History

History

Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

The Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care started functioning on June 1st 1965 with Dr A Ganendran as the head of the department. He was appointed as the first Professor of Anaesthesia in Malaysia. Professor Ganendran received his anaesthetic training in Liverpool under Professor T C Gray, a famous pioneer in modern anaesthesia and, in turn, many anaesthetic academic trainees from University Hospital trained at Liverpool. Amongst these trainees were Dr Liew Pak Shim and Associate Professor Peter Kam Chin Aik. Professor Ganendran was a cardiac anaesthetist with a special interest in intensive care and parenteral nutrition. He studied the clinical and biochemical aspects of malathion poisoning in patients admitted into the Intensive Care Unit, for which he gained an MD from Bristol University.

The University Hospital was the first hospital in Malaysia and Singapore to have Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). The Intensive Care Unit The first Intensive Care Unit in Malaysia was set up on January 18th 1969 at the University Hospital with Professor Ganendran as its head. He pioneered the treatment of organophosphorus poisoning and the Intensive Care Unit became a centre of referral for organophosphorus poisoning and the Department, developing techniques of measuring serum and red blood cell cholinesterase. Professor A E Delilkan was appointed to the chair of Anaesthesia after Professor Ganendran emigrated to Australia. Professor Delilkan pioneered the treatment of cerebral protection in patients with head injury in the Intensive Care and campaigned tirelessly within the Faculty and among the public to promote understanding of Brain Death leading to its eventual acceptance in the community. Professor AE Delilkan retired in 2000 after many years of dedicated teaching. In recognition of his contribution the University of Malaya awarded Professor Delilkan the title of Professor of Excellence. Obstetric analgesia and anaesthesia and Pain management. The University Hospital established Malaysia’s first obstetric analgesia and anesthesia with epidural, spinal and general anesthesia in 1989 under Dr. Chan Yoo Kuen. The University Hospital established Malaysia’s first acute and chronic pain management service under Professor Delilkan and Professor Ramani Vijayan.