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Prof. Datuk Dr. Jeyaindran Tan Sri Sinnadurai
Deputy Director-General of Health, Malaysia (Medical)

 

Datuk Dr. Jeya graduated from the National University of Malaysia (UKM ) in 1981 and initially worked at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital and he later worked at the Klang General Hospital .Over the years, he has had extensive working experience and postgraduate training at major hospitals in New York, Singapore, London and Dublin.

Datuk Dr. Jeya has earned great distinction for research in the fields of Critical Care with an emphasis in both Pulmonology and Cardiology, both of which he has a strong interest in.

In 1990, in recognition of his contributions to the field of Respiratory Medicine, Datuk Dr. Jeya was awarded the “British High Commissioner’s- Chevening Award” to pursue a postgraduate course in Thoracic Medicine at the Royal Brompton National Heart and Lung Institute London. He completed his course in 1991 and became the first Asian to be awarded a distinction in that field by the University of London.

To-date, Datuk Dr. Jeya has presented more than 150 scientific papers in cardiology, pneumonias and asthma. He has also published papers both in local and International medical journals covering these topics.

Recognised as International expert and opinion leader in these fields, he has been invited to chair local and International meeting both locally and overseas. He is also frequently invited to be a member of the International teaching faculty at many such meetings.

 

 


 

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Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Ismail Merican
Former Director-General, Ministry of Health Malaysia;
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors, MAHSA University, Malaysia.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Haji Mohamed Ismail Merican is currently the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of MAHSA University and a Consultant Hepatologist and Internal Medicine Specialist at Prince Court Medical Centre, Malaysia.

From 2005 till 2011, he held the post of the Director-General of Health of Malaysia, President of the Malaysian Medical Council and was a member of the Promotion Board of the Malaysian Civil Service. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Heart Institute, Chairman of the National Committee for Clinical Research, Chairman of Drug Control Authority, Chairman of National Poisons Board, Chairman of Medicine Advertisement Board and Chairman of Pharmacy Board.

After successfully obtaining his postgraduate degree in United Kingdom, he underwent endoscopic training in London and Tokyo and was selected the ‘Most Outstanding Fellow of the Year’ by the Japanese Council for Medical Training. He subsequently received the Commonwealth Fellowship Award by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for training in Hepatology at the Royal Free Hospital in London. On his return to Malaysia, he set up the first specialised Hepatology service in in Malaysia at Selayang Hospital.

He has received numerous state, national and international awards and several Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia and the Malaysian Science Association. He was also selected to participate in the ‘Leaders in development Course: Managing Political and Economic Change’, held at John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

He is one of the Founding Members (on behalf of Malaysia) of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), together with India, Brazil, TDR, WHO, Medicine Sans Frontier and others and is currently appointed to be a Friend of DNDi and Advisor to the Middle East and North African countries. He is also the overseas Advisor for the Royal College of Physicians of London since 1997 and has been an official Examiner for the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) Examination since 1997.

He has been actively involved in research and was Principal Investigator for numerous multi-centre international clinical trials mainly in the field of hepatitis B and C. He has published more than 100 papers in peer- reviewed national and international scientific journals and is a popular guest speaker at various national and international conferences and forums on liver diseases, leadership, good governance, motivation, time management, healthcare reforms and healthcare financing among others. He has authored and co-authored several books including ‘Management of common gastroenterological problems: a Malaysia & Singapore perspective’ now in its 5th edition.

 

 


 

Dr. David Kan
Partner, Solicitor Advocate, Howse Williams Bowers, Hong Kong

 

A medical doctor as well as a solicitor and solicitor advocate, David specialises in clinical negligence claims, advising healthcare professionals, including doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, midwives and nurses. His clients also include insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, medical device manufacturers, hospitals, specialist group practices and other corporate healthcare providers. David’s legal career began with Richards Butler Hong Kong.

He has experience in handling coroner’s inquests, disciplinary and medical criminal proceedings, investigations commenced by the ICAC and Privacy Commissioners, product liability claims and other healthcare regulatory matters. David also has a special interest in providing advice on mental health laws and ethical issues such as consent and euthanasia.

A proponent of alternative dispute resolution, David is an accredited mediator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Before qualifying as a lawyer, David practised medicine for five years in the UK. He remains a CME-certified medical practitioner and in 2008 was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor of the University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

Between 1991 and 1996, David practised general medicine as a house physician and then as a general surgeon. He subsequently worked in private medical practice in the UK as a part-time resident medical officer in various hospitals. He has been registered as a medical practitioner in the UK since 1991 and in Hong Kong since 1994.

In 2016 David was granted Higher Rights of Audience and accredited as a Solicitor Advocate by the Higher Rights Assessment Board in Hong Kong. David is accredited in the civil proceedings category, by way of assessment. David has substantial advocacy experience representing clients before the Coroner’s court and at Medical and Dental Council hearings. As a Solicitor Advocate David may also advocate for clients, similar to a barrister, in Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.

 

 


 

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Dr. Stephen Henderson
Senior Dentolegal Adviser, Dental Protection Limited, UK

 

Stephen is a Specialist in Oral Surgery. He has had five years full-time experience in hospital dentistry, followed by 11 years part-time (oral and maxillofacial surgery). He has had 20 years experience in general dental and oral surgery referral practice. He was an elected member of Oxfordshire LDC between 1992 and 2004 and LDC Chairman between 1995 and 2003. Stephen regularly lectures on oral surgery and dento-legal issues. He currently follows the activities of the GDC and CHRE on behalf of Dental Protection.

Stephen is a full-time Senior Dentolegal Adviser.

 

 


 

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Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai
Retired Judge of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia

 

Curriculum Vitae
1971 Called to the Bar
1972 Practiced as Advocate and Solicitor
1973 – 1985 Magistrate, President of Sessions Court, Registrar of the High Court, Deputy Public Prosecutor,
Senior Federal Counsel in the Judicial and Legal Services Malaysia
1985 – 2009 Practiced as Advocate and Solicitor
2001 – 2003 President of the Malaysian Bar
2006 – 2008 President of LAWASIA
2010 – 2012 Judge of the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.
2012 – 2015 Judge of the Court of Appeal, Malaysia in Putrajaya.
2015 – Present Arbitrator and Mediator
2015 – Present Commissioner, Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM)
2016 – Present Commissioner, Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (SUHAKAM)

 

 


 

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Mr. Darryl Goon
Partner, Raja, Darryl & Loh, Malaysia

 

Darryl‘s first degree was a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, from the University of London in 1979. Darryl was called to the English Bar as an Utter Barrister in 1980 and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London. In 1981 he obtained a Master of Laws degree from King’s College, University of London and at the same time also obtained a Diploma in Air and Space Law from the London Institute of World Affairs. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1982 and was admitted into partnership in the Firm with effect from January, 1985. Darryl has also been admitted to the Bar of Singapore. For a number of years he was a member of the Malaysian Bar Council and sat in various subcommittees of the Bar Council, including serving as Chairman of the Council’s Information Technology Committee and its Intellectual Property Committee. He is presently a member of the Disciplinary Committee Panel, appointed by the Advocates and Solicitors’ Disciplinary Board established under the Legal Profession Act 1976. A registered Patent Agent, Trademark Agent and Industrial Designs Agent, Darryl has contributed a chapter on Malaysian intellectual property in the publication “Intellectual Property Law in Asia” (Max Planck Series on Asian intellectual property law). He was a Council Member of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Law Association and was also one of the founding members of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (MIPA), serving as Treasurer for many years. As further examples of the breadth of his experience and expertise, Darryl is a past President of the Medico-Legal Society of Malaysia, regularly lectures on medico-legal issues at the Penang Medical College in Malaysia and is also a member of the Listing Committee of the Bursa Malaysia (formerly known as the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange).

Darryl is listed as a Market-leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in AsiaLaw Profiles for 2017 and has been ranked as a Leading Individual in The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and in Chambers Asia Pacific for many years. As head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group and a senior litigator with numerous cases reported in the law journals, Darryl enjoys an immense variety of litigation work including litigation in civil and commercial matters, corporate law, insurance law, professional negligence, defamation, medico-legal matters and intellectual property. In regard to alternative dispute resolution, Darryl is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the International Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia. Being also a Registered Mediator with the Malaysian Mediation Centre, set up under the auspices of the Malaysian Bar Council, Darryl has acted as mediator in various disputes. He is a Management Partner and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Darryl was a member of the Task Force of the Rules of Court 2012 set up under the auspices of the Bar Council to prepare the Rules of Court 2012 which were introduced to the Malaysian legal world in August 2012. He is also an Advisory Editor of “Malaysian Rules of Court 2012 – An Annotation” published by LexisNexis.

 

 


 

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Mr. Edwin Tong, SC

Partner, Messrs. Allen & Gledhill, Singapore

 

Edwin is Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department at Allen & Gledhill. He has a broad civil litigation practice which encompasses insolvency, corporate and professional liability cases.

Edwin has acted on numerous professional liability matters on behalf of doctors and other medical professionals. He appears at all levels in Court, and also before the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). Most recently, he successfully defended Professor Ooi, a leading surgical oncologist, in the landmark case of Hii Chii Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien and another [2017] SGCA 38 against allegations of negligence relating to a Whipple surgery. The claim was dismissed by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Edwin also represented prominent oncologist, Dr Ang Peng Tiam, in a SMC Disciplinary Tribunal inquiry and an appeal before the Court of 3 judges, which is reported at [2017] SGHC 143. He also acted for Dr Chia Foong Lin, a paediatrician, in her appeal (see [2017] SGHC 139).

Edwin is Honorary Legal Adviser to the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) and Singapore College of Family Physicians. He also lectures at the SGH Postgraduate Medical Institute, SMA Advanced Specialist Training Course and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School on medico-legal matters and medical ethics.

 

 


 

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Mr. Sreekant Pillai

Advocate & Solicitor, Sreekant Pillai

 

Sreekant Pillai is a partner with the firm Messrs Sreekant Pillai. Sreekant has been practising in the areas of civil and criminal litigation for over 19 years and specialises in criminal litigation with a focus on capital punishment cases.

Sreekant regularly represents medical practitioners in criminal matters. He is currently Lead Counsel for Imperial Dental Specialist Centre in a case involving regulatory provisions under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998.

Sreekant graduated from University of London (External) programme and was enrolled as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998.

 

 

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