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Nov 23, 2018

Attended by guests and members of the media, the symposium was launched by YB Dr Lee Boon Chye, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health Malaysia and is part of a collaboration between Sunway Medical Centre and Royal Papworth Hospital in the development of clinical services at Sunway Medical Centre through training and research.

With heart diseases being the number one killer of Malaysians for the past 10 years, the theme of the symposium is aligned to the topics of cardiac and vascular. The event itself, which took place over the course of three days, was in collaboration between Sunway Medical Centre and Cambridge University-affiliated Royal Papworth Hospital (UK) for doctors practicing and with interest in the field of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Respiratory Medicine, Internal Medicine and Oncology. The symposium included speakers from Royal Papworth Hospital, alongside specialist doctors from Sunway in the specialities of cardiology, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, respiratory medicine, genetic pathology, among others.

YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Sunway Group Chairman and Founder, who gave the opening address for the event, said: “As a leading private tertiary hospital in this country, Sunway Medical Centre is continuously investing in not just skilled personnel and state-of-the-art equipment to treat the most challenging conditions. We also support extensively the need for a knowledge exchanging platform among fellow medical practitioners everywhere. This collaborative event between Royal Papworth Hospital and Sunway Medical is the culmination of all of our efforts to support the advancement of medicine for the benefit of all.”

As previously mentioned, YB Dr Lee Boon Chye, Deputy Minister of Health, Malaysia, attended the event as the Guest of Honour who launched the 1st Cambridge-Royal Papworth-Sunway Heart and Lung Symposium. The keynote address for the event was provided by Dr Roger Hall, Medical Director, Royal Papworth Hospital, who travelled from the UK as representative of Royal Papworth Hospital (UK). Royal Papworth Hospital is a world-leading heart and lung hospital, which has performed the world’s first heart, lung and liver transplant in 1986. Their doctors consist of some of the greatest pioneers in heart and vascular medicine.

The collaboration between Royal Papworth and Sunway will entail the further development of clinical services in the field of cardiology, respiratory medicine, cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic oncology, education and training of our health professionals, and also research and trials. Several special collaborative projects in the area of heart diseases, sudden cardiac death, sleep medicine, and lung cancer are being planned, which would greatly benefit patients of Sunway Medical Centre.

World renowned cardiothoracic surgeon (retired) Professor John Wallwork, who is also the Chairman of Royal Papworth Hospital, also took the time to attend the symposium as one of the main guest speakers. Professor Wallwork pioneered the introduction of heart-lung transplantation in the UK and has gained international reputation for his achievements in clinical transplantation.

In addition to the knowledge-sharing partnerships that Sunway Medical Centre has with world-renowned universities and hospitals, it has equipped its Heart and Vascular Centre with cutting-technology. The collaboration between Royal Papworth and Sunway will help ensure these standards are met and maintained. The centre will offer the whole spectrum of medical services for heart and vascular conditions in both adult and children. These include 24-hour emergency services, screening, scanning machines (CT, MRI, SPECT/CT), genetic testing, angiograms, balloon and stenting procedures, and heart bypass procedures.

Sunway Medical has also acquired the Philips Azurion 7 biplane for its Heart and Vascular centre. This is a new image guided therapy system, designed to undertake complex interventional procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of blocked heart blood vessels in both adults and children, and is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The hospital is equipped with 12 major operating theatres for complex surgeries, and a one-stop Rehabilitation Centre.

Sunway Group’s Health Division itself is currently conducting an expansion plan that will see new tertiary hospitals being constructed in more locations throughout the country. The plans will see Sunway Group invest an estimated RM 1 billion to build new hospitals in its various integrated townships of Sunway Velocity (Klang Valley); Sunway Damansara (Klang Valley); Sunway Medical Centre Seberang Jaya (Butterworth); Sunway City Ipoh (Ipoh); Sunway Iskandar (Johor) and Sunway Valley City (Paya Terubong, Penang).

With South East Asia becoming increasingly popular with its medical tourism offerings, Sunway Medical Centre is positioned to be the preferred destination for medical tourism in the region. With high standards in medical expertise and technology as well as being part of Sunway’s integrated township concept, Sunway is dedicated to not only provide premier medical solutions, but also to ensure the comfort and convenience of patients and their families.


About Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City

Sunway Medical Centre is an Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) and Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accredited private hospital.

As one of the leading private tertiary medical care centres in the country, Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City is poised to set new standards of service for its growing clientele with a total of 533 licensed beds (with total capacity of 650 beds), 180 consultation suites, 12 operating theatres and a multi-storey car park with 1,470 parking bays.

Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City offers a comprehensive range of medical services, which include facilities and advanced medical technologies for outpatient and inpatient specialty care, health and wellness programmes and 24-hour emergency services. These are coupled with a strong support system comprising more than 2,000 dedicated healthcare professionals including medical consultants, professional allied health staff as well as trained and dedicated nursing staff. In recognition of the increasingly sophisticated needs of the nation, Sunway Medical Centre has developed niche areas of medical service, from the field of neurosciences to advanced cancer treatment, from clinical research to bio-medical technology. Some of the core speciality areas include Cancer and Radiosurgery, Cardiac and Vascular, Digestive Health, Orthopaedic, Neurosciences, Nuclear Medicine, Paediatric and Eye services.

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About Sunway’s Healthcare Division

In addition to its flagship award-winning Sunway Medical Centre (Sunway City, KL) Sunway Group’s Healthcare Division’s expansion plans include building new hospitals in its various integrated townships - Sunway Velocity Cheras (KL); Sunway Damansara (KL); Sunway City Ipoh (Tambun, Ipoh); Sunway Iskandar (Johor); Sunway Seberang Jaya (Penang) and Sunway Valley City (Paya Terubong, Penang).

Sunway’s Healthcare Division is affiliated with the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia and has collaborations with University of Cambridge, Royal Papworth Hospital and Harvard Medical School to further meet the demands of medical education, training and research as well as new clinical services.

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