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Academic Leadership

Executive Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs - Dr. Robert Mallin

Robert Mallin, MD – University Provost

Dr. Mallin graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1981 and finished a residency in Family Medicine at the same institution in 1984.

He was a tenured professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and a staff physician in hospitals throughout South Carolina. He is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency award, Golden Oyster Teaching Award MUSC/Trident Family Medicine Residency Program, Navy Achievement Medal for lifesaving medical services rendered to an injured sailor, and numerous Teacher of the Month awards.

Professor of Surgery and Provost - Dr. Seymour Schwartz Seymour Schwartz, MD, Professor of Surgery and College of Medicine Provost
Vice President of Global Medical Education and Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences - Dr. Peter Bell Peter Bell, MD, Vice President of Global Medical Education and Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences

Dr. Peter Bell is the Vice President for Global Education and Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences.  A board-certified Anesthesiologist, Dr. Bell received his medical degree and doctorate from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.  Subsequently, he trained as a naval flight surgeon at the US Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida.

Dr. Bell served as Assistant Medical Director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Ostseeklinik Damp, Germany and completed numerous national and international rescue missions as an emergency physician with German Air Rescue.

Prior to joining AUA, he chaired the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Holberton Hospital in St. John’s, Antigua.  He served as Medical Director of the Caribbean Helicopter Air Ambulance service and as a maritime medicine consultant.  At AUA, Dr. Bell served as vice president for Academic Affairs and Executive Dean at the Antigua campus from 2005–2009.

John Yergan, MD, MPH – Acting Executive Dean of Pre-Clinical Sciences

Dr. Yergan graduated from college and medical school at Columbia University. Residency training in internal medicine was completed at the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He has also received a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he completed fellowship training in health services research through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

Dr. Yergan maintained clinical practice first as an internist, and then for many years as an emergency medicine specialist. He has served on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine. His time there included significant involvement in academic administration. He has a longstanding interest in issues related to access to medical education, or to medical care, for underserved populations.

Dr. Yergan joined AUA in the Department of Clinical Medicine in 2020. He is based on the Antigua campus where he serves as Acting Executive Dean of Pre-Clinical Sciences.

Vice President for Administrative Services & Community Affairs Director – Emergency Medicine Training Centre & Clinical Simulations AHA ITC Programs Director - Vernon Solomon Vernon Solomon, AHA, ITC, EMTC – Vice President for Administration and Community Affairs and Director of EMTC

Professor Vernon Solomon completed his BSc in respiratory therapy, and his studies continued with a focus on critical and prehospital care. He completed his MSc with honors, with a special emphasis on Health Administration, Health Promotion and Wellness Education. He also studied polosomnography at the Stanford School of Sleep Medicine.

Professor Solomon joined AUA in 2007. He was an American Heart Association ECC instructor within the AUA Emergency Medicine Training Centre (EMTC). His passion for emergency medicine and prehospital care drove him to advance AUA’s EMTC programs to include courses in paramedicine, and he worked to establish AUA’s first state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab. As Director of the Department of Clinical Simulations, Professor Solomon and his team utilize realistic, skillfully designed scenarios, to promote deliberate practice and integrated learning for AUA’s first and second year medical students.

Professor Solomon has completed research on risk factor surveillance and health education programs in small and/or rural communities. He started student led organizations to raise awareness on NCDs, Asthma, and Emergency Medicine, and works closely with students and faculty to raise community awareness on a wide range of health related topics. He is currently the host of a local talk show called Healthy Perspectives that aims to empower all Caribbean citizens to tackle today’s most pressing health challenges, while fighting to end health inequalities.

Recently appointed as Vice President for Administrative Services and Community Affairs, Professor Solomon oversees the university’s administrative support services, ensuring they remain aligned with the academic goals of the institution, while also restructuring to ensure increased productivity, decreased spending, and an enhanced campus experience for all AUA students.