Tan Sri Dato' Dr Yahya Bin Awang
Tan Sri Dato' Dr Yahya Bin Awang (MBBS 1974) has been a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Damansara Heart Centre of Damansara Specialist Hospital in Malaysia since March 2004.
Dr Yahya Bin Awang graduated from Monash in 1974. In 1980 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow (FRCS).
He moved to London in 1981 working as Surgical Registrar in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brampton Hospital before returning to Malaysia to take up the role of Cardiothoracic Surgeon at General Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
In 1985 he was appointed Head and Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at General Hospital.
From 1992 until 2002 Tan Sri Dato' Dr Awang held the position of Head and Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Malaysia's National Heart Institute and from 1998 to 2002 he was the institute's Medical Director.
His many professional achievements include performing open heart surgery on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad in 1989; pioneering the establishment of The National Heart Institute of Malaysia in 1992; and performing the first heart transplant in Malaysia in 1998.
Tan Sri Dato' Dr Awang is author of many scholarly and professional articles.
In addition to his role at Damansara Specialist Hospital he is currently chairman of the National Transplant Registry and a council member of the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia.