Message from the President


Dear Esteemed Colleagues,


I would like to begin by thanking everyone for the vote of confidence and responsibility for me to lead our society.  I am truly honoured to serve in this capacity and contribute to the advancement of respiratory medicine in our great nation and beyond.


We now find ourselves at a critical juncture, emerging from the challenges posed by the global pandemic.  The COVID-19 pandemic has not only tested our resilience but has also provided us with an opportunity to reassess and reinforce the foundations of healthcare, especially in the field of respiratory medicine.


In the wake of these unprecedented times, the importance of regional collaboration and strong linkages cannot be overstated.  Our commitment to strengthening ties with our regional counterparts is pivotal in navigating the complexities of post-pandemic healthcare.  By fostering partnerships and sharing knowledge, we can collectively elevate the standards of respiratory medicine and ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.


"Reimagining Respiratory Care", our proposed theme for our upcoming APSR Congress 2026, is a dynamic and evolving concept that envisions a future where respiratory health is optimised through a combination of personalised, technologically advanced, and inclusive approaches to care.  It involves envisioning and implementing innovative approaches to the management, treatment, and overall care of respiratory conditions.  This concept encompasses a holistic and forward-thinking perspective that goes beyond traditional models of respiratory care.


Our vision for the Malaysian Thoracic Society is one of innovation, inclusivity, and excellence.  We aim to harness the collective expertise of our members to advance research, promote education, and implement best practices in respiratory medicine.  By doing so, we not only contribute to the well-being of our citizens but also position ourselves as leaders in the global healthcare landscape.


In the coming years, we will focus on expanding our educational initiatives, facilitating collaborative research projects, and providing platforms for meaningful exchanges of ideas.  Our commitment to professional development and continuous learning will be at the forefront, ensuring that our members are equipped with the latest advancements in respiratory medicine.


As we embark on this journey together, I encourage each of you to actively engage in the activities of the Malaysian Thoracic Society.  Your expertise, passion, and dedication are invaluable resources that will drive our society towards greater heights.


I am confident that with the collective efforts of our esteemed members, we will not only overcome the challenges that lie ahead but also emerge stronger and more united than ever before.


Thank you for your trust and support.  Let us work hand in hand to advance the frontiers of respiratory medicine and make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of our communities.


Thank you.


Prof Dr Ahmad Izuanuddin Ismail

President, Malaysian Thoracic Society