Professor Dr. Nor Hayati Othman obtained her medical degree, MBBS, from University of Malaya in 1981 and Master of Pathology from University of Malaya in 1987. She is a general surgical pathologist and had undergone various sub-specialty pathology trainings; Neuropathology from University of Western Australia in 1989; Dermatolopathology from University of Sydney in 1994, Molecular Pathology from University of Toronto in 1999 and University of Cape Town in 2002. She is currently the Dean in Clinical Science Research for Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and a senior consultant pathologist to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is also the chairperson of Pathology Post-graduate Education in her University.
She teaches Pathology to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Universiti Sains Malaysia since 1987. She was awarded exemplary lecturer award for 2 consecutive years; 2003 and 2004 and also bestowed Excellence in Service awards by the University twice in 1994 and 2004. In 2008 she was the recipient of Tokoh Citra Ilmu, an award given annually to academician of high standing by the alumni of the Medical School.
Her research interests are in thyroid and gynae pathology especially on cervical cancer. She has 141 publications in peer-reviewed journals, presented 170 papers at national and international scientific conferences, 54 past and current research projects as main or co-investigators and supervised / co-supervised / supervising / co-supervising a total of 47 students at MMed, MSc and PhD levels till date. Together with electronic and electric engineers from the USM engineering campus, she invented NeuralPap [diagnostic software to diagnose cervical cancer], DataPap [management system for cervical cancer] and Neuralmammo [diagnostic software to diagnose breast cancer]. These 3 inventions won several awards at national and international invention competitions.
She also has a keen interest in medical education and did training in PBL curriculum at University of New Mexico in 1995 upon which she is the main facilitator for PBL tutor training workshops in USM. In 2002 she did training in standardized patient program from 3 Universities in Texas; University of Texas Houston [UTH], University of Texas, Galveston [UTMB] and Baylor College of Medicine [BCM]. Both visits to United States were sponsored by ECFMG. Her name was cited as the first recipient of ECFMG fellowship from Malaysia in 1995.
She was a Council member for Malaysian Medical Association from 1992-1996, Council member for College of Pathologist, Academy of Medicine Malaysia from 2000-2008, a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Journal of Malaysia from 2006-08 and currently sits on the editorial board of U.S. Chinese journal of Lymphology and Oncology [2009 – 2012] and Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine from 2012. She is a member of a few international and national academic bodies; International Academy of Cytology [MIAC], International Cancer Screening Network [ICSN], International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists [INWES] and a Fellow of Academy of Medicine [FAMM]. She is an advisory board member of Bangladesh Sports Council since 2005. She also sits as Executive Board Member for Asia Pacific Council of Exercise and Sports Science [ACESS]. She used to be active in sports, playing hockey, netball and table tennis for her schools and Universities. In her spare time she writes poetry and plays keyboard for relaxation.