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Dr G R Letchuman Ramanathan is presently the Professor of Medicine in the Clinical School Johor Bahru, Monash University Malaysia since May 2021. Prior to that he was the Senior Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist in Department of Medicine, Hospital Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. He was the National Head of the Ministry of Health Internal Medicine Services since October 2014. Besides his regular duties as an Internal Medicine Consultant, he also ran the Endocrine, Diabetes and Obesity Clinics. He is frequently called to give lectures and conduct case discussions in national conferences in internal medicine particularly in the field of diabetes. He actively trains medical officers to sit for their postgraduate exams. After obtaining his postgraduate qualifications, he has been involved in many studies both local and international, mainly in diabetes related areas, as well as in endemic goitre prevalence studies and in health system research especially on patient safety. He is invited regularly to give talks on ‘Good Clinical Practice’. Currently he is the President of the College of Physician and a Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Malaysia.

Research interests

Diabetes therapeutics & epidemiology 

Endemic Goitre

Health System Research

Patient Safety

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, Master of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)


Medicine, MBBS, Universiti Malaya (University of Malaya)


External positions

Chair of Speciality Education Subcommittee, Malaysian Medical Council

2018 → …

Research area keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Health Systems Research
  • Patient Safety
  • Endemic goitre