Sarawak cardiologists win big at NHAM Congress 2022

Dr Sim (sixth left) in a group photo with Sarawak cardiologists during NHAM Congress 2022 at KLCC recently. Photo from Dr Sim Kui Hian's Facebook page

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KUCHING, June 6: Sarawak cardiologists won a number of awards at the National Heart Association Malaysia (NHAM) Congress 2022 held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from June 3 to June 5.

Thien Lee Karl of Sarawak Heart Centre (SHC) won first prize for his research titled ‘Association Between the Novel Biomarker Oxidised LDL/Beta 2 Glycoprotein I Complexes and Coronary Artery Calcification with Cardiovascular Outcomes’.

His colleague Ling Hwei Sung also won first prize for his research titled ‘Characterising and Prognosticating Heart Failure with Improved Ejection Fraction using NT-proBNP, Growth Differentiation Factor 15 and Global Longitudinal Strain’.

Other notable Sarawak cardiologists winning prizes during the congress are Pang Ing Xiang of SHC, Han Bing Chow of SHC, Chung Bui Khiong of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Diana Foo Hui Ping of Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

According to Sarawak Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, young medical practitioners bring fresh ideas into the field but lack the experience of such practice.

“When you are newly graduated (cardiologist), you have a lot of knowledge of science but little on art of practical medicine.

“When you are a senior (cardiologist), you have a lot of art of medicine but (are) behind in the latest advancements in science,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Dr Sim who is also Sarawak Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government further said that doctors spending time to attend scientific research congress is a good sign for patient care.

“I am privileged to have the opportunity to teach, or in other word, force you (Sarawak cardiologists) to read and keep up with the latest scientific publications especially online publications as well as to do research and keep up with advancement of science,” he added. — DayakDaily