History of neurosurgery in Malaysia: The past, present and future

Abdullah, Fadzli Cheah and Zakaria, Zaitun. and Thambinayagam, Hari Chandran and Kandasamy, Regunath and Alias, Azmi and Abu Bakar, Azizi and Wong Sii Hieng, Albert and Sellamuthu, Pulivendhan and Harun, Rahmat and Mat Nayan, Saiful Azli and Raffiq, Azman and Theophilus, Sharon Casilda and Udin, Nujaimin and Omar, Mohamad Azhari and Awang, Mohamed Saufi and Ghani, Abdul Rahman Izaini and Idris, Zamzuri and Abdullah, Jafri Malin (2021) History of neurosurgery in Malaysia: The past, present and future. Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 28 (6). pp. 129-185. ISSN 1394-195X,

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The history of neurosurgery in Malaysia traces back to 1962 and is filled with stories of vibrant and humble neurosurgeons who have dedicated their life to patients and professions. The early development of neurological and neurosurgical services begins from the establishment of the neurosurgery unit at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), followed by the foundation of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Neuroscience Institute (IKTAR). Due to the exponentially increased demand for the care of neurosurgical patients, many universities and government hospitals have opened their neurosurgical units. In 2001, the formal residency training programme (USM Masters in Neurosurgery) started and since then has produced qualified neurosurgeons that empowered and shaped the present generation. The formation of the Neurosurgical Association of Malaysia (NAM) is another turning point towards bidirectional collaboration with the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS). Many opportunities were created for educational activities and the expansion of subspecialties in neurosurgery. This article describes the impact of the past neurosurgeons and the endeavors that they had gone through; the present neurosurgeons who pioneered the current neurosurgical services in Malaysia, and the future neurosurgeons that will continue the legacy and bring neurosurgery further ahead in this country. © Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2021.

Item Type: Article
Funders: 10.21315/mjms2021.28.6.13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neurosurgical Association of Malaysia;Neurosurgery;Neurosciences;World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 02:19
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 02:19
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/35691

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