EXCO Members

EXCO Members

Ms. Lily Lang Ren Lee, RN, BSc Nursing. MSc, Inf. Control, PGDHE, ACTA

Singapore

Lily Lang

Ms Lily Lang has been practicing infection control since 1985. Currently, she  oversees the Infection Control in Dental Services for five dental clinics in National Healthcare Group Polyclinics.

She is part of the expert panel for Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control CSSD Center of Excellence Program since 2014 and serves as auditor for Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control and Infection Control Association, Singapore. She has been a faculty member in Infection Control Training Course with Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control and Central Sterile Sterilizing Course with Infection Control Association.

She holds an MSc in Healthcare Management from University of Swansea, Wales, BSc in Nursing with Edinburgh Napier and Post graduate diploma in Higher Education.   She received her Infection Control training with APIC in USA, University of Western Sydney, and CDC, Atlanta. She also received outstanding award for her contributions to the field of Infection Control Prevention and Control in Singapore in 2009.

She pioneered and chaired the Infection Control Chapter in Singapore for 7 years since 1991, co- founding member with Infection Control Association, Singapore and was an executive member of Infection Control Association, Singapore up to 2016.  She was also a cofounder and council member with Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control.

With many years of working experience in healthcare and infection control, she has led infection control program for both the private and restructured hospitals and ambulatory services. Her passion in infection control and teaching gives her many opportunities to teach and provide consultation and assessor in both locally and overseas including Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam.

Dr. Ling Moi Lin

Singapore

Dr. Ling Moi Lin

President

Dr Ling Moi Lin, MBBS, FRCPA, CPHQ, MBA, is the Director, Infection Prevention & Epidemiology at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). She has more than 30 years experience in the healthcare setting with sub-speciality experience in clinical microbiology for the past 15 years. During her secondment to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, she held the responsibility of Acting Head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (1995 –1997).

She played a key role in the infection control program in Singapore and helped to establish the Infection Control Association (Singapore) in 1999, of which she is the President till today.  She is also currently the President of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC).  She has been conducting training programs in infection control in China, South East Asia as well locally in Singapore since 1995.  She has been one of the key faculty members of the APSIC Course in Infection Control since 2002.  She is also a certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ) since 2000 and received training in healthcare quality from Dr Brent James of the Intermountain Health Care (IHC) in the United States in 2001.

She has played a key role as Director of Quality Management at the SGH for the past 5 years where she contributed to building-up and improving quality awareness and implementing clinical quality programmes in SGH.  She was also the Director for Quality Management for 2 years at the corporate office of Singapore Health Services where she initiated the Health Management Programs for various chronic diseases and also contributed to building the quality movement in the cluster.  She has special interest in quality improvement and is the key trainer for the quality improvement training program at SGH since 2001.

Her expertise in healthcare quality is recognized internationally and she was a Director on the Healthcare Quality Certification Board (HQCB) and its Asia Pacific representative from 2006 – 2007.

Dr. Seto Wing Hong

Hong Kong

Dr. Seto Wing Hong

Past President

Dr WH Seto played a key role in initiating Infection Control in Hong Kong and started the local training course for Infection Control Practitioners in 1985. He is involved extensively in Infection Control education throughout China and the region and is the Founding President of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control. Besides being Honorary Professor for the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he is also a visiting professor for the University of New South Wales.

He was conferred honorary professorships by several universities in China including Honorary Professorship for Infection Control by the Postgraduate Military Medical College of the PLA General Hospital (301). The People’s Liberation Army of China has in addition appointed him honorary consultant for Infection control in 1999. He is also the past Chairman of the Scientific Committee on Infection Control of the Centre for Health Protection of HKSAR Government.

He has authored over a hundred and fifty research papers including the book “Infection Control for the Asian Healthcare Worker”. Many international societies had invited him to speak on Infection Control and they include the ICC, ICID, CDC (USA), ASM (USA), ICN (UK), Hospital Infection Society (UK), APIC (USA), SHEA (USA) and ICNA (Australia).

The WHO has also regularly assigned him as advisor for various projects in Infection Control, Antibiotics Resistance and a core group member for the WHO Hand Hygiene guideline. He is also a member of the Emergency Committee of the IHR of the WHO, member of the Infection Control International Network and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, The University of Hong Kong.

He is also awarded the “Bronze Bauhinia Star” in 2004 and “Silver Bauhinia Star” in 2011 from the Hong Kong Government for his work in Infection Control in Hong Kong. In view of his years of involvement in Infection Control, he is also active in the related field of Quality Healthcare Management and is presently the President of the Asia Pacific Society of Healthcare Quality. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and was the CPHQ Examination Committee in 2000-2001. He is also a F1000 Prime Faculty Member since 2014.

For 2013 he is made a Meritorious Member of ISC (International Society of Chemotherapy) and also awarded The Yen Award for outstanding research in Infections Disease.

For 2015, he wins the IFIC (International Federation of Infection Control) Martin S. Favero Award 2015. This award is to honor him for his lifetime contribution to global infection prevention.

Relevant Qualifications & Training

  • Fellow of HK Academy of Medicine and HK College of Pathologist (Founding Fellow)
  • MRCP (Member of Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom)
  • FRCPath (Fellow of Royal College of Pathologist, United Kingdom)
  • Certificate in Infection Control (CDC, USA)
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ, USA)
  • F1000 Prime Faculty Member since 2014

Position

  • Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
  • Clinical Professor (Hon.), School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong
  • Special Advisor, HKU Shenzhen Hospital
  • Consultant Microbiologist, Hong Kong Baptist Hospital
  • Board Member and Medical Advisor, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
  • Honorary Health Advisor, New Frontier Health

Ms. Patricia Ching Tai Yin, RN CPHQ

Hong Kong

Ms. Patricia Ching Tai Yin

Secretary

Ms. Patricia Ching is an experience infection control nurse with past graduate qualification in critical care, coronary care and midwifery and one of the major faculty of the infection control training in the South East Asia region.

She held the senior nurse position in charge of the Infection Control Unit in the Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong for 35 year until 2010. She is now the infection control nurse consultant to 2 private hospitals in Hong Kong. She is also the principal nurse in the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Infection Control, School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong. Ms. Ching is a certified professional in healthcare quality since 1997.

She is the founding chairlady of the Hong Kong Nurses’ Association (HKICNA) that was inaugurated in 1985 and past chairlady. She serves the APSIC in the EXCO since the it is first established in 1999. She is elected to be the secretary in the AGM 2017.

Glenys Harrington

Australia

Glenys Harrington

Committee Member

Glenys is an experienced Infection Control Consultant with an extensive background in managing and developing healthcare organization infection control programs in developed and developing countries.  Glenys has post graduate qualifications in Critical Care, Midwifery and Infectious Diseases. She has published widely and has specific interests in quality improvement initiatives to improve and sustain best practice to reduce healthcare associated infections, surveillance and the use of Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts, infection control during construction and renovation in healthcare settings, evidence based cleaning and disinfection strategies to reduce transmission of multiresistant organisms (MROs) along with infection control programs in community health and residential aged care settings.

Glenys started her Infection Control career with the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Unit at Alfred Health where she held the Infection Control Program Coordinator position with responsibility for Alfred, Caulfield and Sandringham hospitals providing tertiary referral acute, rehabilitation, residential aged care, community health and state wide service for burns, heart and heart lung transplantation and trauma. In 2010 she established her own business called Infection Control Consultancy (ICC).

Glenys’ experience includes a World Health Organization (WHO) Consultancy to a SARS Outbreak Team, infection control program reviews, and tutorial attachments along with being an Honorary Advisor on the Hong Kong Infection Control Nurses Association (HKICNA) Research Review Panel.  Glenys is currently an executive Committee member of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC).

Dr. Anucha Apisarnthanarak, M.D.

Thailand

Dr. Anucha Apisarnthanarak

Committee Member

Dr. Anucha Apisarnthanarak is currently the Professor in Medicine, the chief and program director of Infectious Diseases Division at Thammasat University Hosptial, Thailand. He received his medical degree from Ramathibodi Hosital, Thailand and then completed an internal medicine residency at George Washington University. In 2003, he finished an infectious diseases fellowship and healthcare epidemiology fellowship at Washington University school of Medicine in St. Louis, M.O. Upon returning to Thailand, he initiates a Division of Infectious Diseases and being the program director for both Internal Medicine and Thammasat University International School. His 15-year career in Thailand commitments culminated in investigations focused in healthcare-associated infections and infection control in resource-limited settings, antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial drug resistance, outbreak investigations and emerging infectious diseases. His works focused on the characterization of human avian influenza (H5N1), the control and prevention of spread of healthcare associated infections, and the emergence of drug-resistant bacterial and viral infections and most recently studies on the epidemiology of nosocomial infections, outbreaks and hospital preparedness after major Thai 2011 floods in the national scale. Currently, he had published more than 200 peer-review publications and had been one of the key leading opinions for Infection Prevention in Asia Pacific region. Several of these efforts have contributed to landmark studies for Thailand and globally.

Dr. Namita Jaggi

APSIC Journal Editor coordinator

Dr. Namita Jaggi

MBBS, MD (MICROBIOLOGY), MBA (Healthcare Management)

Dr. Namita Jaggi is currently the Director, Lab services and Infection control & Chief, Education & Research at the Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, India. She is an alumnus of the prestigious MAMC (Maulana Azad Medical College) in New Delhi, India and has more than 25 years of experience in Microbiology and Infection control having excelled in her academic career with many awards and distinctions. She has been a National Talent Search Scholarship Holder in school, received Distinctions and gold medals in Physiology, Microbiology & Ophthalmology. She has successfully steered the Artemis hospital through NABH, NABL, Green OT and JCI audits. She is also the Chairperson of the Infection control Committee and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at the hospital.
Dr Namita is the country secretary for INICC (International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium). She is one among twelve in the world to be chosen as the APIC Heroes of infection prevention for the year 2012 and SHEA (Society for healthcare epidemiology of America) International ambassador for the year 2015. She is on executive board in Hospital Infection Society, India (HISI) and Asia Pacific Society for Infection prevention and control (APSIC). She extensively collaborates with National and International experts in the field of infection control for Global Development in this field. She is also a member of SHEA, IFIC, INICC and APIC.

Dr. Namita Jaggi is a NABL, NABH, Green OT and JCI– lab surveyor. She has authored a number of publications, research papers and articles including a book – Microbiology Theory for MLT. She is the editor for Journal of Patient Safety and Infection control. She has co-guided several DNB theses and is also actively involved in translational research at Artemis. She has represented India in writing APSIC Central line associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) guidelines and also contributed chapters on blood stream infections and judicious use of antibiotics in a book published by Indian Medical Association (IMA). She has also contributed to Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (CAHO) in writing modules on Antibiotics and Antibiotic policy.
She has participated in numerous International and National conferences as speaker and panelist. Dr Namita has won various awards and Honors – under her leadership Artemis Hospital was the first hospital in India to be awarded for the Asia Pacific hand hygiene excellence award, 2010-2011 at Melbourne.

Dr. Zhiyong Zong

APSIC Web page coordinator

Dr. Zhiyong Zong

Professor, Center of Infectious Diseases,
Director, Infection Control Department,
West China Hospital, Sichuan University.

Dr. Zong is a senior physician-scientist for infectious diseases and is in charge of the infection control program in West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.  He was the International Ambassador of SHEA in 2011 and is an awardee of the Newton Advanced Fellowship, Royal Society, UK. His expertise is in the management of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) infections in critically ill or immunocompromised patients. His main research interests are the epidemiology and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in the Enterobacteriaceae and Acinetobacter spp. and the prevention and control of MDRO. He has authored 76 peer-reviewed papers in English in Science Citation Index-indexed journals.

Prof. Mi-Na Kim

Korea

Prof. Mi-Na Kim

Committee member

Prof. M-N. Kim is the president of Korean Society for Healthcare-associated Infection Control and Prevention (KOSHIC). She is a founding member of KOSHIC and has actively worked with KOSHIC as executive member, education affair, academic affair, and vice president for last 22 years. She is a current executive committee member of Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC).

She graduated Seoul National University College of Medicine in 1989 and received resident training in Department of Laboratory Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea (1990-1994) and worked with Oxford University as a posdoctoral researcher at the field of virology in Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (1995-1996). Her subspecialty is clinical microbiology and infection control since 1997. She is a professor in Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine and director of clinical microbiology unit in Department of Laboratory Medicine and infection control doctor of infection control unit in Asan Medical Center since 1999 and worked as a visiting professor for one year at the Harvard Medical School in 2003.

She has contributed to public health as an expert in clinical microbiology and infection control in Korea; Chairperson in Infection Control Committee in Korean Society for Laboratory Medicine (KSLM) (2014-2017) and organizer of the training course of infection control for KSLM since 2014, Task force leader for laboratory response to MERS-CoV outbreak (2015-2016), current member of Korean National Advisory Committee for Infectious Disease Control. She awarded Order Service Merit of Jade Stripes from Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare in recognition of her service in infection control in 2018.

Prof. Helen Oh May Lin

Singapore

Prof. Helen Oh May Lin

Clinical Associate Professor Helen Oh, MBBS, MMed (Int. Med), FRCP (Edin & Glasgow), is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Infectious Disease at Changi General Hospital, Singapore.

Professor Oh received her medical degree from the National University of Singapore. She received training in adult infectious disease from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and in molecular diagnostics from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA.

She was the Chairperson of the Infection Control Committee at Changi General Hospital from 1999–2014, and was a member of the Infection Control Workgroup, Antimicrobial Taskforce from 2009–2013. She is a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Immunization and Vaccine preventable diseases, Western Pacific Regional Office, World Health Organisation since 2011. She was the Chairperson of the Expert Committee on Immunisation, Ministry of Health, from 2004–2010 and subsequently serves as a member of this committee. Since 2000, she has been the Vice President, Infection Control Association (Singapore). From 2002–2006 she was the Chairperson on Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Antibiotics in Adults, and in 2015 a member of the Independent Review Committee on the hepatitis C outbreak at Singapore General Hospital. In addition, she was the Chairperson of the Review Committee for Donor Recipient Screening for Blood-borne Infections, from 2016–2017.

Professor Oh’s research interests include dengue immunology, nosocomial infections, travel vaccines and environmental decontamination.