in the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
The faculty congratulates Prof. April for her recent award of Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This prestigious award is conferred annually to renowned surgeons from across the globe, and for this year, Prof. April received this award with eight other prominent recipients. This fellowship is exceptional as selection is based on recommendation by existing fellows, and indicates the outstanding contribution of the recipients in the field of surgery. What is more special is that Prof. April was the only female recipient in this round. Prof. April was presented with the award during the virtual Convocation ceremony, at the virtual ACS Clinical Congress 2020.
Prof. April received her undergraduate training at the University of Wales, and her specialist training at Universiti Malaya and National University of Singapore. She holds fellowships in both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Prof. April specialises in colorectal surgery with a special interest in colorectal cancer. Her outstanding research contribution is depicted in her numerous publications in high-impact journals, covering diverse areas of research, from clinical to basic science research and with multiple collaborators, both locally and internationally. She has also been invited as speaker in national and international conferences, attesting to her prominence in the surgical field. Her other research contribution includes acting as Editorial Board member of several international journals such as Annals of Coloproctology and Colorectal Disease.
Prof. April was the Head of Department of Surgery and was recently appointed as the Deputy Director of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). She is also the president of the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific Federation of Coloproctology.
Congratulations again to Prof. April and we hope your achievements can be a source of inspiration and motivation for the FOM community.