For Immediate Release: 05 March 2015

OUM Names Australia’s Dr. Christopher May as Chancellor

Dr. Christopher May

Oceania University of Medicine’s governing board, the OUM Council, has appointed Dr. Christopher May, OUM’s Executive Dean for Australia, as Chancellor.

“We are delighted to have Chris May’s energy, intelligence, and experience to help lead OUM into the future,” says Taffy Gould, Chairman of the OUM Council. “Though the Chancellor is largely a ceremonial and advisory position, Chris will be a valued counsel to the University and to our new Vice Chancellor, Dr. Viali Lameko.”

The Chancellor serves as a member of the OUM Council and mentor and advisor to the Vice Chancellor and University leadership, specifically to:

  • advise the OUM Council in evaluating the academic and administrative performance of the University on an on-going basis.

  • guide the OUM Council’s decision making on long-term issues and opportunities facing the University.

  • counsel the Vice Chancellor in decision making for ongoing direction of the University and for and medium- and long-term plans of the University.

  • provide advice and counsel to Vice Chancellor on emergent issues and opportunities facing the University.

  • mentor the Vice Chancellor and executive team to further develop the requisite leadership expertise to take the University to new heights.

  • advocate the University’s mission among various constituencies outside of the University and outside of Samoa.

Dr. May was nominated by Ms. Gould and approved by the OUM Council in consultation with the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi.

An emergency medicine specialist, Dr. May is the Director of Emergency Services at Redland Hospital in Cleveland (Queensland), Chair of the Emergency Department and Clinical Support Stream for the Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

“OUM is the future of medical education, and I am looking forward to getting to work with the OUM Council, Dr. Lameko, and the University leadership to take OUM to the next level,” says Dr. May. “As a physician, watching medical students evolve into skilled providers is very rewarding.”

A graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School, Dr. May was first a general practitioner and fellow in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In the early 1990s, he returned to hospital practice as Director of Emergency Medicine at Logan Hospital. Upon earning his fellowship in the Australian College for Emergency Medicine, Dr. May was Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and Director of the Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department, prior to his current post at Redland. Dr. May is a Senior Lecturer for the University of Queensland Department of Critical Care at both RBWH and Princess Alexandra Hospital. Special interests include emergency medicine research, burn care, quality improvement, and workforce planning. Dr. May was the immediate past Chair of the Standards Committee and Workforce Subcommittee for the Australian College for Emergency Medicine.

Dr. May replaces Dr. Eti Enosa, a noted Samoan physician and champion for OUM who served as its Chancellor until his death in 2011.

Dr. May will work closely with OUM’s recently appointed Dr. Viali Lameko, who rejoined OUM after serving as Director of the Clinical Program at the National University of Samoa Faculty of Medicine. Rounding out the executive team will be two soon-to-be-named American colleagues who will head the academic and administrative areas of the University.

“These four leaders reflect the multi-national nature of OUM and will position the University to improve and grow in the next decade,” says Ms. Gould.

OUM is accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), listed in the World Health Organization's World Directory of Medical Schools, and recognized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Located in Apia, Samoa, OUM offers the MD degree to its current student body of approximately 150 from nine countries. Graduates are receiving their post-graduate residency and internship specialty training at teaching hospitals in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Samoa, and the United States. For more information about OUM, visit