New Director of Oncology Appointed to Start in October 2014

Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is pleased announce 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.

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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