RSNA 2022 Honorary Member
Evelyn Lai Ming Ho, MBBS, MMed
A passionate advocate for breast health and palliative care, Evelyn Lai Ming Ho, MBBS, MMed, believes the patient’s interests should always be at the core of medical care. Dr. Ho practices as a consultant radiologist in Park City Medical Centre Kuala Lumpur, where she was instrumental in establishing the radiology department.
“Dr. Ho’s dedication and leadership are most impressive,” said RSNA President Bruce G. Haffty, MD. “Her contributions, from her leadership in Malaysia and the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology to her work in breast imaging and her dedication to advancing women’s health throughout the world, make her ideally suited for this Honorary Member award.”
After earning her medical degree from the University of Malaya, Dr. Ho served under the Ministry of Health of Malaysia in Sarawak, East Malaysia, and in Kota Bahru before returning to Kuala Lumpur in 1990. Therefore, by the time she entered her residency (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia master’s program), Dr. Ho was familiar with the geographic health disparities patients face.
Dr. Ho has served internationally in leadership roles, including as secretary treasurer of the ASEAN Association of Radiology from 2004-2006. As the first female president of the College of Radiology (CoR) under the Academy of Medicine Malaysia (AMM), she catalyzed the CoR and National Heart Association of Malaysia collaboration to create the first Consensus Statement on Utilization of Cardiac CT. She served as a member of the expert panel for the first edition of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Breast Cancer. Dr. Ho organized and helmed the CoR website from its inception in 2001 until 2014, increasing radiology’s public profile and visibility across medicine. Dr. Ho was involved in the first QAP study on mammography in Malaysia in 2005. She organized and led nationwide breast cancer awareness campaigns and subsidized value-added mammogram programs under the CoR umbrella.
In 2010, she was elected to the AMM council, and appointed Bursar from 2014- 2016. While serving the AMM, Dr. Ho was involved in the early days of setting up the continuing professional development system in Malaysia. She is president of the Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology, serves on the RSNA News Editorial Board, chairs the RSNA Regional Committee for Asia Oceania, and is an executive committee continental member of the International Society of Radiology.
Dr. Ho is a Fellow of the AMM, Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, and Honorary Member of the Chinese Society of Radiology. Recognized for her leadership in breast health advocacy, she was voted The Malaysian Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time Awards “Most Inspiring Woman” in 2010. Her World magazine featured her in 2018 in the “Inspire Change” Avon series.