News at Medicine - October 2009 - Professor emeritus for Ian Bowmer and Robert Walley

Professor emeritus for Ian Bowmer and Robert Walley
October 22, 2009
Memorial University honoured several professors with the designation professor emeritus during fall convocation ceremonies in St. John’s October 23. Among those honoured were Dr. Ian Bowmer, former dean of medicine, and Dr. Robert Walley, a former member of the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology and world leader in the field of maternal health.
Dr. Ian Bowmer

To be eligible for the title professor emeritus, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement.  The prime criteria for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.

Dr. Bowmer was recruited to Memorial in 1975 and served as a faculty member for more than 30 years. He served as assistant dean for postgraduate medical education, chair of the Discipline of Medicine and dean of medicine, a post he held from 1996-2003.

Dr. Bowmer is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal and completed residencies at the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill. Dr. Bowmer’s research expertise is concentrated in the area of HIV and AIDS and in 1993-94 served as chair of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s National Working Group for the Comprehensive Care of Persons with HIV. He also served as chair of the board of Community Health – St. John’s Region, as a member, Health Care Corporation of St. John’s Board of Trustees, and was president of the Medical Council of Canada.

Dr. Bowmer is currently executive director of the Medical Council of Canada.

Dr. Robert Walley

Dr. Robert Walley has a long and distinguished career as a clinical faculty member and a professor of maternal and child health in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Faculty of Medicine from 1973 to 2003.

Over that time he has become a world leader in the field of maternal health, particularly in the area of post-partum haemorrhage and obstetric fistula, conditions which inflict tragic loss of life and severely interfere with the quality of life of survivors of child birth throughout the third world.

He has worked as an ob/gyn consultant at a rural mission hospital in Nigeria where he developed a model of essential rural obstetrics. He introduced this model to Ghana in 1997 and continues to the present.

In 1995, Dr. Walley founded MaterCare International, a group of obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives whose mission is to care for mothers and babies wherever they may be.

Dr. Walley has published extensively and is known internationally for his work in the field of maternal health. His presentations include a workshop at the United Nations in 2004. 

Dr. Walley attended the University of London and completed his residency at the University of Toronto. He also received a master’s in international health from Harvard.