OUM Dean promoted as Clinical Associate Professor in Public Health/General Internal Medicine


The Oceania University of Medicine’s Dean for Samoa and the Asia Pacific, Toleafoa Dr Viali Lameko, has been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in Public Health and General Internal Medicine.

Toleafoa confirmed this in response to Radio Polynesia questions.

He said the promotion is attributed to a combination of his contributions to medical education in Samoa, continuous professional development of Samoan doctors, and contribution to literature in public health, health systems and health policies.  

“Note that the medical education sector was only introduced to Samoa when the OUM was established under an Act of Parliament in 2002.

“I joined OUM in 2009, and have led OUM into accreditation exercises, twice as the Vice Chancellor in 2015 and 2019.

“I have published 5 articles in peer-reviewed journals over the last 3 years on  NCDs, health policies to address NCDs and health system development in Samoa.”

Toleafoa leads efforts to expand OUM’s presence in Samoa and the South Pacific region, including increasing opportunities for clinical clerkships.

He has served as OUM’s Director of Clinical Studies and most recently served as Director of the Clinical Program and Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Samoa (NUS). Toleafoa has been an advisor to both the Western Pacific branch of the World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community on a number of health-related issues prevalent in the region. 

He is also a participant in the Commonwealth Leadership Conference, Pacific Island Future Leadership Tour, and recipient of the Pacific Forum Greg Urwin Pacific Leadership Award. His chief title of Toleafoa is from the village of Fasito’otai and Oratory Chief Title of Manu-Falealili, from the village of Sapunaoa in the District of Falealili.