Meshach Kirubakaran, MBBS, MD (Gen. Med.), DM (Neph), MHA, FRACP


While Dr. Meshach Kirubakaran retired as Dean for Australia four months ago, he has agreed to a new role in University leadership—a seat on the OUM Council.

The University’s governing body, the OUM Council is comprised of physicians, educators, and businesspeople from Samoa and the United States charged with managing the affairs of the University, both administrative and academic. The Academic Board and Steering Committee both report to the OUM Council.

“We needed an Australian voice on the OUM Council, as more than half our students are from Australia. A leader in the Australian medical community and so admired by students and colleagues, Dr. Meshach was a natural choice,” said Taffy Gould, OUM Founder and Chair of the Council.

A Consultant Nephrologist and Physician at Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria, Dr. Meshach has served on the faculty at Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India, and in Australia at Monash University and the University of Sydney. He has also served as External Examiner in General Medicine and Nephrology for students at the University of Madras (India). Dr. Kirubakaran earned his MBBS, his MD, and his post-doctoral degree in Higher Specialties (Nephrology) at Christian Medical College. He earned a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was OUM’s Dean for Australia for eight years.

A Council opening became available upon the death of Dr. Marvin Sackner, Vice Chair of the OUM Council and a longtime friend and supporter of the University. Dr. Meshach joins the governing body upon Council Member Greg Beber, OUM’s Chief Information Officer and General Counsel, becoming Vice Chair.

(October 2020)