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    Skilled and credentialed medical educators

    UMHS faculty share a love of teaching and are fully committed to each student’s success. They are all highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the U.S. and Canada. 

    Each faculty member was selected because of their unique set of academic medicine capabilities. Team members include seasoned practitioners who transitioned from private practice to academic medicine, as well as veteran educators who have spent their entire careers focused on providing the finest instruction to medical students.  Regardless of background, most of the faculty have years of academic experience and have achieved the rank of full professor.   

    Unlike many other Caribbean schools, UMHS provides students with a personalized education. We achieve this by maintaining a small-school environment to ensure an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio. In fact, our 96% student retention rate is one of the highest in the Caribbean, and is in part due to the support services the faculty offer, including advisement, counseling, tutoring, and mentoring.

    By providing students with the best faculty, exceptional resources, and the tools to succeed, we have created an academic environment where students can flourish and accomplish their dreams.

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    M.D., M.B.B.S.

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    Sudhir Ambati, M.B.B.S.
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    Edwin Purcell

    Edwin S. Purcell,
    Ph.D.

    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Anatomy

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    Norma Ann Celestine

    Norma Ann Celestine,
    M.L.S., A.H.I.P.

    Director of Library Educational Applications, Assistant Professor of Library Research

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    Helen Gillanders,
    B.S.N., EN(G), R.N.

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    Mohan Kumar, M.D., M.B.B.S.

    Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Department Chair, Course Director, and Professor of Preclinical Science

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    Caroline Liburd

    Housing Director

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    Ruth Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
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    Sudhir Ambati,
    M.B.B.S.

    Dean of Student Affairs, Course Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Associate Professor of Preclinical Science

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    Jiji Aravindakshan,
    M.D., M.B.B.S.

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    Craig Ayre, B.Ed., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Molecular Sciences

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    Norma Ann Celestine

    Norma Ann Celestine,
    BA, MLS, AHIP

    Director of Library Educational Applications, Assistant Professor of Library Research

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    Jenica  Chambers

    Jenica Chambers, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences

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    Douglas Cotanche

    Douglas A. Cotanche, Ph.D.
    Professor of Anatomy, Course Director of Human Anatomy

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    Gareth Davies, Ph.D.
    Course Director of Immunology, Professor of Molecular Sciences

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    David Felten

    David L. Felten,
    M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences, Professor of Neurosciences

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    Lata Gowda

    Lata Gowda,
    MPT, BPT, BA

    Human Simulation Coordinator

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    Veerabhadra Gowda

    Veerabhadra Gowda,
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    Professor of Pharmacology, ICM & Physical Diagnosis

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    Cavelle Hobson,
    M.D.

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

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    John Holley, MD, Ph.D.
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    Neilal Isaac, MD, MMEd

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    Anoop Kumar Jalan

    Anoop Kumar Jalan,
    M.D., M.B.B.S.

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    Yogitha Jalan,
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    Molly Johannessen, Ph.D.
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    Frank Jones

    Frank Jones, Ph.D.

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    Annette Kirchgessner, M.A., Ph.D.
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    M.D., M.B.B.S.

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    Peter Lee

    Peter Lee,
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    Amanda Massicott,
    M.A.

    Counselor, Assistant Professor of Medical Education

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    Thomas McCracken

    Thomas O. Mccracken,
    Ph.D. (H.C.), M.S., M.S., B.E.

    Professor of Anatomy

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    Prakash Mungli

    Prakash Mungli,
    M.D., M.B.B.S.

    Dean of Basic Sciences (Interim), Chairman of Molecular Sciences, Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry

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    Jagadeesh Nagappa

    Jagadeesh Nagappa,
    M.B.B.S., DFM

    Professor of Physiology

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    Shannon Nanna, Psy.D.
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    Akintola-Odutola

    Akintola Odutola, B.Med. Sci., M.B.,B.S., Ph.D., FRCSEd
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    Edwin Purcell

    Edwin Purcell,
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    Jane Pringle,
    M.Ed.

    Instructor of Learning Development and Language Skills

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    Alfred Roy

    Alfred Roy,
    M.D., M.B.B.S.

    Chair, Course Director and Professor of Pathology

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    Bichara S. Sahely,
    B. Sc. (Hons), M.D..M.B.B.S., DM (UWI)

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

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    Pinakini Shankar

    Pinakini Shankar,
    M.D., M.B.B.S.

    Course Director and Professor of Pharmacology

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    Luisa Veloz

    Luisa Veloz, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Preclinical Science

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    Frank Wagner

    Frank Wagner,
    Psy.D., M.A., B.A., B.B.S.

    Chair & Professor of Behavioral Science

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    Cameron Wilkinson

    Cameron Wilkinson,
    M.D., F.R.C.S.

    Clinical Professor of Surgery

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    Ed.D.

    Associate Professor of Learning Development and Language Skills

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    Patrice M. Thibodeau,
    M.D.

    Assistant Clinical Dean, Director of Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

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    Donna Thompson

    Donna Thompson,
    M.D.C.M.

    Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences, Professor of Clinical Medicine

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    Molly Johannessen, Ph.D.
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    Rachael Roberts,
    B.S.

    Senior Manager of Programs and Technology

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    Heather Robertson, MHS, PA-C
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    Matthew Michaud, ND, MA
    Associate Director of Academic Support and Learning Development

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    Jovana Kakuca
    Program Coordinator

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    Julie Rice,
    B.A.

    Program Coordinator and Facilities Manager

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    • Michael Brown, M.D.
    • David Burke, M.D.
    • Alison Daigle, M.D.
    • Adam Duquette, D.O.
    • Nancy Goodwin, M.D.
    • Trisha Gushue, M.D.
    • Kate Herlihy, M.D.
    • Courtney, Jensen, M.D.
    • Dashiell Jordan, M.D.
    • Richard Kappelmann, M.D.
    • Richard Kutz, M.D.
    • Jocelyn Langevin, D.O.
    • Thomas Morrione, M.D.
    • Stephen O'Donnell, M.D.
    • Nathan Raby, D.O.
    • Daniel Rausch, M.D.
    • Sarah Skelton, M.D.
    • Jennifer Sunday, D.O.
    • Raymond Tardiff, M.D.
    • Jeri Wade, N.P.
    • Sarah Wilson, M.D.

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    • Mark Alexander, D.O.
    • Jennifer Aronson, M.D.
    • Cindy Avery, M.D.
    • Marly Biermann, M.D.
    • Mary Carpenter, MS, CGC
    • Shannon Deschenes, D.O.
    • Teresita Maguire, M.D.
    • Jane Pringle, M.D.
    • Dwight Pringle, M.D.
    • Shapir Rosenberg, M.D.
    • Margaret Shepp, M.D.
    • Julie Schirmer, MSE, LCSW
    • William Schirmer, M.D.
    • Vicki Stevens, NREMT-P
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    George H. Shade Jr., M.D.

    Dean of Clinical Science, Clinical Chair, Professor of Clinical Medicine

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    David L. Felten, M.D., Ph.D.

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    Steve Caplan, M.D.
    Clinical Chair, Chief of Pediatrics

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    Charles Herrick, M.D.
    Clinical Chair, Chief of Psychiatry

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    Robert Levine, M.D.
    Clinical Chair, Chief of Family Medicine

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    Elizabeth Morgan, M.D.
    Clinical Chair, Chief of Surgery

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    Khalid Zakaria, M.D.
    Clinical Chair, Chief of Internal Medicine