23rd Feb 2023 Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur – The 38th Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, themed “Reconnect and Collaborate,” began today at the prestigious Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

(From Left) Prof Tin Aung- Chair APAO 2023 Congress Scientific Program Committee, Dr Manoharan Shunmugam – President, Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, Datuk Dr Nor Fariza Ngah – President, College of Ophthalmologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Dr Kenneth Fong – APAO 2023 Congress President, Past President, Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib – Deputy Director-General (Medical), Ministry of Health, Malaysia, Prof Ningli Wang – President, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, Prof Clement Tham – Secretary-General and CEO, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr Daniel Briceland – President, American Academy of Ophthalmology and Prof Liza-Sharmini Ahmad Tajudin – Co-Chair, APAO 2023 Congress Scientific Program Committee.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised the service delivery innovation in Malaysia to improve access to cataract care service and opportunistic screening, optimised underutilized resources in the health system, and reduced costs for vulnerable populations through active rural mobile cataract surgery service and urban stand-alone cataract surgery centres.

Hence, Malaysia is honoured to host this prestigious event, and the Ministry of Health is confident this will be a stellar international scientific meeting filled with a scientific exchange, reflecting on our progress and inspiring innovation in global healthcare delivery”, said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director-General, Ministry of Health, Malaysia.

The 38th APAO Congress is being held for the third time in the inviting city of Kuala Lumpur. More than 500 internationally renowned speakers are expected to present the most recent discoveries and ideas in 16 ophthalmic subspecialties, including clinical ophthalmology and visual sciences at the APAO 2023 Congress. The congress is expected to welcome 4000 delegates and will feature 80 exhibitors.

“We are honoured to co-host the 38th Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress. The organising committee has assembled eminent clinicians, international researchers, and acclaimed speakers who will deliver inspiring presentations. New advances and innovations in ophthalmology will be shared and deliberated,” said Dr Manoharan Shunmugam, President of the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology.

The goal of APAO 2023 is to provide a platform for fruitful and authentic scientific exchange, assisting ophthalmologists in furthering their profession by showcasing cutting-edge clinical and basic-science research, thereby allowing the adoption of the latest clinical practices and maintaining international gold standards. Importantly, the assembly will also provide opportunities for delegates to network, renew friendships and organize collaborations.

“Despite the fact that the pandemic has delayed our congress, we are delighted to host the prestigious APAO 2023 in Malaysia for our esteemed delegates. Our theme to reconnect and collaborate is apt, as we have been disconnected from each other for far too long.

Dr Kenneth Fong – APAO 2023 Congress President, Past President, Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology.

This face-to-face meeting has been long awaited and will provide exciting engagements and perspectives for the global ophthalmology community. The congress promises to be an academically stimulating conference with lots of exciting social events and local tourist attractions for you and your families,” shared Dr Kenneth Fong, Congress President, APAO 2023.

The Academy of Ophthalmology has 25 national member societies representing over 118,000 ophthalmologists or more than 51% of the world’s ophthalmologists.

For further information, reach the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) at https://www.mso.org.my/index.cfm


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