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Dr Mario Abela
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Dr Mario Abela M.D., MRCPath, FFPath (RCP-I), FRCPath, CCST (Haematology)

Qualification and Experience

1. Read Medicine & Surgery at the Royal University of Malta Medical School (1968 - 1973) followed by resident house-jobs at St Luke’s and Boffa hospitals, Malta. Pursued postgraduate studies in clinical & laboratory Haematology, including Transfusion Medicine, within the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Teaching rotation, U.K and gaining membership of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) in 1980.

2. Appointed Consultant Clinical & Laboratory Haematologist at a large district general hospital in the North-East of England, serving a resident population of 220,000, with subspecialty clinical interest in Haemato-Oncology, for some twenty-five years (1981 – 2004). Regular teaching sessions for undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees as well as technical and nursing staff.  As a member of the Undergraduate Teaching Group, I participated in lectures, tutorials and practical sessions for Stage I & II medical students at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School and for a while, I was also the localco-ordinator of the Haematology module for undergraduate teaching at Newcastle upon Tyne. At Gateshead, I was also instrumental in leading discussions and negotiations between the Trust and the University ofNewcastle-upon-Tyne Medical School which led to the establishment of a full-time Senior Lecturer’s post in Haematology, within the aegis of the Directorate of Pathology.  At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, I was responsible for organising a regular monthly haematology seminar for postgraduate trainees and I also ran and chaired regular monthly discussion group meetings for technical staff in my department. On several occasions, I participated as an examiner in the regional Part II MRCP mock examination organised by the Northern Region Postgraduate Medical Institute for medical trainees pursuing postgraduate training in Internal Medicine.

3. Assumed the role of Clinical Director of Pathology Services for the Gateshead Health district for ten years (1985 – 1995), managing some eighty members of staff (medical, scientific, technical, ancillary & clerical), and an annual budget of £3.5M stg.

4. Occupied the role of Executive Hospital Medical Director with Trust Board experience at this same hospital employing 2500 members of staff, 165 medical consultants, and an annual turnover budget of £130M stg for the last eight years of my professional career in the U.K. (1998 – 2004). Responsible for all clinical strategy, senior medical staff (including recruitment, retention and annual appraisal), clinical audit activities, clinical quality and governance issues, clinical complaints handling and  clinical risk management structures. In this capacity, I was also ‘Caldicott Guardian’ for the Trust with responsibility for confidentiality and security of information held about patients and employees alike.


Research Capacity

Earlier in my career, I carried our research into the impact of cardiopulmonary bypass surgery on blood coagulation and platelet function with particular reference to different types of oxygenators (bubble and membrane types).

Also investigated red cell metabolic defects in relation to oxidative stress in patients with chronic renal disease.


Last Updated: 12 December 2008

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