New medical roles for defence specialist MDDUS

MDDUS has announced several new appointments that will strengthen its Medical Division.

The UK-wide medical defence specialist MDDUS has today (11 March 2021) announced several new appointments that will strengthen its Medical Division.

Dr John Holden takes up the post of Chief Medical Officer. Previously Head of MDDUS’ Medical Division, the new post will see Dr Holden lead on developing collaborative relationships with MDDUS’ external medico-legal partners. He will also continue to offer expert support to MDDUS members. Dr Holden was originally a GP in East Sussex and is a former vice-president of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

Dr Naeem Nazem becomes Head of Medical Division. After specialising in neurology, Dr Nazem went on to achieve a first class honours degree in law, before working in the healthcare and litigation departments of a London law firm. He takes over as Head of Medical Division following eight years as a Medico-Legal Adviser for the company.

Dr Susan Gibson-Smith becomes Deputy Head of Medical Division. Dr Gibson-Smith worked as a GP in Glasgow for 13 years before joining MDDUS in 2009. With seven years’ experience as a GP appraiser, she also brings experience in GP training to the role, in addition to expertise in undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching.

Emma Parfitt, MDDUS Director of Advisory and Legal Services, said:

“These appointments comes at an exciting time for the company, as we continue to develop a wider range of products and services to protect the professional interests of healthcare staff and providers".

“MDDUS’s trusted, personal and responsive approach to supporting our members is reflected through the vast experience all three have in managing medico-legal issues".

“I look forward to working with them in their new posts as we continue to focus our expertise to support our members and healthcare providers”.

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