Assoc Pof Dr Lau Peng Choong
Consultant Upper GI Surgeon, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Honorary Visiting Consultant, University of Malaya (UM)
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (UM)
Council Member, Society of Endoscopic Laproscopic Surgeons of Malaysia (SELSMA)
Honorary Treasurer, Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Malaysia (PENSMA)
Council Member, Malaysian Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society(MUGIS)
Dr Lau Peng Choong is a Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon in UMMC/UMSC. He started his career in surgery in Penang after graduating from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2001. After serving the community in Penang, he joined the UMMC in 2005 and completed his Masters of Surgery in 2009. He currently serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Malaya. His subspecialty interest is in Upper Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery. His training includes a fellowship in Advanced Gastric Cancer Surgery in Seoul, South Korea plus he also did a year of clinical fellowship in Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery in Coventry, United Kingdom under the sponsorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Dr Lau’s main area of interests are in upper gastrointestinal cancers, bariatrics and complex abdominal hernia repair. He also has a keen interest in new and emerging technologies. He was an early adoptor of using flourescent imaging in surgery in Malaysia. Together with the Gastroenterology Unit of University Malaya Medical Centre, they initiated the POEM (Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) service in the country in 2015 as a new minimally invasive treatment option for achalasia.
Dr Lau has helped trained many young doctors as well as surgeons in the country since joining UM. He is currently the Honarary Treasurer of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Malaysia (PENSMA). He is also the council member for Malaysian Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society(MUGIS), Society of Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgery of Malaysia (SELSMA) and the Malaysian Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Society (MyMBS).
He is also an active member in the College of Surgeons of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia(AMM), Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia(ELSA), Asia Pacific Hernia Society(APHS) and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorder (IFSO).
Dr Simon Wong
Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Dr. Simon Wong is the president-elect of Asia-Pacific Metabolic & Bariatric Surgical Society (APMBSS). He is also the chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (HKSMBS), and treasurer of the Hong Kong Association of Study of Obesity (HKASO). He represents Hong Kong at the International Federation of Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) and its Asia-Pacific Chapter. Since 2008, Dr. Wong has been the consultant surgeon in the Upper Gastrointestinal & Metabolic Surgery Division at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He was also appointed as the Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Dr. Simon Wong graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991 and received his post-graduate surgical training at the Prince of Wales Hospital. In 1995, he received his fellowships at the College of Surgeon of Hong Kong and Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland. He became a member of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 1999. In the year 2000, he was the visiting scholar at the Royal Brisbane & Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Queensland, Australia.
Dr. Wong’s main clinical and research interests are in the field of bariatric surgery, minimal invasive upper gastrointestinal surgery, and advanced therapeutic endoscopy. He has published more than 50 articles in local and international journals and has delivered lectures in various conferences around the world. In 2002, Dr. Simon Wong established the first multidisciplinary combined obesity clinic in Hong Kong and is currently in charge of the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Service at the Prince of Wales Hospital, CUHK. He is also involved in the training of young surgeons. Dr. Wong was appointed as the editor of the CUHK Jockey Club Minimal Invasive Surgical Skill Center (MISSC) where he is in charge of the web-based education platform—eSurg (www.esurg.net) which provides online lectures and surgical videos on various updated minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Dr. Wong lives with his wife Vivian, in a small apartment, like most Hong Kong locals do. He is a father of two teenage girls, Sami and Victoria, and his whole family loves traveling and sports. As a late learner of snowboarding and cycling, he challenges the integrity of his skeleton every year in the powdery snow-heaven of Japan, and by cycling to work everyday (he claims). He is also a member of an amateur football team and is the only forward player to score a goal in the senior-alumni league of his high school from 2015 to 2017.
Assoc Prof Dr Zubaidah Nor Hanipah
Clinical Consultant in General Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery,
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science,
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Associate Professor Dr Zubaidah Nor Hanipah is a former Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) medical student, graduated in 2002. She joined UPM as a surgical trainee lecturer after serving the Ministry of Health for 4 years. Currently, she works at the Department of Surgery as a Clinical Consultant in General Surgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. She is a member of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Malaysia Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Society (MyMBS) and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). At present she is the secretary of the Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery Malaysia (SELSMA).
Clinical research is vital in improving training as well as patient care and surgical outcomes. Throughout her academic years with UPM, she has endeavored to maintain a balance between the academic scholarly work and clinical practice. The majority of her research has focused on the outcome of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in patients with obesity and metabolic disorders. She also has a few book chapters’ publication on Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.
Dr Manish Baijal
Director, Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Dr Ali Aminian
Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute Associate Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Prof Dr Philip Schauer
Professor, Metabolic Surgery Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Pennington Biomedical Research Institute of Louisiana State University