LIBERIA – The Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) has appointed Dr Benetta Collins Andrews as chairperson replacing Dr Linda Araminta Birch.

Dr Benetta Collins Andrews is a Specialist Pediatrician currently serving as the Assistant Secretary General of the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS), the Government of Liberia’s flagship program for postgraduate medical education where specialized Doctors are trained locally.

In concert with the Ministry of Health, those Doctors are thereafter deployed to hospitals around the country in order to provide advanced medical care that would otherwise be sought outside the country at the peril of the economically challenged citizens.

Dr Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, minoring in Chemistry and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the T. J. R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology and the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine respectively.

Dr Andrews is also an alumnus of the prestigious US State Department sponsored Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program that afforded her an opportunity for postgraduate studies in Global health with emphasis in HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

She is a member of the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, a member of the West African College of Physicians and also a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr Andrews has had many professional development opportunities locally and internationally including certificates in supervision from the American Management Association, USA, in malaria control from the Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases, WuxiDreople’s Republic of China and postgraduate nutrition, a collaboration between Nestle Nutrition and the Boston University School of Medicine.

She also holds certificates in Faculty Development and Mentorship through a collaborative program between the University of Liberia College of Health Sciences and the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health.

She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) and the 2nd Vice Chair of the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism, the Global fund supervisory team for Liberia.

The Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) was established in 2010 by an act of the National Legislature to be autonomous with exclusive powers and authority to regulate and monitor medical practice within the Republic of Liberia.

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