YBhg Dato’ Dr Amir Abbas
(DPMP), Dr Med Sc (Hon)(UKM), FRCP, DTM&H(L’pool). FAMM, MBBS (UM-S’pore)
YBhg Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang
PhD (UWA),PKT, BCN, JMN, DSPN
Board of Governors
- YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Yahya Awang
MBBS (Monash), FRCS (Glasgow), SMJ, KMN, DPMJ, DMPN, DSAP, PSM, Hon Doct(UKM)
- 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)
- YBhg Dato’ Dr Gan Ee Kiang
PhD (UWA),PKT, BCN, JMN, DSPN
- YBhg Prof Datin Paduka Dr Aini Ideris
DVM (UPM), MVSc (Liverpool), PhD (UPM), DSIS, PSK, KMN, FASc, FIAS, FMCVS, FMSA
- YBhg Datuk Dr Yeoh Poh Hong
PJN, MBBS(Mal), MChOrth(Liverpool), FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Edin), FRCP(Glasgow), FACP(Hon), Hon.FCS(S.Africa), FAM(Mal), FAM(S’pore)
- 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
Prof Abdul Aziz Baba
Vice-Chancellor, IMU Education
Following completion of postgraduate training in 1986, Prof Aziz was appointed Lecturer and Clinical Haematologist/Oncologist at the School of Medical Sciences (SMS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 2000. Prof Aziz held several key academic administrative positions at the SMS including as Deputy Dean (2003-2005) and Dean (2005 -2012). He was also responsible for the establishment of the Clinical Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation service in USM’s teaching hospital, HUSM.
Past national appointments included President of the Malaysian Society of Haematology, Chairman of the National Conjoint Board for Postgraduate Medical Programmes, and Chairman of Specialist Advisory Committee (Clinical Haematology) of the National Specialist Register. He has also been a member of the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and has served MMC on several accreditation visits to local and foreign medical institutions.
Prof Aziz left USM in July 2013 and joined IMU as Professor of Medicine. In October 2013, he assumed the position of Vice President with responsibility for the Medical and Dental Programme.
He is currently the Vice-Chancellor of IMU Education.
Dr Mei Ling Young
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International & Engagement
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 is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International and Engagement of International Medical University, Company Director of IMU Health and IMU Healthcare and President, Malaysian Association of Private Colleges & Universities (MAPCU).
Prof Peter Pook Chuen Keat
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic
Prof Peter C K Pook is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Professor of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia. He joined the IMU as Head of Pharmacy in January 2001 and was later appointed as Director of Pharmacy (2001-03) and as Acting Executive Dean (2001-03) of the Faculty of Medicine. In January 2004, he was appointed as Dean, School of Pharmacy and later as Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (March 2005 until today). Prior to joining IMU, he held positions as Senior Lecturer (1994-95) and as Reader in Neuropharmacology (1995-98) in the School of Health Sciences, University of Sunderland, UK. He returned to Malaysia to take up the appointment as Professor of Pharmacology (1998-2000) in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University Putra Malaysia. He was appointed Head of Pharmacology Unit (1999- 2000) and Deputy Dean (Medical Sciences & Research, January 2000-December 2000).
He obtained his PhD (1988) for his research on “Ligand binding and electrophysiological studies of Excitatory Amino Acid (EAA) receptors in the rat central nervous system”, from the University of Bristol, UK. This project was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) under the guidance of Professor J C Watkins FRS. After obtaining his PhD, he continued his work as a MRC – funded scientist with the EAA Research Group under the leadership of Professor Watkins in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Bristol (1988-93, as Research Associate; February 1993 – December 1993 as Research Fellow).
In 1992, Peter as the only biologist in the EAA Research Group, together with Professor Watkins and his colleagues who are mainly medicinal chemists, developed a new range of phenyglycine (PG) analogues of glutamate which could be used as pharmacological tools to study the EAA Receptors. These novel glutamate analogues lead Peter and his colleagues to first describe a new range of glutamate receptors – the “metabotropic glutamate receptors”. These PG analogues of glutamate have paved the way for the development of other analogues which has led to the better understanding of the role of EAA receptors in a number of normal and abnormal brain functions including learning and memory, epilepsy and cerebral ischaemia. As a result of this work, he was given an award by the University of Bristol for “outstanding and significant contribution to research”.
Peter also has a strong interest in education and has a particular interest in designing outcomes based curriculum. To date, he has led several teams to successfully design over 10 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for IMU. He has represented IMU as an auditor for the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and currently he has been appointed by MQA as Chair of the D-SETARA 11 (Health Sciences). )
Prof Victor Lim
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education
Prof Victor K E Lim is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Professor of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to this appointment he was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health from 2004 – 2011. 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 Mak Joon Wah
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research
Prof Mak Joon Wah is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, and Professor of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, International Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur. His previous appointments were at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Malaysia where he served in various capacities, culminating in his appointment as Director of the Institute in 1996. He served as a consultant in filariasis and malaria to the World Health Organization on numerous occasions and was the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Lymphatic Filariasis based at the IMR. He was also the Dean of the SEAMEO-TROPMED Post-graduate School for Applied Parasitology and Entomology from 1991-1996. On his retirement from IMR he was appointed Professor in the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Universiti Putra Malaysia, where he served for three years before joining IMU in 2001.
He obtained his MBBS from the University of Singapore in 1967, Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Malaya in 1976, and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from University of Singapore in 1980. He obtained his Membership and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1983 and 1995 respectively.
He was the President of Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine in 1982 and the Founding Editor of its Journal, Tropical Biomedicine in 1985 and continued as its Editor until 1987. His fields of interest include tropical and parasitic diseases and he has published over 350 scientific papers. He was awarded the National Science Award in 1985 and the Merdeka Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in 2011.
He is married to Dr Choong MF, PhD and has two sons and a daughter. His leisure activities include gardening and reading.
Prof Toh Chooi Gait
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Development
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.
Christy Chiu Lai Heng
Vice-President, Finance & Admin
Christy Chiu is currently the Vice President, Finance & Admin. 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.
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.
Director, Human Resources
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) specializing 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
Director, Strategic Planning & Development
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.
Caroline Tan Phaik Choo
Director, IMU Healthcare
A chartered accountant by qualification and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Caroline started her career as an Accountant at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur; and advanced as Financial Controller at Perak Community Specialist Hospital, Ipoh. As a Financial Controller, she had the opportunity to handle the Company Secretarial functions, and to liaise with other relevant authorities. During the absence of the CEO, she was responsible in the hospital’s administrative and other clinical functions.
She joined Columbia Asia Hospital, Bukit Rimau as Finance Manager. Here, Caroline was one of the team members to build the various business functions of the newly set-up hospital. She has a broad range of healthcare experience through her involvement in several capacities and levels from administration, finance, procurement and clinical matters.
YBhg Prof Dato’ Dr Kew Siang Tong
Dean, School of Medicine
Prof Dato’ Dr. Mrs. S T Kew is currently the Dean of the School of Medicine and Professor in Internal Medicine, International Medical University. Prior to this appointment, she was the Dean of the Clinical School from 2009 – 2011, and Head of Department of Internal Medicine from 2007 – 2009.
Before joining the International Medical University, Dr Kew served as Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in Hospital Kuala Lumpur, a Ministry of Health hospital. She rose to the post of Head of Internal Medicine in the Ministry from 1999 – 2002. While in the Ministry, she helped to formalise higher specialist training in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine in the country.
Dr Kew is the Past Master of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia, Past President of the College of Physicians, as well as Past President of the Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Currently she is the International Advisor of the Royal College of Physicians of London. She sits in the Conjoint Coordinating Committee for MRCP (UK) and MRCPCH Examination Malaysia. She is also a member of the Preliminary Inquiry Committee of the Malaysian Medical Council.
Dr Kew is active in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She regularly examines in undergraduate examinations in public and private medical schools, as well as in the Master in Internal Medicine Examination of public universities. She is an examiner in the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians PACES examination, and hosts the PACES examination in IMU / Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar Seremban annually since 2009.
Dr Kew’s research and academic interests include chronic hepatitis B and C, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), irritable bowel syndrome and probiotics, NSAIDs and the gastrointestinal tract, adverse drug reactions, patients’ safety, clinical practice guidelines, issues of medical professionalism and ethics, and clinical assessment especially Mini-CEX (clinical evaluation exercise).
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).
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.
Prof Chu Wan Loy
Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies
Prof Chu Wan Loy is currently the Dean of School of Postgraduate Studies at the International Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur. Professor Chu joined IMU on April 1st 1999 as Lecturer, attached to the Division of Human Biology. He was the Programme Coordinator for the Medical Biotechnology Programme from 2009 – 2011. He obtained his BSc degree in Biochemistry from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1988, and PhD from the University of Malaya in 1997. He undertook his post-doctoral training at the Marine Biotechnology Institute in Kamaishi, Japan from 1997 – 1998 with the support of a scholarship from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Professor Chu has been actively involved in Algal Biotechnology research for more than 20 years. As an active member of the Malaysian Antarctic Research Programme (MARP), he has gone on three expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic for the collection of polar algae. His research interests cover many aspects of algal biotechnology, ranging from bioactive compounds and nutraceuticals from algae, algae for bioremediation and toxicity testing, algae for biofuels to stress adaptation, and phylogenetics of algae.
Professor Chu was the Honorary Secretary of the Asian Pacific Phycological Association (APPA) from 2005 – 2011, and Honorary Secretary of the Asian Pacific Society for Applied Phycology (APSAP) from 2003 – 2006. Presently, he is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Malaysian Journal of Science. He has published and presented over 120 scientific papers, and has supervised 8 PhD and 12 MSc students. In 2003, Professor Chu received the IMU Recognition Award for his achievements in research.
Prof Vishna Devi A/P V Nadarajah
Dean, Teaching and Learning
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.
Dr James Edward Walsh
Acting Head, 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.