Prof. Dr. Cheah Fook Choe

Prof. Dr. Cheah Fook Choe


Mini Biography

Name: Cheah, Fook Choe

Qualifications (Degrees):M.D. (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) (1991)

                                                 M.Med (Paeds) (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) (1997)

                                                 Ph.D. (University of Otago, New Zealand) (2004)

(Professional Diplomae): MRCP(UK), MRCPI, FRACP, FRCPCH, FAMM, FCPS (Hon.)

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                  Phone (Office): +60- (0)3-9145 5391/5380

Address:              Department of Paediatrics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre,

                                Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Jalan Yaacob Latif,

                                56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Biodata summary profile

Professor Dr. Cheah Fook Choe is currently the Head and Professor of Paediatrics and senior consultant neonatologist at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Medical Centre-Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz in Kuala Lumpur. Prof. Cheah has been the consultant at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of UKM, for more than 10 years. This unit supports an active feto-maternal and assisted reproductive health facility with up to 7000 deliveries per year. Prof. Cheah was also the director of this unit from 2009 before going away for a research sabbatical in 2014 at the USA and New Zealand. The NICU of UKM is active in quality assurance programmes and contributes to the Vermont-Oxford Neonatal Network, an international quality collaborative initiative involving more than 1300 hospitals in the USA and worldwide. Prof. Cheah completed speciality training in general paediatrics and was awarded Masters in Medicine (Paeds) by UKM in 1997. His neonatology subspecialty training commenced in 1997 in the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane, Australia and subsequently in the Maternity Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From 2000-2003, he was the Neonatal Fellow in the Christchurch Women’s Hospital, New Zealand, completing advanced neonatal paediatrics training while pursuing a PhD degree during that period. This successfully culminated in him receiving PhD (Otago) and the FRACP in 2003. Prof. Cheah further received postdoctoral research experience as a visiting scientist in pulmonary and perinatal biology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA between 2006 and 2008.

Prof. Cheah has many research interests with various clinical and translational research grants, involvement in international multi-centre collaborative trials that include Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.  His major research interests are in newborn and preterm lung diseases, intrauterine infection and fetal inflammation, oxidative stress in G6PD deficient newborn infants and neonatal nutrition. In 2011, Prof. Cheah received the Best Research Award at the Asian Society for Pediatric Research joint meeting with the Pediatric Academic Societies at Denver, USA for his work on the role of GM-CSF and macrophage recruitment in the lung during the perinatal period. He has published several books and book chapters such as “Lung Disease of the Preterm Infant and Effects of Intrauterine Infection” and “Feeding the Preterm Infant – a Practical Handbook” and about 50 papers that are well-cited, with an H-index of 15.

Prof. Cheah is an accredited trainer in neonatology, and has trained many postgraduate trainees and neonatal fellows, both local and international, especially from Indonesia. He is currently the Chief of the Joint Programme in Paediatric Specialty training for Malaysia. Recently, he was appointed to the Neonatology Subspecialty Subcommittee on Medical Education of the Malaysian Medical Council.  He is also examiner for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK, the Malaysian Conjoined Board Examinations in Paediatrics, and had been external examiner in paediatrics for the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons.

With regards to continuing professional development, Prof. Cheah is currently the Vice-President of the College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and also member/fellow of various professional bodies in perinatology, neonatology, paediatric infectious diseases and lung research. He has also served as a member of editorial boards (Medicine and Health, Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Frontiers in Pediatrics) and reviewer of various medical journals as well as a scientific advisor for non-governmental organisations and medical-related industries.

Step 1
Application through Secretariat of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) website/ link at HCTM website/ or direct communication with the Course Director *Application need to be made a minimum of 6 months before the date of admission
Required process:
  • Candidate Details and selected programmes
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
*First medical degree needs to be checked whether it is recognised by Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) (a mandatory requirement if the candidate will do rotation outside of HCTM) An offer letter will be issued (by PKP) to the candidate for the payment process Course Director
Step 2
Application will be reviewed by the Course Director
Step 3
  • Fill in and submit Application Form to International Affairs Unit (UPA)
  • Letter of Temporary Approval/ Letter of Rejection to applicants will be issued by SPS
  • For the accepted candidates, a copy of the Temporary Approval Letter will be sent to UKM Shape – for VISA’s application process
Step 4
Accepted candidates are required to complete the following documents:
  • Form 16 for Temporary Practicing Certificate application Click Here
  • Visa application (Professional Visit Pass (PVP)) Click Here

  • *Since Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysian Immigration will only issued Profesional Visit Pass (PVP) with Single Entry Visa for 1 Year. Candidate must go out from Malaysia before PVP expired and must re-apply new PVP from home country for next year's programme
    *All documents will be sent through the International Affairs Unit, Faculty of Medicine UKM
Step 5
Candidate enrolled and report to the Course Director
Step 6
An offer letter will be issued (by UKM Shape) to the candidate for the payment process
Step 7
Course Director will notify the candidate about privileging and credentialing to HCTM Credentialing Link
Step 8
ONE (1) month before programme ends, the Course Director are required to inform SPS and International Affairs Unit, Faculty of Medicine UKM
SPS will issue Certificate of Completion to the candidate

Flowchart of Credentialing and Privileging in HCTM for International Candidates


Credentialing: a process to set the standards and to do an evaluation for a person’s qualification in a field or procedure. It is recognition for the professional training done by a medical practitioner.

Privileges: the rights given by the hospital for a medical practitioner to give treatments or to do procedures on hospital patients based on the qualifications of the training, and the medical practitioner’s experience and expertise.

Step 1
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Step 2
For new application, please fill in the details and update your profile.

* If you want to renew you application, please apply 6 months BEFORE your expiry date.
Step 3
Click Credentialing Form and complete all the required information.

*You need to fill in your Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) Registration Number, Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) Number and National Specialist Register (NSR) Number in the prerequisite field.
Step 4
Select Head of Department (HOD) to verify your application.
Step 5
Tick (√) and submit your application.
Step 6
Your Dashboard for the application status will appear. You can check the ongoing status by time to time.
Step 7
All applications will be reviewed in a meeting.

*The meeting will be conducted 4 times a year
Step 8
HCTM issue an Approval Letter (TWO weeks after the meeting)
HCTM issue Certificate of Credentialing (ONE month after)