Prof. Dr. Tunku Kamarul Zaman is presently the director of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), a premier university hospital in Malaysia with 1300 beds and staffed by over 5000 personnel. He is by profession an orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in upper limb and microsurgery. He graduated with an M.D. from the National University of Malaysia in 1998. After serving the Ministry of Health as a medical officer for several years, he entered the Masters of Orthopaedics specility training program i.e. M.S.(Ortho) from University of Malaya and graduated in 2004. He also received a diploma in tissue banking from the National University of Singapore in 2003 during his specialist traininng.
He then pursued his sub-specialty training in University of Liverpool, UK from 2005 till 2009, and was also awarded a PhD degree from this University. He is presently registered with medical councils in the UK and Malaysia. He is actively involved in basic science orthopaedic related research and is the head of the tissue engineering group, which, is a part of the National Orthopaedic Centre for Research and Learning (NOCERAL) in Malaysia. He is also the director for the Clinical Investigative Centre in UMMC, an internationally award winning centre that conducts over 200 clinical trials a year. His previous administrative duties also include the deputy dean of research for faculty of medicine, acting dean for faculty of medicine, deputy director (clinical) for UMMC and, head of research in NOCERAL.
His research interest ranges from biomechanics to cell biology, and fundamental research involving cartilage biology and stem cell applications. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in many peer-reviewed journals and supervises many post-doctoral, doctoral and other post-graduate as well as undergraduate students. He sits in many national academic committees, a member of many international societies, have been invited to speak in many international meetings, a reviewer to a number of academic journals and is the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Health and Translational Medicine. He has received many awards and was most recently awarded the title of Professor from University of Malaya in 2011. He has since then been nominated and appointed as an adjunct and honorary professor in several other local and international universities.