Prof Dr Chin Kin Fah

Current Place of Practice

Universiti of Malaya Medical Centre
Department of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine Building
University Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603-7949 2736


3 G.C.E. ‘A’ Level, Grade A in Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics at Davies’s College, Hove, England; October 1986 to January 1988.
MB. ChB.  The University of Aberdeen, Medical School, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB9 2ZB.
F.R.C.S. (GLASGOW) April 1998
M.D. (The University of Hull) January 2003
Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in General Surgery with sub-specialty interest in Upper GI Surgery June 2005
FRCS (General Surgery)
Certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST)- October 2005
Specialist Register in GMC- November 2005


Pre-registration surgical house officer, Wards 49/51, 01-08-1993 to 31-10-1993, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Consultants: Mr. S.S. Miller, Mr. Z.H.Krukowski, Mr. P.M. King.

Pre-registration surgical house officer, Ward 44, 01-11-1993 to 31-01-1994, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Consultants: Mr. L.E.F. Moffat, Mr. S. Mclinton.


Pre-registration medical house officer, Wards 13/14, General Medicine/gastroenterology, 01-02-1994 to 31-07-1994, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Consultants : Dr. P.W.Brunt, Dr. N.A.G. Mowat, Dr. T.S. Sinclair.

 August 1994 - August 1996



Accident and Emergency Department, Western infirmary  (6 months). Consultants: Mr. W. M. Tullett, Mr. P. Grant.

Neurosurgery, The Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital  (3 months). Consultants: Professor G. Teasdale, Mr. G. Cruickshank, Mr. P. Barlow, Mr W. Taylor, Mr. K.W. Lindsay, Mr. R. Johnstone.

Trauma and Orthopaedics, University Department of Orthopaedics in Western Infirmary and Gartnavel General Hospital.  (3 months). Consultants: Professor Hamblen, Mr. Crossen, Mr Graham.

General Surgery / Vascular Surgery, Gartnavel General Hospital.  (6 months). Consultants: Mr. R.O. Quin, Mr. A. Mckay, Mr. P. Rogers.

Plastic Surgery, The West of Scotland Regional Plastic Surgery Unit, Canniesburn Hospital.(6 months) Consultants: Mr. D.S.  Soutar, Mr. I. Mckay, Mr. R.J. Ratcliffe, Professor Moos.

SHO 3 IN GENERAL SURGERY ROTATION (TWO YEARS) BASED AT ROYAL HALIFAX INFIRMARY, CALDERDALE HEALTH CARE NHS TRUST. Consultant: Mr. P.S. Surtees, August 96 - March 97 & Consultant: Mr. V.K. Modgill, April 97- November 97


December 1997 - August 1999Research Fellow/Honorary Clinical Lecturer to Professor J.R.T. Monson, The University of Hull, Academic Surgical Unit, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, North Humberside, United Kingdom.


August 1999 to June 2005: Higher Surgical Training Scheme in Yorkshire Deanery.

August 1999 – September 1999: Specialist registrar in Colorectal surgery to Mr. GS Duthie, Reader, Academic Surgical Unit, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull.

October 1999 – March 2000: Specialist registrar in General Surgery (Breast and Vascular) to Mr IF Hutchinson and Mr. A. Nejim.

April 2000 – September 2000: Specialist registrar in General Surgery (Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic) to Mr. RC Kapadia, Mr. EP Dewar and Mr. RNB Khan; Airedale General Hospital, Steeton, Keighley.

October 2000 – March 2001: Specialist registrar to Mr NK Sharma (Breast and Vascular)

April 2001 – September 2001: Specialist registrar to Mr VK Modgill (Breast and Vascular) and Mr RJR Goodall (Upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery); The Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.

October 2001-January 2002: Specialist registrar to Mr S Nicholson, Mr B Mance-Jones (Breast)

February 2002-June 2002: Specialist registrar to Mr GV Miller, Mr W Wong (Upper Gastrointestinal & Hepato-pancreatico-biliary) and Mr D Alexander, Mr Leveson (Colorectal)

July 2002-September 2002: Specialist registrar to Mr SG Brooks, Mr McCleary (Vascular); York District Hospital, York.

October 2002-March 2003: Specialist registrar to Mr Perry, Mr El-Barghouti, Mr Bala (General surgery, Endocrine and vascular surgery)

April 2003-September 2003: Specialist registrar to Mr J MacFie (General surgery, Breast and Coloproctology); Scarborough General Hospital, Scarborough.

October 2003-February 2004: Specialist registrar to Mr KR Wedgwood (Upper GI & Pancreatic); Castle Hill Hospital, Hull.

February 2004-May 2004: Specialist registrar to Mr C Royston (Laparoscopic & Upper GI)
June 2004-September 2004: Specialist registrar to Mr P Sedman & Mr C O’Boyle (Laparoscopic & Upper GI); Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull.

October 2004-June 2005: Specialist Registrar in Professorial Surgical Unit, Upper Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive surgery, Leeds General Infirmary. Professor MJ McMahon, Mr H Su-Ling, Mr S Dexter.

July 2005-July 2006: Fellow in Upper GI Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia: Professor GG Jamieson, Associate Professor PG Devitt, Mr P Game (Obesity surgeon), Mr P Baultz (Trauma surgeon from South Africa).

September 2006-Present: Consultant Surgeonwith special interest in Upper GI and Minimally invasive surgery, Scarborough Hospital, North Yorkshire


National Science Award, Sarawak, 1983
Merit in Physiology
Medical Protection Prize for Elective Project (1993)
" The study of the lower gastrointestinal bleeding in the Bleeding Unit in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary" Statistical Method: SPSS/PC+
British Medical Association Research Award, 
  Albert McMaster Award, 1998 £4,500
British Hyperbaric Association Award, 1999 £1000
Augustus Newman Foundation Grant, 1998 £ 146 000 over 3 years 
Southern California Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award, at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Anniversary and Tripartite Meeting,
  May 1-6, 1999, Washington, DC.
"Arny Zetestromm" award for promising scientific paper (co-author), at The European Undersea Biomedical Society (EUBS) Annual Scientific meeting 2002,
   Brugge, Belgium.
First Poster Prize, ASGBI 2006 Annual Scientific Meeting, Edinburgh, May 2006:
  ’Outcome of laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication for patients with atypical symptom index during 24-hour pH monitoring’


About Me

Chin Kin Fah was born and educated in Sarawak, Malaysia, prior to his further education in United Kingdom. He went to University of Aberdeen where he qualified in medicine with a MB ChB in 1993.   He then pursued surgical training in Glasgow and Yorkshire, being awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1998.   Two years were then spent in full-time research under the direction of Professor John Monson in the Academic Surgical Unit, University of Hull. This research work was primarily directed towards determining the usefulness of serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor as a tumour marker in colorectal cancer and tumour angiogenesis. As a consequence of this work he was awarded an MD in 2003.  Following his research fellowship, he was appointed Specialist Registrar in General Surgery to Yorkshire Deanery and in this six-years Higher Surgical Training he received the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 2005 and awarded Intercollegiate Fellowship in General Surgery and upper GI surgery. He was registered as a Specialist on the Specialist Register in United Kingdom since 2005. In 2005 he was appointed as an Upper GI Fellow to Professor Glynn Jamieson, a world-renowned upper GI surgeon, in the University of Adelaide where he continued his research interest into oesophageal physiology and received further training in advanced laparoscopic upper GI surgery. In addition, he was also trained as a trauma surgeon under the supervision of Mr Peter Baultz, Trauma surgeon from South Africa, in the Trauma Centre of South Australia and Northern Territory of Australia. In 2006 he was appointed Consultant Surgeon (General, Upper GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery) to Scarborough Hospital, North Yorkshire, UK and Honorary Senior Lecturer to Hull York Medical School.
In 2008 he was appointed an Associate Professor and Consultant Upper GI Surgeon with special interests in laparoscopic GI surgery, minimally invasive day surgery, clinical nutrition and metabolic surgery to the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Within a year, he was formally appointed to a permanent position as a full Professor in General Surgery in University Malaya. 
He currently runs a comprehensive advanced laparoscopic cancer surgery service in UM, which is the only centre in Malaysia that offers routine thorascopic and laparoscopic oesophagectomy and gastrectomy for oesophago-gastric cancer. He performed the first Single Incision Laparoscopic (SILS) Cholecystectomy in this country in 2009. Since then, he has routinely carried out SILS cholecystectomy, SILS right hemicolectomy, SILS sleeve gastrectomy for GIST tumour and SILS inguinal hernia repair. He has also performed the first Natural Orifice Specimen Extraction of colorectal cancer in this country. He has also started a routine Endoscopic thyroidectomy service. His records have shown that he is a versatile laparoscopic surgeon that can offer a cutting edge minimally invasive surgical experience.
He has been elected to the position of Vice-President to the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Malaysia (PENSMA), Treasurer and Committee Member to ‘Empowered-The Cancer Advocacy Society of Malaysia’, Board Member of the Asia Endosurgery Task Force, Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Bariatric Surgery Society, Editor of AETF Journal and Medical Columnist of Chinese Newspaper, ‘Red Tomato’. He has been selected to be in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2011.