Dr Lau Peng Choong is a Consultant Upper GI, Bariatric and General Surgeon at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and an Honarary Visiting Consultant Upper GI Surgeon to University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). He started his career in surgery in Penang after graduating from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2001. After serving the community in Penang, he joined the UMMC in 2005 and completed his Masters of Surgery in 2009. He served as an Associate Professor and Head of the Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery Unit at University of Malaya until August 2019. His subspecialty interest is in Upper Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery. His training includes a fellowship in Advanced Gastric Cancer Surgery in Seoul, South Korea plus he also did a year of clinical fellowship in Upper GI and Bariatric Surgery in Coventry, United Kingdom under the sponsorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Dr Lau’s main area of interests are in gastrointestinal cancers (especially gastric and oesophageal), gastric ulcers, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, gallstone disease, inguinal and abdominal wall hernias as well as bariatric procedures (surgery for weight loss and metabolic syndrome). He is also an expert in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and believes that keyhole surgery does benefit the patient in hastening the recovery time and shorten their time off work.
With a keen interest in minimally invasive surgery and emerging technology, he helped pioneered the first POEM (Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) service for achalasia with his gastroenterology colleagues in University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). He was an early adoptor of using flourescent imaging in surgery in Malaysia and routinely uses it during laparoscopic gallbladder surgery and minimally invasive cancer surgeries.
Dr Lau has helped trained many young doctors as well as surgeons for the country while serving as a faculty member in University of Malaya. He is currently appointed as the National Upper GI Surgery Subspecialty Training Committee Board Member which governs the training of Upper GI Surgeon in the country.
His current society appointments includes, Honanary Treasurer for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Malaysia (PENSMA). He also serves as a council member for the Malaysian Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society(MUGIS), Society of Endoscopic Laproscopic Surgeons of Malaysia (SELSMA), Malaysian Hernia Society(MHS) and Malaysian Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Society (MyMBS).
21 August 2021
22 August 2021