Dr Masliza Mahmod, 48, has made history as the first Malaysian woman to be the Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Britain’s Oxford University.
Dr Masliza who is the head of Clinical Trials Group at the Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, received the award in recognition of independent research achievement, along with contributions to the general academic life of the Medical Sciences Division and the department.
Oxford’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine pointed out that her research focuses on the use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and spectroscopy techniques for early detection of cardiac abnormalities as well as to find novel treatment for patients with cardiomyopathy, heart failure, aortic valve disease, and diabetes mellitus.
Even our Health DG, Dr Noor Hisham and Yang di-Pertuan Agong congratulated her
Her achievement not only attracted the attention of Malaysians, but our own Health Director General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and Yang di-Pertuan Agong as well.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in his congratulatory message, said:
“She is indeed a brilliant cardiologist and despite difficulties and challenges, her perseverance and deep passion in clinical research makes her an outstanding academic cardiologist. There is no stopping her now to achieve greater heights. We are proud of her achievements and she creates a history today as the first successful Malaysian woman in Cardiovascular Medicine at Oxford University.”
Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah also congratulated Dr Masliza Mahmod on her appointment as Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Oxford University, United Kingdom recently.
The YDPA says in a post on Instagram that Dr Masliza has made the nation proud on a global stage.
Dr Masliza said this recognition and achievement is for Malaysia
“This is for Malaysia. Being here at Oxford, I am in a better position to help Malaysia in Cardiovascular Medicine by opening up training opportunities for Malaysians and for research collaborations.
She further elaborated that she’s grateful to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, which has allowed her to pursue her career in Oxford following her PhD. “It has always been my intention to give back to the country,” she said.
Dr Masliza is a cardiologist from Batu Pahat
The cardiologist from Batu Pahat obtained her DPhil (PhD) in Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of Oxford, Master’s of Medicine from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians from the UK and primary medical degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) Heart Failure Research Task Force
Proud to be part of Covid-19 research team at Radcliffe Department of Medicine, Oxford led by Dr Betty Raman @BR_CMR and Prof Stefan Neubauer. Hope to get Malaysia to be involved this study soon. @RDMOxford @ClinicalRsrchMY @OxfordCCRF pic.twitter.com/GqDSQFnvn6— Dr Masliza Mahmod (@MaslizaMahmod) May 13, 2020
According to NST, Dr Masliza and her team at Oxford University are working with Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) to obtain a research grant for Covid-19 research in Malaysia.
She was awarded Young Investigator Fellowship in 2009
The 48-year-old doctor was awarded Young Investigator Fellowship for her work in hypertension at 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.