David Siew-Kit Choon, President APOA 2016-2018The Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association that began life in 1962 as the Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association has entered a new and vital phase of its development. I am honoured to be its President and will do my utmost to protect its core values and advance its aims. The WPOA was formed in the era of Asian development. The practice of orthopaedic surgery was just coming to grips with the twin scourges of musculoskeletal tuberculosis and poliomyelitis, diseases which threatened the future of an Asian Pacific zone that was just beginning to recover from the ravages of war and internal conflict. Understanding of biomechanics was rudimentary and the age of joint replacement, effective spinal instrumentation and reliable fracture fixation was just in its infancy.

Against this backdrop a group of orthopaedic surgeons met in Hong Kong and formed the WPOA with the intention of sharing their experiences and skills not just amongst themselves but also with other orthopaedic surgeons in the region. Many meetings and workshops were organised at university level and great friendships were forged.The WPOA thus became the main body linking surgeons from lands and systems which were diverse but shared common problems.

From these auspicious beginnings we have grown to become the APOA which encompasses lands stretching from Japan to New Zealand and Turkey. Our membership has leapt from under 3000 to well over 25,000 with the advent of the federation model and the numbers will continue to grow exponentially. This represents both a golden opportunity and a great challenge. The Council of the APOA will need to leverage on the extended reach provided by the federation model to provide more services for both chapter and federation members. The challenge is to forge new friendships and create even more opportunities to share experiences. In order to do this our existing bonds must be strengthened and made more open to welcome others. It is only by sharing that we may continue to flourish. The digital age has made this task easier but nevertheless, it is a mammoth undertaking. I would quake at the enormity of the task if I did not know that I had the support of the highly talented and committed Executive committee we have assembled and the efficiency of the Kuala Lumpur based secretariat.

Please join us in our journey towards a united Asia so that we may provide even better services to our patients and communities.

David Siew-Kit Choon
President, APOA 2016-2018

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The Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) is a regional organisation of orthopaedic surgeons mainly from the Asia Pacific region.

It began in 1962 as Western Pacific Orthopaedic Association and in 2000, the name was changed to Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association. Today, APOA has 19 member chapters and more than 1,800 members from over 40 countries. The 19 member chapters are Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

APOA's core mission is to promote the education, research and fellowship amongst orthopaedic surgeons in this region. APOA's conferences and fellowships are sought after by young surgeons while established and renowned senior surgeons provide the experience and resources to assist younger fellows.

APOA Objectives


The objects for which the Association is established are:

  • To advance the science, art and practice of orthopaedic surgery in the region particularly in those countries with chapters;
  • To promote professional education, research, and other interest in orthopaedic surgery;
  • To share knowledge of and solutions to medical problems;
  • To assist countries of the region in all matters relating to orthopaedic surgery;
  • To promote fellowship and understanding between orthopaedic surgeons of the region;
  • To cooperate with global, international, national and regional orthopaedic associations, societies and specialty groups as in the opinion of the Association have objects similar to the Objects of the Association;
  • To promote, encourage and assist in the education and training of orthopaedic surgeons in the region, particularly in those countries with Chapters.

In furtherance of the Objects of the Association, the Association may do all such things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the Objects of the Association or any one of them as may be deemed necessary or expedient in the best interests of the Association, including:

  • Generally to expend such moneys of the Association as may from time to time be necessary or desirable to further the Objects of the Association or any one of them;
  • To make grants of cash, equipment or assistance for the purpose of research and associated projects generally;
  • To fund, encourage, administer or contribute to scholarships, fellowships or travel grants for the purpose of promoting or encouraging education, training, work or research in any branch of orthopaedic surgery;
  • To convene or hold conventions and conferences;
  • To publish, store and retrieve such information in print electronic or other media form as the Association may think desirable for the promotion of its objectives;
  • To solicit and accept from members of the public and from governmental, municipal, local government and other authorities and bodies, donations and contributions to the funds of the Association and to raise moneys by all lawful means for furthering the Objects of the Association;
  • To enter into arrangements with any government or authority, supreme, municipal or otherwise or any university, hospital, school or other institution or association that may seem conducive to the Objects of the Association or any one of them;
  • To obtain from any government authority, university, hospital, school, institution or association any right or privilege or concession which the Association may think desirable to obtain;
  • To support any association, scientific or otherwise having for its objects or one of its objects the promotion or conduct of research in orthopaedic surgery;
  • To provide or contribute towards the provision of awards and distinctions to individuals recognised by the Association as having made contributions to its objects or any one of them;
  • To cooperate with any other organization, whether incorporated or not, whose objects are similar to those of the Association. The Association shall not support with its funds any activity or endeavour to impose on or procure to be observed by its members or others any regulations or restrictions, which if an object of the Association would make it a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Unions Act;
  • To refrain from all political activities affecting any Country or Chapter

2016 - 2018 Executive Committee

Title Name E-mails Country
Executive Committee:
President David S K Choon Malaysia
Vice President Onder Aydingoz Turkey
President Elect Mahmut Nedim Doral Turkey
Immediate Past President Edward Ted Mah Australia
Honorary Secretary Jamal Ashraf India
Honorary Treasurer Sureshan Sivananthan Malaysia
Journal Editor Kenneth Cheung Hong Kong
Congress Chairman Onder Aydingoz Turkey
Standing Committees:
Congress Committee Chairman Mahmut Nedim Doral Turkey
Education Committee Chairman Kuniyoshi Abumi Japan
Federation committee Chairman Edward Ted Mah Australia
Finance Committee Chairman Yan Chun Hoi Hong Kong
Membership Committee Chairman Mohammed Iqbal Qavi Bangladesh
Newsletter Chairman Julyn Aguilar Philippines
Disaster Response Committee Chairman Arif Khan Pakistan
Nomination Committee Chairman John Bartlett Australia
Secretariat Administrator Director K S Sivananthan Malaysia

Chairmen of Subspecialty Sections

Section Chairman E-mails Country
Foot & Ankle Section Mark Blackney Australia
Hip Section - APHS Wilson Wang Singapore
Infection Section - APMIS Nicolaas Budhiparama Indonesia
Knee Section - APKS Tomoyuki Saito Japan
Paediatrics Section - APPOS Saw Aik Malaysia
Spine Section - APSS Kuniyoshi Abumi Japan
Sports Section Hermawan Rasyid Indonesia
Trauma Section - APTS C S Kumar Malaysia

National Delegates

Country Chief Delegate Chapter Delegates Federation Delegates
Australia Graham Mercer
Graham Mercer

Tim Whitehead

Sue Liew
Andreas Loefler

Andrew Beischer
Bangladesh Abdul Awal Rizvi
Mohammed Iqbal Qavi
Abdul Awal Rizvi

Amjad Hossain
Brunei Abdul Rashid Mohammad
Abdul Rashid Mohammad
Cambodia Lim Taing
Lim Taing
China Gui Xing Qiu
Gui Xing Qiu
Hong Kong Michael To
Michael To

T. M. Wong

Bobby Ng
India H. K. T. Raza
H. K. T. Raza

Arvind Jayaswal

Ram Chaddha
Sudhir Kapoor

Ram Prabhoo
Indonesia Ucok P Sirenger
Ucok P Sirenger
Japan Yukihide Iwamoto
Yukihide Iwamoto

Shoichi Kokubun
Korea Jae Yoon Chung
Jae Yoon Chung

Bae Dea Kyung
Yong Sik Kim

Ki Tack Kim
Malaysia Sayed A L Alsagoff
Sayed A L Alsagoff

Saw Aik

Sureshan Sivananthan
Badrul Shah Badruddin

Azmi Baharuddin
Mayanmar Maung Mg Htwe
Maung Mg Htwe

Myint Thaung
Nepal Deepak Mahara
Deepak Mahara

Byapak Paudel
New Zealand Jean Claude Theis
Jean Claude Theis

Sudhindra Rao
Pakistan Tariq Sohail
Tariq Sohail

Arif Khan
Zia Bajwa

Mohd Shoib Khan
Philippines Lewy Pasion
Lewy Pasion

Julyn Aguilar
Leslie Reyes

Peter Bernardo
Singapore Wong Hee Kit
Wong Hee Kit

Low Yin Peng
Sri Lanka V. Swarnakumaar
V. Swarnakumaar
Taiwan Chen Po Quang
Chen Po Quang

Hwa-Chang Liu
Thailand Charoen Chotigavanich
Charoen Chotigavanich

Saranatra Waikakul
Turkey Onder Aydingoz
Onder Aydingoz
Mustafa Basbozkurt

Sait Ada
Vietnam Vo Van Thanh
Vo Van Thanh