The driving force behind our Society was Dato’ Dr S. Harnam Consultant ENT Surgeon. The proactive members were Dr SS Gill, Dr Guna Sittampalam, Dr Alex Gurubatham, Dr Aman S Kaulsay, Dr Nadarajah, Dr Ruban S Nathan, Dr Naganathan, Dr Low Bin Tick and Dr Lee Chee Hin. Also need to be highlighted that on board was an associate member Datin Jessie Harnam who was in the founder members list and devoted her time and energy maintaining a secretariat.
The 10 founder members were all elected to the Protem Committee and subsequently elected in the Inaugural Executive Committee from 2002 for a period of 2 years. The Protem Committee had seven meetings and had the Inaugural Annual General Meeting on the 30th July 2002.
An Extraordinary General Meeting was also held on the 22nd October 2002. The Inaugural Exco Committee was elected and members were elected uncontested to their respective post as per the protem committee.
In 2006, Aesthetic Medicine was being actively pursued by our members and as such the society went through another round of reformation and was renamed as Society for Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine.
In 2008, stems cells technologies were introduced into Malaysia and American Board of Anti Aging Regenerative Medicine (A4M) had regenerative medicine incorporated into their organization. As such, our society went through the next round of transformation and named “The Society for Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine, and the abbreviation of the society as SAAARMM”.
The Society’s name in Bahasa Malaysia as per the registrar of societies Malaysia is “Persatuan Perubatan Anti-Penuaan, Astetik Rejeneratif Malaysia.”
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By 2012, A4M membership reached 22,000 plus from 105 nations worldwide with 85% of A4M membership being physicians.