Batu Pahat girl is cardio don at Oxford

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HAILING from Batu Pahat, a Malaysian doctor made history as the first woman to be promoted as Associate Professor of cardiovascular medicine at Oxford University.

Dr Masliza Mahmod was congratulated by Health Ministry Director General, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on her promotion and described her achievement as “outstanding and brilliant”.

He said: “She is indeed a brilliant cardiologist and despite difficulties and challenges, her perseverance and deep passion in clinical research made her an outstanding academic cardiologist.

“There is no stopping her now to achieve greater heights. We are proud of her achievements,” he said in a Facebook post on July 11.

According to Oxford’s Radcliffe Department of Medicine, Dr Masliza’s 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.

The 47-year-old cardiologist is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) Heart Failure Research Task Force.

The member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) from London has a Master of Internal Medicine (MMed) from Malaysia and primary medical degree (MBChB) from Otago University, New Zealand.