Name: Donald John Wilson
Position: Acting Dean College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Other Position(s) Held: Associate Professor in Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Section: College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Dr Donald Wilson is the incumbent Associate Dean Research of CMNHS since 2019, and has acted in the role of the Dean CMNHS on a number of occasions. He is currently the Acting Dean while Dr William May is the Acting VC.

Dr Wilson is a public health doctor by background, with doctorate training in epidemiology. Following his undergraduate training in medicine, he worked for the Ministry of Health for 7years, before spending 12years in Japan, during which time he completed his PhD in environmental epidemiology, defending his doctorate research on ambient air pollution and respiratory health. He also spent 7years doing experimental research in nanotoxicology, using various cell lines and animal models for toxicological research. Upon returning to Fiji, he became the Head of School of Public Health & Primary Care at FNU in 2016, a post he held for three years, following which he was appointed the Associate Dean Research for CMNHS.

Under his leadership as ADR, the Fiji Institute of Pacific Health Research (FIPHR) was established in late 2019, and its 5-year Strategic Plan was launched in 2020. There are 4 active research centres, with the latest being the Communicable Diseases Research Centre (CDRC), co-funded by the University of Otago, that was launched in December 2021. This centre was established particularly in response to the gaps in infectious disease research that was recognized during the COVID pandemic. It is the hopes of the College, that the Centre will support the Ministry of Health in critical research related to COVID-19 and other such communicable diseases.


Jacqui Webster, Gade Waqa, Anne?Marie Thow, Steven Allender, Thomas Lung, Mark Woodward, Kris Rogers, Isimeli Tukana, Ateca Kama, Donald Wilson, Sarah Mounsey, Rebecca Dodd, Erica Reeve, Briar Louise McKenzie, Claire Johnson and Colin Bell. Scaling-up food policies in the Pacific Islands: protocol for policy engagement and mixed methods evaluation of intervention implementation. Nutrition Journal (2022), 21:8


How do Pacific Island countries add up on contraception, abortion and reproductive coercion? Guidance from the Guttmacher report on investing in sexual and reproductive health. Dawson, A., Ekeroma, A., Wilson, D. et al.  Reprod Health 18, 68 (2021).

Existing NCD Monitoring and Surveillance Systems and its adaptability to Fiji’s context: A Systematic Review. Josua Ligairi, Donald Wilson, Isimeli Tukana. Pacific Health Dialogue, Vol 21, No. 7 (2021).


Scaling-Up Food Policies in the Pacific Islands: Protocol for Policy Engagement and Mixed Methods Evaluation of Intervention Implementation. Jacqui Webster, Gade Waqa, Anne-Marie Thow, Steven Allender, Thomas Lung, Mark Woodward, Kris Rogers, Isimeli Tukana, Ateca Kama, Donald Wilson, Sarah Mounsey, Rebecca Dodd, Erica Reeve, Briar McKenzie, Claire Johnson, Colin Bell. Research Square, 2020 (Preprint).

Clinical characteristics and determinants of glycaemic control among type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients in Fiji. Romakin, Pablo & Wilson, Donald & Khan, Sabiha & Mohammadnezhad, Masoud. (2020). 10.21203/

Follow-up of Soluble Mesothelin-related Protein (SMRP) Levels in Subjects with Asbestos-related Disorders. Eun-Kee Park, Anthony Johnson, Donald Wilson, Paul Thomas, Deborah Yates (2020). Safety and Health at Work. 11. 10.1016/

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Pacific. Angela Dawson, Alec Ekeroma, Avelina Rokoduru, Donald Wilson, Nguyen Toan Tran, Deborah Bateson. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, March 20, 2021.


Treatment Characteristics and Determinants of Poor glycaemic Control among Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) Patients Attending Clinics at the Three Selected Health Centres in Suva, Fiji between 2011-2016. Pablo C. Romakin, Masoud Mohammadnezhad, Donald Wilson & Sabiha Khan. Glob J Med Rese 2018; 18(3) 1-7

Children’s Environmental Health Indicators for Pacific Island Countries. Claire Brereton, Amelia Turagabeci, Donald Wilson, Peter D Sly and Paul Jagals. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2018; 15: 1403

Socio-demographic Determinants of Poor Glycaemic Control among Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) Patients Attending Clinics at the Three Selected Health Facilities in Suva, Fiji in 2011-2016. Pablo CR*, Masoud Mohammadnezhad , Donald Wilson and Sabiha Khan. J Diab Complicat and Med 2018: 3, 1-6.


Relation Between Lung Dysfunction and Blood Cadmium and Lead Levels Among Welders. Sultan Cetincepe, SB Iritas, Meside Gunduzoz, Mehmet Alaguney, Donald Wilson, Ceylan Bal, OH Yilmaz, L Tutkun, Eun-Kee Park. J Occup Health 2017; 62:

Influence of sulfur dioxide on the respiratory system of Miyakejima adult residents 6 years after returning to the island. Takeshi Kochi, Satoko Iwasawa, Makiko Nakano, Tazuru Tsuboi, Shigeru Tanaka, Hiroko Kitamura, Donald John Wilson, Toru Takebayashi and Kazuyuki Omae. J Occup Health 2017; 59: 313-326


Elevated Urinary Metal Levels in Turkish Mine Workers. Eun-Kee Park, Donald Wilson, Mehmet Erdem Alagüney, Ceylan Bal, Servet B ?rita?, L Tutkun, Ömer H?nç Y?lmaz, S Abu?o?lu. Turkish Journal of Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Safety. 2015(1):11-21.


Titanium Dioxide Exposure Induces Acute Eosinophilic Lung Inflammation in Rabbits. Gil- Soon Cho, Chulho Oak, Bong-Kwon Chun, Donald Wilson, Tae Won JangHee-Kyoo Kim, Mannhong Jung, Engin Tutkun, Eun-Kee Park. Industrial Health, 52: 289-295; 2014.

Lung Function Profiles among Individuals with Nonmalignant Asbestos-related Disorders. Eun-Kee Park, Deborah H. Yates, Donald Wilson. Safety and Health at Work 5 (2014) 234-237


Hazardous Metal Pollution in the Republic of Fiji and the Need to Elicit Human Exposure. Eun-Kee Park, Donald Wilson, Hyun-Ju Choi, Colleen Turaga Wilson, Susumu Ueno. Environmental Health and Toxicology, 2013; 28:e2013017.

Awareness of Asbestos and Action Plans for Its Exposure can Help Lives Exposed to Asbestos. Hu-Jang Lee, Eun-Kee Park, Donald Wilson, Engin Tutkun, Chulho Oak. Safety and Health at Work, 4:84-86.


A predictive equation to adjust for clinical variables in soluble mesothelin-related protein (SMRP) levels. Eun-Kee Park, Donald Wilson, Deborah Yates. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 2012 Dec; 50(12):2199-204.

Potential Molecular Approaches for the Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer. Chul Ho Oak, Donald Wilson, Hu Jang Lee, Ho-Ju Lim, Eun-Kee Park. Molecular Medicine Reports. 6(5):931-6.

The Effects of Smoking on the Relationship between Metabolic Syndrome and Arterial Stiffness. Bu Kyung Kim, Donald Wilson, Young Sik Choi, Yo-Han Park, Eun-Kee Park. J UOEH, 34(2): 151-61.

Nuclear Factor kappa-B is not involved in Titanium Dioxide-Induced Inflammation. Donald Wilson, Mazen Zaqout, Jeong-Hoon Heo, Eun-Kee Park, Chul-Ho Oak, Susumu Ueno. J UOEH, 34(2): 183-91; 2012.

Determination of Thyroid Volume by Ultrasonography among Schoolchildren in the Philippines. Bu Kyung Kim, Young Sik Choi, Chul Ho Oak, Yo-Han Park, Jae Hyun Kim, Dae Jin Park, Cindy Mora, Donald Wilson, Eun-Kee Park. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2012:387971.

Binding of titanium dioxide nanoparticles to lactate dehydrogenase. Zaqout MS, Sumizawa T, Igisu H, Wilson D, Myojo T, Ueno S. Environ Health Prev Med. 2012 Jul;17(4):341-5.


A case of pneumothorax treated with thoracoscopic pleurodesis. Oak CH, Jang TW, Jung MH, Chun BK, Wilson D. J of UOEH, 33(3):225-30; 2011

Chest pain in asbestos and silica-exposed workers. Park EK, Thomas PS, Wilson D, Choi HJ, Johnson AR, Yates DH. Occup Med (Lond), 61(3):178-83; 2011

Periodontal Disease and Incident Diabetes: A Seven-Year Prospective Study in Japan. Ide R, Hoshuyama T, Wilson D, Takahashi K, Higashi T. J Dent Res, 90:41-46, 2011


Relationships Between Diabetes and Dental Care Costs : Findings From A Worksite Cohort Study in Japan. Ide R, Hoshuyama T, Wilson DJ, Takahashi K, Higashi T. Ind Health, 48:857–863; 2010


Clinical factors predictive of encephalitis caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis.

Sawanyawisuth K, Takahashi K, Hoshuyama T, Sawanyawisuth K, Senthong V, Limpawattana P, Intapan PM, Wilson D, Tiamkao S, Jitpimolmard S, Chotmongkol V. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 81(4):698-701; 2009

The effects of smoking on dental care utilization and its costs in Japan. Ide R, Hoshuyama T, Wilson D, Takahashi K, Higashi T. J Dent Res, 88(1):66-70; 2009


Respiratory symptoms among residents of a heavy-industry province in China: Prevalence and risk factors. Wilson D, Takahashi K, Pan G, Chan CC, Zhang S, Feng Y, Hoshuyama T, Chuang KJ, Lin RT, Hwang JS. Respir Med, 102:1536-44; 2008

Recent mortality from pleural mesothelioma, historical patterns of asbestos use and adoption of bans: A global assessment. Nishikawa K, Takahashi K, Karjalainen A, Wen CP, Furuya S, Hoshuyama T, Todoroki M, Kiyomoto Y, Wilson D, Higashi T, Ohtaki M, Pan G, Wagner G. Environ Health Perspec, 116(12):1675-80; 2008


The ratification status of ILO conventions related to occupational safety and health and its relationship with reported occupational fatality rates. Wilson DJ, Takahashi K, Sakuragi S, Yoshino M, Hoshuyama T, Imai T, Takala J. J Occup Health, 49(1):72-9; 2007

Ecological Association between asbestos-related diseases and historical asbestos consumption: an international analysis.  Lin RT, Takahashi K, Karjalainen A, Hoshuyama T, Wilson D, Kameda T, Chan CC, Wen CP, Furuya S, Higashi T, Chien LC, Ohtaki M. Lancet, 369(9564):844-9; 2007


Recent trends in ILO Conventions related to occupational safety and health. Wilson DJ, Takahashi K, Smith DR, Yoshino M, Tanaka C, Takala J. Int J Occup Saf Ergon, 12(3):255- 66; 2006

Association of psychological well-being with oral conditions in Japanese workers. Ide R, Hoshuyama T, Wilson D, Takahashi K, Higashi T. J Occup Health, 48(6):487-93; 2006

Dr Wilson teaches public health, epidemiology, occupational medicine, research methods, etc to undergraduates and postgraduates (masters and PhD students), and has research interests in public health, NCD’s, sexual and reproductive health, environmental health, communicable diseases, and health systems strengthening, among other topics. As Acting Dean, one of the biggest challenges so far has been ensuring the College is able to attract enough new students for the academic year 2022, which started one month later than normal, following the many challenges posed by the pandemic in 2021.