Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Dr Anna Lisa Cruz

Senior Lecturer (Non-Clinical)



I am a Senior Lecturer in Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUmed), teaching in both the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery) and BMS (Biomedical Sciences) Programme.


Dec 2017-Fellow in Anatomy (Philippine Society of Anatomists, Inc)

June 2017- Fellowship in Higher Education Academy (FHEA) , UK Professional Standards Framework Higher Education Academy,UK

Dec 2015- Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (Newcastle, UK)

Dec 2015- Diplomate in Anatomy (Philippine Society of Anatomists, Inc)

Nov 2009- Registered Nurse (Nursing Licensure Examination, Philippines)

June 2009- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (St. Dominic Savio, Philippines)

Aug 2006- Registered Medical Doctor (Physician Licensure Examination, Philippines)

April 2006- Medical Intern (Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Hospital, V Luna, Philippines)

April 2005- Medical Clerk (Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, Philippines)

March 2004- Doctor of Medicine (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila), Philippines)

Nov 1998-Civil Service Eligible (under Presidential Decree 907, HONOR GRADUATE, Philippines)

Oct 1998- Bachelor of Science in Biology Major in Microbiology (University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), Philippines)


Previous Positions


2012- Coordinator, Diploma in Medical Sciences (Allianze University College of Medical Sciences, Malaysia)

2010- Subject Coordinator in Anatomy and Physiology for Foundation in Medical Studies (Allianze University College of

2010- Curriculum Development Team for AUCMS MD program

Medical Sciences)

2009- Assistant Professor I (Trinity University of Asia Saint Luke’s College of Nursing (TUA-SLCN), Philippines)

2006 –Emergency Physician (Casaul General Hospital, Philippines)



Malaysian Anatomical Association

Philippine Society of Anatomists, Inc

Philippine Nurses Association

Philippine Medical Association


Honours and Awards


1998- Bachelor of Science in Biology Major in Microbiology, Cum Laude

1998-Governor Jose D. Lina, Jr Academic Excellence Award

1998-University of the Philippines Medal of Merit for Academic Excellence

1998-College of Arts and Sciences Medal of Merit for Academic Excellence

1998-Institute of Biological Sciences Medal of Merit for Academic Excellence

1997- College Scholar (Dean’s list) for third year, Bachelor of Science in Biology

1996- College Scholar (Dean’s list) for second year, Bachelor of Science in Biology

1995-College Scholar (Dean’s list) for first year, Bachelor of Science in Biology


  1. Involved in teaching for Stage 1 and Stage 2 students

  1. UNIT LEAD for NME 1  Nutrition, Metabolism and Endocrinology 1

  2. MTD Molecules to Disease

  3. CRRM 1 Cardiovascular , Respiratory and Renal Medicine 1

  4. UNIT LEAD for NME 2 Nutrition, Metabolism and Endocrinology 2

  5. LC 2 Life Cycle 2

  6. CRRM 2 Cardiovascular , Respiratory and Renal Medicine 2

  7. TSM Thoughts, Senses and Movement

  8. CSIM 1 Clinical Science and Investigative Medicine 1

  9. CSC 1 Clinical Skills and Communication 1

  10. CSC 3 Clinical Skills and Communication 3

  11. PDS Patients Doctors and  Society 1

  12. Stage 3 students for FOCP Communication skills

2.Involved in teaching Biomedical Science subjects

  1. BNM 1005 Microbiology and Immunology

  2. BNM 1002 Cell Biology

  3. BNM 2012 Clinical Immunology and Viral Pathogens

3. Year 1 -Case 7 Asthma lead

Year 2-Case 23-Arthritis lead

4. Academic mentor Year 1 and Year 2

5. Staff coordinator of Newcastle University Medicine Peer Mentor Program for students


  • Villanoy C, Azanza R, Altemerano A, Casil A. Attempts to model the bloom dynamics of Pyrodinium, a tropical toxic dinoflagellate. Harmful Algae 2006, 5(2), 156-183.