Joseph Cacciottolo is Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1998 and Professor in 2004. He coordinates the Humanities, Medicine and Science Programme within the Faculty of Arts and was Head of the Department of Medicine and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
He is a consultant physician and taught clinical medicine until 2014. He qualified in medicine in London and holds the MD degree from the University of Malta. He underwent post-graduate training in internal medicine and respiratory disorders in England. He later trained in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Dundee, Scotland and at the University of Eastern Finland from where he was awarded the DSc degree for his thesis on Control of Cardiovascular Diseases in the Maltese Community. He was elected MRCP in 1980, FRCP in 1994, FCCP in 1996 and FRCPE in 2010.
He was World Health Organisation Fellow and held an International Fellowship of the American Association for Respiratory Care at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and at Texas Medical Centre, Houston. He was Principal Investigator for the WHO-MONICA Project, and CINDI Programme. He was involved in the formulation of national clinical practice guidelines for the management of several respiratory disorders, supplementary oxygen therapy and hypertension.
At the University of Malta, Professor Cacciottolo is member of Council and Senate. He chairs the Programme Validation Committee, the Doctoral School Academic Committee and Boards of several other University entities. He is Co-Chair of the Institute for the Public Services.
Professor Cacciottolo is member of the Malta Guardianship Board. Since 2007, he has been International Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians and is involved in various aspects of higher education, addressing programme construction, and quality assurance issues in European universities. He does pro-bono advisory work for the Down Syndrome Association, Hospice Malta and the Ministry of Health Live Organ Transplant Advisory Committee.