Professor Dato’ Dr Christopher Boey Chiong Meng

Professor Dato’ Dr Christopher Boey Chiong Meng

 

Born and brought up in Penang, Malaysia, Dr Boey received his education at St Xavier’s Primary School, Penang Free School and the Oundle School, England. After graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of London, he worked in various hospitals in the United Kingdom, including children’s hospitals such as the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. During this period, he obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and the Diploma in Child Health from the Royal College of Physicians of London. Further paediatric subspecialisation was undertaken in medical centres in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia and in Tokyo, Japan

On March 16th, 1992, Dr Boey was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya where he continues to serve to this day. He has worked in the Faculty of Medicine as a coordinator at all levels of the undergraduate and postgraduate clinical programmes. In addition to providing service and teaching in medicine and paediatrics at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, he also started a unit of paediatric gastroenterology in the paediatric department in January, 1993, as its only staff. The unit now has a team of three staff specialists and is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for this specialty, receiving referrals from hospitals and clinics throughout Malaysia. 

In 1999, Dr Boey was admitted to the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia as a member. In 2000, he was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) by the University of Malaya.   Following this, he went on to perform extensive joint studies between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Education, which resulted in the award of his second doctoral degree, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), in 2004. 

In 2002 and 2004, Dr Boey was conferred respectively Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow and Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health of the United Kingdom.  In 2005, he was appointed Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and in 2007, he was conferred Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia.

Professor Boey delivered his University of Malaya Professorial Inaugural Lecture on May 26th, 2009 on the theme “The Interaction Between Mind and Body: Implications for Health”. In 2011, Professor Boey took up the position of Postgraduate Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya.

Professor Boey has been involved as an invited speaker in courses on paediatrics and paediatric gastroenterology for undergraduates as well as post-graduate students, both in Malaysia and in other Asian countries such as Singapore, the Philippines and Japan. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Paediatrics at the Juntendo University School of Medicine, Tokyo in July, 2007 and Visiting Professor of Paediatrics at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo in August 2008.  In 2008, he was appointed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health of the United Kingdom as an examiner for the MRCPCH(UK) paediatric examination. 

Professor Boey served as a committee member in the Malaysian Paediatric Association in 1993. In 2000, he was secretary of the College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and also chaired the subspecialty committee for Paediatric Gastroenterology in the college.  In June 2005, he was appointed Vice-President of the Asian Pan-Pacific Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and became President in August 2008. Professor Boey is currently the chairman of the Malaysian Ministry of Health Specialty Credentialling Sub-Committee for Paediatric Gastroenterology.

Since 2012, Professor Boey has been chairman of the board of directors of Soka Kindergarten Malaysia(Tadika Seri Soka). In 2013 Professor Boey received the award of Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN ) from the Governor of Penang which carries with it the title of Dato’.  In 2014, Professor Boey became an international research fellow of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy based in Tokyo.