Professor Dr. Tunku Kamarul Zaman is presently the director of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), a premier 1500 bedded university hospital in Malaysia staffed by over 5,000 personnel. He is by profession an orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in upper limb and microsurgery. He obtained a medical degree (M.D.) from the National University of Malaysia in 1998. After serving the Ministry of Health as a medical officer, he entered the Masters of Orthopaedics specility training program i.e. M.S.(Ortho), in University of Malaya in 2000 and was later inducted as a lecturer in the same university upon completing his training in 2004.
He also obtained a diploma in tissue banking from National University of Singapore in 2003 during his specialist traininng. Upon completing his sub-speciality rotations, he was awarded a national scholarship to pursue his sub-specialty training in the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen hospitals from 2006 till 2010. During that period, he also obtained a PhD degree from The University of Liverpool. He is presently registered with the medical councils in the UK and Malaysia.
Upon his return to Malaysia in 2010, he was appointed the head of the tissue engineering group, a division under The National Orthopaedic Centre for Research and Learning (NOCERAL). This research group comprises of many researchers of which Prof. Kamarul (as he is commonly known) supervises many post-doctoral, doctoral and other post-graduate as well as undergraduate students. This group is actively involved in basic science orthopaedic related research that ranges from biomechanics to cell biology. Prof. Kamarul is however presently focused in pursuing fundamental research involving cartilage, tendons and stem cell applications.
He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in many impact factored journals and has been invited to present the research groups' discoveries in numerous international scientific meetings. Prof. Kamarul is also heavily involved in the administrative duties of his instiution. His previous administrative duties also includes being the deputy dean of research for faculty of medicine, acting dean for faculty of medicine, deputy director (clinical) for UMMC, director for the Clinical Investigative Centre in UMMC (an internationally award winning centre that conducts over 200 clinical trials a year) and, head of research in NOCERAL.
He sits in many national academic committees, national research grant review committee, a member of many international societies, have been invited to speak in several academic subjects in many international meetings, a reviewer to a number of academic journals and is presently the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Health and Translational Medicine. He has received many accolades and was one of the youngest Professor appointed from University of Malaya in 2011. He has since been nominated and appointed as adjunct and honorary professors in several local and international universities.