Continuing Medical Education (CME)

SEACO has been engaging with the local medical and health professionals (government and private) within Segamat. The principal mechanism is through providing continuing medical education (CME) seminars in order to provide for life-long learning of doctors. These seminar series are held at the SEACO office in Segamat.

To date, SEACO has hosted the following presentations by:

Dr. Penafort

A/Prof. Dr. Robert Penafort

          Dr Penafort did his undergraduate studies at Trivandrum Medical College in India and graduated with an MBBS degree in 1990. In 1998, he graduated with a Masters in Orthopedic and was awarded the Subramaniam Gold Medal for being the top student. Subsequent to this he served as an Orthopedic Specialist in Hospital Kuala Lumpur from 1998 to 2000. In the year 2000, he joined the University Malaya Medical Center as a lecture in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery where he served until the year 2004. Since 2004, he has been a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon in Damansara Specialist Hospital and at present is the President of the Malaysian Orthopedic Association. On May 20 2015, Dr. Penafort talked about the common bone and tissue injuries encountered in clinical practice and the methods of treatment of these injuries in the CME seminar titled “Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies”.


Dr. Natalie Evans

          Dr. Natalie Evans obtained her BSc (hons) in Biological Science from the University of Edinburgh, MSc in the Anthropology and Ecology of Development from University College London and PhD from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She completed her PhD thesis on patient-physician communication in end-of-life care and completed a six month secondment to the National Cancer Research Institute in Genoa, Italy. She started her research career examining livelihoods, poverty and social vulnerability in Karen villages in Mae Hong Son province, Thailand for the Karen Hilltribes Trust. Later, Dr. Natalie worked as a Social Science Research Fellow for the Medical Anthropology Team at the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB) where she was involved in research on cultural issues in end-of-life care. In the CME seminar on April 15, 2015, Dr. Natalie Evans presented a topic on “Patient – Physician Communication at The End Of Life”.


Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Tan Khian Khoon (Ophthalmologist)

          Prof. Dr. Tan is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Sunway Medical Centre and the Clinical Director of Well Vision – Tan Eye Specialist Centre, Kuala Lumpur. He is also a courtesy Consultant Ophthalmologist to Sime Darby Medical Centre, Subang Jaya. Besides Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Phaco Surgery, his areas of interests include Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and surgeries/laser therapy for diabetic eye diseases, as well as Education in Ophthalmology and Surgery. He was visiting/sessional senior lecterur at the School of Medicine, International Medical University from April 2003 to May 2009 and had also worked in the Southampton Eye Hospital, Southampton in the Department of Ophthalmology, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. In the seminar entitled “Common Eye Emergencies”, Prof. Dr. Tan  talked about common eye emergencies with special focus on evidence-based current management.


Mr.Paul K. Jambunathan ( Psychologist)

          Mr. Paul K. Jambunathan is a clinical psychologist and also a senior lecturer at Monash University Malaysia. After studying at Sheffield University in the UK, Paul further trained at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He specialises in the areas of Applied Clinical Psychology: adult stress and anxiety problems; and children’s behaviour and developmental problems. Mr. Jambunathan has over 25 years of experience in applied psychology in the UK, Australia and Malaysia and has extensive experience of a wide spectrum of emotional and behavioural problems. he is often a guest on radio and TV and regularly writes in the national papers and local magazines. In the seminar co-hosted by SEACO, Mr. Jambunathan presented about the fundamental issues of emotions and mental hygiene in the talk entitled “Mental Hygiene: How healthy is our mind?”.


Professor Michelle Leech (Rheumatologist)

         Professor Michelle Leech is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne Australia. She received her MBBS from Monash University, and completed her advanced physician training in Rheumatology and PhD at the Monash University Centre for inflammatory diseases. She is currently the Deputy Dean of the MBBS programme and has a oversight of the medical programme including the Malaysian programme. Her research interests include cytokine biology, glucocorticoid action and cell cycle protiens in the context of Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis. In the seminar co-hosted by SEACO entitled “What’s new in Rheumatology”, Professor Leech spoke about the latest advances in the field of Rheumatology.

Dr. Abdul Azeez Ahamed Riyazz (Physician)

          Dr. Riyazz currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. Dr. Riyaaz obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Sri Lanka. He underwent his postgraduate training in both Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom after which he practiced as a Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine in Sri Lanka before joining Monash University Malaysia. The seminar was entitled “Dengue: An Update on Current Evidence Based Practice and Challenges Faced in Resource Limited Settings”. View more in SEACO Facebook page.

Dr. Nerminathan Veerasingam (Paediatrics)

           Dr. V. Nerminathan is an Associate Professor in Paediatrics in School of Medicine & Health Science, Monash University. He has expertise in managing one stop multi-disciplinary outpatient service to chronic paediatric disease and develomental disorders in children. The seminar was entitled “Development Disorders in Young Children – Current Evidence and Options for Management”. In this seminar, Dr. Nerminathan discussed about different development disorders especially among young children, while highlighting current evidences and evidence based management.

Dr Sivakumar Thurairajasingam (Psychiatry)

          Dr. Siva currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at the School of Science and Medical Science in Monash University, Malaysia, as well as being a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Sultan Aminah General Hospital, Johor. The seminar was entitled ‘Recognising Anxiety and Depression – Current evidence and challenges of working with rural communities’. This seminar focused on one of the most prevalent disorders found in general practice which is sadly under recognised and under treated. The talk also put this disorder into the context of community mental health in our local setting.

Professor Dato’ Dr. Khalid Abdul Kadir (Endocrinology)

          Prof Khalid was the Dean of Medicine at UKM and former foundation Director of Hospital UKM. He is currently the Deputy Head of School ( Education) in the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. The seminar was entitled ‘Endocrine Case Presentations’. During the talk, he walked through a series of clinical cases, highlighting and discussing the complex symptoms, pathology and the best evidence for the management of conditions involving the endocrine system.

This talk was sponsored by Omron/Kinsmedic.

dr anuar zaini

Professor Dato’ Dr Anuar Md Zain (Endocrinology)

          Prof Anuar is the current Head of the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. He is also a Senior Fellow and examiner of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was the president of the Malaysian Diabetes Association for 10 years (1990-2000) and also deputy chairman of the International Diabetes Federation – Western Pacific Region (1997-2000) during which he was actively involved in several diabetes care strategic policy development and multi-center research projects. The seminar which was entitled ‘Paradigm Shift Needed in Diabetes Management’ discussed the management of diabetes where he highlighted the major problems observed at the time of diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus as well as the controversy surrounding early use of insulin in its treatment.





For further information on or invitation to our next CMEs, please contact
Ms. Choi Pek Koon :
or tel: +607-9310240 / +607-9311897