New Director Of Oncology Appointed At KEMH

July 4, 2014

Dr Aung 1Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] today [July 4] announced the appointment of a new Director of Oncology, Dr Sein Aung, MD, FCAP, who will join BHB in October on a three year contract. He will replace Dr Paul Coty, who has left Bermuda.

Dr Aung will be the medical lead for cancer services at BHB. His responsibilities will include consulting with cancer patients in Bermuda and managing their care, working with healthcare partners here and overseas, and developing cancer services on-island. He will report to the Chief of Medicine, Dr Keith Chiappa.

A spokesperson said, “Dr Aung has been a Faculty Physician/ Oncologist/Haematologist at the Weinberg Cancer Institute at the Franklin Square Hospital Center since 2000. He served as Chief of Haematology from 2002 to 2010 and as the Director of Oncology and Haematology Education from 2010.

“He is a clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr Aung is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Haematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

“He has been chosen as the recipient of the Distinguished Attending of the year award by the Internal Medicine Residents three times and named as one of the Baltimore Top Doctors by his peers in the November 2013 issue of Baltimore magazine.”

Dr Chiappa comments: “On behalf of BHB and our cancer team, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Aung to the role of Director of Oncology. BHB has worked hard to recruit a full time, on-island oncologist and greatly looks forward to Dr Aung’s arrival.

“There is high demand globally for oncologists, and Bermuda’s unique situation means we need a skilled all-round oncologist, rather than a specialist in one kind of cancer. It is very good news for cancer care in Bermuda that we have secured the services of such a highly skilled and qualified oncologist who will start in October. ”

Dr Aung graduated from the Institute of Medicine Mandalay, Burma [Myanmar] in 1982. He initially worked as a primary care physician in Burma, before he went to the United Kingdom and received postgraduate training in General/Geriatric Medicine from 1992 to 1995.

After working as a Senior House Officer, Dr. Aung moved to the United States and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Following residency, Dr. Aung continued at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC for fellowship training in Medical Oncology and Haematology.

Dr Chiappa continues: “By way of an update for the current service, we are confirming that Dr Coty will not be returning to Bermuda. We remain grateful to Dr Jean Walters, Dr Tutu Aung-Hillman, and our overseas physicians and providers for ensuring that people in Bermuda still have access to the care they need.

“We apologise for any disruption during this time, but look forward to establishing a stable service in the Fall. Oncology Services will have moved to the new acute care wing in September 2014, and so when Dr Aung arrives he can work with the excellent Oncology team to move this vitally important service from strength to strength.”

Dr Aung is married to Dr Hyat Mying, who is also joining BHB as Consultant Geriatrician in October 2014.

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  2. sage says:

    Fly overseas and access cannabis oil at the earliest possible stage, if you want to live through cancer.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Actually, you will want to learn what cancer you have first. Cannabis has only been found effective in certain types of cancer, but it is an excellent aid with the traditional medications like chemo and radiation as well, as an anti-nausea and appetite enhancer. So if you do not know what type of cancer you have, running off for some cannabis in Colorado will just be as effective as curing asthma with tea.

    • jt says:

      Totally irresponsible comment. Shameful.

      • Come Correct says:

        I’m an advocate for marijuana use medicinally and recreational, but I agree with you. Cannabis and cannabis oils aren’t the only way to beat cancer, although I have read cannabis oil is great for healing radiation burns, still there’s a much healthier and cheaper way.

        • sage says:

          And what is the “much healthier and cheaper way” pray tell? Shame on oncologists who don’t even mention cannabis as a healthier and cheaper option. Cannabis oil has shrunk tumors and put people into remission who tried it after being ravaged by chemo and radiation and sent home to die by oncologists, so shame on the ignorant people who ignore the facts while people suffer and die unnecessarily, Ganja is the healing of the nations, no apologies.

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            And for some cancers, it does nothing, it is not a one stop solution. For those cancers that it does not halt or set in remission, it can be used with chemo or radiation treatments to combat with nausea and loss of appetite, allowing the treatment to continue uninterrupted and increasing the chance for it to be successful. Your suggestion to just go out and use it reflects an ignorance to it’s effective use, bet you believe it cures asthma?

          • Come Correct says:

            Cancer feeds off sugar. What happens when you starve something?

  3. DB says:

    Sad we dont have a Bermudain to fill this post, to all the students out there this is a Great field for you to get into.

    • Dan Moody says:

      It’s a shame all the tourists are foreigners too!

  4. RJ says:

    Welcome, Dr. Sein! Congrats on your position, and best of luck!