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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.B.B.S., MPH
Dean of Student Affairs, Course Director of Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine, Associate Professor of Preclinical Science

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Craig Ayre,
B.Ed., Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Molecular Sciences

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Shivayogi Bhusnurmath,
M.B.B.S., MD Pathology, FRCPath (London, UK)

Dean of Basic Sciences, Professor of Pathology

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Norma Ann Celestine

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

Director of Library Educational Applications, Assistant Professor of Library Research

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Ruth FitzGerald

Ruth FitzGerald,
Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Services

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David Graham

David R. Graham,
M.B. Ch.B., M.D., F.R.C.P., F.F.S.E.M.

Provost

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Neilal Isaac,
M.D., MMEd

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Professor, Pre-clinical Sciences and Simulation Lab Director

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

Director of Maine Integrated program, Course Director of ICM I (St. Kitts), ICM II (Maine), Chairman of Pre-Clinical Program - St. Kitts

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Caroline Liburd

Housing Director

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

Associate Dean, Chairman of Molecular Sciences, Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry

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Ayodeji O. Olujohungbe

Ayodeji O. Olujohungbe,
B.Sc., MCSE

Campus IT and LRC Director

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Edwin Purcell

Edwin S. Purcell,
Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Anatomy

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Dan Vitalo,
B.A.

Vice President of Facilities

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Sherisse Wallace
BSN, RN

Campus Nurse

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Cherrilyn Warde-Crawford
PsyD, CCTP-II
Campus Counselor

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St. Kitts Faculty

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Rada Alexandrescu,
M.D., SFHEA, RCS

Associate Professor of Anatomy

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Mirza Ali,
M.D., M.B.B.S.

Professor and Course Director of Pathology II

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Sudhir Ambati

Sudhir Ambati,
M.P.H., M.B.B.S.

Dean of Student Affairs, Course Director of Epidemiology and Evidence-based Medicine, Associate Professor of Preclinical Science

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Dr-Jiji-Aravindakshan

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

Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathology

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Janak Awasthi
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Course Director of Neuroscience

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Craig Ayre,
B.Ed., Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Molecular Sciences

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Shivayogi Bhusnurmath,
M.D. Pathology, M.B.B.S., FRCPath (London, UK)

Dean of Basic Sciences, Professor of Pathology

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Norma Ann Celestine

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

Director of Library Educational Applications, Assistant Professor of Library Research

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Dr Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies,
Ph.D.
Professor and Course Director of Immunology, Professor and Course Director of Genetics

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Arun Dhakal

Dr. Arun Dhakal,
M.D., MS, FAIMER®

Associate and Course Director Professor of Histology

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Lata Gowda

Lata Gowda,
M.P.T., B.P.T., B.A.

Human Simulation Educator

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Dr Veera Gowda

Veerabhadra Gowda,
M.B.B.S., M.D., D.C.C.P.

Professor of Pharmacology, ICM & Physical Diagnosis

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Cavelle Hobson,
M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Neilal Isaac,
M.D., MMEd

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Professor, Pre-clinical Sciences and Simulation Lab Director

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

Professor of Pathology

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Yogitha Jalan,
B.Sc., M.Sc.

Instructor of Microbiology

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Molly Johannessen,
Ph.D.
Director of Education and Teaching, Associate Professor of Physiology

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Frank Jones

Frank Jones,
Ph.D.

Course Director of Medical Cell Biology and Professor of Molecular Sciences

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Dr Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar,
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology, Course Director of Pathology 1

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

Director of Maine Integrated program, Course Director of ICM I (St. Kitts), ICM II (Maine), Chairman of Pre-Clinical Program - St. Kitts

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Dr Neeraj Kumar

Neeraj Kumar,
Ph.D.

Professor and Course Director of Microbiology

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Peter Lee

Peter Lee,
Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Sciences

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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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Lori Montross,
Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences

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Prakash Mungli

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

Associate Dean, Chairman of Molecular Sciences, Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry

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Jagadeesh Nagappa

Jagadeesh Nagappa,
M.B.B.S., D.F.M.

Professor and Course Director of Physiology, Director of Accelerated Review Program

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Natalie Osborne

Natalie S. Osborne,
M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Edwin Purcell

Edwin Purcell,
Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Anatomy

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Ms Jane Pringle

Jane Pringle,
M.Ed.

Instructor of Learning Development and Language Skills

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Avinash Rawal,

Avinash Rawal,
Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Science

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Angela Rowlands

Associate Professor and Lead of Learning Development and Communication Skills

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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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Dr Pinakini Shankar

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

Course Director and Professor of Pharmacology

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Dr Sirjana Subedi

Sirjana Subedi
M.B.B.S.

Clinical Instructor of Preclinical Sciences

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Angela Unger Waigand,
M.A., Ed.D.

Instructor of Learning Development and Language Skills

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Luisa Veloz

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

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

Chair & Professor of Behavioral Science

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Portland, Maine Administration

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

Director of Maine Integrated program, Course Director of ICM I (St. Kitts), ICM II (Maine), Chairman of Pre-Clinical Program - St. Kitts

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Molly Johannessen, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Teaching, Director of the Biological Basis of Clinical Medicine course, Associate Professor of Physiology

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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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Heather Robertson, MHS, PA-C
Director of ICM II Clinical Skills Lab & Preceptorship Program

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Matthew Michaud, ND, M.A.
Director of Maine Operations, Associate Director of Academic Support and Learning Development

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Jovana Kakuca,
B.S.

Educational Services

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Julie Rice,
B.A.

Program Coordinator and Facilities Manager

Portland, Maine Faculty Preceptors

  • David Burke, MD 
  • Alison Daigle, DO 
  • Thomas Morrione, MD 
  • Louis Di Salvo, MD 
  • Minda Gold, MD 
  • Lisa Lucas, DO 
  • Aaron Perrault, MD 
  • Annamarie Pond, MD 
  • Joanna Rulf, DO 
  • Karen Saylor, MD 
  • Diane Zavotsky, MD 
  • Bethany Picker, MD 
  • Stephen Saylor, PA-C 
  • James Gillen, PA-C 

Portland, Maine Campus Faculty

  • Mohan Kumar, MD
  • Teresita Maguire, MD 
  • Bruce Kenney, DO 
  • Margaret Shepp, MD 
  • Patrice Thibodeau, MD 
  • Shannon Deschenes, DO 
  • Marly Biermann, MD 
  • Sandra Harris, MD 
  • Laurin Koskinen, MD 
  • Alfred Riel, MD 
  • Shapir Rosenberg, MD 
  • James Schneid, MD 
  • Judith Ziegler, DO 
  • David Burke, MD 
  • Elizabeth Morgan, MD
  • Shannon Hanna, PsyD 
  • Mark Alexander, DO 
  •  Lisa Parsons, DO

CSL Instructors

  • Heather Robertson, MHS, PA-C
  • Jay R. Souder, APRN
  • Kevin Ball, NRP
  • Kathy Johnson, NRP
  • Tom Lafferty, NRP
  • Stella Collin

Clinical Administration

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George H. Shade Jr., M.D.

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

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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