Biodata of Professor Kulenthran Arumugam

MBBS (Spore), FRCOG, MD, PhD, LLBHons (Lond), Dip Epid (Lond)


Brief Career History

Professor Kulenthran graduated from the University of Singapore in 1975. He had an interest in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and went on to obtain his MRCOG from the Royal College London in 1982.  He then joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Malaya Medical Centre the following year as a Lecturer.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed Senior Consultant and Full Professor in 1991. In 2005 he found his niche in Medical Education, Research Development and Clinical epidemiology and moved to that Unit in the Faculty that year. He has been there since. However, he still keeps in touch with clinical work and continues to teach Obstetrics and Gynaecology both at the Post and Undergraduate levels.

Special Skills

Distinguished researcher and teacher

He has the rare distinction of holding two Doctoral degrees an MD and a PhD both fro the University of Malaya.  He is also well versed in the principles of epidemiology having passed the Post Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene, University of London in 2003.  In addition, he has a Certification in Advanced Epidemiological Analysis from the London School of Hygiene, Practical Statistics for Medical Researchfrom University College London and in the Conduct of Clinical Trials, University of Bristol. He has run a number of workshops in Clinical Epidemiology. He is well versed with the STATA Statistical software and in medical research. He has more than 60 publications in peer reviewed journals to his name. He has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on the subject.

Expertise in the `soft skills’ in medicine

Over the last 10 years he found his niche in Medical Education in the Faculty and taken an interest in teaching students on the soft skills needed for them to become better doctors.  He has legal expertise, having read law from the University of London in 1998.  Having been a clinician for more than 30 years, read Law (LLB Hons. Lond), been to Court to give expert evidence on patient mismanagement and sat on the Preliminary Investigation Committee on disciplinary proceedings of the Malaysian Medical Council, he comes with a wealth of experience in the area of the so called `soft skills’ in health care.  He has an in depth insight to problems involved and is in the best position to teach the students on what can or should be done in dealing with the problem and more importantly, how to avoid those pitfalls. He has been invited by organizations to speak on the subject.