The Department of Cardiology of Sarawak General Hospital was set up in 2001 by Dr Sim Kui Hian and Dr Ong Tiong Kiam. Its inception was long-awaited, as it meant that we would not have to continue relying on other hospitals in West Malaysia to provide specialised cardiology care for the people of Sarawak.
Besides performing our core function of service delivery, we also slowly but surely carved a name in clinical research through robust participation in industry-sponsored trials.
In January 2011, due to space constraint in Sarawak General Hospital and an overwhelming need for service expansion, we moved to our current premises located in Kota Samarahan. The new hospital was then known as Sarawak General Hospital Heart Center.
When Dr Sim resigned in 2011 to pursue another vocation, Dr Ong took over at the helm.
In 2015, the institution was given administrative autonomy and became known as the Sarawak Heart Center.