Professor and Department Chair - Dr. Hassan Amiralli Hassan Amiralli, MD, MS – Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Amiralli is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy at American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine.

He obtained his MBBS at Government Medical College in Srinagar, India in 1975 and his MS in General Surgery in 1980 from JN Medical College, also in India. Dr. Amiralli’s distinguished career as a surgeon, researcher, and medical educator spans more than 30 years across three continents.

He has worked as consulting surgeon for the Red Crescent in Dubai; a professor and consulting surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania; a research associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Western Ontario in Canada; and a research consultant in the Department of General Surgery at Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran.

Dr. Amiralli received his training in Breast Oncology in the Department of Surgery at McGill University’s Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Canada. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is a lifetime member of the Association of Fellows of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and Vice Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austral-Asian Journal of Cancer. Dr. Amiralli also reviews journal articles. In 2017, he reviewed Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Eighth edition, a textbook of anatomy. He is a member of the International Advisory Board for Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, 7th edition as well.

Associate Professor - Dr. Sujatha D'Costa Sujatha D’Costa, MSc., PhD – Associate Professor

Dr. Sujatha D’Costa obtained her Ph.D degree in Anatomy from Manipal University, India, where she worked on the evaluation of role of argyrophilic cells in the causation of cervical preneoplasia and cervical cancer in Mangalore. Prior to her Ph.D degree, Dr. Sujatha obtained a M.Sc. in Anatomy from the same university. She has been teaching anatomy since 1999 at KMC Mangalore, Manipal University, India. Presently she is working as an Associate Professor in Anatomy since 2013.

Assistant Professor - Dr. Chandana Bhargavi Chandana Bhargavi, MBBS, MD – Assistant Professor


Dr. Chandana Bhargavi is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Anatomy department. She joined AUA College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Previously, she worked in the Department of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal University, in India. She has a total of 9 years of experience teaching Anatomy.

Dr. Bhargavi obtained her MD degree in Anatomy from Kasturba medical college, Mangalore, Manipal University, India, where she worked on the Osteometric analysis of scapulae in South Indian adults. Prior to her MD degree, Dr. Bhargavi obtained a MBBS degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India.

Dr. Bhargavi is the Course Director of Anatomy. She has been teaching Human Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology since April 2008. Her current research interests include developmental anatomy, vascular anatomy, as well as general medical education.

Dr. Bhargavi is responsible for directing lectures and examinations in the Anatomy department. She is an experienced teacher of medical curricula that include small group teaching, as well as active learning approaches like problem-based learning, team-based learning, and case-based learning. She is also an active member of various AUA committees, such as the Admissions committee and the Library committee.

shymala ganesan Shyamala Ganesan, MSc – Instructor

Obtained her Msc. degree in Anatomy  from Manipal University where she was trained to teach Anatomy for medical and paramedical students.  She taught embryology, radiology, and osteology  at a medical school in South India (Pondicherry) from 2009 to 2011 to MBBS, MD, and nursing students.  She treated patients with exercise in orthopaedic (Rheumatoid arthritis, oesteo arthritis, cervical & lumbar spondylosis, interverbral disc prolapse), neurology (Hemiplegia, paraplegia), Parkinson’s & cerebral palsy, and post traumatic stress. She obtained a Pg diploma  degree in yoga in Annamalai University. She is pursuing  an Msc. degree in clinical psychology counseling from Annamalai University.

Visiting Professor - Dr. Morad Chughtai
Morad Chughtai, M.D. – Visiting Professor

Orthopaedic Research Fellow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Chughtai has been teaching since 2010 as Teachers Assistant at AUA in the departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Neurosciences. Additionally, after graduating from medical school, he continued to teach USMLE material as a private tutor. Since being a research fellow, he has also taught research methodologies to medical students.

After graduating from AUA in 2014, he has performed research spanning through various specialties, including: Orthopaedics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Cardiology and Infectious Diseases.  His most exciting research endeavor was perhaps when he pursued a mission trip to Guinea, in West Africa, during the peak of the Ebola epidemic in 2014. From this endeavor, he has published several manuscripts about Ebola Virus Disease, and has even studied the after-effects of Ebola in patients who survived. Since graduation, he has published over 30 clinical research articles. In addition, he has co-authored several book chapters including International Neurology and Orthopedic Knowledge Update. Furthermore, he has presented his research at several national and international conferences.

Visiting Professor - Dr. John Morris John Morris, BSc, MB, ChB, MD, MA, FMedSci, F Anat – Visiting Professor

Emeritus Professor of Human Anatomy

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Medical Sciences Division, Oxford University.

Teaching Interests

Since 1977, Dr. Morris worked in what is now the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics in Oxford, and has taught generations of medical and science students. His departmental teaching contributes to the pre-clinical training of medical and biomedical science students and surgical trainees, operating widely in gross/functional/clinical anatomy, neuroscience and endocrinology. He has also been college tutor in medical studies, in particular at St Hugh’s College. With the late Dr. Pamela MacKinnon, he authored the Oxford Textbook of Functional Anatomy. From 2004-2010 he was Director of Preclinical Studies.

Research Interests

For most of my academic career my research has been on mammalian neuroendocrinology – the relationships between the brain and hormones. For many years this centered on the neurons producing oxytocin and vasopressin, in particular, the mechanisms of secretion from axon terminals and from dendrites. The focus then moved to the anterior pituitary and in particular its folliculo-stellate cells and their role in the stress response. Since becoming emeritus in 2010, he used his expertise in electron microscopy and immunocytochemistry to work with other groups in the Department, in particular working on secretion in the equivalent of the human prostate gland in the fruit fly!


Visiting Professor - Dr. John T. Hansen John T. Hansen, Ph.D. – Visiting Professor

Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Hansen is Professor of Neuroscience and Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Hansen received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Tulane University in 1974. Dr. Hansen’s research focused on the peripheral chemoreceptor system and CNS neurodegeneration and plasticity. From 1974-1975, he was an Adjunct Instructor in Anatomy at Tulane. From 1975-1976, John served as an Instructor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and remained there until 1985, rising through the ranks to tenured Associate Professor. From 1980-1985, he had a prestigious NIH Research Career Development Award. In 1985, Dr. Hansen was recruited to the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy (now Neuroscience) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he also assumed the directorship of their revamped Human Structure and Function course (anatomy and embryology). In 1989 he was appointed full Professor and in 1991 became the Acting and then the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

Dr. Hansen has received numerous teaching awards from medical schools at three different schools and in 1999 was the recipient of the national Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. He also has been recognized locally by receiving the Gold Medal Award (“for integrity, inspiring teaching, and devotion to medical students”) from the URMC Alumni Association, the Award of Merit from the Rochester Academy of Medicine, and was the first recipient of the campus-wide Presidential Diversity Award at the University of Rochester. Dr. Hansen has been a consultant on various aspects of medical school basic science curricular design at 14 U.S. and 5 foreign medical schools.

In addition to over 120 research publications, book chapters and books, and over 90 meeting abstracts, Dr. Hansen is also a co-editor of the journal Clinical Anatomy, the lead consulting editor of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, author of Netter’s Clinical AnatomyNetter’s Flash Cards, the Essential Anatomy DissectorNetter’s Anatomy Coloring Book, and co-author of Netter’s Atlas of Physiology and the TNM Staging Atlas with Oncoanatomy.

Visiting Professor - Dr. Chirag N. Dave Chirag N. Dave, MD – Visiting Professor

Department of Urology, Beaumont Health System

Teaching Interests

Dr. Dave brings a unique perspective to the students at AUA as a former student and teaching assistant at both AICASA and AUA college of medicine. Dr. Dave was an award-winning student and teacher during his time in Antigua.  His teaching assistant appointments included Biology, Cell Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Pathology, and Neuroscience.  After success on both internal and USMLE step 1 Exams, he transferred to a U.S medical school and graduated with honors before completing his internship in General Surgery.  He is currently completing a residency in Urology with a special focus on urologic oncology, stone disease, male sexual health and infertility, and laparoscopic/endoscopic/minimally invasive and robotic surgery.  He is an energetic and passionate educator with a unique style of Socratic method education, which strives to integrate clinically relevant topics in anatomy from a surgeon and test writers prospective with a focus on preparation for both examination and clinical practice.  He frequently incorporates surgical pictures and videos to make clinical anatomy more relevant for basic science students.  Above all, his goal is to act as a mentor and resource to the students he teaches who are along the same journey he has recently completed.

Research Interests

Dr. Dave is a well-published author and avid young researcher.  He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, case reports, review papers and textbook chapters.  Most recently, he has given international podium presentations on the novel experience of office based renal biopsy for the management of small renal masses as well as novel biomarkers for detection and management of clinically aggressive prostate cancer.  He recently co-authored a textbook chapter on sacral neuromodulation for refractory overactive bladder, pelvic pain and interstitial cystitis.  He has an avid interest in education and systems/processes and quality improvement.  Recent publications include current state and future improvements related to Urology training as well as implementation of a hospital system-wide protocol for difficult urinary catheterization, reducing catheter-associated trauma and infection.  He was awarded top prize for research at Michigan’s Urological Society in 2016.  He is also an author for the popular website Medscape/WebMD, which boasts over 100,000 hits per month by active medical professionals.  Recent topics published included Nephrolithiasis, Male Infertility, and Transrectal Ultrasound Guided Biopsy of the Prostate.  Dr. Dave hopes to continue as a productive researcher and provide cutting edge opportunities to students in Antigua.