Malaysian Orthopaedic Association
Dr Azhar M. Merican is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur where he heads the Division of Joint Reconstruction. Professor Merican is a prominent surgeon in the field of joint replacement of the hip and knee, performing complex and revision arthroplasty on a regular basis. He was the first to perform robot-assisted orthopaedic surgery in Malaysia and was in the design team for a hip implant manufactured by one of the top five global orthopaedic device companies. His other surgical interests include orthopaedic trauma, arthroscopy and knee ligament reconstruction, as well as microsurgical free tissue transfer. A much sought-after speaker and writer, Dr Merican has co-authored a book on joint replacement and has travelled extensively to share his knowledge and experience. He has served in many roles with the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and is currently the president. Dr Merican received his medical degree from the University of Southampton in 1992 and completed his fellowship training in joint replacement at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia in 2004. He went on to do his doctorate in Imperial College London studying the patellofemoral joint and the role of soft tissue in patellar tracking and stability. His doctorate work produced numerous publications in high impact journals, for which he was awarded a prize for the most number of journal publications from a Ph.D by the University of Malaya. An avid researcher, Dr Merican has also authored numerous journal articles on the anterior cruciate ligament, 3D morphometry of the hip and knee and is involved in development of patient-specific instrumentation for joint replacement and osteotomies.