Associate Professor Sivalal Sadasivan

Contact Details

Tel: +603 5514 6315
Fax: +603 5514 6323
Office: Room 4-4-27

Profile Summary

Associate Professor Sivalal joined Monash University Malaysia in June 2006.  He is a medical doctor with professional training in public health, hospital management, health technology assessment, quality assurance, health systems research, to name a few.

Dr Sivalal started his career in Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru and worked in other Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia hospitals, including working as the director of Hospital Batu Pahat in Johor, before moving to the MOH headquarters first in KL, and later in Putrajaya.  In his career at MOH he has managed and provided input into a number of areas including technology management of MOH hospitals, budget for MOH hospitals, the Quality Assurance programme for MOH hospitals and health policy. He set up and managed the Health Technology Assessment programme in MOH, and was also involved in coordinating the development of clinical practice guidelines, and ensuring their implementation. He was appointed as a Deputy Director of the Medical Development Division at MOH, and also as a Director of the  WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence Based Practice in Health Care.

Dr Sivalal has been a consultant on health technology assessment in Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Iran, and recently on health policy in Sudan.


MBBS (India), PGDHHSA (Lond)

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Sivalal is the founder president of the Malaysian Society of Health Technology Assessment and has been actively involved in international organizations like Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) being a board member for many years, as well as Guidelines International where he also served as a trustee. He is currently a member the Medical Advisory Committee in Hospital Sungai Long.  He also participates in the Sri Jayanthi Welfare Organisation and involves in various other charitable organisations.

Research Interests

Dr. Sivalal is currently working on a lifestyle intervention project among hospital personnel. He has presented innumerous papers at national and international conferences both locally and abroad. He was also previously involved in national MOH research projects like infection control in hospitals and on case-mix focusing on costing and funding in hospitals.