Professor Dr FONG Choong Yi is a medical graduate from University of Nottingham, UK. He trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology in UK. His UK Paediatric Neurology specialty training include working in tertiary Neurology units at Great Ormond Street Hospital London, Evelina Children’s Hospital London and Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital. He had further subspecialty dual-fellowship training in Paediatric Epilepsy and Paediatric Electroencephalography at Brisbane, Australia (Mater & Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane) and Melbourne, Australia (Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne). He also is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK.
He is currently appointed Professor and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is head of the Paediatric Neurology division from 2014. He developed and oversees the Comprehensive Paediatric Epilepsy evaluation service in University Malaya. He has published numerous peer-reviewed ISI publications. His research interests include paediatric epilepsy, paediatric bone health, paediatric neurology and using novel information technology applications in improving the quality of lives of children with neurological disorders. He also specialises in non-invasive and invasive epilepsy surgery assessment including long-term video-EEG monitoring, intracranial monitoring, electrocorticography and cortical stimulation. In recognition of his excellent service, he was awarded the University of Malaya excellent service award in 2016 and 2019. He was awarded the national Malaysian Society of Neuroscience Best Publication (Clinical) award in 2017 and the University of Malaya Best Clinical Neuroscience Publication award in 2019. Many of his postgraduate research students under his supervision have also won national research prizes. In 2019, he was awarded the Endeavour Executive Leadership Award by the Australian government.
Professor Dr Fong plays an active role in advocation, education and forming collaborations in Child Neurology. Nationally, he is a co-author of the 2017 Malaysian Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Epilepsy, committee member of the 2019 Malaysian Consensus Statement of Brain Death and the Malaysia National Specialist Register (NSR) Paediatric Neurology Subspecialty credentialling committee member. He is currently an executive council member of the Malaysian Society of Neurosciences, Malaysian Epilepsy Council and the Malaysian Chapter of Child Neurology and Developmental Paediatrics. He is a life member of the International Child Neurology Association. He was the treasurer of the Malaysian Chapter of Child Neurology & Developmental Paediatrics from 2014-2016. In the Asian region, he is a member of the Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) International League against Epilepsy and helps in running epilepsy and EEG workshops throughout the Asian region as a faculty member. He trains many overseas Paediatric Neurology fellows from the Asian region. Internationally, he is also an appointed Task Force member of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) on Paediatric Psychiatric Issues of the Commission of Psychiatry and on Research Advocacy of Children of the Commision on Paediatrics from 2017-2021.