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New head at Mona

Professor Archibald McDonald has been selected to succeed Professor Gordon Shirley as principal of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies.

McDonald is the current deputy principal at Mona, a post he has held for the past year.

A statement from the university said he has had an outstanding career as a surgeon in Trauma and Emergency Medicine.

“He is a graduate of the UWI and received his postgraduate DM degree in 1987,”it said. “He is credited with starting the first Accident and Emergency Department in Jamaica at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

“With colleagues, he established the Advanced Trauma Life Support Programme in Jamaica and conducted seminal studies that defined the epidemiology of injury in Jamaica which led to development of Jamaica’s Injury Surveillance System. He has published some 125 papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.”

Professor McDonald served as chairman of the Department of Surgery (2002-2005) and then as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus, from 2005 to 2012. While he was dean, he led historic changes in the faculty, resulting in a complete restructuring of the MBBS curriculum, a 200 per cent expansion in student intake.

His initiative also resulted in accreditation of the medical programme by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority in Medicine and the Health Professions and the effort to create a state of the art building on the Mona Campus — the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex. For his exceptional leadership and scholarship, he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2008.

In addition to his role as deputy principal, McDonald is the chair of the Jamaican Research and Education Network, a member of the board of the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network and chairman of the Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He will assume the office of the principal on September 1, 2013, the date that Principal Gordon Shirley will demit office to become the President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica, and will continue for three years until his retirement date.

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