Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has been appointed Director General of Health effective from 1st March 2013. Having held the post of Deputy Director-General since Feb 1, 2008, Datuk Dr Hisham is a well trained surgeon and administrator. He is also the head and senior consultant breast and endocrine surgeon in Putrajaya Hospital. Datuk Dr Hisham, who has a Masters in Surgery and Medical doctorate degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, joined the civil service as a medical officer way back in August 1988. He went on to specialize in endocrine surgery and did his training in various universities in Adelaide and Sydney Australia. He has many publications in local and international journals and written many textbook chapters in endocrine surgery. His keen interest is in breast endocrine cancers and he provides leadership in many different innovative health outreach learning and programmes for all of Malaysia.