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Ten minutes with Professor Erwin Loh, Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager of Clinical Governance, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Erwin Loh1,
  2. Natasha Roya Matthews2,
  3. Shona Mackinnon2
  1. 1 Group Chief Medical Officer, St Vincent's Health Australia, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Erwin Loh, St Vincent's Health Australia Ltd Fitzroy, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia; erwin.loh{at}

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Professor Erwin Loh, MBBS, LLB (Hons), MHSM, MBA, PhD, FRACMA, is the Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager Clinical Governance for St Vincent’s Health Australia, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health and aged care provider. This comprises oversight of 36 facilities including hospitals and aged care facilities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and with three colocated research institutes.

He is qualified in both medicine and law, as well as business and management, with a career spanning in roles such as Chief Medical Officer of Monash Health and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He has also worked as a full-time lawyer in health law, medicolegal matters, medical indemnity and WorkCover insurance.

Professor Loh is Chair of the Victorian State Committee and Board Member of the Royal Australasian College of Administrators and maintains academic appointments with the University of Melbourne, Monash University and Macquarie University.

He has combined his expertise to teach and carry out research in health law, health management and clinical leadership. He has authored many journal articles and presentations on health law, medical management and health technology. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, with interest in medical futurology.


1. What are the key leadership messages you want to get out to the BMJ Leader readership?

The leadership model that I teach and aspire to live out is servant leadership. In this model, you are a servant first: you serve the needs of your team members so that they can better serve the people that they lead, and in healthcare, ultimately, the patients to whom we are providing care. As a servant leader, your role is a privilege, and it is an honour to be able to use your position to serve followers and lead by example. In other words, as you serve others, they then learn and develop as servant leaders; by putting the …

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