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Dr Masliza isn’t the first M’sian woman to be an Associate Professor at Oxford University

Dr Masliza Mahmod has clarified that she is not, in fact, the first Malaysian woman to be an associate professor at Oxford University.

In a Facebook post on Monday, she clarified that she was preceded by another Malaysian woman who reached the same position at the prestigious British institution four years ago.

“Dear all, it has come to my attention that Dr Phaik Yeong Cheah has been Associate Professor in Bioethics and Engagement since 2016.

“Let us congratulate her on being the first Malaysian woman to achieve this at Oxford University.

“Together as Malaysian women, we both will continue to keep Malaysia on the map. Congratulations to her!” she wrote.

Dr Phaik Yeong Cheah
Dr Phaik Yeong Cheah. Source: Tropmedres.ac

Dr Phaik, 46 is now the head of the Bioethics and Engagement Department at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok. She has been with Oxford since 2005.

She works on ethical issues arising from conducting research and working with vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, migrants as well as other disadvantaged and hard-to-reach populations.

On July 11, national news agency Bernama reported Dr Masliza Mahmod as the first Malaysian woman to become an associate professor at Oxford University, where she will teach cardiovascular medicine.

This led to a slew of congratulations to her, including one on Sunday from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

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12 Julai 2020 – KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong menzahirkan ucapan tahniah kepada Dr Masliza binti Mahmod di atas pelantikan beliau sebagai Profesor Madya bagi Perubatan Kardiovaskular di Universiti Oxford, United Kingdom baru-baru ini. Seri Paduka Baginda turut menzahirkan rasa bangga di atas kenaikan pangkat tersebut dan juga di atas kejayaan Dr Masliza melakar sejarah sebagai wanita pertama Malaysia dilantik sebagai Profesor Madya bagi Perubatan Kardiovaskular di Universiti Oxford. Seri Paduka Baginda turut berbangga kerana kejayaan Dr Masliza juga telah mengharumkan nama negara di persada dunia. Sehubungan itu, Seri Paduka Baginda menzahirkan harapan semoga pencapaian dan ketabahan Dr Masliza menjadi sumber inspirasi dan tauladan kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia untuk bekerja keras dan berusaha mencapai kejayaan di dalam bidang masing-masing di dalam negara mahu pun di persada dunia. Seri Paduka Baginda mengucapkan selamat maju jaya kepada Dr Masliza dan mendoakan semoga beliau dilimpahi kejayaan cemerlang berterusan di dalam bidang kardiologi dan sebagai seorang pakar kardiologi yang ulung di dunia. Menurut Jabatan Perubatan Radcliffe di Universiti Oxford, penyelidikan Dr Masliza memfokus kepada penggunaan pengimejan resonans magnetik kardiovaskular (CMR), teknik-teknik spektroskopi bagi pengesanan awal kelainan jantung serta mencari rawatan baharu untuk pesakit kardiomiopati, kegagalan jantung, penyakit injap aorta dan diabetes mellitus. Doktor berusia 47 tahun dari Batu Pahat, Johor itu kini menganggotai Jawatankuasa Pemandu Pasukan Petugas Penyelidikan Kegagalan Jantung British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR). Ahli Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) dari London itu memiliki ljazah Sarjana Perubatan Dalaman (MMed) dari Malaysia dan ijazah perubatan awal (MBChB) dari Universiti Otago, New Zealand.

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According to an Instagram post from the Istana Negara, the Agong had expressed pride at was then thought to be her pioneering feat for Malaysians at Oxford.

Others who also congratulated her included Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who on Saturday lauded her brilliance as well as outstanding achievements as a cardiologist.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun also released a poster congratulating Dr Masliza the same day.

Despite missing out on being the first Malaysian woman to be an associate professor at Oxford, Dr Masliza still has various accolades to her name.

Dr Masliza obtained her PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine from Oxford, in addition to her Master’s of Medicine from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians from the UK and primary medical degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

She was awarded the Young Investigator Fellowship for her work in hypertension at the Malaysian Society of Hypertension in Kuala Lumpur in 2009.

In 2005, her research on newly diagnosed hypertensive won the Young Investigator Award at the Singapore-Malaysia Congress of Medicine.

She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) Heart Failure Research Task Force. —  Malay Mail