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: Dato’ Dr Fam Tem Lom

Dato’ Dr. Fam Tem Lom was born and raised in a small town in Sarawak called Kampung Beratok. His father is a smallholder planting pepper plants and rubber trees. Dato’ Dr. Fam is the 9thof 15 siblings and they live in a simple house with earthen floor where he shared a room with four of his siblings until he left for university.

In those days, he and his siblings wake up early to help tap rubber and tend to pepper plants and then helps out again after school and completing their homework.

Having graduated from UNIMAS in 2002, Dato’ Dr. Fam went on to serve as a Houseman and then as Medical Officer and Clinical Specialist at Sarawak General Hospital from 2002 until 2010. He obtained the MRCPI in 2007 and FRCPI and FRCP (Glasgow) in 2015. It was in 2010 that he got posted to Miri General Hospital where he stayed until today.

In 2016, Dato’ Dr. Fam was bestowed the DIMP by his Royal Highness SultanHaji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mu’adzam Shahwhich carry the title Dato’. He is married to Datin Dr. Doreen Chan Chu Ching and has three children. Read more

Research Personality: Dato’ Dr Mahiran Mustafa

I started my career as a House Officer (HO) at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) after I graduated from the University Hospital of Wales, United Kingdom in 1987. Later, I joined a master program in Internal Medicine at HUSM and was subsequently qualified as a physician in the year 1993. Read more

Research Personality: Dr. Toh Teck Hock

Before I joined Sibu Hospital, I have worked in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia for a number of years as a paediatric trainee. Besides general paediatrics, I also work in the areas of developmental-behavioural paediatrics and community child health. I am an Adjunct Professor for SEGi University Medical School as well as the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Clinical Advisor in Health Promotion®, Vice President for the National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Council Member for Sarawak State Council for Early Childhood Education and Development, National Assessor for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Secretary of the Association for Children with Special Needs Sibu. Besides scientific papers, I have also published parent-teacher handbooks on ADHD, language development and breastfeeding, as well as children reading / colouring books, and books on Chinese literary prose/short stories. I received The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in 2010, and Special Education Network in Asia Advocacy Award in 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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