The Tempinis diaries

May 4, 2008

University of Malaya Appoints 78 Year Old Surgeon as Visiting Professor

Filed under: education, malaysia, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — toru @ 1:55 pm

It’s nice to see that the VC of University of Malaya, Rafiah Salim, trying to get things done. But I am not sure of the wisdom of appointing a 78 year old surgeon as a visiting professor. Sure, he seems like a superstar. But he may be way past his prime. Contrast this with NUS’ recent appointment of Harvard’s Daniel Tenen. It is better to appoint someone below 70 instead of a superstar who is past his prime.

UM Appoints Sir Roy Calne As Visiting Professor
KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 (Bernama) — Universiti Malaya Sunday announced the appointment of Prof Emeritus Sir Roy Calne of Cambridge University as Visiting Professor of University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) to strengthen the centre’s transplant team.

UM Vice-Chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim said Roy, a pioneer in solid organ transplant, has been instrumental in consolidating the rapid expansion of transplant services at the UMCC since late 1990s.

“Roy had added further dimension to our transplant programme by including us in international clinical trials on the use of new immunosuppressive agents to reduce the risk of rejection of transplant organs,” she told a public forum on Donors and Organ Transplant in Malaysia.

Roy, an eminent surgeon at Cambridge University, joined the UMMC transplant team in 1999, about eight years after the transplant team was set up.

Rafiah said UMMC patients had benefited immensely from Roy’s surgical expertise.

“Since 1999, he has been performing transplants for us three to four times a year whenever he visits Kuala Lumpur as our Visiting Consultant Surgeon.

“We are therefore delighted Universiti Malaya recently appointed Sir Roy as our Visiting Professor, an appointment which we are honored that he was able to accept,” she added.


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