OXFORD: National Heart Institute (IJN) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub was accorded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Saïd Business School at Oxford University – the first Malaysian doctor to receive the honour.
The award is given to members of the school’s alumni in recognition of their economic, social and academic contributions to their respective communities.
“The award is truly a great honour to me and my institution, IJN. It is a recognition of the good work that has been done by IJN,” said Dr Mohd Azhari, 57, who is also IJN’s senior consultant cardiac surgeon.
“Over the years, we have made great advances in ensuring patients’ safety, and medical advancement providing the latest treatment in cardiology and cardiac surgery for the rakyat of Malaysia,” he said after receiving the award at the school here.
In his citation, Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme director and senior fellow in the school’s International Business Prof Lalit Johri commended Dr Mohd Azhari for his contributions, including his efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Speaking to newsmen, Prof Lalit said Dr Mohd Azhari was among four recipients of the award this year, and that he was the second from Malaysia, the first being a company CEO.
The school has given the award to 22 out of the 1,600 alumni since the programme started in 1983, he said.
Dr Mohd Azhari, who is also group chief executive officer of IJN Holdings Sdn Bhd, is a cardiac surgeon with over 25 years’ experience.
The father of three graduated from the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme at the Saïd Business School in 2012.
His selection for the award was based on his success in translating his learning from the school into practice at IJN.
His achievements include IJN’s mission to provide cost-effective and advanced heart treatment to all segments of society.
Dr Mohd Azhari is also a key opinion leader in the Asia-Pacific region in the subspecialty areas of valve repair and aortic aneurysm surgery.
The surgeon has also pioneered several cardiac procedures in Malaysia in congenital, aneurysm, valve and heart mechanically assisted device surgeries.