Dato’ Dr Hj. Azman Abu Bakar



Deputy Director-General of Health

Dato Dr Hj. Azman Abu Bakar is a consultant public health specialist, and the Director of Medical Development Division in the Ministry of Health. He obtained both his MBBS and MPH degrees from University Malaya in 1984 and 1988 respectively; later pursuing for PhD in University of Nottingham, UK in 1995 in the area of quality of life research.
Earlier, he has served as a district health officer, a director of a 700 beds computerized hospital, a programme technical officer at the ministry level, state health director and director of the Institute of Health System Research (IHSR) Malaysia. He was one of the USAID to Jordan in Quality Assurance and short term WHO consultant for Vietnam, China and Papua New Guinea.

Dato Dr. Hj. Azman’s interest is in the area of quality improvements. He has done several consultancies in the field of quality assurance and quality improvements for countries in the western pacific region including Brunei, China, Vietnam, and the pacific islands. He is chief trainer for an international QI Training of Trainers workshop conducted by the Institute for Health Systems Research with the collaboration of the Western Pacific Regional Office of the WHO over the last 10 years.  He has also contributed as member of various technical working groups of international organizations in the field of health systems research and quality improvements.

Dato’ Dr Hj. Azman is also the Chief Editor of the Ministry of Health’s Director-General Technical report – an annual publication of technical accomplishments by the various health programmes and activities within the Health Ministry. He also sits on various technical committees and task forces within and outside the Ministry of Health. Over the years he has been invited to speak at various quality improvement forums within the Western Pacific Region. His work is mainly published in the Malaysian Medical Journal of Malaysia and the Malaysian Public Health Specialist Journal.  An important milestone of his achievement was spearheading the team in validating the SF-36 in the local language which has since been extensively used and referred to by local researchers and academicians within the country. He is also a journal reviewer for several local journals and contributes to the local academic fraternity as external lecturer and examiner for the Masters of Public Health and PhD programmes of the various local medical faculties.