Medical Administration

This section contains various documents along with a newspaper story link regarding primarily the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center.  That office is currently held by Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga (commonly known as Saleapaga), along with an Assistant CMO who was appointed by Dr. Saleapaga almost immediately after his installation by the Hospital Board as CMO in late 2013.  We believe this Office plays a significant role at the root of the serious ongoing problems with the professional management of the medical center.  

You can find much more information in the Samoa News Archive section, as well as in other locations on this site.  Below is just one example of the type of content that is available there: 

Saleapaga says his record speaks for itself 

No malpractice lawsuits 

After many attempts to reach Chief Medical Officer Dr Iotamo Saleapaga to comment on recents encounters with former outspoken hospital board member, Velega Savali, the CMO did not answer. However, in a letter, leaked to Samoa News, dated Sept. 6, 2012, addressed to the former LBJ CEO, Mike Gersternberger and board members during his contract renewal time, the doctor pointed out that he’s served for “many, many years and not one malpractice lawsuit against him.”  Read more


Here are some publicly released documents showing the unsuccessful request by Dr. Saleapaga to renew his contract in 2012.  

  • June 28, 2012, Dr. Saleapaga wrote to the then CMO, Dr. Anesi, requesting a renewal of his contract with LBJ.

  • September 4, 2012, Michael Gerstenberger, CEO, wrote to Dr. Saleapaga giving a long list of concerns causing him to not renew Dr. Saleapaga's contract immediately.

  • September 5, 2012, CEO Gerstenberger wrote a "Memo for the Record" memorializing a meeting with Dr. Saleapaga.

  • September 6, 2012, Dr. Saleapaga responded to the CEO Gerstenberger.

  • September 20, 2012, CEO Gerstenberger sent an email to the members of the LBJ Board of Directors detailing a meeting with certain medical staff leaders regarding the non-renewal of Dr. Saleapaga's contract.

  • September 21, 2012, CEO Gerstenberger wrote to Dr. Saleapaga denying the renewal of his contract.

  • September 21, 2012, CEO Gerstenberger wrote another "Memo for the Record" in which he memorialized his next meeting with Dr. Saleapaga.