Tan Sri Dato' Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman

Tan Sri Dato' Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman (MBBS 1968, HonMD 1997)

Tan Sri Dato' Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman (MBBS 1968, HonMD 1997) is the Vice-Chancellor and President of International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, a position he has held since 2001.

After graduating from Monash in 1968 Tan Sri Abu Bakar completed a Master of Medicine at the University of Singapore.

He went on to become a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and completed his postgraduate training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC, US and Prince Henry's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

He began his career as a medical officer with the Ministry of Health Malaysia and trained in internal medicine before becoming a consultant physician with the Department of Nephrology at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Tan Sri Abu Bakar was appointed the Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health in 1987.

He became the Ministry's Deputy Director General of Health in 1989 before rising to the rank of the Director General of Health from 1991 to 2001.

After completing his services with the government he joined the International Medical University where he was appointed President in 2001.

Tan Sri Abu Bakar is the current president of the National Medical Foundation. He is also a director of Medical Defence Malaysia Berhad and IMU Foundation and a chairman of IHH Healthcare Berhad and CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad.

His past affiliations include positions as president of the Malaysia Medical Association, the Malaysian Society of Nephrology, the Malaysian Society of Transplantation and the National Diabetes Institute.

He was also a director of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, United Malaysian Medical Industries, IMU Education and IMU Health.

In 2007 Monash honoured Tan Sri Abu Bakar with a Distinguished Alumni Award.