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.”
The New Specialty
By 2012, A4M membership reached 22,000 plus from 105 nations worldwide with 85% of A4M membership being physicians.
Founder President, Dato Dr S Harnams Journey
He could not just imagine seeing nations packed with nursing homes for the elderly. So something had to be done. This was when he met Dr Robert Goldman, who was in Melaka as a judge at a bodybuilding competition there. He had heard about this famous gentleman. He decided to drive up to Melaka with 3 others. Dr Goldman graciously shared his valuable time and enlightened him on what Anti-Aging Medicine was all about. Later with great dedication Dr Goldman delivered an eye opening lecture which was attended by many physicians’. That is the beginning of the birth and history of Anti-Aging Medicine in Malaysia.
The path was not easy but he persevered. The society’s membership of doctors saw an increase in registration over the years. As the membership grew, the Ministry of Health took notice of the President’s effort. Dato Dr S Harnam is a well-respected man and many a time his opinion has been sought by the Ministry of Health concerning Anti Aging Medicine.
The President and his executive committee organized the First Conference and Exhibition on Anti Aging Medicine which was held at the Nikko Hotel on May 1 – 3, 2004. Following a good jump start that year, the conferences and exhibitions have been held on an annual basis. Our society has since seen an increase in both in the participants and sponsors. Both local and international fraternities look forward to this annual event.
Founder President’s Achievements in Anti-Aging Medicine
Since then he has been invited to speak at many national and international conferences in US, UK, Spain, Turkey, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia.
It was indeed a pleasure and a privilege for Dato Dr S Harnam to bestow a citation on to Dr Robert Goldman at the 12th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine in December 2004, in Las Vegas on the conferment of the First Honorary Fellowship of SAAMM.
The Founder President’s Retirement
The continuation of leadership: Prof Dr Selvaraj Y Subramaniam
Our President Prof Dato’ Dr Selvaraj Y Subramaniam spent his time and energy to bring our society to the next level. His involvement in Anti Aging Medicine started in 2003 when he was the second Malaysian after Founder President Dato Harnam to pass the Diplomate in Anti Aging Medicine where he sat for his examination in Singapore. In February 2006, he passed his ABAARM board certified physician examination in the USA.
Since then he has been invited as a keynote speaker to many congresses and his biggest achievement was in December 2008, where he presented as the key note speaker with his topic “Fish Oil – Omega 3 as Anti Inflammatory. What, When and How” at the 11th World Anti Aging, Regenerative and Biotechnology Conference & Exhibition December, Las Vegas, USA. He is still actively speaking at many International Congresses.
He has been an examiner for the ABAARM board certified physician examination since 2008.
He was elected as the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine (A4M) Vice President for Asia and he mooted the idea of having the ABAARM board certified physician examination to be held for the first time in Asia. He was then invited as the A4M official and represented the A4M Chairman Prof Dr Robert Goldman to the 10th Asia Pacific and 7th Indonesian Conference and Expo on Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine, from 21st to 23rd October 2011 at Sanur, Bali Indonesia.
The President received numerous awards and acknowledgment form SAAARMM and A4M. He received his A4M Outstanding Contribution Award in 2008, A4M Leadership Award and SAAARMM Presidential Award from Founder President in 2011. He also was awarded the A4M Asia Leadership award in Bali 2011.
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS: 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON ANTI-AGING, AESTHETIC AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
The congress also saw the first ever congress car sponsorship by BMW, Pendragon Auto and saw the latest X5, X3 and 5 and 7 series being used during our congress. The respective International flags were hoisted and participants were amazed with SAAARMM’s progress.
SAAARMM’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY. THE ROYAL PRESENCE: HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS SULTAN MUHAMMAD V SULTAN OF KELANTAN
As a token of appreciation and for the first time, SAAARMM included a Grand Gala dinner, with complimentary invitation to all our registered delegates to celebrate our 10th Anniversary of SAAARMM’s formation.
PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT: PUBLIC FORUMS
The Public forum has grown to be a popular event ever since then and the 2012 was themed “One Health for All”. Over the years these Public forums have given the public a better exposure to the field Anti-Aging Medicine.
SAAARMM also had a separate registration for the Pre-Congress Master Class which was held on the 27th April 2012. You could choose to attend, to learn and gain more skill in the practice of Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine.
The registration fee of Rm50 was the lowest ever imposed. Members from both societies participated and it was an impressive one. The SSEMM President, Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Mydin Mohd Musa congratulated SAAARMM President, Prof Dato’ Dr Selvaraj Y Subramaniam for organizing a wonderful symposium and for his vision.
During his lecture, the SAAARMM President Prof Dato’ Dr Selvaraj Y Subramaniam appealed for support of SAAARMM’s cause to promote this new specialty. He also highlighted SAAARMM’s success in the privileging and credentialing for aesthetic medicine practice and the societies stand on Anti Aging Medicine with the ministry of Health. The message was so powerful that many signed up as life members and the membership crossed the 700 mark. We Congratulate and thank the members from Penang and the Northern Region.
ONE OF THE LARGEST MEDICAL SOCIETIES
SAAARMM’s membership stood at 900 in 2016. SAAARMM was now one of the largest Medical societies in Malaysia. This was another level of achievement for SAAARMM under our President’s leadership.
JOINT COOPERATIONS FOR TEACHING WITH OTHER UNIVERSITIES
The St Elisabeth University has also opened up its MSc in Public Health or Healthcare Management for doctors who are keen for an European Union recognized degree. The fees collected for both the Diplomas and Masters will be channeled for charity work and ours specifically for the abandoned HIV children of Cambodia.
With our Patron’s generosity and support, a plaque commemorating the name of our Patron, has been put up in the building for the HIV children of Cambodia.