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Colorectal surgeon only woman to be awarded Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Surgeons at its recent convocation

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The Health | November , 2020

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Prestigious fellowship for Malaysian

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Colorectal surgeon only woman to be awarded Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Surgeons at its recent convocation

Professor Dr April Camilla

Roslani , a colorectal surgeon and medical oncologist at Universiti Malaya , has become a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons ( ACS ).
ACS is the largest organisation of surgeons in the world , with over 82,000 members globally . It only awards Fellowships to surgeons whose education , training , personal qualifications , surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and are found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the college
Because of the high standards held by ACS in their membership vetting process , only nine Fellowships were awarded to prominent surgeons this year .
“ It ’ s really unexpected but also a great honour for me to be given this award . It ’ s not something we can apply for as nominations are made by existing fellows , so I was entirely unaware that I was even being considered ,” Dr April told the Malay Mail .
Dr April has 15 years of experience as a surgeon and is an expert in her field . She is also the only female surgeon to be
I always wanted to be in a profession that marries art and science ever since I was in school . So , I think that ’ s what attracted me to medicine and in particular to surgery .”
– Dr April
conferred the Honorary Fellowship from ACS at the virtual convocation ceremony recently .
“ I feel humbled to receive this on the same platform as other distinguished surgeons and it ’ s a recognition that the standard of medicine and surgery in Malaysia is on par with other developed countries .
“ We should be proud as it provides us with a voice . It also gives me the ability to influence the direction of surgical care in the country and region ,” she also shared with The Star . Guided by science and evidence Dr April obtained her medical degree in 1995 , graduating with honours at the University of Wales , before receiving her Master of Surgery as a general surgeon at the University of Malaya in 2003 where she finished top of her class .
She then later went on to specialise in colorectal surgery , to make up for the lack of colorectal surgeons in Malaysia , after completing her subspecialty training and housemanship at National University Hospital in Singapore .
Dr April is the current president of the Malaysian College of Surgeons and Head of the Department of Surgery at University Malaya . She has also produced about 80
academic research publications . Dr April shared that it wasn ’ t just the scientific or technical aspects that got her into medicine as she was intrigued by the “ art ” of surgery .
“ I always wanted to be in a profession that marries art and science ever since I was in school . So , I think that ’ s what attracted me to medicine and in particular to surgery ,” said the mother of two .
“ There is science behind it because everything we do is guided by science and evidence . But there is also an art form to it .
“ Surgery requires creativity , some original thought , some kind of inherent natural ability . So , becoming a surgeon felt like the perfect marriage of the two .”
Dr April shared she would be focusing on training and educating surgeons and hopes to enhance the professionalism in Malaysia ’ s training environment by making it more structures , objective , and outcome-based .
“ I want to improve the treatment of colorectal diseases , in particular colorectal cancer . It is the second most common cancer in the country after breast cancer .
“ Due to low public awareness , many patients do not realise that it is highly treatable and preventable ,” she said . — The Health

Tune Protect Group Bhd has appointed Rohit as its Group CEO

Tune Protect Group Bhd has appointed Rohit Chandrasekharan Nambiar as its Group CEO effective Oct 14 .
Rohit joins Tune Protect from AXA Affin Life Insurance Bhd where he was CEO .
“ In his new role , Rohit will be responsible for steering Tune Protect on its continuing journey of strong growth and digital transformation ,” the company said in a statement .
Tune Protect Chairman Ng Siek Chuan said with Rohit ’ s track record of success spanning 17 years in the insurance
industry , it was confident that Rohit would help scale Tune Protect business to a new level of growth and success .
“ Rohit brings to the role not only his invaluable insights , but a wealth of experience built up over an illustrious career ,” Ng said .
Rohit began his career as an analyst with AXA in India . Under him , AXA Affin was the first insurer in Malaysia to fully embrace the strategy of going digital and became a pioneer in integrating automation and digitalisation in into its business .
He has held senior positions in both local and regional capacities in Malaysia , Singapore , Hong Kong and India . He was named “ Young Leader of the Year 2019 ” at the 23rd Asia Insurance Industry Awards 2019 .
Rohit said his new role as the Group CEO promises to be an exciting opportunity to create a digital lifestyle insurer that will be a regional champion across South East Asia .
“ To that end , I am looking forward to working together with the board , employees , and all other stakeholders , to further drive value for our customers ,” he said . — The Health