Dr. Mark Cheong Wing Loong

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Lecturer
School of Pharmacy

Cheong.WingLoong@monash.edu
+603 5515 9679
Room  4-4-38

Dr Mark Cheong is a Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia. His area of research is on the development and delivery of healthcare services in low and middle-income countries, with a special interest in public health and palliative care. Dr Cheong received his MPharm and MBA from the University of Strathclyde and his MA (Health Research - Public Health) from Lancaster University. Dr Cheong received his PhD in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from Monash University. He is a pharmacist registered with the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia and previously practiced as a clinical pharmacist at the Institute of Neurosciences, Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. Prior to joining academia, he led teams in the design, development, and delivery of healthcare services in both the public and private healthcare sector in Malaysia.

Qualifications

- Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, Monash University, 2020

- Master of Arts (Health Research - Public Health), Lancaster University, 2015

- Master of Business Administration, University of Strathclyde, 2011

- Master of Pharmacy, University of Strathclyde, 2006

Research Experience

Feb 2019 - Present: Member, Research and Standards Committee, National Palliative Care Development Strategy Technical Group, Ministry of Health Malaysia

May 2016 - Present: Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia

Employment History

2016 - Present: Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia

2014 - 2016: Head of Clinical Operations, DaVita Healthcare Partners (Malaysia)

2013 - 2014: Cluster Manager, UM Specialist Centre

2009 - 2013: Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital Kuala Lumpur

2007 - 2009: Pharmacist, Hospital Alor Gajah

2006 - 2007: Provisionally Registered Pharmacist, National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency

Awards and Honours

2019

  • FIP Congress Travel Scholarship, International Pharmaceutical Federation
  • Publication Award, School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia.

My main research focus is on access to health care services and medicines, and public health. I have a special interest in the access to palliative care and its delivery in low and middle income countries. I apply qualitative research methods to study how access to healthcare can often be disrupted, what is needed to enable equitable access to healthcare, as well as how healthcare professionals work to deliver healthcare services to neglected groups.

Scholarly Journals (Refereed Only)

2020

Cheong, M.W.L. (2020), ‘To be or not to be in the ward’: The Impact of Covid‐19 on the Role of Hospital‐Based Clinical Pharmacists ‐ A Qualitative Study. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. (In Press). doi:10.1002/jac5.1315

Cheong, M. W. L., Allotey, P., & Reidpath, D. D. (2020). Unequal Access to Vaccines Will Exacerbate Other Inequalities. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539520944726

Cheong, M.W.L., Brock, T., Karwa, R. and Pastakia, S. (2020), COVID ‐19 and Clinical Pharmacy Worldwide ‐ A Wake Up Call and a Call to Action. J Am Coll Clin Pharm, 3: 860 – 863. doi:10.1002/jac5.1286

Griffiths, A.W., Cheong, W.L., Saw, P.S. et al. Perceptions and attitudes towards dementia among university students in Malaysia. BMC Med Educ 20, 82 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-1972-5

2019

Cheong, W.L., Mohan, D., Warren, N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2019). Living with a neglected neurological disease: A qualitative study of patients with multiple sclerosis in Malaysia. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1695000

Cheong, W.L., Mohan, D., Warren, N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2019). Accessing Palliative Care for Multiple Sclerosis: A Qualitative Study of a Neglected Neurological Disease. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 35. doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2019.07.009

Cheong, W. L., Mohan, D., Warren, N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2019). Response to de Groot ‘There is an urgent need for palliative care specialists in MS – Commentary.’ Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 25(13), 1821–1822. https://doi.org/10.1177/1352458519876697

Yoon, E.L., Cheong, W.L. (2019). Adherence to Oral Disease-Modifying Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis Patients: A Systematic Review. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2018.12.025

Cheong, W.L., Mohan, D., Warren, N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2019). Palliative Care Research in the Asia Pacific Region: A Systematic Review and Bibliometric Analysis of Peer Reviewed Publications. Journal of Palliative Medicine.

2018

Cheong, W.L., Mohan, D., Warren, N., & Reidpath, D. D. (2018). Multiple Sclerosis in the Asia Pacific Region: A Systematic Review of a Neglected Neurological Disease. Frontiers in neurology, 9, 432. doi:10.3389/fneur.2018.00432

2017

W.L. Cheong, D.D. Reidpath. Palliative care in neurology. The Lancet Neurology. November 2017

W.L. Cheong. A descriptive study of a pharmacist medication adherence program for patients with multiple sclerosis using interferon beta. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 43:655-61 · May 2017

2016

W.L. Cheong. Malaysian Health Care System Still Needs Work. Health Affairs, 35(8), p. 1547. August 2016

2014

Shanthi  Viswanathan,  Masita  Arip,  Norhazlin  Mustafa,  Mark Cheong Wing Loong et  al., The Frequency of Anti-Aquaporin-4 Ig G Antibody in Neuromyelitis Optica and Its Spectrum Disorders at a Single Tertiary Referral Center in Malaysia. Multiple Sclerosis International, vol. 2014, Article ID 568254, 10 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/568254

Research Grants (Present)

Type of Grant: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme 1/2020 (Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia)
Title of Research: Understanding the palliative care needs and the experience of patients living with chronic disease, and their caregivers
Main Investigator: Dr Cheong Wing Loong
Co-Investigator: A/Prof Shaun Lee Wen Huey, Prof Tin Tin Su, Prof Daniel D. Reidpath, Dr Narelle Warren, Dr Sylvia McCarthy
Date/Duration: 1st Nov 2020 - 31st Oct 2023
Amount: RM 140,000


Type of Grant: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme 1/2020 (Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia)
Title of Research: Understanding the diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection and its public health impact
Main Investigator: A/Prof Shaun Lee Wen Huey
Co-Investigator: Dr Cheong Wing Loong, Prof Jason Madan, Prof Noorliza Mohamad Noordin, Dr Asmah Razali, Dr Fun Weng Hong
Date/Duration: 1st Nov 2020 - 31st Oct 2023
Amount: RM 177,600


Type of Grant: Network for Equity through Digital Health (NEED) Grant Scheme
Title of Research: Addressing disparity in diabetes prevention through Digital health supported PRe-diabetes Intervention, Management and Evaluation (PRIME) program based in Malaysian community pharmacies
Main Investigator: Dr Chong Chun Wie
Co-Investigator: Prof Kenneth Lee, Prof Gan Siew Hua, A/Prof Shaun Lee, Dr Mark Cheong, Dr Ong Lin Kooi, Dr Thor Teong Gee, Mr Wang Leong Seng, Dr Chong Chun Yong, Dr Lim Mei Kuan, Prof Simon Bell, Ny Yi Ling (Caring Pharmacy), Peter Ting (Bionime (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.)
Date/Duration: 2021 - 2023
Amount: RM 428,400

Research Grants (Completed)

Type of Grant: Early Career Researcher Grant (School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia
Title of Research: An exploratory study of the gap in care and support for dementia individuals in Malaysia
Main Investigator: Dr Cheong Wing Loong
Co-Investigator: Dr Alys Griffiths, Saw Pui San, Dr Devi Mohan
Date/Duration: 2019
Amount: RM 20,000


Type of Grant: Building International Collaborations Follow On Funding Grant (Leeds Beckett University)
Title of Research: Living with Dementia in Care Homes: Perspectives of Residents, Relatives, and Clinicians Working in Rural and Urban Malaysia
Main Investigator: Dr Alys Griffiths
Co-Investigator: Dr Cheong Wing Loong, Saw Pui San
Date/Duration: 2019
Amount: GBP 5,000


Type of Grant: Building International Collaborations Prize (Leeds Beckett University)
Title of Research: Dementia Awareness amongst healthcare undergraduate students in Malaysia: a pilot study
Main Investigator: Dr Alys Griffiths
Co-Investigator: Dr Cheong Wing Loong, Saw Pui San
Date/Duration: 2019
Amount: GBP 1,500

Postgraduate (PhD)

Alene Yong Sze Jing (PhD: 2020 - present)
Patient Preferences and Palliative Care for Improved Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer
- Co-supervisor

Irma Wati Ngadimon (PhD: 2020 - present)
EPICOT Study: Role of HMGB1 in post-traumatic epilepsy and related cognitive dysfunction in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients
- Co-supervisor

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