Established in 1996, international private healthcare provider Columbia Asia Hospital began as Columbia Asia Extended Care Hospital in Shah Alam, which was officially launched in 1998. Since then, the company has grown extensively and now has 27 hospitals, clinics, and extended care facilities in Malaysia, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia, with over 150 individual and institutional investors from the United States, who comprise the International Columbia USA LLC (ICU). All facilities boast of not having more than 100 beds per hospital, so they are more capable of maintaining the quality and simplicity of private health care.
One of the most successful hospitals is the Columbia Asia Hospital-Pudong, which began as a community hospital in Bandar Puteri, Puchong in 2007, serving only the suburban areas in Kuala Lumpur. The hospital is easily accessible for several neighborhoods, namely Sunway, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Cyberjaya, and Kinrara. In 2011, the original Puchong hospital was officially accredited by the Malaysian Society for Quality of Health.
Over the years, all facilities of Columbia Asia Hospital became known for providing medical treatments that can be trusted. Due to the new medical technologies the hospitals can provide, the level of invasive treatments is decreased, and the length of hospital stays are considerably reduced. Columbia Asia also maintains transparent rate structures, with their medical care costs being comparatively lower than the standard model, thus leading the way in making health care not just accessible but also cost-efficient.
With an extensive training history and several awards under his belt, Dr. Asokumaran Thanaraj is well-respected in the field of international ophthalmic medicine. His long and impressive career began even during his undergraduate studies, as exhibited by his Central Nomination Award for Undergraduate Studies, which he received in 1991 from Malaysia and New Delhi. Most recently, in August 2010, he received the Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellowship Award from Sydney Eye Hospital in Australia, recognizing his expertise in the vitreoretinal sub-specialty. In 2003, he received the Best Clinical Paper Presentation Award from the Hospital USM Alumni of Universiti Sains Malaysia and also from the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Meeting in Datai Bay, Langkawi, Malaysia. From 2001 to 2006, he was awarded the Public Service Commission Scholarship in Malaysia. He also received the Excellence Service Award from Sarawak General Hospital in 2000. All these awards and recognitions have made Dr. Thanaraj a highly respected and reputable ophthalmic professional.