Services & Procedures

Cardiothoracic Centre

Cardiothoracic services is one of the sub- specialties that is being offered to our customers at KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital.

The Cardiac Centre comprises of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Centre.




Cardiology services comprise of Cardiology clinics for outpatients which are located at level 2 of the outpatient block. Special Diagnostic Centre is located at level 2 of the inpatient block and Cathlab Unit is located at level 3 of the inpatient building at the Annex block.

Our vision is:

Our mission is:

Our objectives are :

  • To deliver the appropriate treatment and Nursing Care to cardiothoracic clients.
  • To provide standard excellent quality services.
  • Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, it offers a variety of Cardiac Invasive procedures, such as Angiogram, angioplasty (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty), Percutaneous Trasluminal Mitral Commisurotomy (PTMC), Pacemaker implant (temporary and permanent), Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR), Intra Vascular Ultra Sound (IVUS), Intra Aortic Balloon Pump and other invasive cardiac procedures.

Our demanding life-style with its high-stress level, imbalanced diet and lack of exercise is a major contributing factor to the rise of heart diseases among Malaysians. To address the increasing need for medical treatment of cardiac diseases, KPJ Johor is able to offer you the best of cardiac diagnostic and treatment services.

Coronary angiogram
An angiogram is an X-ray image of blood vessels after they are filled with contrast material. A coronary angiogram is used for the evaluation or diagnostic procedure of coronary artery disease (CAD). It also can be used to identify the exact location and severity of CAD.

Coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

Balloon angioplasty angioplasty in which a balloon catheter is inflated inside an artery, stretching the intima and leaving a ragged interior surface after deflation, which triggers a healing response and breaking up of plaque.

PTCA is to enlarge the lumen of a sclerotic coronary artery by using a type of stent in which the stent will be inflated in the narrowed vessel.

This provides an alternative to cardiac bypass surgery for selected patients with ischemic heart disease.

PTMC (Percutaneous Transluminal Mitral Commisurotomy)
PTMC is a semi-invasive procedure where a balloon is used to dilate the already narrowed mitral valve.

Special Diagnostic Unit caters for non invasive cardiac such as echo, treadmill, ABPM, 24 hours holter monitoring procedure.

The Cathlab unit provides 24 hours service for angiogram and angioplasty procedures.

Other Support Facilities and Services are:

  • Well-equipped Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab).
  • Cardiac Operation theatre
  • Fully equipped Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
  • Comprehensive Physiotherapy Department providing pre/post cardiac surgery rehabilitation
  • Echocardiogram
  • IABP (Intra Aortic Balloon Pump)


It is located adjacent to the Main Operating Theatre on level 3. It is assessable via the new bridge linking the new out-patient block and the main building.

This unit comprises a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Cardiac Operation Theatre, Patient waiting Lounge and team of dedicated medical personnel.

Equipped with the art technology, it is able to offer a variety of Cardiac Surgical procedures, such as open heart and thoracic surgery.

Our Cardiac Centre provides services for a variety of cardiac diseases, treatment for thoracic diseases, such as tumors, infections or injuries related to heart and lungs.


1. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
2. Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR).
3. Mitral Valve Replacement (MVR).
4. Tricuspid Annulo-plasty (TAP).
5. Atrial Septal Defect Closure (ASD).
6. Ventricular Septal Defect Closure (VSD).
7. PDA Ligation / Division.
8. Lung Biopsy.
9. Thoracotomy
10. Lobectomy.
11. Pneumonectomy.
12. Any related Heart Disease which need surgery.


a) Call KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital, +607-2253000

1. Dr Shahrom Ujang , Consultant Cardiologist, ext 725
2. Dr Goh Khiam Yan / Dr Ngim Chin Aik, Consultant Cardiologist, ext 726 .
3. Dr Subramaniam Raman, Consultant Cardiologist, ext. 225

1. Dr Syed Mohd Adeeb Syed Jalaludin, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, ext 708

MRI Centre

MRI utilises a powerful magnetic field together with radiofrequency waves to generate images of any part of the body. Usually MRI is used to diagnose problems in the joints, spine and brain but as technology advances it can now also be used for imaging the heart and liver as well.

KPJ Johor's MRI service utilises a Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla system that features one of the widest and shortest "tunnels" in the market to minimise claustrophobia. Its design also assists in ensuring the shortest possible scan times to minimise the time that the patient has to spend in the scanner.

Nuclear Medicine Center


Nuclear Medicine in Diagnostic Imaging is used to image biological function at a cellular level using radioactive substances that are designed to travel to specific areas of the body once injected into the bloodstream. It is now an essential part of cancer management as it greatly assists doctors in diagnosing, staging and monitoring of cancer. It is also used to diagnose certain infections, metabolic disorders and bone / joint problems.

Our Nuclear Medicine Center features a General Electric 610 PET/CT scanner complete with all the required support facilities.

KPJ Johor provides the only hospital based Nuclear Medicine service in the state of Johor which is supervised by a full time, resident Nuclear Medicine Consultant.

Where applicable our PET/CT scans are dual reported by both Consultant Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Specialist. Currently we provide 18F FDG and NaF scans

CT Scanning

KPJ Johor performs CT scanning with a Toshiba Aquiliion 64. This is a "64 slice" CT scanner with additional features that facilitate scanning of the heart in what is known as "Coronary CT angiography"- a faster, less invasive way to examine the coronary arteries for certain individuals.
The features that allow the Toshiba Aquilion 64 to scan a rapidly beating human heart makes the scanning of all other body structures much faster and easier compared to other older scanners.
Each scan "slice" is only 0.5mm thick and this allows for very high resolution images to be generated. Advanced computing hardware and software allows for rapid processing of the massive amounts of data produced during a scan. The end result – dramatic high resolution images in any direction including 3D views to give more assistance for doctors to plan your healthcare needs.

In an effort to speed up service, improve convenience, as well as to comply with environmental protection obligations we are in the process of implementing a Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS).
This system will transmit everything from your doctor's request form, the scan images and the radiologist's report on line, making everything available to as many people that require them anywhere within the hospital at anytime. This will speed up your healthcare as well as eliminate the paper, film, chemicals and labor associated with having a more traditional examination.

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Mammography Centre

Screening mammography has been shown internationally to reduce breast cancer related deaths by around 20%, as such, many advanced countries have introduced mass public screening mammography programs for their mature female citizens. In the absence of such public programs here, the responsible Malaysian woman must take personal initiative to ensure their health in this respect. KPJ Johor has made substantial investments in equipment and manpower to provide an effective mammography service.

At KPJ Johor mammography is performed using a Hologic Selenia 3D full field digital system. It is the standard practice here in KPJ Johor to use Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) for all mammographic examinations, this reduces compression discomfort and adds value to the examination. This approach drastically reduces repeat examinations and its associated additional radiation, discomfort and inconvenience.

The easy availability of in house specialists means that additional investigations such as ultrasound, biopsies, localizations, etc can be arranged rapidly if required. Onward referrals to breast surgeons, general surgeons, endocrinologists and oncologists can also be arranged rapidly if required.

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IVF Centre

Fertility problems affect one in five couples and can cause undue stress and anxiety. Many fertility problems can now be overcome with the advances in medical science.

We in KPJ Johor Fertility Centre aim to provide a range of fertility treatments and special expertise to assist couples in the best possible way to achieve a pregnancy. Our laboratory is equipped with the most advance equipment and we provide state-of-the art technologies to give all couple the best chance of achieving a pregnancy.

Why Choose KPJ Johor Fertility?
We at KPJ Johor Fertility Centre fully understand the needs of individual couples facing fertility treatment and seek to respond in a warm, caring, professional and supportive manner. Our Centre is operated and managed by expertise from Singapore under IVF Consultancy Sdn Bhd. We have proven track records of achieving several first successful pregnancies using the latest techniques in assisted reproductive procedures in Singapore and the Philippines.

Services Offered By KPJ Johor Fertility Centre
Outpatients Laboratory Services:
- Basic seminal analysis (BSA)
- Complex seminal analysis (CSA)
- Fertility hormone tests
- Sperm enhancement procedures
- Sperm fertilizing potential test

Clinical Services:
- Fertility screening
- Ovulation induction and cycle monitoring
- Intra uterine insemination
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
- Intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Surgical sperm retrieval
- Assisted hatching
- Embryo freezing & replacement of frozen embryos
- Eggs/Sperm/Embryo banking
- Pre Gentic Diagnostic ( PGD )

Who Needs Assisted Conception Treatment?
Women with the following problems:
- Ovulatory problems
- Polycystic ovaries
- Tubal disease or blockage
- Hostile cervical mucus Endometriosis

Men with the following problems:
- Abnormal sperm parameters
- Azoospermia due to absent vas or blockage
- Sperm antibodies
- Couples with Unexplained Infertility

Factors Affecting Outcome Of Treatment
Couples need to be aware of certain factors affecting the success of fertility treatment namely:

Woman's Age- It have been well documented that the chances of achieving pregnancy decreases with age. It is also recognized that the chances of miscarriage increases with the women's age.

Number of eggs retrieved/embryos transferred - The chances of success are directly affected by the number of embryos available for transfer. Therefore, more eggs retrieved will give rise to more embryos and better choice of selecting better embryos for transfer

Duration of Infertility - Statistics have shown that the chances of succes in pregnancy is inversely related to the duration of infertility.

Complications Or Art Treatment
- Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Multiple Pregnancy

Reasons For Cancellation During Treatment
Although uncommon, IVF treatment cycle may be cancelled due to the following reasons:
- Failure to respond to medications
- Excessive response to medications
- The doctor may feel that it is unsafe to continue the treatment
- There may be illness in either of both partners
- Hormones level too low
- Presence of ovarian cyst
- No eggs at retrieval
- No fertilization or embryo transfer

It is the policy of KPJ Johor Fertility Centre to provide counseling to all IVF patients. This will enable them to understand the treatment they are going through and help them to make a fully informed decision.

Consent Forms
Once treatment, a treatment schedule has been decided upon, you will be asked to sign the relevant consent forms. We recommend you to read them carefully before signing them at the start of the treatment programme. Please discuss with the relevant staff if you require further explaination.

Review Consultations
We have follow-up consultations following unsuccessful treatment to review your future management and provide emotional support. This may help you decide if you wish to pursue further treatment

For futher enquiries:

7th Floor, KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital
39-B, Jalan Abdul Samad
80100 Johor Bahru, Johor

Tel: +607 225 3190
Fax: +607 225 3198

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Audiology Services

Hearing loss affects every aspect of your life including your physical, mental and emotional health. If you're struggling to understand what others are saying you are under negative stress. It is a well documented medical fact that negative stress is a root cause (contributor) of many of the health problems we face today.

We have also seen the tremendous joy experienced by those who have regained their lives through better hearing – HEARING AIDS.

Do not wait for another day. Call Audiology Services KPJ JOHOR now (07-2253180) to help you.
Regain your life through better hearing, and find out for yourself just how much better life can be.

Newborn hearing screening

Does your six-month-old make sounds back when you talk? Does your one-year-old look at your face when talking to you? Does your two-year-old take turns in a conversation? If you answered no to one of these examples of communication questions, your child may have a communication disorder.

A child's ability to communicate effectively is vital and central to all social and academic skill development. The first few years of life are particularly critical. Early identification and intervention for children with speech, language and/or hearing disorders will ensure they have the best possible help during critical years of their intellectual, social and communication development.

Newborn hearing screening (NHS) is the first step in the process to improve developmental (social, educational, cognitive, etc.) outcomes in children with hearing loss. NHS leads to early identification, which then leads to improved hearing and facilitates communication development.

All newborn babies of KPJ JOHOR have undergone NHS to identify hearing loss since birth. We strongly recommend all newborn babies to be screened too.

For further information, please feel free to meet our Audiologist at Audiology Services (07-2253180).

The sooner parents learn how to help their child develop speech and language skills though every day experiences the better the child's outcome will be

Cancer Center

The KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital Cancer Centre, Johor, Malaysia.
A Comprehensive Cancer Treatment Center in Malaysia.


This is a comprehensive cancer centre which provides the full spectrum of cancer treatment such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, biological targeted therapy, hormonal therapy, palliative care and cancer counseling. The Cancer Centre has recently installed the state-of-the-art Elekta Synergy Radiotherapy System which can deliver advanced 3-D Conformal Radiotherapy (3-D CRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), which will greatly improve the rates of cancer cure and reduce the side effects of treatment. This system will eventually have the Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) technology which is a very advanced form of IMRT, making this center one of the few centres in the country with this new technology. The Cancer Centre also has a dedicated Oncology Day Care Centre, with well-trained and experienced oncology nurses, and a new PET/CT scanner, used for both diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy treatment planning.

Meeting the Consultant Oncologist

The Consultant Oncologist, the doctor who specializes in cancer treatment, will discuss all the treatment options available and recommend the best treatment for a particular patient based on the latest international guidelines. He will give a thorough explanation regarding the disease and the most appropriate treatment including the cost. He will also provide a holistic approach of cancer care for the patient and the family.

Patients and family members will be counseled by our experienced oncology nurses during their visits to the Cancer Centre regarding the cancer diagnosis, choices of treatment and possible side effects, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle including a well-balanced diet, regular exercise and positive thinking.

Medical Therapy

Chemotherapy is cancer treatment with medications that have the ability to destroy cancer cells by different methods. Often, two or three different types of chemotherapy may be combined to get the best outcome. Chemotherapy is usually delivered every two to three weeks for a few months. The oncologist will discuss with you regarding the possible side effects that you may encounter. Patients requiring ambulatory infusion pump for prolonged infusion chemotherapy will receive complimentary usage of our electronic infusion pump.

Biological targeted therapy is cancer treatment with medications that stimulate the body's immune system to target and destroy cancer cells. It can be given as an injection i.e. monoclonal antibodies (mAb) such as Herceptin, Avastin and Erbitux, or as tablets taken orally i.e. tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) such as Iressa, Tarceva and Sutent. Targeted therapy can be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Hormonal therapy is cancer treatment with medications that block the effects of hormones in the body that stimulates cancer cells. This form of treatment is commonly used in breast and prostate cancers. It can be given as oral tablets taken daily e.g. Tamoxifen, Arimidex and Casodex, or injections given at regular intervals e.g. Zoladex.

Bone-building medications may also be given to patients who have cancer which has spread to the bones. These medications can strengthen bones, reduce the pain and other serious complications caused by bone metastases such as fractures. Cancer treatment such as with chemotherapy and hormonal therapy can result in significant bone loss (cancer treatment-induced bone loss) and increased risk of fragility fracture, which can be prevented with bone-building medications. These medications can be administered every few weeks through an injection e.g. Zometa and Xgeva.

Chemo Port is a small disc made of plastic or metal inserted under the skin of your upper chest by the Consultant Surgeon as an outpatient procedure. It allows the doctor and nurses to to draw blood and deliver chemotherapy and other medications directly into a vein without having to insert a needle into your arm each time. The chemo port produces a small bump under your skin. A soft thin tube called a catheter connects the port to a large vein.

Radiotherapy & Oncology
The KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital Cancer Centre, Johor, Malaysia
A Comprehensive Cancer Treatment Center in Malaysia.

Radiotherapy involves delivering focused radiation (high energy X-rays) to destroy cancer cells. Radiotherapy can be the main treatment modality to cure the cancer e.g. in Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC), Cervix Cancer and Prostate Cancer, or it can be used before and after surgery e.g. Breast Cancer and Rectal Cancer. Often chemotherapy is used together with radiotherapy to enhance the effect of radiotherapy on the cancer cells. Radiotherapy is also very effective to palliate and relieve symptoms caused by advanced cancer such as pain, bleeding, etc.

Radiotherapy treatments are delivered in a series of painless daily sessions. Each treatment takes only a few minutes, but each session takes about 30 minutes to get checked in, change clothes, get into position and receive the radiotherapy. Treatments are usually scheduled daily, Monday through Friday, for several weeks. Before radiotherapy begins, your treatment plan will be designed. You will undergo a procedure called a CT simulation, where a CT scan is done in the position you will be treated, often with a supportive device to keep you comfortably in the same position for treatment. You may also receive tiny marks on your skin, like a permanent tattoo, to help the radiation therapist precisely position you for daily treatment. With the CT scan, three dimensional plans can be created to fit the shape of the treatment area.

3-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy (3-D CRT) combines multiple radiation treatment fields to deliver precise doses of radiation to the treatment area, while limiting radiation to healthy, normal tissues around it.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is a new and advanced form of 3-D CRT that further modifies the radiation by varying the intensity of each radiation beam. This allows a precise adjustment of radiation doses to the treatment area, allowing higher radiation doses to the cancer with improved cure rates, and lower radiation doses to normal tissues with less side effects of treatment. This will greatly help improve the quality of life of patients during and after radiotherapy.

Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) uses a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional imaging techniques throughout the course of radiation therapy to accurately identify, pinpoint and monitor your tumour for changes. IGRT, along with IMRT, increases the cancer cure rates.


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The Oncology Team

Staffed with experienced, caring and dedicated Oncologist, Oncology Nurses, Medical Physicist, Radiation Therapist and Clinic Assistants, and equipped with advanced technology for cancer treatment, the Cancer Centre is able to provide the best and holistic cancer care to patients in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region.

Contact information:

Dr Natasha Mohd Hashim
Dr Lum Wan Heng
Consultant Clinical & Radiation Oncologist
Radiotheraoy & Oncology Centre
Basement 2, Outpatient Block
KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital
39-B, Jalan Abdul Samad
80100, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607-2253000 Ext 500;
+607-2253000 Ext 258 (Clinic Dr Natasha)
+607-2253055 (Clinic Dr Lum Wan Heng)
Fax: +607-225 3120

Dietetics Services

Dietitian is a health professional who is qualified to give accurate advice and information on all aspects of food, nutrition and diet. You may consult a Dietitian for diet counseling pertaining to medical related dietary problems, i.e. diabetes, hypertension, heart problem, renal disease, overweight, eating disorders, etc. or even if you are health conscious person.

Tell your doctor that you are interested to see a Dietitian. Obtain a referral letter from your doctor or General Practitioner or even self-referral. Call the Dietitian for an appointment together with relevant details of your medical history.

Depending on the severity of the disease, it usually may take at least half an hour to one hour for the first session. Follow-up sessions may be required on a long term basis for good dietary control.

Special Diagnostic Services

Special Diagnostic Services is one stop centre for various diagnostic as well as therapeutic investigations. The services are equipped with state of-the-art equipment and facilities in order to provide high standard endoscopic procedure in conjunction with highly expertise from Consultants.

The Special Diagnostic Services are located at the inpatient block and annexe block building. The areas are as follows:

1 Lithotripsy Suite Level 3, 1
2 Endoscope Room Level 2, Annexe Block 3
3 Non Invasive Room Level 2, In-Patient Block 6

We are committed to providing comprehensive diagnostic services by competent staff through the effective utilization of state of-the-art facilities in the diagnosis and early detection of diseases. Our staffs are well trained and all of us have to follow a set of well-proven standard operating procedures to optimal outcome.

2.1 To deliver efficient and safe diagnostic services by competent staff.
2.2 To maintain confidentially and accurate reporting.
2.3 To provide opportunities and support for continuous staff development.
2.4 To provide patient-focused holistic care to all clients in a safe and conclusive environment.
2.5 To operate in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Endoscopy Suite

Our competent nurses will assist in doing:
1. OGDS (Oesophageal Gastro Duodenal Scopy)
2. Colonoscopy
3. ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatrography)
4. EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound)
5. Bronchoscopy
6. Colposcopy

We advice patients to come with a companion as some procedure may require sedation.

Non Invasive Room
Our skillful nurses also will assist cardiac assessment test such as:
2. Treadmill Test
3. TEE (Transoesophageal Echocardiogram)
4. ABPM (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring)
5. ECG (Electrocardiogram)
6. Holter Monitoring

Lithotripsy Suite
On Level 3, we offer procedures related to urology such as:
1. ESWL procedure (Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy)
2. Removal of Stent
3. Urodynamic
4. Uroflow study with Ultrasound bladder
5. Transurethral Biopsy


The first and only totally Non-Invasive Hepatic Fibrosis Diagnostic And Monitoring Device.

The services open daily from Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5.00pm and on Saturday 8.30-12.30 noon. For emergency cases after office hour, overtime charge is apply.

Laboratory Services

The KPJ Johor Laboratory services was established in 1982. The laboratory services consist of five divisions: Biochemistry and Immunoassay, Haematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis and Blood Bank.

Over the years, the physical environment and process flow at our services have changed significantly. We continuously developed and upgraded as new methodologies and technologies become available for clinical use. We strives hard to give excellent services to our consultants for the benefits of all our patients through rapid and reliable analysis of our clinical specimens. We develop our services by responding to needs of users, evaluate and employ new techniques and instrumentations and invest in the professional development of the staff.

Our services has a strong infrastructure of policies and procedures which constantly monitors the three phases of analysis (pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical) to ensure quality in the whole testing process from blood collection to the reporting of test results. It helps our staff in making daily decisions on accepting or rejecting an analytical run. We operate, maintain and calibrate our analysers, measuring instruments, and test equipments according to manufacturer's instructions. Staff training and continuing education programmes are also provided.

We subscribe to external quality assessment schemes such as RCPA, RIQAS, MLE, Stago Proficiency Testing Programme and National Blood Bank Proficiency Testing Programme. Besides providing a peer review of our performance, these external QA programmes also provide an indication of the accuracy and precision attained in our testing process and the competence of our staff.

We met the laboratory requirements in the hospital's achievement of ISO 9001, ISO 1400 and OHSAS 1800.