I was born and raised in a multiracial country, Malaysia. I left Malaysia more than 20 years ago and have lived in UK, New Zealand and now Australia. My colourful background enables me to be adaptable and accustomed to people of diverse cultures and ethnicities. My thirst to accumulate knowledge have led me to travel across the globe to learn, master and upskill my expertise in the field. Along the way, I learn from my teachers and patients, who have helped me to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the relationship between a doctor and a patient, a crucial process which allows me to be a caring, patient and compassionate doctor.
As an avid traveler, hiker and painter, my hobbies help keep me grounded and lead a well-balanced life. I practise what I preach by eating healthy and engage in regular Garuda and gym workouts. Art has always been a part of my life as I consider it to be a reminder to keep my sense of creativity alive. I enjoy traveling and attempts to conquer various hikes and mountains across the globe. My most recent achievement is Mount Kenya (4,985m).
As I consider human connection a vital point in what I do, I would participate in voluntary charitable work whenever I can. For instance, I was incredibly fortunate to have been involved with Interplast in Kiribati in 2016, and Operation Restore Hope in 2012.
I connect readily and easily with my patients as my personal interests and experiences in my field have given me many opportunities to meet and interact with people of various cultures and background. The accumulated life experiences are therefore my values and harness my commitment to provide my patients the best care at every stage of their individual process.
TRAINING, QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Basic medical degree- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Auckland 2001
- Early surgical training- included General Surgery, Orthopaedics, and ENT.
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training and Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) 2015
- Australian Postgraduate Award 2014 with University of Melbourne – I ventured into research on fat tissue for reconstruction and tissue engineering, in order to better understand the science of fat (under the supervision of Professor Wayne Morrison at O’Brien Institute)
- Post-training additional Fellowships
- Skin cancers management and post-cancer surgical reconstruction (especially in breast) at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
- Aesthetic surgery with Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery
- Aesthetic surgery with focus on facial aesthetics and body contouring under the Dutch Association for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship (DAFPRS) program in Germany; under the tutelage of Dr Dirk Richter, the current president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
- Breast reconstruction surgery in France and Belgium
- Various national and international workshops and conferences in Europe (including the Barcelona Breast Meeting in 2018 and the Congress of World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery in Mumbai 2015, Seoul 2017 and Italy 2019); Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Malaysia; Canada and USA.
- I represent the Asia Pacific region at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s Residents & Fellows Committee; to promote proper education and training to aspiring plastic and aesthetic surgeons.