Yip, first president of the International Society of Surgery, says surgical care must be universally accessible

KUALA LUMPUR, September 2 – Malaysian Consultant Breast Surgeon Dr. Yip Cheng Har has been elected as the first female President of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/ISC).

Dr. Yip was appointed Chairman of the oldest international surgical association around the world formed in 1902, which represents more than 3,000 surgeons around the world, during International Surgical Week last month in Vienna, Austria.

“I am truly honored to become the President of the ISS. I will continue to champion the society’s mission, which is to educate and train surgeons around the world,” said Dr. Yip. Code blue.

“Together with our partners, especially the G4 Alliance, ISS will advocate globally for neglected surgical patients and strive to achieve universally available, accessible and quality surgical care.

“Being the first woman to be president will reinforce the company’s belief in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), which is now a requirement in all organizations.”

The G4 Alliance is a coalition of associations and organizations worldwide for surgical, obstetrical, trauma and anesthesia care.

Dr Yip noted that the ISS Council has members from all over the world, of all ethnicities, including three women, one of whom is Professor Dr April Camilla Roslani from Universiti Malaya.

Malaysia’s Director General of Health, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, has just completed a four-year term as an ISS board member.

Dr. Yip is currently a Consultant Breast Surgeon at Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, a private hospital in Malaysia, and is the Senior Clinician for the Breast Cancer Research Program at Cancer Research Malaysia.

She was the first female President of the College of Surgeons Malaysia from 2010 to 2013 and also Past President of Association of University Surgeons of Asia (2003-2005) and Breast Surgery International (2015-2017).

Although a clinician, Dr. Yip is very involved in cancer control and prevention and served as Past President of the Asia Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention from 2010 to 2012.

She was appointed as an expert in cancer control by the World Health Organization (WHO) and participated in two IMPACT missions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assess the cancer control program in Cambodia and Jordan. Dr. Yip has also been involved with the Breast Health Global Initiative since 2005.

Dr. Yip received an Honorary Fellowship from the American College of Surgeons in October 2013 and the American Surgical Association in April 2017, and at each of these two organizations she was the first Malaysian to be honored with a fellowship. honorary.

She is currently an associate editor at world journal of surgeryan academic editor of International Journal of Surgical Oncologyand the JAMA Surgery International Editorial Board.

The breast surgeon has more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals, mainly on breast cancer in Asian settings.

Dr. Yip was a member of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) executive committee in charge of research and development, and is currently an advisor to the local breast cancer patient group.

She is also a member of the prestigious Lancer Commission on Breast Cancer and a member of the WHO Global Breast Cancer Initiative.

Christine E. Phillips