For Immediate Release: 30 March 2011

Dr. Stanley Dean Joins OUM as Associate Dean

Oceania University of Medicine has added another of Samoa’s top doctors to its leadership team: Dr. Stanley Dean, formerly the General Manager of the Samoa National Health Services (NHS) in Apia, is OUM’s new Associate Dean for Administration.

Dr. Dean will assist newly named OUM Dean Le Mamea Dr. Limbo Fiu in overseeing the faculty and administrative staff, in addition to liaising with the Samoan medical community and NHS doctors, international funding agencies, and accreditation authorities.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Stanley Dean is able to bring his professional and administrative experience to OUM,” says Dr. Fiu. “Together, we will ensure that OUM has a bright future to train a new generation of doctors for Samoa and our neighbouring countries.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Dean has held several administrative positions at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH) under the Ministry of Health and NHS, bringing more than 15 years of administrative experience to OUM. He has been practicing medicine for 25 years, with 10 years in anaesthesia.

“One of Samoa’s greatest health challenges is a shortage of doctors,” says Dr. Dean. “I am pleased to be a part of OUM to help make our country healthier.”

Dr. Dean earned his medical degree from University of Papua New Guinea in 1985 and finished his post-graduate internship training in Papua New Guinea and his native Samoa. He completed a World Health Organization funded fellowship in anaesthesia at the University of the Philippines in 1988 and training in Intensive Care at Waikato hospital in 1999.

In 2000, he became head of anaesthesia at TTMH and served as TTMH’s Director of Clinical Health Services from 2003-2006. He became the first General Manager of the National Health Services when it was separated from the Ministry of Health on the 1st July 2006, a post he held until he resigned in September 2010. During his tenure at TTM and NHS, the hospital successfully faced such challenges as a strike by Samoan doctors, swine flu epidemic, and the 2009 tsunami.

Dr. Dean lives with his wife and four daughters in Toomatagi.

Located on the grounds of the National Hospital Complex in Apia, Samoa, Oceania University of Medicine, which offers MD and MBBS degrees to its graduates, has a current student body of approximately 125 from five countries. Graduates are receiving their post-graduate residency and internship specialty training at teaching hospitals in Australia, Samoa, and the United States. OUM is accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities, listed in the World Health Organization's World Directory of Medical Schools, and recognized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. For more information about OUM, visit