Lao Friends Hospital for Children is very pleased to welcome Dr. David Brewster as the facility’s new executive director.
Dr. Brewster brings a wealth of experience in pediatrics and hospital management to LFHC. He has been active in acute clinical medicine since being graduated in 1973 from the medical school at McMaster University in Canada, and has worked in several countries.
Since 2013, he has served with an Australian Aid Project in the Southeast Asia country of Timor-Leste (East Timor). The project focuses on women and children’s health. He was also responsible there for pediatric postgraduate training.
Before leaving for East Timor, Dr. Brewster was the Clinical Director of Pediatrics at Canberra Hospital in Australia.
He studied philosophy at universities in Canada (Ontario and Quebec) and France. He says that it was during those studies that he made a commitment to work in poor countries and care for underprivileged children.
He qualified as a pediatrician in 1982 through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and holds a Master of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Medicine.
Dr. Brewster was honored by the Order of Australia in 2006 for service in medicine as a pediatrician, particularly for developments in indigenous child healthcare, medical education and the treatment of malnutrition in developing countries.
Dr. Brewster has practiced medicine in Samoa, Australia, Zimbabwe, the Solomons, Gambia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Botswana. He has overseen medical schools in Darwin, Australia, Gaboron, Botswana, and Suva, the capital of Fiji, where he wrote a history of Fiji’s medical school, according to a profile published in The Canberra Times.