Curriculum Vitae



  • Honorary Professor

  • Department of Paediatrics
    Faculty of Medicine
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Lucy Lum Chai See joined the University of Malaya, Department of Paediatrics in 1990. Assigned to the paediatric acute care ward, she recognised the need of acutely ill children and set to look after them even though resources were meagre, the resistance to expansion stiff and the doctors and nurses lacking in knowledge and skills. Pioneers of Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) were invited to Malaysia to begin PALS training. Over the next four years, Lucy and colleagues contributed to twenty-five consecutive training courses for >800 doctors and nurses in 12 of 13 states.

Her enthusiasm and perseverance saw her refining the management of severe dengue in children and other critical conditions. She underwent clinical-fellowship training in paediatric intensive care in The Hospital for Sick Children, in 1996. The Toronto and the North American experience shaped Lucy’s physiological approach to mechanical ventilation of healthy and sick lungs.  She later became the first Malaysian to complete the Paediatric examination for the European Diploma in Intensive Care. 

Back in Malaysia, the P1 Acute Care Ward was hit by a shortage of funding and support. Despite of the limited resources, the unit played a key role in defining the pathophysiology of EV71 outbreak which caused many deaths in 1997.

In 2001 the Hospital allowed a charity fund to be established.  Soon after The Star highlighted the PICU work, generous support poured in through individual, public and corporate donations. Then UMMC eventually acknowledged the work and formed the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.  For the first time the PICU received a stronger allocation of nurses and budget needed to ensure the smooth delivery of intensive care for children.

Humanitarian medicine should not be a casualty of technology.  Lucy is very much a hands-on bedside doctor. Her clinical rounds are characterised by both an incisive analysis of history, physical examinations and investigations as well as standing back to view the “Google map”.  Doctors and nurses are trained not just to treat the disease, but to treat the patient as a human being connected to families and societies.

Her clinical expertise was sought after by WHO, and regional offices in the Western-Pacific Region where she has been to China, Laos, the Solomon Islands and Africa.  She was invited by WHO/TDR to be the lead author of the handbook on clinical case management of dengue and by WPRO to design a training curriculum of dengue management.  She was credited for bringing calm to a chaotic situation in the Solomon Islands, a poor nation of islands in the middle of the Pacific. Re-training doctors in basic clinical techniques which identify the high risk patients was her legacy.

She has managed to unify the various clinical departments in UMMC to work together so that dengue patients do not fall between the cracks. She collaborated with the various hospitals in Ministry of Health and WHO, Geneva, Oxford University, Brandeis University, and other universities in Singapore, SEAsia, Latin America and European Union. In the field of paediatric intensive care, she collaborates with colleagues in North America and around the world in pediatric sepsis, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  

Compassion has to be the driving force behind the otherwise just another slogan, “First, do no harm”. Through her inspirational leadership, the PICU which used to record high rates of nosocomial infections has been transformed into one with high rates of hand hygiene and low rates of infection.  Yet, the work is not finished; her KPI (key performance index) for her staff is zero blood stream infection.  Indeed this is possible.

  • CHAIRMAN, Faculty, 05/08/2019 to 04/08/2021
  • CHAIRMAN, Faculty, 03/08/2015 to 02/08/2017
  • Coordinator,of Housemanship training in Paediatrics, UMMC, University Malaya, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Coordinator of Dengue Task Force in Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya, 18/02/2014 to 17/02/2015
  • Committee member of Silent Mentor Programme, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya, Faculty, 02/04/2012 to 31/12/2014
  • Head of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty, 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2014
  • Chairman for Technical Committee Medical Equipment for Deparmtent of Paediatrics, Faculty, 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2014
  • Committee Member of UMMC Resuscitation Commiittee, University Malaya, 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2014
  • Manager of PICU Fund, Faculty, 01/01/2011 to 31/12/2014
  • Post-graduate Paediatric Course: MULTIDISCIPLINARY PAEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE SEMINAR, Faculty, 01/10/2011 to 01/12/2011
  • Coordinator of Master of Paediatrics Part II Theory exams, National, 01/03/2011 to 01/12/2011
  • National Coordinator for Training of Providers and Instructors in Paediatric Advanced Life Support in Malaysia , National, 01/12/1994 to 29/11/2007
  • Principal Trainer for Paediatric Advanced Life Support, Faculty, 01/09/1993 to 31/12/2007
  • Chairman of Organizing Committee, Post-graduate Paediatric Course: MULTIDISCIPLINARY PAEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE SEMINAR, University Malaya, 01/08/2005 to 01/12/2005
  • Coordinator of Master of Paediatrics Part II Theory exams, National, 01/03/2005 to 01/12/2005
  • Founding Member of Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Committee to promote breastfeeding among staff and mothers, 02/01/1995 to 02/01/1996
  • Hospital Infection Control Committee, Faculty, 01/09/2014 to  
  • Principal trainer for Dengue Case Managment in UMMC, National, 01/01/2010 to  
Area of Expertise
  • Outpatient Management of Dengue
  • Clinical management of Severe Dengue
  • Nosocomial Infections
  • Non-invasive Ventilation
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Paediatric Sepsis
  • Paediatric Critical Care
  • Lactation Management
  • Research Interest
  • Clinical Management of Dengue
  • Dengue
  • Economic Burden of Dengue
  • Improving Outcome in Severe Dengue
  • Infectious Diseases - Vaccine Trials
  • Intensive Care in the Developing World
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation in Children
  • Nosocomial Infections in the PICU
  • Risk Factors for Severe Dengue
    (Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Academic Session)
  • Dengue Case Management Training for Frontline, UMMC, 9 August 2008, Post Graduate, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - )
  • MBBS - 3B, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2009/2010 - )
  • MBBS - 3A, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2008/2009 - )
  • MBBS - 3B, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2010/2011 - )
  • Trainers' Course in Proposed WHO Case Classification and Management of Dengue 13 Mar, 17 Apr, 31 July 2010, Post Graduate, University Malaya Medical Centre & Ministry of Health (2009/2010 - )
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support Course, (Provider), 18 to 19 Apr 2006, Post Graduate, University Malaya Medical Centre (2005/2006 - )
  • Dengue Case Management Workshop, Johore Baru, 24-25 June 2011, Post Graduate (2010/2011 - )
  • Modern Science Series of Lectures, 13 Feb, 20 Feb, 27 Feb, 12 Mar 2012, Malaysian Yoga Society (2012/2013 - )
  • MBBS - Phase 3A, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2012/2013 - )
  • PHASE 1 - Language in Medicine, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2012/2013 - )
  • Dengue Case Management Training - A practical approach, 11-12 Oct 2014, Post Graduate, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (2013/2014 - )
  • PHASE 1 - Language in Medicine, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2013/2014 - )
  • MBBS - 3A, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - )
  • PHASE 1 - Language in Medicine, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2011/2012 - )
  • Dengue Case Management for Nurses, 19 Mar 2012, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (2011/2012 - )
  • MBBS - phase 2, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2011/2012 - )
  • MBBS - 3B, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2006/2007 - )
  • MBBS - 3A, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - )
  • Dengue Case Management workshop, Hosp Kuala Lumpur, 14 June 2007, Post Graduate, Ministry of Health (2006/2007 - )
  • Lactation Management Course, University Hospital, Aug 1994, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (1993/1994 - )
  • MBBS - 3B, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2001/2002 - )
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support Course, (Provider), April 2002, Post Graduate, University Malaya Medical Centre (2001/2002 - )
  • MBBS - 3A, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2002/2003 - )
  • Advanced Nursing Diploma in Critical Care, Careof Critically Ill Child, Feb 2003, Diploma (If Applicable), UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2002/2003 - )
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support Course, (Instructor), HKL, Nov 2004, Post Graduate, Ministry of Health (2003/2004 - )
  • MBBS - phase 2, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2003/2004 - )
  • UMMP - Hematology: Dengue, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2014/2015 - )
  • MBBS - phase 2, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2000/2001 - )
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support Course, (Provider), 6-7 Oct 2001, Post Graduate, University Malaya Medical Centre (2000/2001 - )