University welcomes new Head of MBChB programme

The University of Leeds is delighted to announce that Moe Thaw Oo is joining the School of Medicine as the new Head of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme.

Moe is currently a consultant physician and geriatrician, with a special interest in Parkinson’s disease, at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (SWBH).

Moe joins the School with a strong background in undergraduate medical education having been Deputy Head of Undergraduate Medicine and Year 5 Academic Lead, for both Birmingham and Aston MBChB Programmes at SWBH.

He is a visiting professor at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, India.

On joining the University, Moe said: “I am humbled and honoured to take this strategic leadership role at the world-class university. I am determined to collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders for the effective delivery and innovative development of our flagship MBChB Programme in Contemporary Medical Education.

‘’As a strong advocate for inclusivity, I am passionate about implementing inclusive, equitable and supportive learning culture for both students and staff.’’

Moe will be one of only a few clinical academics from a minoritised ethnic background to hold such a position in a UK medical school.

His background underpins the Leeds School of Medicine’s ambition to create an inclusive multi-professional focused environment where students from all backgrounds and disciplines can thrive and work together effectively.

Laura Smith, Director of Leeds Institute of Medical Education commented, “In recruiting Moe to the School of Medicine, we have been very fortunate to attract someone with his outstanding track record. He has undertaken a variety of roles in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education both in the UK and internationally.

“With his additional experience as Deputy Director of Medical Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) and his leadership on MRCP Clinical Examinations in the UK, he will be a great asset to our School.”

Professor Mark Kearney, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health added, “It will be great to have Moe working with us. In addition to his clinical skills he is also research active in medical education and supports collaborative learning internationally.

“His leadership will help us build on the strengths already present in our School as well as explore the opportunities presented in the recently published NHS long-term workforce plan.”

Moe will take up his role as Head of the MBChB programme in December.