Prof Richard Loh Professor of Medicine & Head, Department of Medicine (Since 2007)Chairman, Curriculum Development Committee (2008 to 2013)

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Department of Medicine, Penang Medical College, Penang, Malaysia


Professor Richard Loh is currently Professor of Medicine and Head, Department of Medicine in Penang Medical College, Malaysia, and Adjunct Professor, Postgraduate Studies and Research, International Medical University, Malaysia. He earned his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland before pursuing his higher specialist training in Respiratory Medicine in London. During this time, he also completed his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of London on research into asthma immunology and novel immunomodulatory approaches.

Professor Loh is a widely published investigator who lectures regularly in both national and international meetings, as well as an actively practicing chest physician. He was the founding Editor of International e-Journal of Science, Medicine and Education of International Medical University, and is an editorial board member of several scientific journals including Respirology. He has held various positions in national professional bodies including The Malaysian Thoracic Society and College of Physician, Academy of Medicine Malaysia, and is the past assembly Head for the “Non-Tuberculosis” Infectious Disease group of the Asia Pacific Society of Respirology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physician of Edinburgh, the American College of Chest Physician, and Academy of Medicine Malaysia.


  • MBBCh, BAO, LRCP & S (National University of Ireland)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • MD (University of London)
  • FRCP (Edinburgh)
  • FCCP (USA)
  • FAMM (Malaysia)

 Research Interests 

  • Asthma & COPD immunopathology
  • Epidemiology and management


Recent key publications are:

  1. Yeon-Mok Oh, ArvindBhome, WatcharaBoonsawat, Kirthi Dias Gunasekera, DushanthaMadegedara, LuisitoIdolor, CamiloRoa, Woo Jin Kim, Han-Pin Kuo, Chun-Hua Wang, Le ThiTuyetLan, Li-Cher Loh, Choo-KhoonOng, Alan Ng, Masaharu Nishimura, Hironi Makita, Edwin K. Silverman, Jae Seung Lee, Ting Yang, Yingxiang Lin, Chen Wang, and Sang-Do Lee. Characteristics of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in the pulmonary clinics of seven Asian cities. J COPD 2013; 8: 31–39 [Original Article]
  2. Li-Cher Loh. Screening latent tuberculous infection to treat: Not so straightforward. Med J Malaysia 2012; 67: 465-66 [Invited commentary]
  3. Roslina AM, Loh LC, Ismail T, Abdul Razak M, George KS, Rosalind Toh BH, Norhaya MR, Noor Aliza MT, Che Wan AH, Mohammad Fauzi AR, Aziah AM. Satisfaction Levels and asthma control amongst Malaysian asthmatic patients on Symbicort maintenance and reliever therapy: experience in real-life setting. Patient Related Outcome Measures. 2012: 3: 71-78 (Original article)
  4. LC Loh. Risks of long-acting beta-agonists in asthma: real or perceived? Journal of Respiratory & Pulmonary Medicine 2012; 2:1 [Editorial]