Former national rhythmic gymnast Dr Farrah-Hani Imran is the first national athlete from a public institution to receive the surgical title of Professor Madya (Associate Professor).
As a leader in the National Rhythmic Gymnast, Dr Farrah-Hani gave fame to Malaysia, paving the trail for upcoming generations by being the first Malaysian to reach World Championships. She was also the first Malaysian to receive the Constable Fellowship Award from the American Plastics Surgeons Association and qualify for the IWF Leadership Foundation’s EY Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program. She aims to represent the country by serving as Team Director of the Historic National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team at the 2017 SEA Games with a complete sweep of all possible gold and silver medals and a 2050 Youth Ambassador for National Development under the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The 43-year-old was acknowledged by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ( UKM) last Friday (May 22) after weeks of intensive interviews with the university board.
Dr Farrah became the first Malaysian gymnast to participate at the 1993 World Championships in Alicante, Spain and is now a senior professor at UKM as well as the Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Burns Department and Wound Care Group.
Dr. Farrah-Hani graduated with the Group of Graduates Award from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (RCSI) in 2002, where she also became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) in 2005.
She finished her Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) MS (Plastic Surgery) in 2010. She is now graduating from University College Dublin with a PhD in behavioral wellbeing.
Upon graduating from her PhD as part of her legacy, Dr. Farrah hopes to increase consciousness in her clinical and personal capacity for mental wellbeing, body confidence and self-esteem; and to strive to prepare aspiring specialist surgeons under her supervision to potentially resume leadership duties.