Ng Siew Hian (MBBS, Singapore and Fellow of Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, FANZCA) headed Malaysia’s Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Services from 2003-2011, the first woman to helm this post in the nation’s history. During this period she also led the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Prior to 2011, when she retired as one of the country’s earliest intensivists, Siew Hian helped pioneer a number of key initiatives. In 2002, she was part of the ground-breaking National Audit on Adult Intensive Care Units (NAICU), later renamed the Malaysian Registry of Intensive Care (MRIC). This enabled a review of, and subsequently much needed improvements to, intensive care practices in Malaysia. As Chairperson of the Critical Care Medicine Section (CCMS) of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists (MSA), she held the Organising Chair position of the first National Conference on Intensive Care (NCIC) in 2003-2008 better known today as the Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care (ASMIC) — introduced to raise awareness and promote the practice of intensive care locally. She also served as President of the MSA from 2005-2007, and continues to be Advisor to the Penang Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Society of which she was Founding President in 1996.

Today, in retirement, Siew Hian has successfully transitioned from the medical world into the world of leisure, where her time is divided between her love for animals, reading — she enjoys anything to do with history, science and travel — pottery, exercising to keep fit, and bird watching.