Head of Department Madam (Dr.) Normala Haji Basiron
Phone 03-26155230
Fax 03-26155236
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The introduction of various surgical disciplines in our newly independent country in the late 1950's and early 1960's begun in the nations capital, at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. The humble beginnings of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical services saw Dr.Bernard L Morgan, a plastic surgeon from Jacksonville, Florida, USA, arriving on our shores to deliver his expertise to the needs of the people within the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur.

Not long after his arrival, the realization of the immense demand of these services in the community and other states in Malaysia prompted Dato' Dr.Syed Mohammad Alhady and Dr.Bernard L Morgan to take definitive steps by sending two locals, Dr.V Sivaloganathan and Dr.S Kandiah to Jacksonville, Florida, USA for training. This marked the beginning of progression from a state of total dependence on foreign expertise to current self-sufficiency.

The beginning of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Unit at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital was not without obstacles. The Malaysian Government were hard pressed to establish the service because of competition for the limited resources available in terms of finance, staffing, space and the priority of other specialties to cater to the requirements of the situation at that time.

These difficult moments were finally overcome with the assistance of the Director of Development, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Haji Majid in July 1970, who entrusted a newly returned plastic surgeon ( Dr.S Kandiah ) and a hospital attendant to officially conduct the first Plastic Surgery Clinic under the roof of Orthopaedic Department. The first Plastic Surgical procedure was done on 3rd July 1970 and the first regular Plastic Surgery clinic was held on 13th July 1970. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the overall activities of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical services with associated progress in the facilities offered to the public.

Hence, from a single clinical room in the old Orthopaedic Department in July 1970 followed by 3 rooms and a waiting hall in the new Orthopaedic Department, it has now expanded to a modern Plastic Surgery Department performing complicated reconstructive surgery for various deformities of either acquired (trauma or post-oncological extirpation) or congenital origin, craniofacial surgery, microsurgery and aesthetic surgery. Today, the Plastic Surgery Department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital has been recognized as a training center for the undergraduate medical education as well as postgraduate doctors who aspire to be Plastic Surgeons.


The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of Kuala Lumpur Hospital is the National Referral Center for the country. Our vision is to become an established center of excellence in providing Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical and Aesthetic services, which include consultation and education for all. We are committed to deliver our professional supports and services through teamwork and offer the best possible care to improve the quality of our patients' lives.


1. To provide effective care and treatment to various conditions of either congenital or acquired in origin as well as procedures to improve function and quality of life.
2. To heal and educate our patients with the integrated education service.
3. Strive to keep abreast with the new development through continuous education to improve and provide excellence services to our patients.
4. In collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, to train our specialists to pursue their Master degree in Plastic Surgery.(The first batch of specialist from this programme graduated in May 2005)

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of Kuala Lumpur Hospital regularly participates in an active role to educate and train the nurses, paramedics, medical students (including elective medical students from abroad) and surgical trainees to provide comprehensive and quality treatment to all the patients.

The department caters to both inpatient as well as outpatient care. Our services are also extended to certain government hospitals in Klang, Melaka and Sarawak where the Plastic Surgical services are not available.

The Plastic and Reconstructive Department also collaborates with other surgical specialties within the hospital such as Orthopaedic, ENT, Neurosurgery or General Surgery to provide assistance whenever needed.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery services offered includes:-

(a) Congenital deformities

    - Cleft & Craniofacial deformities (cleft lips/palate, craniosynostosis, encephalocele, complex facial clefts)
    - Congenital skin deformities (hemangioma, lymphangioma, pigmented naevus)
    - Congenital ear deformities (bat ears,microtia)
    - Congenital eyelid deformities (congenital ptosis,coloboma)
    - Urogenital deformities (hypospadias, epispadias, ambiguous sex)

(b) Acquired deformities

    i) Trauma:
        - Facial traumas (soft tissue and bony injuries)
        - Facial palsies
        - Hand & upper extremity traumas
        - Lower extremity traumas
        - Lymphedema & leg ulcers
        - Burns

    ii) Neoplastic:
        - Head & neck cancers
        - Upper & lower extremity cancers
        - Skin cancers
        - Breast cancers and trunk reconstructions

(c) Hand Surgery

    - Congenital hand deformities
    - Rheumatoid diseases
    - Dupuytren's contractures
    - Hand & upper limb traumas

(d) Microsurgery

    - Reconstructive procedures with free flap
    - Arterio-venous fistula creation

(e) Wound management & adjuncts

    - Acute or chronic wounds
    - Decubitus ulcers & bed sores
    - Radiation ulcers

(f) Esthetic Surgery

    - Hair transplantation
    - Face lift
    - Blepharoplasty
    - Rhinoplasty
    - Mastopexy, breast reduction & augmentation
    - Abdominoplasty
    - Liposuction & body contouring surgery
    - Laser surgery

(g) Miscellaneous

    - Tissue expansion
    - Implants / Fillers
    - Botox injection
    - Chemical peeling

Plastic Surgical Clinic Schedules in Kuala Lumpur Hospital:- 



7.30 am - 1.00 pm 

7.30 am - 12.45 pm

2.00 pm - 5.00 pm 

2.45 pm - 5.oo pm


Grand Ward Rounds 
Census Meeting 
Ward Addmissions 
Burn OT

Cleft Clinic* 
Laser Sessions 1 
Burn OT


Ward Rounds 
Major OT Session 
Wound Clinic

Major OT Session 
Wound Clinic 
Laser Sessions II


Ward Rounds 
Out-Patient Clinic 
Minor OT Sessions
Minor OT Session (L.A) 
Laser Session II 
Major OT Session


Ward Rounds 
Minor OT (L.A) Session 
Major OT Session 
Burn OT
Keloid Clinic 
Major OT Session 
Burn OT 
Wound Clinic


Grand Ward Rounds 
Out-Patient Clinic

Journal Club 
Hpe Conference** 
Morbidity/Mortality Meeting*** 
CME Department**

*Last Monday of The Month 
**Third Friday of The Month 
***Second friday of The Month

Other Plastic Surgical Services Offered:

(1) Plastic Surgical Clinic/Operation Schedules in Klang Hospital:
     - Once a month (by specialist from Hospital Kuala Lumpur)

(2) Plastic Surgical Clinic/Operation Schedules in Melaka Hospital:
     - Once a month (by specialist from Hospital Kuala Lumpur)

(3) Plastic Surgical Clinic/Operation Schedules in Kuching Hospital:
     - Once a month (by specialist from Hospital Kuala Lumpur)

(4) Plastic Surgical Clinic/Operation Schedules in Miri Hospital:
     - Once a month (by specialist from Hospital Kuala Lumpur)


Clinical Days
Morning grand ward rounds Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Preoperative case discussion Monday


Operating Schedules Days
Two major operation theatres running concurrently Tuesday
One major operation theatre Wednesday
One minor operation theatre Wednesday
One major & one minor operation theatres Thursday


Laser Schedules Days
Versapulse laser / IPL Monday(noon)
CO2 laser Wednesday(noon)

Free flap reconstruction with microsurgery in progress

The department conducts academic activities (CME) regularly for the surgical trainees in Plastic Surgery on every Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 7.15a.m - 8.15a.m. The journal presentations by the surgical trainees are also held regularly on every Friday afternoon. Besides that the inter-department meeting with the Pathology Department is conducted every month to discuss about the cases operated for that particular month and to update on the knowledge on cases managed.

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department are committed to provide the best training and exposure to its surgical trainees in Plastic Surgery. A number of important courses such as microsurgery, flap dissection, seminars in Plastic Surgery, wound and burns management courses and etc have been conducted consecutively for the last 5 years. The collaboration with the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, enable our department to host many of these important courses mentioned with the presence of several prominent and respected plastic surgeons from abroad.

The following are the courses held by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia:-

1. Annual Flap Dissection Workshop since 1999.

2. Annual Microsurgery Workshop since 2000.

3. Annual National Symposium on Plastic Surgery (for medical and paramedical staffs) since 2003.

Participants at the Annual Microsurgery Workshop 

Participants for the 5th Flap Dissection Workshop

Go to top