Swee Ang

Dr Swee Chai ANG, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts Health, was ‎born in Penang, Malaysia. She grew up and studied in Singapore. In 1973 she obtained her ‎medical degree and in 1976 her master’s in Occupational Medicine at the University of ‎Singapore. She was Silver Medallist for her undergrad, and Gold Medallist for her master’s. ‎She joined her husband in exile in London in 1977 and became a refugee herself. She ‎obtained her FRCS (Eng) and completed her Orthopaedic Surgical Training in Newcastle-‎Upon-Tyne in Northeast England. She is the First Female Orthopaedic Consultant appointed to St Bartholomew and the Royal London Hospitals.‎

In the eighties and early nineties, she took time out to work as trauma and orthopaedics ‎consultant in the refugee camps of Lebanon and later for the United Nations in Gaza, and ‎World Health Organisation in the West Bank and Gaza. She is Founder and Patron of British ‎Charity Medical Aid for Palestinians.‎

She had also treated the victims of the Pakistan (Kashmir) earthquake, and as consultant ‎trauma and orthopaedic surgeon operated on and looked after the victims of the 7 July 2005 ‎suicide bombs in the Royal London Hospital.‎

Dr Ang is the co-author of War Surgery and also of Acute Care of the War Wounded, in addition ‎to other orthopaedic publications, also wrote From Beirut to Jerusalem documenting her ‎experience in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon and Gaza. She received several ‎awards including the Order of the Star of Palestine from the late President Yasser Arafat. Dr ‎Ang told her personal story of Making a small difference at ‎TEDxUCLWomen.


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