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Mary Suma Cardosa, MB, BS, MMed, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA, FAMM
IASP Member since: 1996
Dr. Cardosa pioneered the development of clinical services, health workforce education, and research in Malaysia. She set up the first Acute Pain Service and the first multidisciplinary Pain clinic in the Ministry of Health, the first CBT Pain Management Program in Asia, and was instrumental in linking hospital palliative care and pain medicine services. Current initiatives include educating healthcare professionals in pain management, focusing on chronic non-cancer pain. Her research has included overseeing the inclusion of a chronic pain epidemiology module in the 3rd Malaysian National Health and Morbidity Survey: the first-ever national estimate of chronic pain prevalence. Other research interests include the impact of culture/ethnicity on pain.
Statement of Candidate: I believe that I can contribute to the development of pain medicine in the Southeast Asian region. Pain medicine is relatively new in my part of the world and in other developing countries where the global burden of pain has a major impact. There is a compelling need in developing countries to improve pain management, to reduce pain-related suffering and disability, and to raise the profile of pain medicine as a specialty. Additionally, my successful experience in promoting regional networking through ASEAPS would strengthen IASP’s role as an international association committed to reducing the global burden of pain.