In late December 2019, Professor Suleiman Ahmed Guleid, President, Amoud University, appointed Dr. Alexander Finlayson
as a Visiting Professor of Medicine at Amoud College of Health Sciences (ACHS). He will be affiliated with School of Medicine and Surgery at Amoud College of Health Sciences in teaching and service development areas. This came as an appreciation of his academic contributions to the training of Somaliland medical students, junior medical doctors, other faculty and other cadres of health workers through the innovative digital capacity building programme, MedicineAfrica. He has played a part in developing innovations through the King’s THET Somaliland Partnership KTSP which was part of strengthening the healthcare workforce in Somaliland. Now called Kings’ in Somaliland, through SPHEIR project which is UKAID funded grant training medical teachers in Somaliland, the platform remains vital in the delivery of the collaboration.
Alexander is now the co-founder and CEO of a digital health company called Nye. Alexander also has a role in Medical Education at Oxford University as a Doll Fellow (Director of Graduate Entry Medical Studies) at Green Templeton College in Oxford University http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/, works a part-time General Practitioner in Oxford
Alexander was previously Head of Research, King's Centre for Global Health; a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard in Systems Biology; an ACF in both Cancer Medicine and General Practice at Oxford; was awarded BMJ Junior Doctor of the Year in 2012 for the work on MedicineAfrica and was an advisor to Global health APPG in House of Lords for on digital health.
Selected work in Somaliland includes the following showing support he offered Somaliland colleagues in developing the clinical and research skills needed in their career development.
Boyce, R., Rosch, R., Finlayson, A., Handuleh, D., Walhad, S.A., Whitwell, S. and Leather, A., Use of a bibliometric literature review to assess medical research capacity in post-conflict and developing countries: Somaliland 1991-2013.
Woodward, A., Fyfe, M., Handuleh, J., Patel, P., Godman, B., Leather, A. and Finlayson, A., 2014. Diffusion of e-health innovations in ‘post-conflict’settings: a qualitative study on the personal experiences of health workers. Human resources for health, 12(1), p.22.