Track 1: Balancing Research, Training and Patient Care

Professor Gabriel Leung


Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Gabriel Leung became the fortieth Dean of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2013. He concurrently holds the Chair of Public Health Medicine. Previously he was Professor and Head of Community Medicine at the University and served as Hong Kong’s first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive's Office in government.

Leung is one of Asia’s leading public health academics, having authored more than 400 scholarly papers and edited numerous journals. He has been listed as the top 1% researchers by citations worldwide according to ISI’s Essential Science Indicators.

Leung directs the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control at HKU. He was inaugural Chair of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies during 2010-4. He regularly advises national and international agencies including the World Health Organisation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Most recently he has served on the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future led by the US National Academy of Medicine, the International Expert Group Convening on Pandemic Emergency Preparedness for G7 Summit, the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola and was an expert reviewer for the United Nations Secretary-General High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises.

Professor Dato’ Dr Abdul Jalil Nordin


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Abdul Jalil Nordin is Dean, Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), a position he was appointed in August 2015. He was the founder of The Centre for Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging UPM, a centre of excellence in Molecular Imaging established in 2010. He holds a degree in Doctor of Medicine (MD) and dual credentialed Clinical Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Specialist. He is engaged in various research group involving clinicians advancing the clinical use of hybrid PETCT system in oncology, infection, inflammatory conditions and cardiology. He is also the chairman of Deans’ Council for Medical Faculty, Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia. He is the National Counterpart and active participant in various projects under the auspicious of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Professor Luis Collado Yurrita


Department of Medicine
Complutense University of Madrid

Medical Specialist in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.
Head of the Department of Medicine of the University Complutense of Madrid. Spain
Head for the Department of Medical Education of the Department of Medicine of the University Complutense of Madrid
Head of the Competent Medical Education Course
Head of the UCM / CLAS Chair of Research in Nutrition and Health Education
Master in Health

Professor Shang-Jyh Hwang

Vice Superintendent

Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital
Kaohsiung Medical University

I have been a faculty member of Kaohsiung Medical University for 30 years, and served as professor of medicine in College of Medicine, and as visiting staff of Nephrology in KMU Hospital. My major interest of research is in issues related to chronic kidney disease, including epidemiology, etiology, screening, clinical care, and outcomes. Our team identified several novel features of CKD in Taiwan. In addition, I have ever been in charge in different administrative positions. In the past 12 years, I desperately engaged in the work of kidney disease prevention in Taiwan, and have been the Chairman of the CKD Prevention Committee, Taiwan Society of Nephrology since 2003. I contributed myself to the work of promoting the concept of CKD prevention in Taiwan, and also engaged in the policies making in the programs of kidney disease prevention and dialysis therapy. My work of establishing a system of CKD integrated care contributed to the improvement of quality of care for CKD patients, and thus decreased of ESRD incidence of Taiwan in recent years.

Track 2: The Medical Curriculum of the 21st Century

Professor Roger Y.M. Wong

Executive Associate Dean (Education)

Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Dr. Roger Wong is Executive Associate Dean, Education in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC). He brings extensive leadership to this role, having served as the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education in 2012-2016.

He is also a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

Professor Wanbeom Park

Associate Dean for Education

College of Medicine
Seoul National University
Seoul, South Korea

Wan Beom Park is Associate Professor in Department of Internal Medicine at Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea. He graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine and he was trained as an infectious diseases specialist at Seoul National University Hospital, Korea. He is a clinician who takes care of adult patients with infectious diseases. In addition, he has been working in the Office of Medical Education since 2005, and he was contributed to introduce a clinical performance examination into the Korean Medical License Examination.

The administrative positions he held is Associate Dean for Education and he has been a key person in a curricular reform at Seoul National University College of Medicine.

Professor Lourdes D. Maglinao


Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
University of Santo Tomas
The Philippines

Ma. Lourdes D. Maglinao, MD is a professor at the University of Santo Tomas and a practicing neurosurgeon. She is a diplomate of the Philippine Board of Neurological Surgery, a fellow of the International College of Surgeons, fellow and past president of the Academy of Filipino Neurosurgeons, Inc. She further studied Health Professions Education and was Assistant Dean from 2013-2016. She has authored and co-authored numerous scientific research papers published both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Maglinao is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Santo Tomas, Chief of the Section of Neurosurgery, Head of the Stereotactic Neurosurgery Unit, Benavides Cancer Institute, UST Hospital and adviser of the Journal of Medicine, UST.

Professor Vincent Emery

Senior Vice-President

Global Strategy and Engagement
University of Surrey
United Kingdom

Professor Vincent Emery is the Senior Vice-President (Global Strategy and Engagement) with an additional role as Chair of Translational Virology within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey.

He was previously Pro-Provost and Professor of Virology at University College London. Vince started his scientific career as a biochemist but has been a virologist for the last 28 years. His current research aims to provide a holistic approach to understanding viral infections in immune compromised hosts, such as HIV-infected patients and transplant recipients. In the context of International development of Higher Education teaching and research, Vince currently leads the University of Surrey’s international strategy seeking to catalyse and expand international research networks, student and staff mobility and exploit transnational educational opportunities.

Professor Yen-Ping Kuo

Assistant Dean for Curriculum

School of Osteopathic Medicine
Campbell University
United States of America

A Taiwanese-American, Dr. Yen-Ping Kuo is currently the Assistant Dean for Curriculum, and Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina, USA. A passionate educator and leader in medical education, Dr. Kuo has served as a founding member of two medical schools, published on integrated Medical Microbiology curriculum mapping, presented on faculty development in several Annual Conferences of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and served as Program Chair for the 2012 Clinical-Presentation Curriculum International Proceeding.

In 2011, upon invitation from Fu-Jen University, College of Medicine, Taipei, Dr. Kuo developed and presented a full-day Clinical Presentation-based Course Development Workshop. A published researcher, she received her B.S. in Medical Technology from National Taiwan University, M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from Michigan State University, and PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from The Ohio State University.

Additional Panelist

Dr Anil Gandhi

Associate Professor

Monash University

Dr Gandhi graduated Christian Medical College and obtained his Master in Surgery from the PGIMER, India. Dr Gandhi worked in various hospitals in India and South-East Asia namely Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong before joining Monash University Malaysia. He specialises in the field of Endoscopy, laparoscopic and upper GI Surgery. Over the last 15 years he has committed himself to medical education. His passion for medical education was recognised by the university with prestigious PVC’s award for Excellence in Teaching. He is credited with starting clinical skills and simulation in various institutions where he has worked.

Track 3: Reinventing the Academic Medical Career

Dr Poornima Baliga

Pro Vice Chancellor

Faculty of Health Sciences
Manipal University
Madhav Nagar, India

Dr Poornima Baliga has excellent academic credentials. She holds an MBBS and MD Pathology. She is involved in the education and training post graduate and undergraduate medical students.

She has taken a great lead in introducing modem medical pedagogy with an emphasis on active learning as well as learning in context, using case studies with clinical relevance. This is best done using interactive e-learning platforms, flipped classrooms and a blended learning approach. With improved internet access all over the country, the quality of medical teaching can be improved considerably, using technology.

She has sufficient experience in interacting with international faculty and students. This has led KMC, Manipal to develop collaboration with faculty from several international universities. This has proved she has sufficient cultural adaptability and flexibility. She displays openness and a comfortable acceptance of cultural diversity and values. She is very fluent in English and can express herself confidently in writing and speaking.

Professor Ratna Sitompul


Faculty of Medicine
Universitas Indonesia

Ratna Sitompul, MD, PhD is an Ophthalmologist graduated from Ophthalmology Department Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia. She is serving as the Dean of Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, during which has developed Academic Health System Universitas Indonesia, a collaborative network of Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia with 9 teaching hospitals of Ministry of Health and local hospital and primary health care of Jakarta province goverment.

Her vision is to align healthcare service, medical education and research for the benefit of patient care. She is an active steering committee of Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI), World Health Organization South-East Asia Region representing Universitas Indonesia,

Chairperson of Health and Drug Technical Committee in National Research Council, member of Collegium of Indonesia Ophthalmology, associate Editor of Ophthalmologica Indonesiana Journal, and many more. She is active in research activities with interest focused in the field of infectious diseases and immunology in ophthalmology.

Asst. Professor Ivy Yeh

School of Humanities
Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Yeh is an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her research expertise lies in biological anthropology with a focus on history, migration, health, diet and genetics. Her research projects explore pathogen transference patterns via population interactions and migrations throughout human history to understand how human health has been impacted by diseases; in particular, the spread of diseases on a global scale from a wider historic as well as evolutionary perspective.

She has published in Lancet, Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, International Journal of Paleopathology, Journal of Archaeological Science, The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, and The Korean Journal of Parasitology.

Associate Professor Dr Chanuantong Tanasugarn

DrPH Dean

Faculty of Public Health
Mahidol University

Associate Prof. Dr. Chanuantong Tanasugarn is currently Chair of doctor of public health in health education and health promotion at the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University.

She was a former Associate Dean for International Affairs and Networking of Mahidol University International College, and Associate Dean in International Relations at Faculty of Graduate Studies for a few terms, and Deputy Dean in International Relations at the Faculty of Public Health for two terms.

She earned a Master Degree in Public Health (MPH) in Health Service Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, and a Doctor of Public Health in Behavioral Sciences in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2000, she also received a Certificate in Management of International Public Health (MIPH), CDC Atlanta, USA.

Professor Matthew Walters


School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom

Matthew Walters is the Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing at the University of Glasgow. His clinical and research interests lie in the field of Cerebrovascular Disease and he is widely published in this area. He served as the director of Scotland’s national Stroke Research Network between 2009 and 2016, and as lead physician for Cerebrovascular medicine in West Glasgow between 2004 and 2015.

His research is supported by recent grants from the Medical Research Council, the Stroke Association, the British Heart Foundation and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.