Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (Malaysia)
Director-General, Health Malaysia
Senior Consultant, Breast & Endocrine Surgery
Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah is the current Director-General of Health Malaysia since 1st
March 2013. He is also a Senior Consultant in Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Hospital Putrajaya.
Prior to this, he also held the post of Deputy Director-General of Health (Medical Programme)
between January 2008 until end of February 2013. He obtained both his Medical Doctor (M.D.)
degree in 1988 and his Master of Surgery (M.S.) in 1994 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
(UKM). Four years later in between 1997-1998, he completed his Fellowship training in Breast &
Endocrine Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He has been conferred by numerous awards and recognitions from renowned international and local institutions including the Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia in 2004, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians London in 2012, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine from Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (2014), Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (2015) and Honorary Fellowship of the International College of Dentists (2016).
He is a world renowned for contribution in Endocrine surgery, especially on Thyroid surgery for his ground breaking surgical techniques and approaches which helped to shape the landscape of thyroid surgery; not just locally but also internationally. He received numerous invitations to speak and presented many academic and policy papers in local and international conferences, high level meetings and events. Apart from that, he is also a prolific writer with extensive publications in local and international journals, and has authored many chapters in various textbooks on endocrine surgery. Recently, he was appointed into the Executive Board of International Society of Surgery (ISS) as the Councilor at Large from 2017-2021, making him the first the country to be appointed to this prestigious Board in this international society. He also actively involved in World Health Organisation (WHO), including his recent achievement as the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) Representative for the Working Group on Strategic Budget Space Allocation, WHO. He certainly made the world felt the presence of Malaysia at WHO high level meetings and initiatives.
He has led many innovative initiatives and smart partnership in health, while motivate others towards creative innovation with utilisation of home grown talents. To meet the challenges ahead, he also mooted the idea of the Talent Grooming Programme (TGP) for Technical Healthcare Professionals for succession planning and developing good future healthcare leaders. In line with MOH motto, a Nation working together for better health, he believes in breaking down silos and working together across the divide within the ministry and beyond — as every sector is a health sector. He is at the forefront of Strategic Utilisation of Social Media for Health. His exceptional and unprecedented approach of using social media for health to communicate and engage with the public, the MOH staff and various others has made tremendous difference to the way the MOH interacts with its stakeholders.