Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Noor earned his medical degree from the prestigious University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1988, marking the beginning of his illustrious academic journey. Committed to furthering his expertise, he pursued a Master of Surgery at the same institution, honing his surgical skills. His commitment to excellence led him to become a Fellow in Breast and Endocrine Surgery at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, where he gained specialised expertise in these critical medical fields.
To round out his extensive education, he completed the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford Business School, United Kingdom, in 2008, demonstrating his versatility and leadership capabilities beyond the realm of medicine. In his quest for knowledge and leadership, Dr. Noor earned a Doctor of Public Health (Leadership) from UKM in 2021, showcasing his dedication to improving public health practices.
Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham is also currently the Chair of the World Health Organisation’s Standing Committee of Health Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (SCHEPPR) in Geneva and was also recently appointed WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, Technical Advisory Group on University Health Coverage.
Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham’s area of expertise is in breast and endocrine cancers, with numerous papers and textbook chapters in endocrine surgery. He trained in breast and endocrine surgery under the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Fellowship training programme and obtained his Master of Surgery and Medical Degrees from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He chairs multiple medical professional councils and national-level technical committees and is actively involved as a policymaker in global organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). He is also a Councillor-at-Large (2017-2021) on the Executive Board of the International Society of Surgery (ISS) and chairs the Global Surgery Committee of ISS. In March 2020, he was elected as the Chairman of the Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons.
His exemplary leadership is also recognised internationally, with the government of Brazil awarding him the Grand Officer of the Brazil Order of Rio Branco. Aside from being one of the highest awards given by Brazil, it also recognises meritorious service and civic virtues, stimulating the practice of actions and deeds worthy of honourable mention. He was also recipient of the 2020/1442 Maal Hijrah Figure award for his considerable contributions in upholding Islam at the national and global levels.