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Faculty and Administration

 

The Faculty at UMHS are all highly credentialed and recruited primarily from the United States and Canada.  They love to teach and are fully committed to each student’s success.  Unlike many other Caribbean schools, we provide students with a personalized education.  We achieve this by maintaining a small school environment to ensure an 8 to1 faculty to student ratio.    Most of the faculty have years of academic experience and have achieved the rank of full professor.   Our 4% attrition rate is one of the lowest in the Caribbean and is in part due to the support services which includes faculty advisement, counseling, tutoring and mentoring

 

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.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMHS ST. KITTS ADMINISTRATION

 

DAVID R. GRAHAM, MB ChB, MD, FRCP, FFSEM
Provost  

DON ROBERTS, M.D.
Dean of Basic Science 
 

EDWIN S. PURCELL, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs 
 
NORMA ANN CELESTINE, M.L.S., A.H.I.P.
Director of Library & Educational Applications
Professor of Library Research
  
NICHOLE CUMBY, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
  
CECILIA FRANCE
Campus Registrar
 
HELEN GILLANDERS, B.S.N., EN(G), R.N.
Campus Nurse
 
THOMAS J. LAST, Ph.D
Associate Dean of Basic Sciences
Professor of Cell Biology
 
PRAKASH MUNGLI, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Dean of Student Affairs
Chairman of Molecular Sciences Course, Director and Professor of Biochemistry
 
ABAYOMI AFOLABI, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Gross Anatomy,
Professor of Microbiology
 
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

 

ABAYOMI AFOLABI, M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor of Gross Anatomy,
Professor of Microbiology

  

SUDHIR AMBATI, M.B.B.S.
Course Director of Epidemiology
Associate Professor of ICM and Physical Diagnosis 
 
KENNETH ALONSO, M.D., Ph.D.
 Professor of Pathology and Clinical Medicine
 
JIJI ARAVINDAKSHAN, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathology 
 

AGNES BEACHMAN, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ethics

  

NORMA ANN CELESTINE, BA, MLS, AHIP
Director of Library Educational Applications
Assistant Professor of Library Research

  

SHIV DHIMAN, M.B.B.S., BSc.
Assistant Lab Professor of Gross and Developmental Anatomy

 

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

 

ADEGBENRO O. J. FAKOYA, MBBS, MSc., MBA, PGDip.
Associate Professor of Gross & Developmental Anatomy and Histology

 

DAVID L. FELTEN, M.D., Ph.D.,
Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences and Professor of Neurosciences

 

LATA GOWDA, MPT, BPT, BA
Human Simulation Coordinator

  

VEERABHADRA GOWDA, MBBS, MD, DCCP
Professor of Pharmacology, ICM & Physical Diagnosis

 

CAVELLE HOBSON, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine 

 

IAN JACOB, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine 

 

YOGITHA JALAN, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Instructor of Microbiology

 

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

 

INDER KAUR, M.D., M.B.B.S
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and ICM

 

ANAND KULKARNI, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Professor of Anatomy

 

MOHAN KUMAR, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Chair, Course Director and Professor of
ICM and PD

 

THOMAS J. LAST, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Basic Sciences
Professor of Cell Biology 

 

PETER LEE, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences

 

AMANDA MASSICOTT, M.A.
Counselor and Assistant Professor of Medical Education

 

TANYA MAISTRY, M.D.,
 Assistant Professor in Anatomy

 

ANGEL MATOS, MD
Director of Accelerated Review Program (ARP)
Director of Global Health
Assistant Professor of Medical Education

 

THOMAS O. MCCRACKEN, Ph.D. (H.C.), M.S., M.S., B.E.
Course Director & Professor of Gross Anatomy

 

PRAKASH MUNGLI, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Dean of Student Affairs
Chairman of Molecular Sciences
Course Director and Professor of Biochemistry 
 

JAGADEESH NAGAPPA, M.B.B.S., DFM
Professor of Physiology

 

EDWIN PURCELL, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

 

ALFRED ROY, M.D., M.B.B.S
Chair, Course Director and Professor of Pathology

 

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

 

RANIA SIAM, Ph.D
Course Director and Professor of Microbiology

 

PINAKINI SHANKAR, M.D., M.B.B.S.
Course Director & Professor of Pharmacology 

 

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

 

CAMERON WILKINSON, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery 

 

DR. EDITH ESPARZA-YOUNG, PH.D,
Associate Professor of Learning Development and Language Skills

 

FIFTH SEMESTER FACULTY/PRECEPTORS/ADMIN. 

 
PATRICE M. THIBODEAU, M.D.,
Director of Introduction to Clinical Medicine II, Maine
 
MARLY BIERMANN, M.D.
Associate Director
 
DONNA THOMPSON, M.D.C.M. 
Associate Clinical Dean
 
VICKI STEVENS
Preceptor Coordinator, CSL Instructor
 
GARRY STEVENS, RN
Director of CSL
 
MIA TAYLOR, B.S. 
Director of Clinical Affiliations
 
JACQUELYN WINAT
Office Manager
 
RACHEL ROBERTS, B.S. 
Program Manager, IT Support Specialist
 
JULIE RICE, B.A.
Program Coordinator and Facilities Manager

 

FACULTY/PRECEPTORS

SAM ADLER, M.D.

MICHAEL BROWN, M.D.

DAVID BURKE, M.D.

ALISON DAIGLE, M.D.

SHANNON DESCHENES, D.O.

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.

JAY REIGHLEY, APRN

SARAH SKELTON, M.D. 

JENNIFER SUNDAY, D.O.

RAYMOND TARDIFF, M.D.

JERI WADE, N.P.

SARAH WILSON, M.D.

 

CAMPUS FACULTY

MARK ALEXANDER, D.O.

JENNIFER ARONSON, M.D.

CINDY AVERY 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

ZACK TRASKA, M.D.

 

 

 

 

 

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DAVID R. GRAHAM, MB ChB, MD, FRCP, FFSEM

Provost  

 

Dr. David Graham qualified in 1977 from the Liverpool Medical School at the University of Liverpool in the UK. He trained in many of the hospitals in the northwest of England, including the Royal Liverpool University Teaching Hospital, and also, in the University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada.

He carried out research in several areas of Respiratory Medicine producing papers and presenting at the American Thoracic Society. An extended piece of research led to the award of a Postgraduate Degree that of Doctor of Medicine (MD) by the University of Liverpool.

He became a Consultant Physician specializing in General Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine; he also became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. (FRCP).

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Don Roberts, MD, FACS


Dean of Basic Sciences

 

After Dr Roberts completed premedical studies at Millsaps College, he earned his Medical Doctorate degree (Summa cum laude) in 1975 at the University of Mississippi Medical School. Residency training in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery was completed at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in 1975-1980.

 

American Board of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery Certification was awarded in 1980, and Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons in 1983. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellow in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He maintains active Medical Licenses in Florida and Belize, Central America.

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Edwin S. Purcell, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academci Affairs

 

The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Edwin S. Purcell to the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affaris.  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.

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Abayomi Afolabi, M.B.B.S. 

Associate Professor of Gross Anatomy

Course Director of Gross and Developmental Anatomy
Assitant Dean of Student Affairs

 

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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Kenneth Alonso, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology and Clinical Medicine

 

 

Kenneth Alonso is a physician who has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of cancer and of AIDS. He has served as the Director of the Community Clinical Oncology Program at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta where he was a Clinical Professor and was an Associate Director and Director of the Clinical Trials Program of the Drew-Meharry-Morehouse Cancer Consortium funded by the National Cancer Institute.


Dr. Alonso is a graduate of Princeton University where Dr. Donald Hornig served as his senior thesis advisor. While at Princeton he was awarded a Carnegie grant to work and study abroad. He was selected to work with the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, RGW Norrish, at Cavendish Laboratories (Cambridge) following graduation from Princeton. Dr. Alonso graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine where he was also a graduate student in biochemistry working with Dr. Melvin Fried.

 

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SUDHIR AMBATI, M.B.B.S.


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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Dr. Craig Ayre, Ph.D.

 

Assistant Professor of Immunology, Genetics and Molecular Sciences


Course director For Immunology and Genetics

 

Dr. Craig Ayre completed his B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in St. John’s, Canada. With a drive for teaching and knowledge translation, Dr. Ayre took a position as a Laboratory Instructor in Chemistry and Biology with the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q), in Doha, Qatar. During his 4 years working in the Middle East, he also completed a degree in Adult and Post-Secondary Education (B.Ed.).

 

He returned to Newfoundland and joined a research program that was focused on understanding how the survival of B cells, the antibody-producing cells of the immune system, is controlled. He completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, with a focus in Immunology. Through this work, he published several immunology research papers describing how cell-to-cell communication organelles called extracellular vesicles are produced during B cell death.

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AGNES BEACHMAN, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of 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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Nichole Cumby, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Microbiology

 

Dr. Nichole Cumby earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto where she studied the mechanisms of virus host interactions. Her doctoral thesis led to publications in numerous peer reviewed journals and as well as an award for a talk at the 2013 international phage/virology assembly conference. Her B.Sc. (Honours) in Biochemistry and Neuroscience was completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Following graduation, Dr. Cumby worked as a bench research scientist specialized in microbiology. Her first position at the University of Toronto, dealt with developing new technology to rapidly detect pathogenic bacteria in urinary tract infections. Working with a team of medical doctors and engineers, she completed proof of concept tests on a design able to detect 99% of pathogenic E. coli and 100% of pathogenic S. aureus in urine.

 

After completing this project, she went on to work at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, as a resident microbiologist, engineering the viruses used to make gene deletions in cancer cells. Her passion for mentoring and educator led her to supervise and mentor numerous students and trainees in laboratory microbiology and genetics during this time.

 

 

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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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ADEGBENRO O. J. FAKOYA MBBS, MSc., MBA, PGDip.

Associate Professor of Gross & Developmental Anatomy and Histology


University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts and Nevis.


Dr. Adegbenro O. J. Fakoya is an Associate Professor of Gross & Developmental Anatomy and Histology at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts and Nevis.


He graduated from the Premiere Medical University (University of Ibadan, Nigeria). He worked for many years as a General Physician, then Site Coordinator and the Clinical Specialist on the antiretroviral therapy for the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), affiliated with the School of Public Health (Columbia University, USA).

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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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LATA GOWDA, MPT,BPT, BA

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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VEERABHADRA GOWDA, MBBS, MD, DCCP


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

Professor of Pathology

 

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 School of Medicine, SABA Dutch Caribbean, as an associate professor of pathology.

 

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

 

 

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Dr. Inder Preet Kaur

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and ICM 

 

Dr. Inder Preet Kaur is a graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College in India. Subsequent to her graduation she acquired an expertise in Biochemistry. As a result of her proficiency in this area, she was recognized by the institution as one of their premier physicians. During this post graduate period, she also completed a research thesis in the area of “Oxidative stress and Coronary Artery Disease”. The paper was submitted to a peer-review journal and has been cited in PubMED.

 


Dr Kaur went on to serve as Assistant professor in the department of Biochemistry. Within a short period of time based on her academic excellence, she was promoted to the rank of Associate professor. Her departmental responsibilities at that time consist of the following: mentoring medical students, providing lectures within the department, managing the clinical chemistry laboratory in the hospital as well as assisting graduate students with post-doctoral research and thesis preparation.

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

Chair, Course Director and Professor of  ICM and PD

 

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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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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Peter James Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences

 

 Dr. Peter Lee completed his Ph.D at the University of Alberta in 2005. Since then he has worked as an Experimental Psychologist at Bilkent University in the Republic of Turkey, the Open University in the United Kingdom, and also back at the University of Alberta, Canada, Sint Maarten and now St. Kitts.


Dr. Lee’s professional interests also include full-stack computer programming within experimental and educational contexts. With more than twenty five years’ experience in research methods he is also a statistician, and has conducted methodological consultancies with the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA, and the Alberta School of Business. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

 

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Dr. Tanya Maistry

Assistant professor in Anatomy

 

 

Dr. Tanya Maistry completed her Masters in Anatomy at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), in South Africa. She later pursued a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Genetics, with a focus on candidate gene polymorphisms related to the risk for Metabolic Syndrome (MeS) in South Africa. Through her findings, she published several research papers evaluating potential genetic determinants for the Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) in high-risk communities.

 

Dr. Maistry continued her research career at the department of Cardiology, UKZN being part of a multi-disciplinary lifestyle initiative focusing on finding gene-lifestyle associations against the risk for MetS. During this time, Dr. Maistry established herself within UKZN teaching Anatomy/Biology at various levels to undergraduate medical students. She also served as a bioethics reviewer for several years.

At UMHS, she is an assistant professor in Anatomy. Dr. Maistry is also a member of the European Atherosclerosis Society.

 

 

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ANGEL M. MATOS LUGO, MD


Director of Accelerated Review Program (ARP)
Director of Global Health
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. 

 

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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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.

Chair, Course Director and 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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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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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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Rania Siam, Ph.D.

Course Director and Professor of Microbiology

 

 

Professor Siam holds a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the faculty of medicine, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She earned a MBBCh from Ain Shams University, Faculty of Medicine. Siam held several post-doctoral positions in the McGill Oncology Group, Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She also held positions at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratories, and The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA. She was a visiting scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research and Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Before joining UMHS Dr. Siam was the Chair of the Biology Department at the School of Science and Engineering, The American University in Cairo. Siam served as the chair of the biology department from 2012-2018. During her tenure as biology chairwoman, and with the Biology Department faculty, they managed to update the biology curriculum, applied for accreditation, reassessed the program and introduced two new concentrations (Molecular and Cell Biology and Marine Biology) and two minors (Bioinformatics and Biomedical). Before Dr. Siam stepped down as department chair, the department was granted Natural Science accreditation through Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), until September 30, 2024.

 

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Patrice Thibodeau, MD

Director of Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

 

Dr. 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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Dr. 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.

 

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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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CAMERON WILKINSON, MD

Clinical Professor of Surgery

 

 

Cameron Wilkinson was born in Basseterre, St. Kitts. In 1982 he obtained the best ‘A’ level results in St. Kitts/Nevis, winning the State Scholarship and went on to study medicine at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Wilkinson graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of surgery degree in 1989. He won the prizes for the most outstanding student in Surgery and in Medicine and Therapeutics at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. He was accepted into the general surgery residency program at Harlem Hospital in New York City. He completed the five year surgical residency program in 1995, winning the Program Director’s Prize for the most outstanding Chief Resident.

 

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Dr. Edith Esparza-Young 

Associate Professor of Learning Development and Language Skills

 

Dr. Esparza-Young earned a Doctorate in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M Kingsville, the first university in the United States to offer a doctorate in this field.

 

Prior to joining UMHS in 2019, Dr. Esparza-Young served as an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University. The U.S. Embassy in Madrid joined other organizations to fund several grants so that she could provide training for American and Spanish Fulbright Scholars in English and Spanish.

 

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected her to be part of the Latina Leadership Institute in 2016. Her academic positions have included teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas A&M San Antonio. Leadership roles have included Program Coordinator for the Bilingual Education Program at Texas A&M San Antonio and co-teaching the inaugural Freshman class with the president of the university. She is a certified teacher in Texas in the areas of English, Spanish, ESL and Bilingual Education.

 

In addition to having 25 years of teaching experience in, she is a native Spanish speaker. She has studied French, German and Russian. She serves as an Editorial Review Board Member for theNABE Journal of Research and Practice and The International Journal of Community and Diversity. She was the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the San Antonio Book Festival in 2018.

 

 

 

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