Professor Alec Ekeroma, the Hon CEO of PSRH, has from last September, become the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Wellington School of the University of Otago (UoO). The UoO position is an academic promotion for Alec and he will be the first Pacific academic to reach a professorial role in any area of medicine in either Australia or NZ. Alec feels privileged that his long academic service and leadership work in the Pacific is recognized and revels in the potential importance of the role “to lead the department of obstetrics and gynaecology in the nation’s capital, further my research collaborations in NZ and the Pacific and innovate in training future O&G leaders in NZ and the region”. The second appointment is a call to assist Samoa strengthen the new School of Medicine at the National University of Samoa. He will divide his time between Wellington and Samoa.