Leadership, Faculty, Administration & Staff

  • Academic Leadership

    Chris May, MBBS, FACEM, Chancellor


    Chris May, MBBS, FACEM, Chancellor
    As Chancellor of OUM, Dr. May serves as an advisor to the Vice Chancellor and the OUM Council as they chart the University’s future and deal with emergent issues and opportunities facing OUM. He also advocates the University’s mission among various external constituencies outside of Samoa.

    Serving OUM’s Australian students as Associate Dean, Dean, and most recently Executive Dean since 2008, Dr. May is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School. He was first a general practitioner and fellow in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and then returned to hospital practice in the early 1990s 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 as Director of Emergency Services at Redland Hospital, Queensland. Dr. May is a Senior Lecturer for the University of Queensland Department of Critical Care at both RBWH and Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr. May was the immediate past Chair of the Standards Committee and Workforce Subcommittee for the Australian College for Emergency Medicine. As OUM’s Dean for Australia, Dr. May played an integral role securing the school’s clinical clerkship program in the region.
    Toleafoa Viali Lameko, MBBS, Vice Chancellor


    Toleafoa Viali Lameko, MBBS, Vice Chancellor
    As Vice Chancellor of OUM, Dr. Lameko, the first Samoan to hold this post, serves as OUM’s chief executive and leads its efforts to expand its presence in Samoa and the South Pacific region, including increasing opportunities for clinical clerkships. Dr. Lameko, who has served as OUM’s Director of Clinical Studies and Associate Professor, most recently served as Director of the Clinical Program and Senior Lecturer for the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Samoa (NUS).

    Dr. Lameko has served as 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 recipient of the Commonwealth Leadership Conference, Pacific Island Future Leadership Tour, and the Pacific Forum Greg Urwin Pacific Leadership Award. In Samoa, Dr. Lameko holds his High Chief Title of Toleafoa from the village of Fasito’otai and Oratory Chief Title of Manu-Falealili, from the village of Sapunaoa in the District of Falealili.

    In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1993, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Fiji School of Medicine in 1999, and a Master of International Public Health from the University of Sydney (Australia) in 2008, Dr. Lameko is pursuing his PhD from Walden University in the United States. His dissertation title appropriately is “Cultural Influences on Dietary Behavior among Samoan Adults.” Dr. Lameko is committed to conducting research at OUM that improves the health of people in Samoa and in other countries where the University’s faculty and students live.
    Charles Randell Brown, PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor


    Charles Randell Brown, PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor
    As Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Brown oversees the academic enterprise at OUM, including development and evaluation of the curriculum, design and implementation of instruction, research, and faculty affairs. Dr. Brown previously served as Associate Dean and Director of Research at OUM with responsibility for basic science education and student research. He continues teaching basic science courses at OUM and serving as an Academic Adviser. Prior to joining OUM, Dr. Brown was an Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and conducted research at the University of California San Francisco and University of California Los Angeles (USA). Dr. Brown earned his Master of Science at Louisiana Tech University and his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin (USA).
    Papali'i Chellaraj Satvadas Benjamin, ONZM, MBBS, DMRT, MD, DRACR, FR, Dean, New Zealand/Asia


    Papali'i Chellaraj Satvadas Benjamin, ONZM, MBBS, DMRT, MD, DRACR, FR, Dean, New Zealand/Asia
    As Dean for Asia-Pacific, Dr. Benjamin develops and evaluates OUM clinical clerkships in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region and supervises students during their rotations. A cancer specialist, Dr. Benjamin is the Clinical Director of Auckland Radiation Oncology at Mercy Hospital and Consultant Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. Dr. Benjamin earned his MBBS at Tirunelveli Medical College and his MD in Vellore, both in India. An advisor to the Samoan Ministry of Health, Dr. Benjamin has been recognized with the Papali’i title, bestowed by the Samoan Head of State. He is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit and has received the Queen’s Medal for services to medicine and the community awarded by the Governor General of New Zealand.
    Meshach Kirubakaran, MBBS, MD (Gen. Med.), DM (Neph), MHA, FRACP, Dean, Australia


    Meshach Kirubakaran, MBBS, MD (Gen. Med.), DM (Neph), MHA, FRACP, Dean, Australia
    As Dean for Australia, Dr. Kirubakaran develops and evaluates OUM’s clinical clerkships in Australia, working closely with physician preceptors and supervising students during rotations. A Consultant Nephrologist and Physician at Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria, Australia, he has served on faculty at Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India, and in Australia at Monash University, Alice Springs Hospital, and the University of Sydney. He has 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 the Christian Medical College. He earned the Master's degree in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and was awarded the FRACP by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
    Sarmad Ghazi, MB ChB, Associate Dean for North America


    Sarmad Ghazi, MB ChB, Associate Dean for North America
    As Associate Dean for North America, Dr. Ghazi develops and oversees clinical clerkships for the USA and teaches several System-Based Modules in the preclinical phase of the OUM curriculum. His professional experience at Jamia’a Private Hospital and the Ministry of Health, both in Baghdad, Iraq, includes general surgery, adult and pediatric trauma, and obstetrics. Dr. Ghazi earned his Bachelor of Medicine and General Surgery from the College of Medicine, Baghdad University. He has passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2.
    Scott Cunningham, MD, PhD , Curriculum Consultant


    Scott Cunningham, MD, PhD , Curriculum Consultant
    As Curriculum Consultant, Dr. Cunningham oversees evaluation and development of the OUM curriculum and student assessment. An Obstetrician and Gynecologist, he was Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Naval Medical Center (USA). Dr. Cunningham’s 30 years in medical education include serving as Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USA), where he earned his MD degree, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University (Washington DC), Professor of Basic Sciences at the de Lara Medical School (Mexico), and Professor of Clinical Sciences at Xavier University (Aruba). Dr. Cunningham earned his PhD in Immunology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC (USA). His postgraduate training includes a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institute of Child Health and Development and an infectious disease fellowship at the Trudeau Institute (Saranac Lake, NY, USA). He has served as a volunteer with the International Medical Corps and the Las Vegas Homeless Task Force (USA).
     
  • Academic Advisors

    Degu Abebe, PhD, Assistant Professor, Australia
    Alexandra Brandon, JD, Assistant Professor, Australia
    Charles Randell Brown, PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor


    Charles Randell Brown, PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor
    As Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Brown oversees the academic enterprise at OUM, including development and evaluation of the curriculum, design and implementation of instruction, research, and faculty affairs. Dr. Brown previously served as Associate Dean and Director of Research at OUM with responsibility for basic science education and student research. He continues teaching basic science courses at OUM and serving as an Academic Adviser. Prior to joining OUM, Dr. Brown was an Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and conducted research at the University of California San Francisco and University of California Los Angeles (USA). Dr. Brown earned his Master of Science at Louisiana Tech University and his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin (USA).
    Adrienne Dolberry, PhD, Assistant Professor, US
    Don Gamage, MBBS, Assistant Professor, Australia
    Sarmad Ghazi, MB ChB, Associate Dean for North America


    Sarmad Ghazi, MB ChB, Associate Dean for North America
    As Associate Dean for North America, Dr. Ghazi develops and oversees clinical clerkships for the USA and teaches several System-Based Modules in the preclinical phase of the OUM curriculum. His professional experience at Jamia’a Private Hospital and the Ministry of Health, both in Baghdad, Iraq, includes general surgery, adult and pediatric trauma, and obstetrics. Dr. Ghazi earned his Bachelor of Medicine and General Surgery from the College of Medicine, Baghdad University. He has passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2.
    Ingrid K. Herrmann, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Basic Sciences
    Ingrid K. Herrmann, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Basic Sciences
    Dr. Herrmann teaches Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, and Anatomy in the Introduction to Medicine (e-ITM) and the e-Foundation Sciences series. She also teaches the System-Based Modules Musculoskeletal and Hematology/Immunology. After attending medical school, Dr. Herrmann has taught in the medical/health sciences for over ten years including now teaching Pathology at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine as teaching at the medical school level was always her life-long dream. Dr. Herrmann earned a Master’s in Public Health at Florida International University and her Medical Degree at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara International School of Medicine where she was involved with patients from the very first year of medical school.
    Karissa Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, US


    Karissa Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, US
    Dr. Jones teaches Behavioral Medicine in the Introduction to Medicine (e-ITM) and the e-Foundation Sciences series. Dr. Jones has taught Psychology and Sociology at Georgia Piedmont College, Everett College, and Westwood College, in the United States. Dr. Jones earned her Master of Science from Clayton College (USA), and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ecole Superieure Robert De Sorbon (France).
     
  • Teaching Faculty

    Sarmad Ghazi, MB ChB, Associate Dean for North America


    Sarmad Ghazi, MB ChB, Associate Dean for North America
    As Associate Dean for North America, Dr. Ghazi develops and oversees clinical clerkships for the USA and teaches several System-Based Modules in the preclinical phase of the OUM curriculum. His professional experience at Jamia’a Private Hospital and the Ministry of Health, both in Baghdad, Iraq, includes general surgery, adult and pediatric trauma, and obstetrics. Dr. Ghazi earned his Bachelor of Medicine and General Surgery from the College of Medicine, Baghdad University. He has passed USMLE Step 1 and Step 2.
    Charles Randell Brown, PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor


    Charles Randell Brown, PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor
    As Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Brown oversees the academic enterprise at OUM, including development and evaluation of the curriculum, design and implementation of instruction, research, and faculty affairs. Dr. Brown previously served as Associate Dean and Director of Research at OUM with responsibility for basic science education and student research. He continues teaching basic science courses at OUM and serving as an Academic Adviser. Prior to joining OUM, Dr. Brown was an Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and conducted research at the University of California San Francisco and University of California Los Angeles (USA). Dr. Brown earned his Master of Science at Louisiana Tech University and his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin (USA).
    Paula A. Diamante, MD, Associate Professor


    Paula A. Diamante, MD, Associate Professor
    Prior to joining OUM, Dr. Diamante practiced as a pediatrician, in the states of Kansas, Texas, and Tennessee. She worked as a pediatrician serving special needs children for the Government of the Virgin Islands, United States, and Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, (USA). As an Associate Professor at OUM, Dr. Diamante will teach in the preclinical curriculum. She has taught basic sciences at Hodges University (USA), and Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean. Dr. Diamante earned her MD at St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada.
    Ingrid K. Herrmann, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Basic Sciences
    Ingrid K. Herrmann, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Basic Sciences
    Dr. Herrmann teaches Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, and Anatomy in the Introduction to Medicine (e-ITM) and the e-Foundation Sciences series. She also teaches the System-Based Modules Musculoskeletal and Hematology/Immunology. After attending medical school, Dr. Herrmann has taught in the medical/health sciences for over ten years including now teaching Pathology at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine as teaching at the medical school level was always her life-long dream. Dr. Herrmann earned a Master’s in Public Health at Florida International University and her Medical Degree at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara International School of Medicine where she was involved with patients from the very first year of medical school.
    Karissa Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, US


    Karissa Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, US
    Dr. Jones teaches Behavioral Medicine in the Introduction to Medicine (e-ITM) and the e-Foundation Sciences series. Dr. Jones has taught Psychology and Sociology at Georgia Piedmont College, Everett College, and Westwood College, in the United States. Dr. Jones earned her Master of Science from Clayton College (USA), and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ecole Superieure Robert De Sorbon (France).
    Randy Leitermann, PhD, Assistant Professor


    Randy Leitermann, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Dr. Leitermann teaches research methodology, the latter within the Trends & Topics in Medicine module. Dr. Leitermann, whose research has focused on anxiety and fear processing within the brain, will help students hone their research skills in the Trends in Medical Research module as he guides OUM students in the required research component. He is also editor of Medical Student International, OUM’s student research journal. Dr. Leitermann earned his PhD in Neuroscience from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (USA).
    Hannah Korte, PhD, Assistant Professor, US
    Nicolette McGuire, PhD, Assistant Professor, US


    Nicolette McGuire, PhD, Assistant Professor, US
    Dr. McGuire is an Assistant Professor responsible for the System-Based Module on reproduction. She leads clinical prevention policy and evaluation for population and public health at the Ministry of Health in British Columbia. Prior to joining OUM, she was a visiting scholar in Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia.  Dr. McGuire earned her PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California Berkeley where she was also appointed a National Science Foundation Research Fellow.
    Kevin Murnane, PhD, Assistant Professor


    Kevin Murnane, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Dr. Murnane is an Assistant Professor who teaches the neuroscience System-Based Module. He is currently also an Assistant Professor within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Perimeter College. He previously taught at Emory University, all in Atlanta (USA). Dr. Murnane earned his PhD in Neuroscience at Emory University where he also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He is a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the American Psychological Association. He is an expert in psychiatric and neurological disorders.
     
  • Content Development

    Robert Cohn, MD, Professor, US
    Katie DiCaprio, PhD
    Andy Eugene, MD, US
    Scott Holroyd, PhD, Australia
    Valerie Houghton, PhD, US
    Rashmi Jain
    Karissa Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, US


    Karissa Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, US
    Dr. Jones teaches Behavioral Medicine in the Introduction to Medicine (e-ITM) and the e-Foundation Sciences series. Dr. Jones has taught Psychology and Sociology at Georgia Piedmont College, Everett College, and Westwood College, in the United States. Dr. Jones earned her Master of Science from Clayton College (USA), and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ecole Superieure Robert De Sorbon (France).
    Nicholas Mann, JD, Australia
    K G Ramesh, Bangalore
    John Simmons, PhD, US
    Cari Sloma, PhD, US
     
  • Academic Consultant

    Mitchell Rosenberg, MD, US


    Mitchell Rosenberg, MD, US
     
  • Administration

    Christopher Dudley, MBA, Director of Administration


    Christopher Dudley, MBA, Director of Administration
    As Director of Administration, Mr. Dudley, who joined OUM in 2003, oversees all aspects of the school’s non-academic operations such as bursar/registrar, student affairs, admissions, and information technology. Most recently, he played an integral role in OUM’s accreditation process in addition to leading the school’s recruitment and communication efforts.

    After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, Mr. Dudley worked as a broadcast journalist for seven years before embarking on his career in higher education. His extensive experience in education includes leadership roles at the Universities of Florida and Miami. At the University of Miami where he earned an MBA, he served as Assistant Vice President for Medical Communication and Executive Assistant to the President.
    Greg Beber, JD, Director of Information Technology & Legal Counsel
    Joy Braun, MBA, MA, Associate Director for Administration


    Joy Braun, MBA, MA, Associate Director for Administration
    Joe Korac, General Manager, Australia/New Zealand
    Else Talbot, Grad Dip Lib, Librarian


    Else Talbot, Grad Dip Lib, Librarian
    Debbie Chuba, Admissions Representative
    Kerryn Graham, Admissions Representative, Australia/New Zealand
    Makereta Ieti, Student Coordinator, American Samoa
    N. Denise Jones, Student Affairs Coordinator
    Angelo Mojtabaee, Admissions Representative, North America
    Ralph Moore, Admissions Representative
    Rick Ziegler, Admissions Representative
    Lyan Borges, Administrative Assistant
    Tifai Luamanuvae, Administrative Assistant


    Tifai Luamanuvae, Administrative Assistant