MTS Special Interest Groups (2017-2019)


  1. Asthma (Adult) – Dr Helmy Haja Mydin (Group Leader)
  2. Asthma (Paediatric) – Dr Jessie Anne de Bruyne (Group Leader) and Dr Hafizah Zainudin (Deputy Group Leader)
  3. Basic Sciences and Translational Health – Prof Dr Richard Loh Li Cher (Group Leader) and Dr Kumaresh Raj Lachmanan (Deputy Group Leader)
  4. Paediatric Respiratory Diseases – Dato' Dr Rus Anida Awang (Group Leader) and Dr Asiah Kassim (Deputy Group Leader)
  5. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Assoc Prof Dr Pang Yong Kek (Group Leader) and Dr Tengku Saifudin Tengku Ismail (Deputy Group Leader)
  6. Bronchiectasis and Other Rare Diseases – Dr Michael Stephen Joseph (Group Leader) and Dr Surendran Thavagnanam (Deputy Group Leader)
  7. Critical Care in Respiratory Medicine – Dr Hilmi Lockman (Group Leader) and Dr N Fafwati Faridatul Akmar Mohammad (Deputy Group Leader)
  8. Interstitial Lung Diseases – Dr Syazatul Syakirin Sirol Aflah (Group Leader) and Dr Mohammad Hanafiah (Deputy Group Leader)
  9. Interventional Pulmonology – Dr Tie Siew Teck (Group Leader) 
  10. Lung Cancer – Prof Dr How Soon Hin (Group Leader) and Dr Poh Mau Ern (Deputy Group Leader)
  11. Pleural Diseases – Assoc Prof Dr Mohamed Faisal Andul Hamid (Group Leader) and Dr Muhammad Redzwan S Rashid Ali (Deputy Group Leader)
  12. Pulmonary Vascular Diseases – Dr Ashari Yunus (Group Leader) and Dr Sivakamasundari Narayani K Ampikaipakan (Deputy Group Leader)
  13. Respiratory Infections – Dr Soo Chun Ian (Group Leader) and and Dr Raymund Dass Maria Dass (Deputy Group Leader)
  14. Sleep Disorders – Dr Lalitha Pereirasamy (Group Leader) and Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Izuanuddin Ismail (Deputy Group Leader)
  15. Thoracic Surgery and Transplantation – Dr Soon Sing Yang (Group Leader)
  16. Tobacco and Environmental Health – Dr Nurhayati Mohd Marzuki (Group Leader) and Dato’ Dr Hj Abdul Abdul Muttalif (Advisor)
  17.  Tuberculosis and Non-mycobacterium Tuberculosis – Dr Mat Zuki Mat Jaeb (Group Leader) and Dr Nurhuda Ismail (Deputy Group Leader)
  18. Non-invasive Ventilation – Assoc Prof Dr Anna Marie Nathan (Deputy Group Leader)
  19. Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Ms Anmol Kaur Manjit Singh (Group Leader) and Dr Fatim Tahirah Mirza Mohd Tahir Beg (Deputy Group Leader)


Objectives and Role of the SIGs:

  • To provide a platform whereby members with specific interests may come together, and share their views/experience.
  • To provide advice to the organising committee for the annual scientific congress and other scientific events
  • To provide advice to the Council when opinions of certain respiratory disorders are sought.
  • To provide advice to the Standards of Care Committee (SOCC) about the Society’s Guideline programme, which includes identifying areas for guideline development and nominating experts from the related fields.
  • To provide advice to the Science and Research Committee about emerging and unmet research needs in the field of respiratory medicine.
  • To provide advice (if opinion is sought) to the Education and Training Committee on the training requirements for fellows in respiratory medicine