Faculty and Administration

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Faculty and Administration


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 approximately 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.




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Dean of Basic Science 

Chair and Professor of Anatomy and Professor of Histology


Director of Library & Educational Applications

Professor of Library Research


Campus Registrar 


Campus Nurse 


Associate Dean of Basic Sciences
Dean of Student Affairs
Professor of Cell Biology


Housing Director 


Director, Information Technology, St. Kitts 


Vice President of Facilities 




Assistant Professor of Gross Anatomy,
Professor of Microbiology


Course Director of Epidemiology
Associate Professor of ICM and Physical Diagnosis

Interim Course Director of Medical Ethics

Director of Library Educational Applications
Assistant Professor of Library Research

Professor of Neuroscience


Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences and Professor of Neurosciences at UMHS

Human Simulation Coordinator

Professor of Pharmacology, ICM & Physical Diagnosis

Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Course Director & Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Professor of Genetics and Immunology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology

Instructor of Microbiology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Interim Chair, Course Director & Professor of ICM
Course Director & Professor of Physical Diagnosis

Associate Dean of Basic Sciences
Dean of Student Affairs
Professor of Cell Biology

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences

Director of Accelerated Review Program (ARP)
Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Course Director & Professor of Gross Anatomy


Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Chairman of Molecular Sciences
Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry

Associate Professor of Physiology

LENA NILSSON, M.Sci., M.A., B.Sci.
Course Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Medical Education
Associate Professor of Physiology

Interim Dean of Basic Sciences.
Chair & Professor of Gross Anatomy & Professor of Histology

Professor of Medical Education

Chair, Course Director & Professor of Pathology

BICHARA S. SAHELEY, B. Sc. (Hons), M.D..M.B.B.S., DM (UWI)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Course Director & Professor of Pharmacology

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

Clinical Professor of Surgery



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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 


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Edwin S. Purcell, Ph.D.

Dean of Basic Science


The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edwin S. Purcell to the position of Dean of Basic Sciences. Chair and Professor of Gross Anatomy and Professor of Histology Dr. Edwin S. Purcell earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

He received his Master of Arts in Physiology and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.


Dr. Purcell also has an Associate and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Monmouth College, West Long Branch, New Jersey.

Dr. Purcell’s extensive medical education background has included his work as an instructor of biological sciences at Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


He moved on to become a graduate teaching assistant, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He then

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Course Director of Epidemiology

Associate Professor of ICM and Physical Diagnosis


Dr. Sudhir Ambati earned his Master of Public Health degree from Deakin University, Australia. He received his MBBS degree from NTR University of Health Sciences, India.


Dr. Ambati practiced in his home state back in India and also in the Caribbean. Before joining UMHS, he was the Course Director of Epidemiology in Saba University School of Medicine and also worked in Dept. of ICM and Doctor Patient Relationship courses. During his stay in Saba, Dutch Caribbean, he worked with Body, Mind and Soul organization, which conducts many public health campaigns not only on the Island of Saba but also in other Dutch Caribbean Islands.


Dr. Ambati has conducted a number of health education programs creating awareness of chronic medical conditions in the community of Saba. He also conducted regular sessions with secondary school students in Caribbean Islands. Control of mosquito borne infections, sexually transmitted diseases, Nutrition and Diet were some of the programs Dr. Ambati conducted in Collaboration with Saba University and Secondary schools of Dutch Caribbean Islands.



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Interim Course Director of Medical Ethics


Dr. Agnes Beachman received her R.N. from the Cochrane School of Nursing in 1978, and continued her studies from Diploma, BSN. , MPH, and PhD in Health Services. A native New Yorker, Dr. Beachman practiced in New York at two major university-based hospitals, conducted in-service education, and conducted research, which was published and presented in many venues.

Dr. Beachman has resided in St. Kitts-Nevis for twenty years, working for nine years with the Ministry of Health as a consultant, educator and health planner. During her stay in St. Kitts, Dr. B has been involved in many community activities as a health professional and leader in several NGOs.


She has been with the school since 2005, in the International University of Nursing, and currently in the capacity of interim course director, and Assistant professor for Medical ethics. She also acts as Outreach Coordinator and Study Skills Counselor.



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

Director of Library & Educational Applications,

Professor of Library Research


Professor Celestine earned a Masters of. Library Science and a Bachelor of .Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Prior to joining UMHS and IUON in June 2006, Ms. Celestine directed operations for HealthLink Services-Research Services Department, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, Ontario. Other positions held by Ms. Celestine were Assistant Director of Library Services, St. Georges University, School of Medicine, Grenada; Director of Library Services, Arusha International Development Resource Centre, Calgary, Alberta; and Library Director, University of the West Indies, Extra-Mural Dept., St Georges, Grenada.


In addition to directing all daily library and exam center operations, Professor Celestine strives to keep UMHS in step with advances in library science, medical information resources and technology, computerized assessment, and educational technologies.

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Michael D. Doherty, Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience


Dr. 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 highschool 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 in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at McGill University. 


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

Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences and Professor of Neurosciences at UMHS 


David L. Felten, M.D., Ph.DAssociate Dean of Clinical Sciences and Professor of Neurosciences at UMHS. He received a B.S. from MIT, and an M.D. and Ph.D. in anatomy/neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a neuroscientist whose contributions helped to establish the fields of neural-immune signaling, and psychoneuroimmunology as a foundation for the physiological understanding of complementary and integrative medicine.


He is Chairman of the Board of Clerisy Corp, a biotech corporation in Pittsford, NY. Dr. Felten previously served as VP for Research, and Medical Director of the Beaumont Research Institute at the Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, MI. He also served as Dean of the School of Graduate Medical Education at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and oversaw residency and fellowship programs. At the University of Rochester SOM, he served as the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, and as Director of the Markey Charitable Trust Institute for Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Aging.

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Desia Grace Pereira, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Assistant Professor of Medical Education


Dr. Desia Grace is a clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her B.A. in Psychology from theUniversity of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Her clinical expertise extends to brief and longer-term empirically validated forms of individual, couple and group therapy with a multicultural student client base who present with a wide spectrum of psychological difficulties, including depression and anxiety difficulties; childhood and adult trauma-related difficulties; relationship difficulties; eating disorders; adjustment and academic-related difficulties; substance use and chronic pain or illness.


She has worked in several university and hospital clinics, the downtown Los Angeles VA, and most recently at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.


She has extensive experience developing and conducting outreach programs, coordinating NIMH funded psychological research and performing crisis assessment. She joins UMHS as the full time Clinical Psychologist and as an Assistant Professor of Medical Education.



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Dr. Jane Harrington


Course Directors for Microbiology

Instructor for Immunology.



Dr. Jane Harrington contributes to the UMHS faculty team as the Course Director for Microbiology and Medical Research Elective and as an instructor for Immunology.


Dr. Harrington, a bench-trained microbiology researcher and educator, earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from University of Texas, Austin, where she conducted a research project on flagella regulation of Salmonella typhimurium. She continued her higher education by obtaining a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences from University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, with dissertation on the redox signaling of nitric oxide defense mechanism in Haemophilus influenzae. With a specific interest in the host:pathogen interaction, Dr. Harrington joined in gastroenterology-immunology lab for her postdoctoral training to study host responses to Salmonella infection at University of California San Diego.

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David Herrick, Ph.D., B.S.

Professor of Genetics and Immunology


With 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 in the 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.



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

Chair and Professor of Pathology and Professor of Microbiology


Dr. Anoop Kumar Jalan earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in Pathology from the Kasturba Medical College, Deemed University in India. He received his M.B.B.S. degree from J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, Kuvempu University, Karnataka, India.


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 also conducted basic
laboratory sessions in medical microbiology for medical and dental undergraduates as well as reporting histopathology, cytology, and haematology specimens under supervision.


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. Dr. Jalan also worked at SABA University

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Thomas J. Last, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology


Dr. 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 professor 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.



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Director of Accelerated Review Program (ARP)
Assistant Professor of Medical Education


Dr. Angel M. Matos Lugo is a Puerto Rican Physician and Educator; passionate about Medical Education, Mental Health, Addiction Medicine and committed to fight Health Disparities and Inequalities. Other than administering the ARP and teaching, Dr. Matos is the Chair of the UMHS Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He has a strong commitment to promote students' ability to work with diverse peers and patients as they enter the workforce.


He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in México; and received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Currently, Dr. Matos pursues a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education from Penn State University. Member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, and the American Association of Anatomists.

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

Course Director and Professor of Gross Anatomy


An 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 andphysiology 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. In 1996 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Clinical Sciences from Our Lady of the Rosary University in Colombia (the oldest medical school in the Americas).


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

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Dr Prakash Mungli,  M.D., M.B.B.S. 


Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Chairman of Molecular Sciences
Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry


Dr. Prakash Mungli M.D., M.B.B.S., is the Chairman of Department of Molecular Sciences and an exceptionally talented teacher of biochemistry. He has received his MD in biochemistry from Manipal University, India and his basic medical sciences degree MBBS from Gulbarga University, India. Dr Mungli is teaching medical biochemistry since 2002. He has more than 14 years of passion driven experience in intensive education in Medical Biochemistry according to USMLE curriculum and other curriculums across the world. Prior to joining UMHS Dr Mungli was teaching biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics in St Matthews University, school of medicine at Cayman Islands. His knowledge, skills, values, experience and attitude so acquired has spanned undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education, teaching basic and advanced concepts in Medical Biochemistry, through classical pedagogy, problem based learning (PBL), team base learning (TBL), small group learning, case presentation, and small group presentation.

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Professor of Pharmacology, ICM & Physical Diagnosis


Dr Gowda acquired his MBBS (Medical Doctor) from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, India in 1994. He started his teaching career in 1997, after working 2 years in primary health center. He then did an MD, Post-graduation in Medical Pharmacology (3 years residency between 1998 and 2001) at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. In 2001, he became an Assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Melaka Manipal Medical College, an offshore Malaysian medical college. He also worked was a guest lecture in St. Christopher school of medicine, Luton, UK.


In 2006 he joined St Matthews University School of Medicine (SMU), Grand Cayman, as an associate professor and then became the Chair of Pharmacology, Physiology and molecular Sciences. Also worked as an interim chair of Introduction to Clinical Medicine.

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Gary A. Rogers, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Sciences


Dr. Gary A. Rogers received a B.S. in Organic Chemistry from CLA and a Ph.D. In Bio-Organic Chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara. Subsequently, he carried out postdoctoral 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 at Dallas, 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 o the invention of molecules known as Ampakines (see article
in Wikipedia). Dr. Rogers served as senior vice president of pharmaceutical research at Cortex Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, California. At Cortex, Dr. Rogers was the director of

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

Course Director and Professor of Pharmacology


Dr. Pinakini K. Shankar received her Doctor in Medicine (M.D.) in Pharmacology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, India. 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 associate professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. She also was an associate professor and 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 at the St. Matthew’s University College of Medicine, Grand Cayman Island, where she

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

Chair and Professor of Behavioral Science


Dr. 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. Dr. Wagner earned

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Lena M. Nilsson, M.Sci, B.Sc.

Course Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Medical Education


Ms. Lena Nilsson came to UMHS in 2009 from the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, where she was an adjunct instructor in the microbiology laboratory. For eight years, Ms. Nilsson was a Pharmaceutical Scientist as well as Chemical Hygiene Officer at Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, California.


Prior to joining Cortex, she spent eleven years at Wyatt Technology Corporation in Santa Barbara, California, 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 Organic Chemistry from U.C. Santa Barbara and her B.Sc. is in Biotechnology/Chemical engineering from Lund Institute of Technology. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.



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

Associate Professor of Physiology


Jagadeesh Nagappa received his Diploma in Family Medicine from Royal College of General Practioners, United Kingdom. He also earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India.


Dr. Nagappa practiced medicine in India, and in the Caribbean. For many years, Dr. Nagappa held positions in departments of physiology, biochemistry, and Physical Diagnosis at medical schools in the Caribbean and in the United Kingdom.


In his most recent position prior to joining UMHS, Dr. Nagappa was an Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Course Director of preclinical sciences and Course Director of fundamentals of clinical sciences at the St. Matthew’s University, School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.



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

Professor of Pathology


Dr. Roy completed basic medicine and residency in Pathology from KMC Manipal in 1993. He then joined the University of West Indies twinning program at Manipal. The UWI program is a PBL-based curriculum for basic sciences. In January 2000, he was selected as external examiner for UWI campus (St. Augustine) in Trinidad.


In November 2000, Dr. Roy earned a two-year sabbatical posting as Junior Registrar at Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau, the Bahamas. There he assisted the Department of Pathology with surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsies while completing his training with the College of American Pathologists for gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytopathology. He was also involved with the clinical program of UWI in Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau.


In 1997 Dr. Roy was attached to another twinning program with Malaysia (Melaka University). He continued to be a faculty of the Melaka twinning program after

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Abayomi Afolabi, M.B.B.S. 

Assistant Professor of Gross Anatomy


Dr. Afolabi G. Abayomi is a Nigerian medical doctor who was born and raised in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.


He trained in one of the oldest and most respected medical schools in West Africa, the University College Hospital, University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, West Africa, after which he practiced medicine both in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom.


He began teaching Anatomy and Embryology at the American University of Antigua where he taught for about five years before moving to the United States to teach at various levels of the medical educational system in Connecticut.


He is a member of the American Anatomical Association and a certified physician with a master’s in Human Anatomy and Physiology from the New York Chiropractic College.



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George H. Shade Jr., M.D.

Dean of Clinical Science, Professor of Clinical Medicine


Dr. George H. Shade Jr. has had a very rich and rewarding career in medicine. He is a board certified obstetriciangynecologist who earned his M.D. from Wayne State University
School of Medicine where he graduated with distinction. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit
Medical Center Affiliated Hospital Program and received the Outstanding Senior Resident award at graduation.


During his residency training, he became involved in clinical research which he continued over his career. He has several publications and has lectured extensively on a local and national level. His primary area of research has been endometriosis but he also developed programs in minimally invasive surgery for St. John Health and the Detroit Medical Center.

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Patrice Thibodeau, MD


Doctor Patrice Thibodeau M.D. attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She did a four year residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester and spent an additional year as the Internal Medicine Chief Resident before opening up a new practice in Webster New York.

In 2001, Dr. Thibodeau moved from New York back to her native state of Maine where she spent 13 years working at Maine Medical Center as the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program Director.


She also was a teaching physician for residents and medical students in the outpatient clinics, in the newborn nursery and on the inpatient wards. Patrice is boarded in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has a special interest in primary care of both adults and children and in teaching. 


Dr. Thibodeau is currently the Director of the 5th Semester Introduction to Clinical Medicine course on the Maine Campus.



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

Interim Chair, Course Director and Associate Professor of Internal Clinical Medicine,

Course Director and Associate Professor of Physical Diagnosis


Dr. Mohan Kumar earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from JSS Medical College, Mysore University, Mysore, India. He was awarded the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in Forensic Medicine from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India. After receiving his M.D., Dr. Kumar began his career as an assistant professor at Manipal University where he not only taught medical students, but also conducted forensic autopsies, examined skeletal remains, visited crime scenes, and attended court to give his expert opinion.


Dr. Kumar was also the Honorary Forensic Medicine Consultant for the government and assisted in crime investigations.


Dr. Kumar has been actively involved in medical education since 1997 in various capacities. He enjoys passing on his skills and knowledge to his students while always

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Dr. Donna Thompson

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 director of the Division of Oncology and chief of the Department of Medicine at Central Maine Medical Center. She
also was the director of the Cancer Research Program at the Foundation for Blood Research, Lewiston, Maine.




Human Simulation Coordinator


Lata Gowda comes with more than 10 years of experience in area of Simulation and Standardized patient program. She received her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2000 from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India. She worked in Manipal University as Premed instructor and Anatomy
lab Demonstrator.


Between 2003 and 2006, she returned to continue her education in Master of Physiotherapy with specialization in Orthopedic and sports Medicine from S.D.M.College of  hysiotherapy, Dharwad, India.


She joined St. Matthew’s school of medicine Grand Cayman in 2006 as Coordinator for clinical skills lab, simulation and standardized patient program.She joined Ross University, Bahamas in 2009 as imulation coordinator, and then moved to Dominica campus to teach the cardiopulmonary simulator Harvey for more than 2 years. Later she worked for Standardized Patient program.


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