1993 …2020

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Personal profile


Associate Professor Dr Jimmy Lee joined Monash University Malaysia after serving in the Ministry of Health hospitals for 35 years. He was the head of paediatrics government service for Terengganu State from 1991 to 2015. In order to reduce the under-5 year mortality U5M rate and neonatal mortality rate NMR in line with the United Nations MDG (Millenium Development Goals) and subsequent SDG (Sustainable Development Goals), he implemented local programmes then including resuscitation and infection control courses for the health care providers. His immense clinical experience in general paediatrics and neonatology definitely benefits the students in their clinical years. He supervises students not only in disease treatment but also in prevention, rehabilitation and promotion of health in the paediatrics population.

Dr Lee's earlier research areas naturally focused on the patients he managed daily namely common conditions in neonatal and paediatric age group including infection. He participated in both investigator-initiated clinical research and industry-sponsored clinical trials. His collaborators in research include doctors from overseas and local university researchers. He was also very much involved in the local neonatal registry work. His current research interest is to study morbidity in neonates especially those born preterm. Prematurity which accounts for 10% of deliveries is the leading cause of U5M and NMR and there is limited published data on this important subject in Malaysia.

Research interests

The backbone of Dr Lee's career has been clinical paediatrics and neonatology. He had the opportunity and privilege to pursue research in a few areas of neonatology namely infection, feeding, meconium aspiration syndrome and registry work.  His research areas beyond the neonatal period is full-time infection, especially in the gastrointestinal tract.

His current interest in neonatal research will focus on the longitudinal study of morbidities and growth in preterm neonates.

Monash teaching commitment

Year 4 teaching

He is one of the full-time academic staff teaching Monash students during their year 4 clinical nine-week rotation in Children’s Health (CH).  He will facilitate student learning during ward rounds, bed-side teaching, observed clinical examination, small group tutorials and assessment of their oral and clinical presentation.

Year 5 Children’s Health Academic supervisor

He will be given the responsibility to supervise year 5 students starting from 2019. This will be their pre-intern year and he will be working as a team to supervise their patient-focused learning.

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

Research area keywords

  • preterm
  • mortality
  • neonates
  • morbidity

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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