SELSMA Webinar Series: Surgical Endoscopy

Professor Dr Sanjiv Mahadeva

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Prof Sanjiv Mahadeva is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Department of Medicine, University of Malaya and the current Chairman of the Malaysian National Training Board in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He completed his GI Specialist training in the UK in 2003 & subsequently joined the prestigious Gastroenterology Unit at the University of Malaya, under the leadership of Dato’ Prof KL Goh. With a foundation in endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), he trained in ESD and POEM procedures with leading Asian experts. He is currently part of the POEM service at UMMC, together with his colleagues, A/Prof Ho Shiaw Hooi and A/Prof Lau Peng Choong.

Professor Philip Chiu Wai Yan,
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Philip Chiu is currently Professor of Division of Upper GI and Metabolic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Director of Multi-Scale Medical Robotics Center, Director of Endoscopy Center, Institute of Digestive Disease; Director of CUHK Jockey Club Minimal Invasive Surgical Skills Center; Director of CUHK Chow Yuk Ho Technology Center for Innovative Medicine and Associate Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Chiu graduated from Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1994 with two scholarships. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2001 and received his Doctor of Medicine at CUHK in 2009. Prof. Chiu is first to perform endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for treatment of early GI cancers in Hong Kong in 2004. In 2010, he performed first Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy (P.O.E.M.) in Hong Kong as well as pioneering World first robotic gastric ESD in 2011. His research interests include esophageal cancer management, minimally invasive and robotic esophagectomy, novel endoscopic technologies for diagnosis of early GI cancers, endoscopic surgery as well as robotics for endoluminal surgery. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts and 6 book chapters. He received numerous prestigious awards including State Scientific Technology and Progress Award from People’s Republic of China in 2007, 2nd class award in Technological Advancement, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 2011. His research on POEM was awarded best of DDW 2011 and first prize of ASGE world cup of endoscopy 2012. He was selected as Asia Pacific Digestive Week JGHF Emerging Leader Lectureship in 2016 and Global Outstanding Chinese Youth 2016. He received the Gold Medal with Congratulations from Jury, 47th International Exhibitions of Inventions of Geneva in 2019 and Spirit of Hong Kong Award on Innovation in 2020. He is currently co-editor of Endoscopy and subject editor for Surgical Endoscopy.

Dr Yip Hon Chi,
MBChB(CUHK), FRCSEd, (GeneraSurgery)
Division of Upper GI and Metabolic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Yip graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with honors and received the R.C. Lee Memorial Gold Medal in Surgery and Philips Medical System Prize in 2008. He joined the Department of Surgery after graduation and underwent training in general surgery. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2015. He is now serving as an associate consultant at the upper gastrointestinal surgical team at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr. Yip underwent overseas training at the Department of Surgery at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo and Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Osaka International Cancer Institute, Osaka from April to July 2017. He specializes in early diagnosis and treatment of upper GI cancers, as well as minimally invasive surgical therapy for locally advanced cancer of esophagus and stomach.

Dr. Yip became a member of the Asian Novel Bio-Imaging and Intervention Group (ANBIIG) since 2018. He has given lectures and live demonstrations in local and overseas conferences on diagnosis and treatment of early UGI cancers, such as use of Image Enhanced Endoscopy and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). He has also written book chapter and publications on similar subjects.

Dr G.V Rao
Chief of Surgical Gastroenterology & Minimally Invasive Surgery,
Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), India

Dr G.V Rao is the Chief of Surgical Gastroenterology & Minimally Invasive Surgery of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) Hospital. He has 22 years of experience in his field. His areas of interest are Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery and Oral Trans Gastric Endoscopic Surgery.

He completed his MBBS from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad and MS from Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore. For fellowship, he joined the Royal College of Surgeon, the Philippine Society of Surgeons. Dr Rao has been dignified with various awards such as President's Appreciation Award, best paper Award from Laparoscopic Endoscopy and Outstanding Young Scientist Award. Dr Rao is a member of the national Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr G.V Rao has offered his service at many renowned hospitals. He has performed many surgeries throughout his medical journey. Currently, he is working with the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG).

Associate Professor Dr Lau Peng Choong
Associate Professor,
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia

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).

Associate Professor Dr Ho Shiaw Hooi
Associate Professor,
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Dr Shiaw-Hooi Ho is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Department of Medicine, University of Malaya. He is also a Senior Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in both the University of Malaya Medical and Specialist Centres. Since Nov 2020, he is appointed as the Head of the Combined Endoscopy Unit in the hospital. The endoscopy unit is awarded the prestigious Centre of Excellence title by the World Endoscopy Organization since 2008. Dr Ho received his basic medical degree in 2001 and went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology from the University of Malaya in 2009 and 2012 respectively. He is active in promoting the use of image-enhanced endoscopy and endoscopic submucosal dissection both in the detection and management of early gastrointestinal (GI) neoplasia and cancer. In his routine endoscopy work, he performs numerous other diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies such as peroral endoscopic myotomy, biliopancreatic endoscopy, small bowel enteroscopy, etc. His other areas of expertise include the management of various GI disorders and chronic liver diseases.

Dr Ho is an associate editor of BioMed Central Gastroenterology, a peer-reviewed journal. He is a councillor member of the Asia Pacific Society of Digestive Endoscopy (APSDE) and a Fellow of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES). He is also a faculty member of both the Asia Pacific Endoscopy Research Forum (AERF) and the Asian Novel Bio-Imaging & Intervention Group (ANBIIG). ANBIIG is a non-profitable academic interest group, which organizes many local and international endoscopy workshops with the aim to promote the detection and treatment of early GI neoplasia among GI healthcare practitioners. Dr Ho serves the Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as a committee member since 2019 and is appointed as the scientific co-chair for endoscopy for the upcoming Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2020-2021. Apart from endoscopy, he is the chairman of the telemedicine working group of Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN). He also plays an important role as a board member in the medical working group (MWG) of Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) which is active in organizing various international teleconferences among healthcare practitioners.

Dr Siow Sze Li
Consultant Surgeon,
Sarawak General Hospital
, Malaysia

Dr. Siow is a skilled and experienced surgeon who has been serving various hospitals in Malaysia for the past 20 years. He holds special interest in gastrointestinal, bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. He obtained his Master in General Surgery from University of Malaya and completed his fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal & Bariatric Surgery in France under the tutelage of a world renowned French surgeon, J. L. Dulucq. In addition, he obtained a Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery from France. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeon of Ireland and Edinburgh since 2005, member of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), founding committee member of Malaysia Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society (MUGIS), and vice president of Society of Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgery of Malaysia (SELSMA).

Dr Siow has extensive experience in minimally invasive procedures such as Appendicectomy, Cholecystectomy, Hernia Repair (Inguinal, Femoral, Paraumbilical/Umbilical, Incisional), Colorectal Cancer, Rectopexy, Fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease, Stomach Cancer and Bariatric Surgery. Dr Siow has a very keen interest in Laparoscopic Surgery and championed the use of laparoscopy in various surgical disciplines. He pioneered numerous laparoscopic surgeries in Sarawak, such as laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic colectomy and laparoscopic gastrectomy and he was instrumental in setting up the laparoscopic service in Sarawak. He has performed more than 1300 cases of laparoscopic surgery in Sarawak General Hospital in the last ten years. He was involved in more than 300 cases of laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer, one of the largest series in Malaysia. Moreover, he is a trainer for both Laparoscopic Hernia Repair and Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery for Sarawak General Hospital and in various workshops throughout the country. His other area of practice includes Lumps and Bumps, Breast and Thyroid Surgeries, Haemorrhoids, and Fistulas.

Dr Siow is an adjunct lecturer for UNIMAS Surgical Faculty. He published extensively in international peer-reviewed medical journals for the field of laparoscopic surgery. He is a reviewer for the Medical Journal of Malaysia and several peer reviewed journals. He aims to provide best patient care with minimally invasive approach integrating latest evidence, and improve minimally invasive surgery through research.

Dr Vimal K Vasudeavan
Society of Endoscopic Laparoscopic of Surgery Malaysia

Dr Vimal graduated from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli India with MBBS in 1991. Completed Masters in General Surgery from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2000 and subsequently completed fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery from India and France reapectively. Dr Vimal was the consultant surgeon and Head of Department of Surgery at Hospital Taiping from 2002 - 2009. Currently Dr Vimal am the senior consultant general and minimally invasive surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital Penang. Besides that, Dr Vimal am the President of Society Endoscopic Laparoscopic Surgery Malaysia (SELSMA) and President Malaysia Hernia Society (MHS). Dr Vimal am also a boarde of governor for Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA) and the co-director of Penang Weight Loss Clinic and Surgery. Dr Vimal regularly conduct laparoscopic hernia workshops in Malaysia and abroad to train young and upcoming surgeons in the art of laparoscopy. Dr Vimal regularly give invited lectures for many surgical societies including ELSA, APHS, SELSMA, IAGES etc.

Dr Gafoor Mubarak
Vice President,
Society of Endoscopic Laparoscopic of Surgery Malaysia

Dr Gafoor Mubarak is a General and Bariatric Surgeon from Malaysia . He is founding member of the Malaysia Hernia Society where he holds position from Vice President currently. He runs  practice at Island Hospital, Penang, Malaysia has represented Malaysia numerous times in conference. He acted  the secretary for the recent ELSA congress in Kuala Lumpur and acts the Vice President for the Malaysian Society of Endolaparoscopic Surgeons of Malaysia.

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