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Faculty members at UMHS share a love of teaching. Skilled and credentialed educators, with backgrounds in medical education, research, and administration, they truly believe that medical students deserve the best instructional methods, including technological tools, available today. 

Priding themselves on availability to UMHS students inside and outside of the classroom, our faculty creates a nurturing learning environment.  We are a small school catering to the individual needs of our students.  Unlike other caribbean medical schools we offer a personalized education and work closely with each student to ensure their success.  As a result, we are proud to announce that our current attrition rate is approximatley 4% in the basic science program.

Each faculty member was selected because of their unique set of academic medicine capabilities.  Team members range from educators who transitioned from private practice to academic medicine, to members who have spent their entire careers focused on providing the finest instruction to medical students. 

As UMHS grows, recruitment of credentialed and qualified faculty primarily from U.S. medicals schools is on going. This page will be periodically updated to include new faculty.

 

UMHS-ST. KITTS ADMINISTRATION

WILLIAM THURMAN, M.D., C.M.
Provost

Dean of Basic Sciences

NORMA ANN CELESTINE, M.L.S., A.H.I.P.
Diretor of Library Services
Professor of Library Research

CECILIA FRANCE
Campus Registrar 

HELEN GILLANDERS, B.S.N., EN(G), R.N.
Campus Nurse

THOMAS J. LAST, Ph.D
Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Dean
Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

CAROLINE LIBURD
Housing Director

AYO OLUJOHUNGBE, B.S.
Director, Information Technology, St. Kitts

DAN VITALO, B.A.
Vice President of Facilities

UMHS-St. Kitts Faculty

JAMES ADEKEYE, Ph.D., D.V.M., M.S.
Professor of Microbiology

JAMES GORDON AVERY
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

MICHAEL D. DOHERTY, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Professor of Neuroscience

STEVEN D. GARMON, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

DAVID HERRICK, Ph.D., B.S.
Professor of Genetics and Immunology

ANOOP KUMAR JALAN, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Professor of Pathology

GIRISH J. KOTWAL, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.
Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry

MOHAN KUMAR, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

STEVEN LEWIS, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology

THOMAS O. MCCRACKEN, Ph.D. (H.C.), M.S., M.S., B.E.
Professor of Anatomy and Physiology

NAGY MILIK, M.B.B.Ch.. F.R.C.S.G., F.R.C.S.
Chair and Professor of Clinical Medicine

PRAKASH MUNGLI, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry 

BIRGIT NARDELL, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology

LENA NILSSON, M.Sci., M.A., B.Sci.
Assistant Professor of Medical Education

EDWIN PURCELL, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy and Embryology

GARY A. ROGERS, Ph.D., B.S.
Professor of Pharmacology and Director of ARP

BICHARA S. SAHELEY, M.D..M.B.B.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

PINAKINI SHANKAR, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Professor of Pharmacology

FRANK WAGNER, Psy.D., M.A., B.A., B.B.S.
Professor of Behavioral Science

CAMERON WILKINSON, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery

UMHS-ST. KITTS ADMINISTRATION

WILLIAM THURMAN, M.D.
ProvostWILLIAM THURMAN, M.D - Caribbean medical school

 Dr. Thurman brings a rich medical, academic, and administrative background to UMHS.   Educated at University of North Carolina (B.S.), Tulane University (M.P.H) and McGill University (M.D.C.M.), Dr. Thurman specialized in pediatric hematology/oncology as the chief resident at Tulane. During his career, Dr. Thurman also was chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and he held the position of president, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Thurman entered academic medicine at Tulane University as an instructor.  Other faculty appointments included Emory University, Cornell University School of Medicine, Rockefeller Institute, and the University of Virginia, where he was chair of pediatrics.  Dr. Thurman was the dean of medicine at Tulane University, as well as the vice president for medical affairs and provost at the University of Oklahoma, where he was responsible for six health science schools, including the school of medicine.

After retiring from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Thurman served as dean of two Caribbean medical schools.  He has the title of Dean Emeritus from American University of the Caribbean.  Dr. Thurman joined the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2007 as provost.

ZENAIDO CAMACHO, Ph.D. Dean of Basic Sciences

dr_zenaido_camacho_dean_of_umhs_800x533.jpgThe University of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zenaido Camacho to the position of Dean of Basic Sciences.  He was the vice provost and associate vice chancellor at the University of Colorado, Denver as well as senior associate dean at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Camacho served as the vice dean for academic affairs and associate regional dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, in addition to holding an appointment as full professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology.  Before his time at Texas Tech, Dr. Camacho served as the vice president for student affairs at Rice University as well as professor of biochemistry and cell biology.  He was the the senior associate dean at Baylor College of Medicine and professor in the Departments of Pathology and Community Medicine.  He also served as assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine and associate professor of the Division of Research and Medical Education and associate professor of pathology.

  

NORMA ANN CELESTINE, M.L.S., B.A., A.H.I.P.
Director of Library Services and Professor of Library Research

NORMA ANN CELESTINE - UMHS Caribbean medical schoolProfessor Celestine received her M.L.S. and her B.A., with a major in Spanish, from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

In addition to her work with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Celestine heads the library program for the International University of  Nursing, which shares the campus with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Professor Celestine directs all library operations, and keeps the library abreast of advances in technology, including incorporating Web 2.0, electronic resources, multimedia, digital repository functionality and course management systems into the library services.

Prior to joining UMHS and IUON, Ms. Celestine directed operations for HealthLink Services-Research Services Department, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, ON, and has been the assistant director of Library Services at St. Georges University, School of Medicine, Grenade, West Indies. She also has been the director of library services at Arusha International Development Resource Centre in Calgary.

  

UMHS-ST. KITTS FACULTY

 JAMES ADEKEYE UMHS St. KittsJAMES ADEKEYE, Ph.D.,D.V.M., M.S.
Professor of Microbiology

As a microbiologist, Dr. Adekeye believes in the importance of learning strong research and diagnostic skills during the educational process.  He understands the critical nature of using these educational skills in real-world practice due to his role as a research scientist in Guelph, Ontario establishing optimal conditions for minimizing microbial contamination.

Dr. Adekeye has been associated with educational organizations worldwide, including: the University of Guelph Biomedical Sciences, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada) Department of Pathobiology Ontario Veterinary College, the Center for Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh, the Norwegian Veterinary College, the Central Public Health Laboratory in London, the Veterinary Public Health Laboratory at Kansas State University and the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta (CDC), where he trained in epidemiology and health administration.

Dr. Adekeye has taught as a professor of microbiology and epidemiology at a veterinary school in St. Kitts and his alma mater, Ahmadu Bello University, where he served as professor and head of pathology and microbiology and deputy dean of the faculty.  He has several scientific journal publications to his credit and has served as major supervisor for several students at the master and Ph.D. levels.

After completing his Master of Science degree at Kansas State University, Dr. Adekeye began his Ph.D. course work at Kansas State.  Dr. Adekeye completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. degrees in Nigeria at Ahmadu Bello University.

James Gordon Avery, M.D., MB,ChB. FFPH. DTM&H
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. James G. Avery earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B., Ch.B) and his Doctor of Medicine with Distinction (M.D.) from the University of Sheffield Medical School, Sheffield, United Kingdom.  He earned his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (D.T.M.&H.) from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Avery was a Member (M.F.P.H.), then Fellow (F.F.P.H.), Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom.

With an extensive medical career, Dr. Avery’s began as a junior house officer at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary and Children’s Hospital.  He then became a senior house officer, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cuckfold Hospital, Sussex, UK. Dr. Avery was the district medical officer, then government malariologist, then chief medical officer community health in the Solomon Islands.  Dr. Avery moved on to become the district medical officer, then director of public health, South Warwickshire, UK.  He then became chief of preventative medicine, King Faisal Military Hospital, Khamis Mushayt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Dr. Avery was a senior medical officer, Welsh Office, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, UK.  He was the chief medical officer, Montserrat West Indies, then a locum consultant in public health with Iechydd Morgannwg Health, Swansea Wales. Dr. Avery’s most recent position was as director/associate professor of epidemiology and public health at the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies. 

Dr. Avery has been an honorary senior lecturer and/or tutor on epidemiology, public health, travel medicine, and injury prevention at Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Coventry, Glasgow, Warwick and Wales at Swansea.  He was a visiting professor St Georges University, Grenada and University of the United Arab Emirates, Al Ain, UAE.  He also has been an associate professor of epidemiology and public health, Medical University of the Americas.

Dr. Avery is a member of the British Medical Association, founder and member of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, and a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety.  He is a Fellow, Royal Geographical Society, London and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, London.  In addition, Dr. Avery is a member, International Panel of Judges on Annual Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award, World Committee on Disability, Washington, DC.

Dr. Avery’s publications include various papers and letters on injury prevention and public health issues from 1968 to present in BMJ, Lancet, Practitioner, Injury Prevention, Risk Analysis, Journal of Occupational Health, Papua New Guinea Medical Journal, and West Indian Medical Journal.  He has been a presenter of papers and/or posters at conferences, and senior co-author of Children and their Accidents, 1993 and a Contributor of chapter on ‘Accidents and injuries experienced by travellers’ in Lockie C et al (editors) Travel Medicine and Migrant Health, Edinburgh.Churchill Livingstone 2000.  He also was the author of the walking guide ‘Gower Coastal Walks’. DW Jones. Port Talbot.Wales, UK  2001.

 

MICHAEL D. DOHERTY, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Neuroscience

MICHAEL D. DOHERTY-medical school St. KittsDr. Michael Doherty received his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  His M.Sc. is also from McGill University, and his B.A. is from Concordia University in Montreal.

Prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Doherty was chair of the Neuroscience Department at the Medical University of the Americas, Nevis, West Indies. Dr. Doherty also has taught at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, and he was an instructor in the Science Outreach Program in New York City, a program for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Dr. Doherty was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Neurobiology/Neuroscience at Weill Medical College. He did postdoctoral research at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and he was a postgraduate research assistant, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at McGill University.

  

  


STEVEN D. GARMON, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

medical_school_opening_ceremonies_728_edited-1.jpgDr. Steven Garmon is a board-certified general pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. Dr. Garmon was an Ohio Board of Regents Fellow and went on to receive his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 1992.  Dr. Garmon’s pediatric internship and residency were completed at the University of Florida Health Science Center (University of Florida) in Jacksonville, Florida in 1995, where he was recognized as Best First Year Continuity Clinic Resident and received a Golden Apple Senior Resident Teaching Award.

Dr. Garmon worked as an Urgent Care and Primary Care Pediatrician at Children’s  Healthcare of Atlanta (formerly Egleston Children’s Hospital) from 1995 - 2000 and then worked  as an attending physician in private practice with various Atlanta community physicians from 2000 to 2004.  He worked as a clinical pediatric instructor and attending physician at West End Medical Centers, Inc., a community healthcare center in Atlanta, Georgia, from 2004 – 2006. A desire to do more in the area of disease prevention and health promotion prompted Dr. Garmon to return to graduate school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ryals School of Public Health from 2008- 2009. He completed a Master’s degree in Public Health in December, 2009, in Maternal and Child Health with an emphasis on global studies, graduating with highest honors. He was selected for induction into Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society in April, 2010.

Because his passion is HIV/AIDS prevention and education, Dr. Garmon completed a three month internship in Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa, from September to December 2009 educating communities about the disease. 

Dr. Garmon's goal at UMHS is to help bridge the relationship between the St. Kitts community and the medical school.  He also wants to work with medical students in building their confidence and integrating their basic science knowledge into clinically relevant skills that will serve them and their future patients well.

DAVID HERRICK, Ph.D., B.S.
Professor of Genetics and Immunology

david-herrick.jpgWith more than 30 research publications to his name, Dr. Herrick brings his research and medical education skills to UMHS.  Dr. Herrick was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He then became a research assistant professor, Department of Anatomy, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  Most recently, Dr. Herrick was a research associate professor, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Herrick received his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and his B.S. in biology from Windham College in Vermont.  He was a post-doctoral research fellow and then a research associate at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin.

  

  

ANOOP KUMAR JALAN, M.D., M.B.B.S.

Professor of Pathology

dsc_0227_100x150.jpgDr. Anoop Kumar Jalan earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in Pathology from the Kasturba Medical College, Deemed University in India.  The topic of his medical degree thesis was “Cytodiagnosis of Salivary Gland Tumors:  Correlation with Histologic Diagnosis”.  He received his M.B.B.S. degree from J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, Kuvempu University, Karnataka. India.

Immediately prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Jalan was Chair, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, St. Eustatius School of Medicine, St Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles.  He began his teaching at St. Eustatius School of Medicine as a professor of pathology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Jalan was the course director for Pathology I and II, head of the Student Grievance Committee, head of the Curriculum Committee, and faculty advisor for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Dr. Jalan also has worked at SABA University School of Medicine, Saba Dutch Caribbean, as an associate professor of pathology where he taught Pathology I and Pathology II to medical students.  At SABA, Dr. Jalan also was a course director for Pathology I and II, as well as the division head, pathophysiology.

While in Nepal , Dr. Jalan was actively involved in independent reporting of histopathology cytology and haematology specimens at Manipal Teaching Hospital, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal. He participated in the training of pathology postgraduate students (particularly in the practical aspects of Cytology, Haematology and Histopathology reporting), and he taught General and Systemic Pathology to medical undergraduates and Medical laboratory technologists.

At the beginning of his medical education career, Dr. Jalen was a tutor in pathology and a tutor in microbiology at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.  He taught pathology to medical and dental undergraduates, nursing, medical laboratory technologists and physiotherapy students.  He also conducted basic laboratory sessions in medical microbiology for medical and dental undergraduates as well as reporting histopathology, cytology and haematology specimens under supervision.

Dr. Jalen presented “Turcot Syndrome: Report of an Additional Case” at the Golden Jubilee National Conference of IAPM National Conference, Lucknow, India in November 1999.

His research interests include “Role of FNAC in diagnosis of Thyroid lesions” and “Role of image-guided FNAC in diagnosing lesions of lungs”.

    

GIRISH J. KOTWAL, Ph.D., M.SC., B.Sc.
Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry

kotwal-web-1.jpgDr. Girish K. Kotwal has extensive background in medical education and biomedical research.  He began his academic career as a research and teaching assistant at McMaster University Health Sciences Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  He then started as a visiting fellow and later became a visiting associate at the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.   He was an assistant member, Division of Molecular Virology and a member, Institutional Animal Care and User Committee (IACUC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dr. Kotwal became a tenure track assistant professor after which he was a tenured associate professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.  He then became a senior International Wellcome Trust fellow for biomedical sciences in South Africa and professor and chair of medical virology at the University of Cape Town.  Dr Kotwal has mentored more than two dozen post graduate students leading to Master’s and Ph.D. degrees.

In addition to founding his own consultancy, Kotwal Bioconsulting, LLC, Dr. Kotwal co-founded InFlamed, Inc.  Dr. Kotwal is an adjunct professor of traditional Chinese medicine at Henan University, Zhenazhou, China.  He also is an adjunct professor of medicate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts.

In 2009, Dr. Kotwal became a coordinator and instructor of a pharmaceutical biotechnology course at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP), Louisville, Kentucky.  In 2010, he became a professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, member of the ACPE accreditation committee of SUCOP and, for a brief but transitional period, acting director, Office of Program Assessment at SUCOP before joining UMHS in 2011.

Dr. Kotwal earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where his thesis title was “Studies of the glycoprotein of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV).  His Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry degrees were earned from Bombay University, Mumbai (Bombay), India.

Dr. Kotwal has been a member of several professional societies and maintains an active membership in the American association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the South African Academy of Science.

As an editorial board and advisory council participant, Dr. Kotwal has worked with medical students, been an ad hoc reviewer of grant requests and manuscripts prior to publication in journals such as “Current Alzheimer’s Disease Research” and “Open Biochemistry Journal”, and an invited speaker and chair at symposia worldwide.  In addition, Dr. Kotwal has received numerous awards for his work, been a keynote lecturer, has close to 100 published articles listed in pubmed, including in some of the most prestigious journals.  Dr. Kotwal also has several issued U.S. and International patents.

kumar-web-2.jpgMOHAN KUMAR, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

  

 

 

 

 

THOMAS J. LAST, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

medical_school_opening_ceremonies_800_edited-1.jpgDr. Thomas J. Last received his Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  His B.S. in biology was received from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Last was a research scientist at Matek Corporation in Massachusetts before becoming an assistant processor of cell biology and genetics at the Medical University of the Americas (MUA), Nevis.  He was promoted to associate professor and then assistant dean of the basic science program at MUA.  Dr. Last joined UMHS in 2009 as an associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology.

  

 

 

 

THOMAS McCRACKEN, Ph.D. (H.C.), M.S., M.S., B.E.
Professor of Anatomy and Physiology

medical_school_opening_ceremonies_770_edited-1.jpgAn internationally known medical illustrator, Professor McCracken brings his unique and exciting expertise in 3D computer imaging to the UMHS anatomy and physiology classes.  The use of computer imaging greatly enhances the teaching component of the University’s anatomy and physiology classes.

Professor McCracken received an M.S. in anatomy and physiology from the University of Michigan, and he received another M.S. from the same institution in biomedical illustration.  His B.E. is also from the University of Michigan in biology and education.

Professor McCracken has illustrated over 200 journal articles and textbooks during his career.  He was also involved in a National Institute of Health project to construct three dimensional interactive computer models which are used by most medical schools in the United States.

Prior to joining UMHS and its sister nursing school, IUON, Professor McCracken taught at Colorado State University and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia.

Professor McCracken is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Association of Medical Illustrators, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the Health Science Communication Association.

 

NAGY MILIK, M.B.B.Ch. F.R.C.S.G., F.R.C.S.
Professor of Clinical Medicine

medical_school_opening_ceremonies_759_edited-1.jpgDr. Nagy Milik is licensed to practice medicine in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Dominica West Indies, and in St. Kitts.  He received his M.B., B.Ch. in medicine and surgery from Assuit University, Egypt.  He completed a variety of post-graduate appointments at teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom, leading to the degree of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England (F.R.C.S.).  He then received the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow, Scotland (FRC.S.G.).

After having received intensive training in general surgery in both the acute and cold surgical fields, Dr. Milik specialized in orthopedics.  While training as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Milik ran the daily activities of the orthopedic unit of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. Milik has been a professor and director of Doctor, Patient and Society at American University of Antigua (AUA), Antigua, West Indies.   

  

  

BIRGIT NARDELL, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology

medical_school_opening_ceremonies_824_edited-1.jpgDr. Birgit Nardell has an extensive medical education background.  For many years, Dr. Nardell held positions in pharmacology, physiology, cell biology, and behavioral science at a Caribbean medical school.  Prior to that, Dr. Nardell was an associate professor of pharmacology/physiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.  While there, she also taught biological chemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and anatomy/physiology.  Dr. Nardell began her teaching career at the University of Maryland, Dentistry and Medicine, Baltimore MD, as an assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology.  In addition, Dr. Nardell has held adjunct appointments since 2004 at the University of Maryland and a Caribbean medical school.

Dr. Nardell earned her Ph.D. in physiology/pharmacology from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  Her courses in clinical pharmacology were completed at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Nardell received her M.S. in pharmacology/microbiology from the University of Maryland, and she earned her B.S. in physiology (zoology) from the University of Illinois.

As a consultant, Dr. Nardell has worked with Children’s Hospital, Division of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Aspects of AIDS in Children (OACC) in Los Angeles, CA.  She also was a consultant physiologist with NIH, National Institutes of Dental Research, in Rockville, MD. Dr. Nardell has published articles in journals such as Osteopathic Annals, Journal of Dental Education, and Journal, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

LENA NILSSON, M.Sci., M.A., B.Sci.
Instructor of Medical Education

Ms. Lena Nilsson came to UMHS from Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, where she was an adjunct instructor in the microbiology laboratory.  She instructed third semester medical students in aseptic techniques and differential identification of bacteria.  For eight years, Ms. Nilsson was a pharmaceutical scientist as well as chemical hygiene officer at Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, CA.  Prior to joining Cortex, she spent 11 years at Wyatt Technology Corporation in Santa Barbara, CA, where she was the director of technical services and support for laser light-scattering instrumentation.

Ms. Nilsson received her M.Sci. in computational organic chemistry from Lund Technical Institute in Lund, Sweden.  Her M.A. is in biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara and her B.Sci. is in biotechnology/chemical engineering from Lund Institute of Technology. Ms. Nilsson has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.


GARY A. Rogers, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology

gary_rogers.jpgDr. Gary A. Rogers received a B.S. in Organic Chemistry from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. Subsequently, he carried out post-doctoral research in protein biochemistry and bioenergetics at UCLA with Professor. Paul Boyer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997.  Dr. Rogers held faculty positions at UCLA, The University of Texas, King Faisal Medical University in Saudi Arabia and at the University of California Santa Barbara.  He also lectured at Lunds University in Sweden.

In 1990, Dr. Rogers began a research collaboration with Professor Gary Lynch, University of California Irvine that led to the invention of molecules known as AMPAKINE drugs (see article in Wikipedia). Dr. Rogers served as senior vice president, pharmaceutical research at Cortex Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, Calif., a position to which he was promoted after joining Cortex in 1995. At Cortex, Dr. Rogers was the director of CNS research that included drug design, ligand binding assays, pharmacokinetics and metabolism, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, and animal behavior. Dr. Rogers’ research has led to 14 issued U.S. patents, and 20 international patents that involve novel structures and/or methods of use of AMPAKINE drugs. These drugs are currently under investigation for their potential to treat schizophrenia, depression, mild cognitive impairment, ADHD, Rett Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, sleep apnea and respiratory depression as a result of opiate overdose. In addition, Dr. Roger’s research activities led to authorship or co-authorship of more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Rogers retired from Cortex Pharmaceuticals in early 2007 and was appointed professor at the Medical University of the Americas, Nevis.  There, he lectured in courses in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology and Medical Psychology.  Moving to St. Kitts in 2009, Dr. Rogers was appointed professor of pharmacology at UMHS.

Dr. Rogers also has a strong interest in photography. He attended Brook’s Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, and at one point, made his living as a photographer in the middle east.

BICHARA S. SAHELY D.M., M.D, M.B.B.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Bichara Sahely earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica.  He completed an elective in rheumatology, nephrology and cardiology at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Dr. Sahely received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. His Bachelors of Science and Honors Certificate in Biology was earned from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

After completing his internship at the University Hospital of the West Indies Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Sahely became a medical officer of internal medicine and then a consultant specialist physician at Joseph N. France General Hospital, Basseterre, St. Kitts.  He also is in private practice in internal medicine in Basseterre.

Dr. Sahely has earned a variety of academic awards.  While at University of the West Indies, he earned the pre-clinical medal, the physiology medal, the Noel Haye Prize in Anatomy and the E.V. Ellington Pre-Clinical medal prize.  While at Dalhousie University, Dr. Sahely earned the Dalhousie Entrance Renewable Scholasrhip-the Avery Prize, the Stewart Smith Scholarship, and the Burgess McKittrick Prize in Physics.  He also earned the J.G. MacGregor Prize in Physics.

PINAKINI K. SHANKAR, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Professor of Pharmacology

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Pinakini Shankar received her Doctor in Medicine (M.D) in Pharmacology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, India. Her medical dissertation was titled:  Antidiabetic activity of Ginkgo Biloba in Streptozocin induced diabetes”.   She also earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from JSS Medical College, Mysore University, Mysore, India.

At the beginning of her medical education career, Dr. Shankar was an assistant professor, then promoted to associate professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal India.  Dr. Shankar left Kasturba Medical College and joined as an associate professor, course director at Department of Pharmacology at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine, Antigua, West Indies. 

In her most recent position prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Shankar was an associate professor and course director, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics, St. Matthews University College of Medicine, Grand Cayman Island, where she taught, evaluated and mentored students in preparation for the USMLE.

Dr. Shankar has been instrumental in initiating and serving as the principal investigator for phase III clinical trials. She also has research publications in reputed indexed medical journals such as Physicians Digest and the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Journal of Clinical Lipidology and is an author for cochrane reviews.  Dr. Shankar has been a guest lecturer and presented at a variety of conferences and symposia.

As a medical educator, Dr. Shankar sees herself as a facilitator to simplify the basic concepts of pharmacology and to explain the importance of pharmacology in medicine.  She is skilled at designing the frame work of learning and then furnishing students with indispensable knowledge that invigorates interest and stimulates growth of student minds.
 

 FRANK WAGNER, Psy.D., M.A., B.A., B.B.S.
Chair and Professor of Behavioral Science

frank_wagner2.jpgDr. Frank Wagner is an experienced medical educator and administrator.  For 23 years, Dr. Wagner served as a senior administrator in mental health and substance agencies that provided clinical education to social work, psychology and graduate-level students.

Dr. Wagner came to the International University of Nursing (IUON) after holding the position of associate dean of student affairs at an international medical school.  At IUON, Dr. Wagner was dean of student services, where he focused on serving student, community, and government constituencies.  He was instrumental in developing student leadership, implementing judicial affairs and developing programs that brought cohesiveness to the student body.

In 2008, Dr. Wagner became the assistant provost at UMHS.  He played a key role in the introduction and expansion of the UMHS medical education program.  He recently accepted the position as vice president of special projects in addition to his teaching responsibilities as a professor of behavioral science.

Dr. Wagner earned his Psy.D. from the International University for Graduate Studies.  He has an M.A. in clinical psychology from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, and a B.S. in psychology from Loras College, Dubuque Iowa.  He also received a B.B.A. in management from Northwood Institute in Midland, Michigan.

UMHS Faculty - Portland, Maine Campus

JAMES O. PRINGLE, M.D.
Associate Dean of Clinical Science,
Professor of Clinical Medicine

pringle2.jpgDr. James Pringle is a board certified urologist. He completed his undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University. He received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Pringle subsequently earned a Harvard/Macy certificate in Graduate Medical Education. His general surgery residency was completed at University Hospital, Cleveland, OH, and his urology residency was completed at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Pringle resides in Maine and has an extensive record in medical education in the state of Maine. In particular, Dr. Pringle has worked with St. Matthews University College of Medicine, Portland campus, as a professor, associate dean, chairman of the Admissions Committee, and dean of pre-clinical sciences. During his tenure with St. Matthews University, Dr. Pringle won many teaching awards. In addition, Dr. Pringle has had a successful private practice in urology. He also has been the chief, Division of Urology, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine.

 DONNA THOMPSON, M.D.C.M. 
Assistant Dean of Clinical Science,
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Donna Thompson is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine.  She graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Maine, Phi Beta Kappa.  Dr. Thompson then received her M.D.C.M. from McGill University College of Medicine, Montreal Canada.  Her internal medicine residency was completed both in Canada and at the Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine.  That was followed by a clinical fellowship in oncology and then a research fellowship in oncology at the Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Thompson's extensive medical background includes positions as the director, Division of Oncology and chief, Department of Medicine at Central Maine Medical Center.  She also was director, Cancer Research Program at the Foundation for Blood Research, Lewiston, Maine.

Dr. Thompson's medical education background is just as extensive.  She was an assistant in medicine at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, an instructor, Biology of Cancer at the University of Southern Maine, and a clinical preceptor and associate professor, Department of Pharmacology at St. Matthews University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, West Indies.  She has been an associate professor, Preclinical Medicine and director, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, as well as the chief of clinical medicine, Preclinical Sciences at St. Matthews.

 
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