Prof. Dato’ Dr Yip Cheng Har

(Consultant Breast Surgeon)

Prof. Dato’ Dr Yip wears many hats; currently a consultant breast surgeon in a private medical centre in Malaysia; a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur; a Visiting Consultant to the Department of Surgery, University of Malaya; a lead clinician for the breast cancer research programme in the Cancer Research Malaysia, which is a charity based cancer research organisation.

She was the Chairman of the Development Committee of National Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Breast Cancer in Malaysia, which issued the second edition of the guideline in 2010. She is a past-president of the Association of University Surgeons of Asia (2003-2005), and is currently (2016) the President of Breast Cancer in Malaysia, which issued the second edition of the guideline in 2010. She is a past-president of the Association of University Surgeons of Asia (2003-2005), and is currently (2016) the President of Breast Surgery International. In 2010-2013, she was the President of the College of Surgeons of Malaysia, the first woman to hold such a position. Although a clinician, Prof. Dato’ Dr Yip is very involved in cancer control and prevention, and is the immediate past President of the Asia Pacific Organisation for Cancer Prevention. She has been appointed as an expert in cancer control by the World Health Organisation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and has been on expert panels in international organisations such as the International Cancer Control Conference, and the Breast Health Global Initiative.

Prof. Dato’ Dr Yip works closely with the breast cancer support groups and non-government organisations to promote health awareness and early detection of breast cancer. She was awarded UICC 2009 Reach to Recovery International Health Professional Award.

In Malaysia, she is well known for her work with breast cancer and was awarded the Malaysian “Greatest Women of our Times” award in October 2009. In May 2012, she was awarded the DPMP, which carries the title of Dato’ from the Sultan of Perak, which is her home state in Malaysia. In October 2013, she was awarded the FACS (Hons) from the American College of Surgeons.