Chairs & Judges

Chairs & judges are volunteers and very senior executives from the pool of partners and speakers of HMA. They are formed into panels of three to four per category. They evaluate, discuss, look at the supporting materials, and ask for additional information if needed, then make their selections.

The judges are guided (but not bound) by the score card. The scorecard is not intended to be used as a mathematical tool, but only to help the panellists have a basis for evaluating.

Leading the awards committee for 2019 in continuing the recognition of well-deserved hospitals, the Chairman of the Asian Hospital Management Awards is Dato’ Dr. Jacob Thomas.

Dato’ Dr Jacob Thomas, a medical doctor, has vast experience in hospital management, having served in various capacities at the Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, including as the Executive Director of their Flagship Hospital, Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) from 1998 till 2006. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care (RSDHC) Group, in addition to serving as the Group Medical Advisor of its six hospitals in Malaysia and Indonesia. RSDHC is a leading tertiary care medical group in the region, reputed for its quality medical care and service excellence.

Dr Jacob Thomas is currently a past President of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) He was recently appointed by the Government of Malaysia as the Champion (Head) of the Private Healthcare Productivity Nexus under the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), which seeks to improve productivity of the private healthcare sector in Malaysia. This includes Public Private Partnership. He serves as a Councilor of the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH), which is an accredited member of ISQua.   He is, since 2014, a Board Member of the Joint Commission International (JCI) based in Chicago.  Dr Thomas today works closely with various Government agencies and NGOs to promote Malaysian Healthcare both locally and internationally.  

Dr Jacob Thomas is today a much sort after speaker at many conferences and seminars both locally and Internationally. He also sits on the Editorial Board of many Healthcare Magazines and assists as an advisor and judge for regional Healthcare Conferences and Awards.

For inquiries regarding sending entries for the awards, feel free to contact Rose at or call at +65 6590 3970