LONDON: Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has been elected in his personal capacity as an executive councilor of the prestigious International Society of Surgery (ISS) at the 47th World Congress of Surgery in Basel, Switzerland.
The appointment, over two terms spanning five years, is until 2021.
Dr Noor Hisham, who is currently attending the congress at the Basel Conference Centre, described the appointment - the first for a surgeon from Malaysia - as an honour.
“This is indeed an honour for the country and I to serve this global society. It is also an acknowledgement of the hard work and teamwork at the Health Ministry.
“I hope this will inspire others to achieve such recognitions,”
“I am aware of the great responsibility while at the same time, will continue my work as the ministry’s director-general. With continued teamwork and cooperation back in Malaysia, this responsibility can be shared for the benefit of not only for not only the country but also the world,” he told the New Straits Times.
The ISS, which organises the World Congress of Surgery, works closely with the Collective Member Societies (CMS) and a number of WCS partner societies. The aim of the WCS is to have all surgical subspecialties meet under one roof and enhance a mutual exchange of knowledge and techniques.
At the five day bi-annual congress which started on Sunday, Malaysia is bidding for the World Congress of Surgery 2021 and the result will be announced on Thursday.
The WCS is an international flagship for the profession of surgery worldwide. It is a convention of intellectual discourse held every two years by the ISS in collaboration with its integrated societies, participating societies and national societies of the host country.
The congress serves as a platform for all surgical sub-specialties to convene and enhance a mutual camaraderie and exchange innovative ideas, techniques and knowledge.
The WCS regularly draws the participation of 2,500 surgeons from all over the world.