APOA Executive Committee

Mahmut Nedim Doral
Currently the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at Ufuk University, Ankara, Turkey and the President of the APOA for the term of 2018 to 2020. Experienced in Sports Medicine and Past President to many organisations such as TOTBID and EFOST. Also a past member of the Turkish Olympic Committee.
Syed Abdul Latiff Alsagoff, Vice President
A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Previously an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics in KPJ University College. His main interests include the management of paediatric orthopaedics and tumour surgery. He also does arthroplasty and trauma work. Currently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital, Malaysia.
Shoichi Kokubun, President-Elect
David Choon, Immediate Past President
Educated in Malaysia, schooled in Medicine and Basic Surgery in the United Kingdom, trained at the Harvard Combined Residency programme in Boston. On the academic staff of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University Malaya Medical Centre, finally retiring as a Professor in 2014. Currently in private practice. Past President of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and the APOA. Likes skiing, squash, cooking and playing the piano.
Jamal Ashraf, Secretary General
An alumnus of JN Medical College, Aligarh, India and currently working as the Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon in UM&TC, Lucknow, India. Also the present Secretary General of the APOA and Chairman of International Affairs of the Indian Orthopaedic Association. A widely travelled Trauma Surgeon with special interest in Lower limb and Pelvi-Acetabular surgery. Takes keen interest in mentoring young orthopods and trainees and is the driving force behind the APOA Young Surgeon’s Forum.
Sureshan Sivananthan, Treasurer
Currently a consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic at Pantai Hospital KL and Fatimah Hospital Malaysia. Practice interests include joint preservation, joint arthroplasty, deformity correction, trauma and metabolic bone diseases. Also serves on the editorial board of the Bone and Joint Journal (BJJ) and have published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.
Kenneth Cheung, Journal Editor
Presently the Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, and is a well-recognized leader in the field of Spinal Surgery and research globally. Research interests are in the genetics of intervertebral disc degeneration and scoliosis and stem cell regeneration of the disc, amongst others. Has published 14 book chapters and 280 publications in top scientific and spine journals. His work has been cited more than 4065 times around the world.

Chairmen of Subspecialty Sections

Mark Blackney, Foot & Ankle
Specialised in foot and ankle surgery for 20 years. Main interests are in minimally invasive surgery and sports medicine. Currently the Chairman of Foot and Ankle Department for St Vincent’s Health, Victoria. Also a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and GRECMIP, a worldwide organisation fostering minimally invasive surgery.
Aree Tanavalee, Hip
Current President of the RCOST and the Asia Pacific Hip Society (APKS). Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University in 1986. Underwent fellowship training in adult hip and knee reconstruction at esteemed institutions in the USA. A world-renowned authority on joint replacement and the author of numerous articles on knee and hip arthroplasty and several local and international book chapters on joint replacement.
Mohammad Amin Chinoy, Infection
Current Chairman of the Infection Section of APOA. An active member in the Pakistan Orthopaedic Association - President from 2015 to 2016, Treasurer from 2006 to 2009, and Past Secretary of the Editorial Board. Also the Country Delegate for the European Bone and Joint Infection Society, the National Coordinator for the Pakistan National Joint Registry and a Fellow for the British Orthopaedic Association.
Eun Kyoo Song, Knee
Bobby Ng Kin Wah, Paediatric Orthopaedics
Tunku Kamarul Zaman, Orthopaedic Research
Presently the Director of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), a premier 1500 bedded university hospital in Malaysia staffed by over 5,000 personnel. An orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in upper limb and microsurgery. Past Deputy Dean of Research for Faculty of Medicine in UMMC. Has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in many impact-factored journals and has been invited to present the research groups and discoveries in numerous international scientific meetings.
Keith DK Luk, Spine
Graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1977 and received his orthopaedic training in Hong Kong and the UK. Was the Head of Department at HKU from 2003 to 2012 and the Chair Professor until retirement in 2018. Also the Past President of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, SICOT, and the Asia Pacific Spine Society. Has published over 400 refereed articles, 28 book chapters, edited 4 books and sits on editorial or advisory boards of 5 top international journals.
Charanjeet Singh, Sports Injury
Presently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Sub-specialising in sports, knee & shoulder injuries. Surgical expertise includes knee arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and joint replacement, amongst many others. Founding Member of the ASEAN Society of Sports & Arthroscopy (ASSA). Instructor for Smith & Nephew cadaveric workshops. Presented at many international meetings and lectures.
Hakan Kinik, Trauma
Educated in TED Ankara College, Turkey. Graduated from Ankara University. Specialises in orthopaedic traumatology, paediatric orthopaedics, deformity correction and lengthening surgery, and bone and joint infection. Past President and Co-Founder of Tukish Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Editor of the Trauma Section, Acta Orthopaedica Et Traumatologica Turcica Journal.

Standing Committee

David Choon Siew Kit, Congress Committee
Educated in Malaysia, schooled in Medicine and Basic Surgery in the United Kingdom, trained at the Harvard Combined Residency programme in Boston. On the academic staff of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University Malaya Medical Centre, finally retiring as a Professor in 2014. Currently in private practice. Past President of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and the APOA. Likes skiing, squash, cooking and playing the piano.
Jean Claude Theis, Education Committee
Onder Aydingoz, Federation Committee
Yan Chun Hoi, Finance Committee
An expert arthroplasty surgeon. Head of the undergraduate education and resident training in the University of Hong Kong. Currently the Director of Joint Replacement Centre of Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital, Deputy Censor of the Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and an active member in the International Committee, American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons.
Lewy Pasion, Membership Committee
Has been with the UP College of Medicine-Philippine General Hospital, Dept of Orthopaedics, since he returned from a 3-year Fellowship Training in Orthopaedic Trauma & Joint Arthroplasty at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford. Still active in private clinical practice. The Founding Chairman of the Dept of Orthopaedics, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Also an Emeritus Orthopaedic Consultant at both the San Juan de Dios Hospital and the ASIAN Hospital & Medical Center.
Sachin Tapasvi, Newsletter
A leading arthroplasty & arthroscopy surgeon in Pune. Completed MBBS and M.S. (Ortho) from B.J. Medical College, Pune with gold medals for topping the university in both courses. He consults in arthritis, sports medicine, arthroscopy and arthroplasty with premier hospitals. For the quest and spread of true knowledge, he trains four fellows annually. The premier arthroscopy course, ‘Pune Knee Course’ is his initiative.

Subcommittee

Buland Thapa, Disaster Response Committee
Immediate Past President of the Nepal Orthopaedic Association (NOA). 32 years of service in medical field with 26 years as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Ministry of Health. Past Director of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital and the National Trauma Center. Founder of the Primary Trauma Care (PTC) in Nepal.
Edward Ted Mah, Nomination Committee
Past President of the APOA and Deputy Editor of the JOS. Also the Section Editor of Mercer Orthopaedics and on 6 other Editorial Boards. Instrumental in updating the APOA constitution. Has received numerous acknowledgements for his work in Medicine including the Best Editor Award and the AMA (SA) Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Medicine". Currently the Head of Department of Orthopaedics & Trauma at Northern Adelaide Hospital Network.
K S Sivananthan, Secretariat Administrative Director
Expert spine surgeon. Educated in Malaysia and Calcutta, India. Previous House Surgeon at the General Hospital, Ipoh. Received surgical training at the General Hospital, Kuala Lumpur and was the State Surgeon at the General Hospital, Kuantan. Awarded the Norman Roberts Medal for the Best M. Ch. Orthopaedic Thesis 1975. Presently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Hospital Fatimah, Ipoh.

Organising Committee

Syed Abdul Latiff Alsagoff, Congress Chairman
A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Previously an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics in KPJ University College. His main interests include the management of paediatric orthopaedics and tumour surgery. He also does arthroplasty and trauma work. Currently a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital, Malaysia.
Vivek Ajit Singh, Congress Secretary
Specialises in orthopaedic oncology. Research interests include biomechanics, soft tissue sarcomas and bone tumours. Completed his Master in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001 in University Malaya (Subramaniam Gold Medal), Fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology at the Royal Orthopaedics Hospital, Birmingham in 2004 and joined University Malaya in 2006. Has numerous publications pertaining to his interest in various journals.
Sureshan Sivananthan, Congress Treasurer
Currently a consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic at Pantai Hospital KL and Fatimah Hospital Malaysia. Practice interests include joint preservation, joint arthroplasty, deformity correction, trauma and metabolic bone diseases. Also serves on the editorial board of the Bone and Joint Journal (BJJ) and have published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.
Tunku Kamarul Zaman, Scientific Chairman
Presently the Director of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), a premier 1500 bedded university hospital in Malaysia staffed by over 5,000 personnel. An orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in upper limb and microsurgery. Past Deputy Dean of Research for Faculty of Medicine in UMMC. Has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in many impact-factored journals and has been invited to present the research groups and discoveries in numerous international scientific meetings.

Scientific Committee

Chua Yeok Pin, Foot & Ankle
Currently the Head of the Foot and Ankle Surgery Unit at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the University of Malaya. Received his undergraduate degree in medicine at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and completed his postgraduate course in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Malaya. Has published numerous papers in his specialty and presented at conferences and scientific meetings, both local and international.
Rashdeen Fazwi Muhammad Nawawi, Hand & Wrist
Presently a Senior Consultant Orthopedic, Hand & Microsurgeon (JUSA C) at Hospital Kuala Lumpur. President of the Malaysian Society of Surgery for the Hand (MSSH) and Chairman of the Hand/Upperlimb & Microsurgery Subspecialty Training Program, Ministry of Health Malaysia. Graduated from the Kastuba Medical College, Manipal, India and obtained his Master in Orthopaedics in UKM.
Shams Amir Shamsul Bahar, Hand & Wrist
Interests include peripheral nerve lesions, congenital hand and traumatic conditions involving the hand and wrist. Keen to develop awareness on the role of hand surgery and microsurgery in patients with tetraplegia and spasticity. A member of the Malaysian Society for Surgery of the Hand and reviews for the Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal. Currently an orthopaedic surgeon and lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Malaya.
Chan Chee Ken, Hip
Received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and Master in Orthopaedic Surgery (MSOrtho) from University of Malaya, Malaysia. Continued his advanced training in joint replacement in UMMC. Completed his fellowship training in dealing with complex hip and knee problems including primary and revision joint replacement. Awarded Best Lecturer in year 2013/2015 and 2015/2016 from University Malaya. Currently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Trauma and Joint Replacement in Mahkota Medical Centre, Malacca, Malaysia.
Harikrishna Nair, Infection
Graduated in Germany. Currently the Head of Wound Care Unit, Dept of Internal Medicine, KLH. Founding President of the Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals and the Vice President of the Asian Wound Care Association (AWCA). Editor-in-Chief for the Wounds Asia Journal. Contributed to many publications including Compression and Chronic Wound textbook.
Sasheela Sri La Ponnampalavanar, Infection
Currently a Consultant Infectious Disease Physician at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at University Malaya. Also the head of the Infection Control Department in UMMC. Received her MBBS degree from Manipal Medical College, India. Served in the Ministry of Health until completing her postgraduate training. Leading the Infection Control Program in UMMC.
David Choon Siew Kit, Knee
Educated in Malaysia, schooled in Medicine and Basic Surgery in the United Kingdom, trained at the Harvard Combined Residency programme in Boston. On the academic staff of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University Malaya Medical Centre, finally retiring as a Professor in 2014. Currently in private practice. Past President of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and the APOA. Likes skiing, squash, cooking and playing the piano.
Abidah Yasin, Nursing
Current Head of Department of Nursing, UMMC and the Chief Nursing Officer U52. A registered nurse since 1982 and received her advanced diploma in Midwifery. Expertise in areas such as surgical, gynae, maternity, and the Intensive Care Unit.
Mohd Rahmat Abdul Hamid, Nursing
Nursing officer U41 for the Inpatient Services at UMMC including orthopaedics, urology, ophthalmology, and ENT. Received his Bachelor of Nursing Science and Master Medical Science in Anesthesiology (Medicine).
Azira Omar, Nursing
Ward Manager U36 at UMMC for orthopaedics, ENT, and urology.
Mary Cardosa, Pain Management
A visiting Consultant Pain Specialist at Hospital Selayang, Selangor. Obtained her fellowship in Anaesthesiology and completed her Pain Fellowship at the Pain Management and Research Center, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. Done pioneering work in Pain management in Malaysia and was the key person in the implementation of “Pain as the 5th Vital Sign”, and “Pain Free Hospital” programs in the Malaysian MOH. Current President of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Pain (MASP).
Saw Aik, Paediatric Orthopaedics
Currently a professor and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at UMMC. Area of expertise is in corrective and reconstructive surgery of the upper and lower limbs deformities and paediatric orthopaedics. Research interests and publication include from limb lengthening and reconstruction procedures, biomechanics, musculoskeletal tumour and paediatric trauma. A member of various national and international professional bodies including ASEAN Orthopaedic Association and the MOA.
Chong Pan Pan, Preparatory Course for Entrance Exam
Senior lecturer in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Led the Good Manufacturing Practice Laboratory in National Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence in Research and Learning. Managing the newly provided clinical service using platelet-derived extracellular vesicles to treat musculoskeletal diseases. Research interest involves the current and innovative area of tissue engineering and manipulation of adult stem cells for future use as biological therapies for poorly regenerating tissues.
Tunku Kamarul Zaman, Orthopaedic Research
Presently the Director of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), a premier 1500 bedded university hospital in Malaysia staffed by over 5,000 personnel. An orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in upper limb and microsurgery. Past Deputy Dean of Research for Faculty of Medicine in UMMC. Has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in many impact-factored journals and has been invited to present the research groups and discoveries in numerous international scientific meetings.
Nik Aizah Nabilla Faheem, Orthopaedic Research
Graduated with MBBS from University of Malaya and further completed Masters training. A young orthopaedic surgeon currently developing her career in foot and ankle surgery as well as taking a special interest in orthopaedic pre-clinical research. Won the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association’s Mahmood Merican Best Masters Thesis Award and had also represented Malaysia during the 2018 ASEAN Orthopaedic Association Junior Travelling Fellowship.
Lee Joon-Kiong, Osteoporosis
A practicing orthopaedic surgeon and the Head of Department of Orthopedic Surgery of Beacon International Specialist Centre, Malaysia. Also practicing in the Advanced Neuroscience and Orthopedic Centre (ANOC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Current Chair of the Asia Pacific-South Africa Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance (APFFA). Chief Coordinator of the International Osteoporosis Foundation-International Society for Clinical Densitometry-Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (IOF-ISCD-AFOS) Tripartite Alliance.
Nazirah Hasnan, Rehabilitation & Allied Health
Associate Professor at Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Malaya and Deputy Director of Clinical Services (Medical), UMMC. Received her PhD at the University of Sydney – University of Malaya (Co-tutelle). Areas of expertise include rehabilitation medicine, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, wound management, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Contributed in publications such as Braddom’s Rehabilitation Care: A Clinical Handbook, amongst many others.
K S Sivananthan, Spine
Expert spine surgeon. Educated in Malaysia and Calcutta, India. Previous House Surgeon at the General Hospital, Ipoh. Received surgical training at the General Hospital, Kuala Lumpur and was the State Surgeon at the General Hospital, Kuantan. Awarded the Norman Roberts Medal for the Best M. Ch. Orthopaedic Thesis 1975. Presently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Hospital Fatimah, Ipoh.
Chris Chan Yin Wei, Spine
Currently the Head of Spine Research Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Malaya. Past Scientific Chairperson of the Malaysian Spine Society Congress as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Asia Pacific Spine Society Congress. Has more than 65 peer-reviewed SCI publications in high impact journals. Main interests are in spinal deformity surgery and long construct minimally invasive spine surgery for spinal tumours.
Charanjeet Singh, Sports Injury
Presently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Sub-specialising in sports, knee & shoulder injuries. Surgical expertise includes knee arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and joint replacement, amongst many others. Founding Member of the ASEAN Society of Sports & Arthroscopy (ASSA). Instructor for Smith & Nephew cadaveric workshops. Presented at many international meetings and lectures.
Azlina Amir Abbas, Orthopaedics Trainee Course
A life member of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association. Currently Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and has special interests in hip and knee arthroplasty, pain and in prevention and treatment of surgical site infections and prosthetic joint infections. Also a life member and Past President of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and holds a life membership in the Malaysian Association for the Study of Pain.
Mohd Rusdi Draman @ Yusof, Orthopaedics Trainee Course
Director of the Biomechanical Testing and Research Laboratory (BTRL), Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UMMC and a Clinical Specialist in the Trauma Subspecialty Unit. Obtained his Master in Orthopaedic Surgery (MS Ortho) from University Malaya. Coordinator of many orthopaedic exams in Malaysia. Also an active trainer in workshops and lectured at many national conferences.
C Sankara Kumar, Trauma
Obtained his degree from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India and Master of Orthopaedic Surgery from University Malaya. Area of expertise in Traumatology. Past Chairman of the Asia Pacific Trauma Society. Published many peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the American Journal of Transplantation and the Journal of Medicine.
Vivek Ajit Singh, Tumour
Specialises in orthopaedic oncology. Research interests include biomechanics, soft tissue sarcomas and bone tumours. Completed his Master in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001 in University Malaya (Subramaniam Gold Medal), Fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology at the Royal Orthopaedics Hospital, Birmingham in 2004 and joined University Malaya in 2006. Has numerous publications pertaining to his interest in various journals.
Azura Mansor, Social Events
Associate Professor, Deputy Director of Clinical Services (Surgical), and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at UMMC. Completed a clinical attachment in Exter, UK. Research Fellowship in Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering in Singapore and Clinical Fellowship n Musculoskeletal Orthopaedic Oncology in Italy. Worked on many research projects in areas such as bone banking and tissue engineering and trauma and limb reconstruction/lengthening. Has many articles published in international and national orthopaedic journals.
Nik Aizah Nabilla Faheem, Social Events
Graduated with MBBS from University of Malaya and further completed Masters training. A young orthopaedic surgeon currently developing her career in foot and ankle surgery as well as taking a special interest in orthopaedic pre-clinical research. Won the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association’s Mahmood Merican Best Masters Thesis Award and had also represented Malaysia during the 2018 ASEAN Orthopaedic Association Junior Travelling Fellowship.
Badrul Shah Badaruddin, MOA Representative
Completed his medical training at National University of Malaysia (UKM) with Master in Orthopaedic Surgery. Completed an advanced trauma Fellowship in St George’s Hospital in London. Further subspecialised in Revision Joint Replacement Surgery at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide. Apart from general orthopaedic & traumatology, he also specialises in the treatment of arthritis such as primary & revision joint replacement surgeries. Practices the current trends of minimally invasive surgeries, computer aided total knee surgeries & direct anterior approach for total hip replacement surgeries.
Jamal Azmi, Malaysia Chapter Representative
Presently working at KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital as a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon. Special interest in arthroplasty. Contributed for the Comprehensive Hip & Knee Textbook and published many peer-reviewed articles. Past President of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and ASEAN Orthopaedic Association.
Rukmanikanthan A/L Shanmugam, Malaysia Chapter Representative
Specialises in foot and ankle surgery, deformity correction, and biomechanics. Works as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Prince Court Medical Centre and Visiting Consultant at UMMC. Past Senior Lecturer at University Malaya. Organised various courses over his career such as the Limb Deformity Correction Courses and Orthopaedic Trauma Courses.
Saw Aik, Malaysia Chapter Representative
Currently a professor and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at UMMC. Area of expertise is in corrective and reconstructive surgery of the upper and lower limbs deformities and paediatric orthopaedics. Research interests and publication include from limb lengthening and reconstruction procedures, biomechanics, musculoskeletal tumour and paediatric trauma. A member of various national and international professional bodies including ASEAN Orthopaedic Association and the MOA.