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Dr. Keng Sheng Chew

Senior Lecturer/Emergency Physician
Universiti Sains Malaysia

Brief Biography:

Received my basic medical degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1999.

Completed a year of internship under the internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology rotations.

Worked as a  government medical officer in outpatient family clinic before joining the fraternity of emergency medicine for the last 11 years. Obtained my Master of Medicine (MMED) (in Emergency Medicine) in 2007.

Publications (Updated September 2011):

1. Chew KS, Mohd Idzwan Z, Nik Hishamuddun NA, Wan Aasim WA, Kamaruddin J. How frequent is bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed in the community of Kota Bharu, Malaysia? Singapore Med J. 2008 Aug;49(8):636-9.

2. Anisah A, Chew KS, Mohd Shaharuddin Shah CH, Nik Hisamuddin NA. Patients' perception of the ambulance services at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia. Singapore Med J. 2008 Aug;49(8):631-5.

3. Chew KS, Mohidin MA, Ahmad MZ, Tuan Kamauzaman THN, Mohamad N. Early onset muscarinic manifestations after wild mushroom ingestion. Int J Emerg Med. 2008;1(3):205-08.

4. Chew KS, Yazid MNA. The willingness of final year medical and dental students to perform bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation in an Asian community Int J Emerg Med. 2008;1(4):301-09.

5. Howe TA, Jaalam K, Ahmad R, Sheng CK, Nik Ab Rahman NH. The use of end-tidal capnography to monitor non-intubated patients presenting with acute exacerbation of asthma in the emergency department. J Emerg Med. 2009 Mar 7.

6. Nik Hisamuddin NAR, Rashidi A, Chew KS, Kamaruddin J, Idzwan ZM, Teo AH. Correlations between capnographic waveforms and peak flow meter measurement in emergency department management of asthma. Int J Emerg Med. 2009;2(2):83-9.

7. Chew KS, Lim CK, Ahmad R. A multi-center study on the attitudes of Malaysian emergency health care staff towards allowing family presence during resuscitation of adult patients Int J Emerg Med 2010.  (Online First, DOI 10.1007/s12245-010-0218-4)

8. Chew KS, Tan TW, Ooi YT. A Survey On The Influence Of Chinese Cultural Health Beliefs Among Malaysian Chinese In a Suburban Population. Singapore Med J 2011; 52(4):252-56

9. Chew KS, Abdul Kursi AL. Heat Related Illnesses. J Paramedic Practice 2011; 3(1):32-3.

10. Chew KS. Malaysia – EM struggles for recognition in the heart of Southeast Asia. Emerg Physician Int 2010 (2):24. (page 24)

11. Chew KS, Idzwan ZM, Hisamuddin NA, Kamaruddin J, Wan Aasim WA. Outcomes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed in Emergency Department, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia. Med J Malaysia. 2008 Mar;63(1):4-8.

12. Chew KS, Idzwan ZM, Hisamuddin NA, Kamaruddin J, Wan Aasim WA. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: the short comings In Malaysia. Malays J Med Sci 2008;14(2):23–25.

13. Chew KS, Nik Amin NMN. Handlebar Herniation: A Case of Near Missed Abdominal Injury. Med J Malaysia. 2009;64(2):104-5.

14. Chew KS, Yazid MN, A. KB, Rashidi A. Translating Knowledge to Attitude: A Survey on the Perception of Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Among Dental Students in Universiti Sains Malaysia and School Teachers in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Med J Malaysia. 2009;64(3):185-89.

15. Chew KS, Hashairi FM, Zarina ZI et al. A Survey on The Knowledge, Attitude and Confidence Level of Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Among Junior Doctors in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia and Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia. Med J Malaysia 2011; 66 (1):56-9.

16. Chew KS, Khor HW, Ahmad R et al. A five-year retrospective review of snakebite patients admitted to a tertiary university hospital in Malaysia. Int J Emerg Med; 4 (1):41.

17. Chew KS. What's new in Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock? Pragmatic possibilities of predicting post-STEMI complications using TIMI scores and leukocyte counts. J Emerg Trauma Shock 2011;4:323-4.

18. Chew KS, Chan HC. Prehospital care in Malaysia: issues and challenges. J Paramedic Practice 2011; (International edition):186-88.

Won several academic awards in both international and national levels:

1. Year 2008 Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award For International Journal of Emergency Medicine

2. Best Paper Award in The 16th International Symposium on Critical Care & Emergency Medicine 2009, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia (30th July – 1st August 2009.

3. Students’ Popular Choice Lecturer of the Year 2009 Award for the School of Medical Sciences – [Male Clinical Lecturer Category] in 2009

4. Best Presenter Award for Oral Presentation in the 3rd National Scientific Meeting and Clinical Conference on Emergency Medicine 2009 in Sabah, Malaysia

5. 2nd prize For Oral Presentation during the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Emergency Medical Services, Ministry of Health Malaysia 2006

Has experience as a speaker and chairperson during various conferences, workshops and seminars at both international and national levels including:

- 13th International Conference on Emergency Medicine June 2010 in Singapore

- 6th Asian Conference for Emergency Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand, Asain Society of Emergency Medicine, 2011

- 3rd Malaysian International MMA Medical Student Conference in the Melaka-Manipal College, 2011 Malaysia.

- Prehospital Care Course II For the Red Crescent Society Penang Branch, 2011 Malaysia


Academic positions:

Senior Lecturer

Emergency Physician

Editorial Board member of International Journal of Emergency Medicine (A SpringerOpen Journal)

Editorial Board member of World Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Has been a reviewer for:

Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) BMJ Publishing Group

International Journal of Emergency Medicine (Int J Emerg Med), A Springer Publication

Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ), the Official Publication of Singapore Medical Association



Research interests:

Research area: Bronchial asthma
1. Open labelled randomized trial of using combined formoterol-budesonide as an alternative to nebulized salbutamol for acute reliever among adult patients with mild-moderate asthmatic attack

2. The practical use of Fractioned of exhaled nitric oxide as a marker of eosinophilic inflammation among bronchial asthma in ED

3. Patient's perception on the initiation of Symbicort as Maintenance and Acute Reliever Therapy (SMART) approach for bronchial asthma in ED.

Research Area: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

1. Success rate of CPR in the Malaysian context

2. Education, Knowledge, Attitude and Perception of CPR among Malaysian public


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

I think it is a great idea to be able to pull together a one-stop site for most medical sciences - clinical and basic sciences.

I have no experience in post-publication peer review but am certainly excited about this.

The web 2.0 has certainly open up new and exciting avenues to enhance the development and progress of medical literature in an unprecedented manner.



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