By Nur Sa’adah Batrisyia and Maryam Nasir
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 July 2020: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has congratulated Dr. Masliza Mahmod, a Malaysian cardiologist, on her appointment as Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Oxford University, United Kingdom recently.
According to Bernama report yesterday, Istana Negara in a post on Instagram said, His Majesty expressed pride because Dr. Masliza has made history as the first Malaysian woman to be appointed to that position at a prestigious university.
“In this regard, His Majesty hopes that Dr. Masliza’s achievements and perseverance will be a source of inspiration for all Malaysians to work hard and strive to achieve success in their respective fields, be it locally, or at the global stage,” the statement said.
His Majesty also wished Dr. Masliza all the best and prayed for her continued success in the field of cardiology and to succeed to be among the world’s renowned cardiologists.
Dr. Masliza, 47, from Batu Pahat, is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR).
She had researched for Oxford’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine on the use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and spectroscopy techniques to diagnose cardiovascular diseases. Her research also focused on finding novel treatment for patients with cardiomyopathy, heart failure, aortic valve disease and diabetes mellitus.
A member of London’s Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), Dr. Masliza earned her Master of Internal Medicine (MMed) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and primary medical degree (MBChB) from Otago University, New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister, Datuk Dr. Noraini Ahmad also congratulated Dr. Masliza Mahmod on her appointment at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.
In a statement uploaded on her Facebook page, Datuk Dr. Noraini said that the achievement of Dr. Masliza should serve as an inspiration to students and lecturers of higher learning institutions in the country to continue to do research and study for global recognition.
(List of new Associate Professors and Research Lecturers at Radcliffe Department of Medicine https://www.rdm.ox.ac.uk/news/new-rdm-associate-professors-and-university-research-lecturers) ***