Featuring the Malaysian clinical research personalities that we have interviewed for CRM bulletins. Read about their experiences in conducting clinical trials and how they have benefited from it.

Research Personality: Dr Sri Wahyu Taher

Dr Sri Wahyu Taher is currently the Consultant Family Medicine Specialist and Head of Clinic, Klinik Kesihatan (KK) Simpang Kuala Alor Setar, Kedah. She is also the Head of CRC Unit KK Simpang Kuala which is one of the research unit in primary care clinic in the state of Kedah.

Dr Sri Wahyu Taher attained her BSc Medical Science from St. Andrews University Scotland in 1988. She proceeded with MBChB from Glasgow University Scotland in 1991. She returned to Malaysia in 1993 to work in Hospital Alor Setar and obtained her Masters in Family Medicine UKM in the year 2000. She had 2 years of experience working in Scotland. She then continued with subspecialty training in Non-Communicable Disease Management Primary Care from Monash University Victoria Australia in 2006. The fellowship training was an eye opener and upon returning to Malaysia in 2007 she started to get involved with ISR in 2008. Read more

Research Personality: Dr. Wong Hin Seng

Dr Wong Hin Seng is a Senior Consultant in Nephrology, Head of Department of Nephrology and Head of the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) in Hospital Selayang. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master in Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the National University of Malaysia and completed his postgraduate nephrology fellowship in Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield, England in 1997. Read more

Research Personality: Prof. Dr. Goh Bak Leong

Prof. Dr. Goh is the Head and Senior Consultant Nephrologist in Serdang Hospital. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in United Kingdom MRCP(UK) in 1996. He obtained his further training as Renal Fellow at Monash Medical School, Melbourne, Australia. He was awarded the Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2002 and Fellowship of Academy of Medicine of Malaysia in 2012. Read more

Research Personality: Dato’ Dr. Ong Loke Meng

Dato’ Dr. Ong Loke Meng graduated in 1987 from University Malaya and obtained his membership from the Royal College of Physicians United Kingdom in 1993 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh in 2006. I am nephrologist since 1996 and the head of Clinical Research Centre of Penang Hospital since 2003. I have published 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Research Personality: Dr. Ong Tiong Kiam

Dr. Ong Tiong Kiam is currently a Senior Consultant Cardiologist and Head of Department of Cardiology at the Sarawak General Hospital Heart Centre, Malaysia. He earned his medical degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia and went on further to obtain several other professional qualifications. Besides his current responsibility as a Course Director for Siemens Clinical Training Workshop on Cardiac CT, he is Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UNIMAS, Visiting Consultant Cardiologist at Kuching Specialist Hospital and a Member of the Credentialing Committee for the National Specialist Register Subcommittee for Cardiology. Read more

Research Personality: Dr. Voon Pei Jye


Dr. Voon Pei Jye is currently a Medical Oncologist at Hospital Umum Sarawak. He earned his medical degree from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2001. In 2007, he was accorded the membership of the Royal College of Physician United Kingdom and a Master in Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the National University of Singapore. He then went on to obtain Advanced Specialist Training in Medical Oncology in Singapore in May 2012.

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Research Personality: Prof Dato’ Dr. Fuad Ismail

Professor Dato’ Dr. Fuad Ismail graduated from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) with a MD in the year 1990. He obtained dual Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and Royal College of Radiologists London in 1996. Prof Fuad currently serves at UKM as a Clinical Associate Professor of Oncology. Read more

Research Personality: Prof Dr. Abdul Rashid

Professor Dr. Abdul Rashid is one of the pioneering Clinician Scientist in Malaysia. He was trained in both Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology in the United Kingdom. He pioneered the establishment of the Clinical Trial Unit at USM Kota Bharu, the Advance Medical and Dental Institute at USM Penang and the Clinical Trial Center in Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences. Read more

Research Personality: Dr. Lee Han Lim

Dr. Lee Han Lim first started as a Medical Entomologist (Research Officer) in the Unit of Medical Entomology, Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in 1978 before being appointed Head of the Unit in 1993 and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Vectors. He obtained a Masters of Science (Medical Entomology) from Universiti Sains Malaysia before graduating with a PhD in this field. Dr. Lee is also a former Dean of School of Diploma in Applied Parasitology & Entomology from 2004 to 2011. He retired in 2011 and was re-employed under contract between 2011 and 2016. Read more

Research Personality: Dr. Tan Soek Siam

Dr. Tan Soek Siam is Senior Consultant Hepatologist and Head of the Department of Hepatology at Selayang Hospital. She is also the National Head of the Hepatology Service of the Ministry of Health (MOH). She obtained her medical degree at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1991. After completing her postgraduate exams, she returned to Malaysia to serve at both Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun and later on at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) where she began her hepatology specialty training. In 2000 to 2001, she undertook a clinical fellowship at the Institute of Liver Study at King’s College Hospital, London.

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