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Orthopaedic Surgery Department

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The Orthopaedic Surgery being part of the University Malaya Medical Centre plays a major role in management of patients who are channeled from walk-in clinics, the accident and emergency unit, primary care clinics and other specialist clinics, and referred from practitioners elsewhere , both general practitioners and specialists. The department has played a major role in the development of Orthopaedic Surgery in the country, having pioneered several new treatments and operations over the years.

Our staff comprise of academic staff, technical staff and administrative staff who work together to perform the departments’ functions as efficiently as possible.

The academic staff who have postgraduate qualifications in Orthopaedic Surgery also superspecialise so that each given field in Orthopaedics has a high level of expertise available. The junior academic staff members begin by rotating through each subsppecialty and after gaining some experience are encouraged to select a field which is suitable to them. The academic staff teach both postgraduates and undergraduates, manage patients and perform research in a field which interests them. They also perform all the administrative duties which are required, for instance, sit on various subcommittiees for UMMC, organize examinations and continuing medical education.

The technical staff consists of laboratory technologists, who assist in laboratory, clinical research and teaching. They also assist in the running of examinations and upkeep of laboratories.

The administrative staff and support staff run the day to day administrative duties of the department and handle all correspondence coming in. All courses, examinations, lectures, employment matters, making of operations lists, dealing with leave, and unavoidable last minute replacement are dealt by them.


  • To become a centre of the highest quality, where excellence in the delivery of research and learning is assisted by facilities created and provided.


  • To feel the need for internationally recognized graduates and specialists of high calibre, who possess high standards of competence and knowledge in Orthopaedic surgery.
  • To provide training for post-graduate research.
  • To perform useful and high quality research, related to the field of Orthopaedic surgery, which may aid in advancing knowledge and outcome in this field, both locally and internationally.
  • To produce high quality publications and obtain recognition and commercialization of novel orthopaedic related products.
  • To provide the best patient care available in the field of Orthopaedic surgery.

The department was set up in 1965, two years after the Medical Faculty of University of Malaya was formed. Dr J.F. Silva was appointed as the first Professor and Head of Department of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation in January 1966. At that time there were only four orthopaedic specialists in Malaysia. Prior to establishing the department, Orthopaedic was part of the Department of Surgery.

The department subsequently became one of the primary teaching units. The first batch of 63 student went to Hospital Besar Kuala Lumpur and Hospital Kelang for bedside teaching, as our own hospital was not yet ready. Since then, the Department, along with the Hospital and faculty, have progressed rapidly.

The department has developed into subdivisions comprising, Upper Limb and Reconstructive Microsurgery, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Oncology, Adult Reconstructive Surgery (joint replacement), Spine Surgery, Trauma and Orthopaedic Sport Surgery. Each unit has its own activities, but all units cooperate and act together as a department.

In 1993, the Master in Orthopaedic Surgery was started, to address the shortage of specialists in the country. The first batch of graduates consisting of Dr Jamal Azmi Mohamed and Dr Marwan Mustafa (Palestine) graduated in 1993. Since then, up to 2007, the department has produced more than 107 masters graduates of international standard. Further to that, the department is also producing post graduate research students actively (PhD & Masters by research).


Prof. Dr. Azlina Amir Abbas

Head of Department

Academic Programme

The Department plays a major role in the following academic programmes.

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS [Mal]

We teach a 6 week ( soon to increase to 8 week) programme that is highly rated the students. It is a “hands-on” course including lectures, ward rounds, tutorials and teaching in clinic and operation theatres.

Master in Orthopaedic Surgery – M (Ortho) [Mal]

This 4 year course is a full time clinical course. It includes Orthopaedic Trauma and rotation through the following subspecialities:

  • Upper Limb and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Limb Lengthening and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Division Joint Replacement and we also teach foot and ankle surgery at a two monthly clinic.

We help train candidates in the orthopaedic aspects of their training, using both lectures and clinical tutorials.

More information about Postgraduate Programme click here


The department of Orthopaedic Surgery is constantly trying to improve their research output. In 2003 an initiative to promote quality Orthopaedic related research within the University were initiated resulting in the creation of the Orthopaedic research group (ORG). A group of surgeons, scientists, post-graduate students and staff from within and outside the department were recruited to tackle the research drive for the department.

Currently there are a number of research groups within the department looking into the various research areas of Orthopaedic surgery.

This initiative has led to a number of achievements and research awards, publications and scientific presentations which spells success for the ORG as a group.

For more informations please go to this link http://www.ortho-um.com/noceral/

Research Groups
Tissue Engineering (TEG)
Biomechanics Research
Sports Orthopaedic Research
Upper Limb and Microsurgery
Trauma Research

1. Services

  • Scoliosis Clinic
  • Orthopedic Pediatric Clinic
  • Adult Reconstructive Clinic
  • Sports Clinic
  • Hand and Microsurgery Reconstruction Clinic
  • Spinal Clinic
  • Orthopedic General Clinic

2. Outpatient Services

3. 24 hours service in Trauma and Emergency Unit

Future Plan
Last Updated: 08/02/2019