
Dr Young was the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Gold Medal 2017. She was also the President of the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges & Universities (MAPCU) from 2015-2017.