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

Robert Mallin – 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.

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

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. As Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education, he is based at the Antigua campus and is a member of the team that provides oversight for basic science medical education activities.

Vice President for Administrative Services & Community Affairs Director – Emergency Medicine Training Centre & Clinical Simulations AHA ITC Programs Director - Vernon Solomon Vernon Solomon, LRCP, MSc. C.Dir. – Vice President of 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.


Ashwin Krishnamurthy, MBBS, MD – Chair & Associate Professor

Dr. Ashwin Krishnamurthy obtained his MBBS degree from JJM Medical College, India in 1999 and MD from Manipal University, India in 2004. He has been teaching Human anatomy to Medical, Dental, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Post graduate students since then. He has more than 50 publications to his credit in both national & international journals. He has been a recipient of Good teacher award from Manipal University & has received Awards for excellence in Medical literature.

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

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 consulsting 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 and suggested updates for the clinical content in the Clinical Blue Boxes of the textbook of anatomy: Clinically Oriented Anatomy 8th edition. He is a member of International Advisory Board of the Netter/Atlas of Human Anatomy 7th edition.

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

shymala ganesan Shyamala Ganesan, MBBS – Assistant Professor

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.

Samuel Joshua, PhD, BPT, MSc. – Assistant Professor

Dr. Joshua has received his PhD in Medical Anatomy from the NITTE University, India. He started his career as a lecturer in the physiotherapy college and in year 2009, he joined KVG Medical College as Lecturer in the department of Anatomy and he was later promoted to the post of Associate Professor during his tenure.  He has more than 8 years of teaching experience and has been actively involved in teaching medical, dental, allied health and nursing courses.

He has been invited as an external examiner for BDS, MBBS and physiotherapy examination in Kerala and Karnataka medical universities, India. His PhD thesis was on “Radiological index for pre-operative evaluation of chest deformities”. His research work was mainly focused on the measurement of pectus deformities for surgical corrections. He has published 9 original and 2 review articles in both national and international journals. He is a lifetime member of American Association of Clinical Anatomists. He is presently working as Assistant Professor in the department of Anatomy and serves as the coordinator for the musculoskeletal module at the American University of Antigua.

Adekunle Omole, MBChB, PGDE, MSc. – Assistant Professor

Noha Hussien, MD,PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Hussien earned her medical degree in 2001and completed her internship training at the Alexandria School of Medicine, Egypt. In 2010, she received MSc in Cell Biology where she worked on the differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells into insulin-producing cells.

Subsequently, she undertook PhD (2010-2014) in the microencapsulation of stem cells in alginate systems that was conducted at both the University of Alexandria and the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain.

This experience motivated Dr. Hussien to pursue another PhD (2016-2019) at the UPV/EHU, Spain. Her thesis is entitled “No-viral transfection of cells with potential clinical applications in regenerative medicine”.

Dr. Hussien has completed her postdoctoral studies at UPV/EHU (NanoBioCel research group) where she worked on several research projects in regenerative medicine and gene therapy. She is/has been a chief investigator/member of several research projects and has authored numerous publications in Q1 journals. Currently, she is an active member of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASCGT).

Dr. Hussien is an editor, editorial board member, and reviewer for many biomedical journals, and has supervised numerous master’s and PhD candidates’ research. Moreover, she served as the manager of tissue culture lab at the Alexandria Center of Excellence in Regenerative Medicine (2015-2018).

Dr. Hussien became a member of the AUA family in 2018, bringing with her 15 years of experience in medical education where she has been teaching Histology, Cell Biology, Microscopy and Imaging, Stem Cell Biology, and Cell Culture Techniques to undergrad and postgrad Medical, Dentistry, and Pharmacy students (2003-2018).

Dr. Hussien was awarded “the Excellence in Scholarship Award” for contributions to scientific literature by the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine (2018).

Olivia Colucci, MD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Colucci earned her MD from the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, after which she completed her Medical Internship through the Clinical Teaching Unit, St. George’s University, Grenada. She began her career in Academia at the St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Grenada as a Clinical Tutor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences.

Dr. Colucci currently serves the University of Antigua, College of Medicine, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy.

Jeffrey Jarosinski, PhD – Chair

Dr. Jeff Jarosinski received his Master’s Degree in Psychology and his PhD in Counseling from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  He began teaching health professionals at the Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions and the School of Medicine in New Orleans.  His previous appointment was at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in the Behavioral Sciences Department, where he also served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Subsequently, he taught for Becker Review, helping students prepare for their Step 1 and Step 2 licensing examinations.  He has presented his research regionally, nationally, and internationally on medical student development and fostering emotional intelligence.

James Rice, Rhd – Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs

Dr. James M. Rice received his doctoral degree in rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University in 1983. He initially taught at St. Cloud State University and also at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis from 1981 to 1989. He became a licensed Psychologist in 1983 and worked as a hospital-based psychologist working with chronic pain, spinal-cord injured, stroke, and traumatic brain injury patients. In 1990, he was a founding partner and president of Medical Psychology Associates, PC, a private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana providing psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services. In 2008, Dr. Rice joined the faculty at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. He is currently Associate Dean of Admissions, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Professor of Behavioral Science & Neuroscience. His current clinical and research interests include the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease and disability.

Professor - Dr. Don Kastuk Don Kastuk, PhD – Professor

Don Kastuk is a Counselor and a Professor of Behavior Science and Neuroscience. He has extensive experience with Caribbean medical education, and he has been with AUACOM since its first year in 2004. He earned a PhD in psychology from York University, where his dissertation addressed recovery from brain injury. He also holds an MS degree in Hyperbaric Medicine, and an MA in psychology where his graduate work involved research regarding the effects of hormone levels on brain function. He is a certified and experienced professional scuba diving instructor, and he holds credentials and instructor qualifications in first aid and emergency care. Dr. Kastuk has won awards for his teaching and has been involved in research in hospital, university, clinic, and private-practice settings. He is especially interested in the connections between medicine and psychology.


John Th’ng, PhD – Professor & Chair

Dr. John Th’ng has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. His doctorate thesis was on DNA repair in mammalian cells. He did his post-doctoral training in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the School of Medicine, University of California (Davis), California, USA. His research focus was on cell cycle regulation and chromosome structure in mammalian cells. Dr. Th’ng then became a Project Director and Assistant Professor at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He later moved to the Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre (Thunder Bay, Canada). His research as a Scientist was focused on the chromosomes and the cell cycle in cancer cells. Dr. Th’ng was also an Associate Professor and taught at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Thunder Bay, Canada). In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Th’ng had worked in the biotechnology industry. He established the DNA-based rapid detection of mold and bed bug contaminations in homes, produced agents for screening autoimmune diseases, and was a consultant to a forensic DNA company. Since June, 2013, Dr. Th’ng has been teaching Medical Cell Biology and Molecular Biology at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine.

Professor and Department Chair - Dr. Bolanthur Shivaraj Bolanthur Shivaraj, BSc, MSc, PhD – Professor & Senior Advisor

Dr. Shivaraj received his MSc and PhD at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) in Manipal, India, from the Universities of Mysore and Kerala respectively. He taught Medical Biochemistry to undergraduate and postgraduate medical/paramedical students at KMC for 32 years (from 1975-2007). In addition, Dr. Shivaraj was an active researcher and successfully mentored four PhD students. His research areas included natural enzyme inhibitors, protein-protein interaction, urinary lipid profiles, and halogenation of proteins. Dr. Shivaraj has published 11 papers on the international medical journals. He joined American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine as a full-time professor in January 2010.

Professor - Nandini Rao Nandini Rao, PhD – Professor & Deputy Chair
After obtaining a PhD in medical biochemistry from Manipal University, India, she completed her post doctoral studies in the dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, on the mechanism of action of PTH on the bone. After working as a visiting research scientist at Indiana School of Medicine, Terre Haute where she studied on the froglet limb regeneration, Dr. Rao went on a scientific adventure on salamander limb regeneration at Purdue School of Science, Indianapolis. Her research experience includes proteomics, genomics, purification of proteins etc. In addition to publications in internationally indexed journals, she is also a co author for  a chapter In “Principles of Regenerative Medicine”, for which Thompson J is one of the editors. Dr. Rao as a faculty in Manipal, taught medical Biochemistry for about 15 years and taught molecular biology and cell biology in Terre Haute and Indianapolis, in addition to Medical Biochemistry. She is also a member of Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine.
Assistant Professor - Dr. Karron James Karron James, PhD – Associate Professor

Dr. Karron James graduated from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada with a bachelor of science degree in 1999. There, she completed the honors program doing research to identify surface virulence factors of Listeria monocytogenes.

Marcus Merrin, PhD – Associate Professor (Blackboard Administrator)

Current interests include genetic disorders of metabolism, population genetics, and evolutionary game theory.

Joseph Cross, PhD – Assistant Professor

Roopa Sebastian, PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Roopa Sebastian received her MSc in Medical Biochemistry from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and PhD from Yenepoya University, Mangalore. She has 14 years of experience in teaching Biochemistry to medical, dental and paramedical students.She joined AUA as Assistant Professor in January 2018. She has worked on identifying different salivary biomarkers for various oral diseases including oral cancer. She has published 7 scientific papers in indexed national and international journals. She has guided undergraduate and post graduate students for their research projects. Prior to joining AUACOM, Dr. Sebastian was working as Associate Professor in Biochemistry in KVG Medical College, Sullia, India.

Associate Professor - Dr. Nagaraj Mysore Nagaraj Mysore, MD – Chair & Professor- Labs and OSCES

Dr Nagaraj Mysore obtained MD in pediatrics from Kuvempu university of Karnataka state, India. He was awarded with diploma in child health (DCH) prior to his MD in pediatric residency. His Basic science medical graduation was from Bangalore University, Karnataka. Upon graduation in pediatrics he served JSS Medical College University for 10 years as an Associate professor. He was in charge head of “Neonatology” for 3 years in that University hospital. Dr Mysore was instrumental in getting “Baby friendly hospital” recognition for JSS medical college university from “Breast feeding promotion network of India (BPNI)”. He later served “Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences” Bangalore, India as a Professor and Unit chief of Pediatrics. He moved to USA to pursue his career in pediatrics.

He worked with a group of pediatric research associates in IUPUI, Indianapolis, USA on “Metabolic syndrome in young children”. He later was associated with a pediatric group practice in New Jersey before joining AUA as an associate professor in the department of clinical Medicine. Dr Mysore has been teaching all four semesters of ICM since 2009. He participates in didactic lectures, clinical skill small groups and integrated medical education sessions. He has represented Karnataka state in cricket and has the honor of played along with former Indian cricket players. His interest is in “Neonatal emergencies” and “Lactation problems in young infants”.

Leslie Walwyn Leslie Walwyn, MBBS, MPH –  Chair of Global Health Track/Senior Advisor & Professor

Dr. Walwyn is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medicine (1992), with a Master of Public Health degree (2000) from the same institution.

Dr. Walwyn joined the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine full-time as an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine in February 2015. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of family medicine, and for the past fourteen years she has been heavily involved in preventive medicine at the public health level. Her passion is chronic disease prevention, including mental health illness, and she has designed, coordinated, and executed multiple public health interventions. Dr. Walwyn’s research interests include preventive measures for cervical cancer and mental wellbeing. She is currently the Acting Chairman of the Department of Clinical Medicine at AUACOM. She is also  Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Medical Council.

Professor and Chair - Dr. Jenifer Cannon Jenifer Cannon, MD, FACOG –  Professor

Dr. Cannon obtained her degree in medicine from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1988, where she graduated with honors and nomination to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society.  Following graduation, Dr. Cannon finished her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis and received her board certification for OB/GYN in 1994.  While in St. Louis Dr. Cannon had an active private practice and was a full time faculty member for the residency program she graduated from.  In 2009, Dr. Cannon shifted her teaching focus to pre-clinical medical students specializing in integration of basic sciences and clinical sciences through high fidelity simulation, problem based learning and small group teaching.  She has been with AUA since 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Department of Clinical Medicine.  Her hobbies include gardening, sailing and snorkeling.

Professor - Waheeda Amiralli Waheeda Amiralli, MD – Professor & Deputy Chair

Dr. Waheeda Amiralli received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Aligargh Muslim University, Aligargh, India. She also received her Certificate in Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Department of Health and Medical Service in Dubai, UAE and her Certificate in Epidemiology and Public Health Aspects of Diabetes in Cambridge, England. Dr. Waheeda Amiralli brings with her 20 years of Clinical teaching experience. In the department of Medicine at Muhimbili University College of Heath Sciences she was responsible for training medical students. She has done research on many projects including Diabetes Mellitus and Pituitary tumors. She has published several papers in the Lancet, Practical Diabetes digest and East African medical journals. She has been the course director for ICMI and ICMII courses over the past 8 years and is Professor in the department of Clinical Medicine at AUA.

Professor - Dr. Srikanteswara Viswanath Srikanteswara Viswanath, MBBS, MS – Professor

After finishing his MD and MS in Mysore Medical College, India; Dr. Sri went on to do his Senior Residency in Clinical Anatomy at JIMPER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate education and research, India). He has worked extensively on the blood flow patterns to the thyroid gland in normal and disease states. He also continues to work in the cost effective techniques of tube plastination. After working in St. Lucia for seven years, has been teaching Clinical Anatomy and Embryology at the American University of Antigua since 2007. Since 2010, Dr. Sri has found his passion in medical simulations and adult learning theory. Being iSim certified he also had his IMS Comprehensive Instructor training at Center for Medical Simulation, Harvard Hospital in Boston and has been coordinating medical simulations Lab, through debriefing medical case scenarios and pursuing research in the medical simulation.  He has been currently pursuing an online Masters in Medical Simulation at Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Associate Professor - Dr. Eli Tumba Tshibwabwa Eli Tumba Tshibwabwa, MD, MMED, PhD – Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Eli Tshibwabwa is Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Radiology theme coordinator at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

Dr. Eli Tshibwabwa earned his medical degree and completed his residency training in diagnostic radiology at the Université Nationale du Zaire in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This training was followed by a clinical fellowship and a research fellowship in computed tomography, ultrasound, neuroradiology, , interventional radiology, histomorphometry and tropical medicine at the Gasthuisberg University Hospital of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. He also obtained his PhD in Radiology at the Catholic University of Leuven Faculty of Medicine, and later completed an advanced clinical fellowship in diagnostic radiology, medical education, and international health at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Tshibwabwa was Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), and, from 2004-09, took on the role of the Department Education Coordinator (DEC), FHS, in the Department of Radiology at McMaster. 2010 -2015, Dr Eli Tshibwabwa was granted Graduate Faculty Status privileges as Researcher, Supervisor, Advisor and Mentor in the Masters of Science in Global Health Program, an Affiliated Graduate Program in the Office of the Global Health, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences.

His clinical, educational, and research interests include diagnostic radiology; medical education with a focus on problem-based, concepts-based, and small-group learning; recognition and interpretation of normal and abnormal embryology, anatomy and function of the different body systems in common imaging modalities, and the up-to-date relevance of the radiology modalities to clinical medicine; early exposure of students to bedside ultrasound; the development of radiology teaching resources for undergraduate and graduate teaching; international medical education (Advances in Gastrointestinal Radiology, radiology of the lung diseases in the Tropics, radiology of the HIV/AIDS ); research and graduate students’ supervision in the MSc. in Global Health Program; global health research and education (Operations Research for Food-Assisted Tuberculosis Projects, and for Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemics Projects ).

Dr. Tshibwabwa is the recipient of the following awards: The 2013 Outstanding Preceptor in Pre-Clerkship, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Undergraduate Medical Program, Class of 2013, Hamilton, Ontario; since 2010, the Supervisory Privileges of Graduate Faculty Status as a Supervisor in McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences Affiliated Graduate Program, Field: Master of Science in Global Health Program; the 2003 McMaster University Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, Contribution to Unit 2 of the MD Program, MD Class of 2005, Hamilton, Ontario. He also was granted the 2000 and 2008 International Visiting Professorship of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). 1st August 1990, the Board of Governors of AIUM proclaimed that Dr Eli Tshibwabwa Tumba is recognized as a General Member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Associate Professor - Dr. Sudha Kannavar
Sudha Kannavar, MD, OBGYN, ECFMG, CRM – Professor

Dr Sudha Kannavar: M D (OB/GYN), ECFMG, MBBS, CRM. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine for American University of Antigua. She is an MD graduate in Obstetric and Gynecology from Kuvempu University India with 14 years of clinical experience as an OB/GYN consultant .Dr Kannavar   is an innovative and renowned teacher with 10 years of teaching experience at Mysore and Kuvempu Medical Universities, India. Dr Kannavar has five years of United States Clinical experience. She has been trained as an Extern in the Department of Hemato Oncology at “Indiana Cancer Hospital” Indiana; USA .She has additional training in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Family practice at New Jersey. She gathered the research experience on recurrent pregnancy loss also served as Teaching faculty and clinical Research Associate in oncology and Endocrinology clinical trials at New Jersey.

Dr Kannavar has been teaching all four semesters of ICM since 2009. She is a standardized patient’s trainer, Theme coordinator of semester 1 and 2 IME programs and AUA community health fair coordinator. She participates in clinical skill small groups and integrated medical education sessions. She received an award for District coordinator of breast feeding Practice, National Institute of India. She is an active member of The Federation of Obstetric Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI), American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecology (ACOG), Breastfeeding Promotion Networking of India (BPNI), Association of Clinical Research Professionals of United States (ACRP).

Assistant Professor - Dr. Edmond Mansoor Edmond Mansoor, MBBS – Assistant Professor

After obtaining a first class honors degree in biology and chemistry from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada, Edmond Mansoor then obtained his degree in medicine in 1992 from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at University of the West Indies (UWI). He trained both at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in Jamaica and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados. He was awarded the top prize in surgery. 

Dr. Mansoor worked in private practice as an outstanding Family Physician for a decade, with a special focus on non-communicable diseases, particularly chronic essential hypertension, diabetes mellitus and asthma 

Dr. Mansoor is a past president of the Antigua & Barbuda Medical Association and past President of the Senate in the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda.

For a decade, he served in the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as Minister with responsibility for telecommunications, information technology and science.

His current interests include public health education that leverages on new media, digital technologies and social media, and the convergence of medicine and technology.

Kasim Williams, MD –  Assistant Professor

Dr. Kasim R Williams is one of the many local physicians on the island. He received his M.D. in 2012, from the University of Medical Sciences, Las Tunas, Cuba. After successfully completing his studies, he returned home and did his internship, at the  Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC), where he got the opportunity to work alongside some of the top consultants on the island.

In 2014, Dr. Williams joined the AUA family as an adjunct facilitator where he was attached to the Clinical Medicine Department. In early 2016, he was  pivotal in the organization of Semester 3 students in their Clinical and Hospital rotations and by later that said year he was made Clinical Coordinator of the same course.

In 2017 he was promoted to a new post as Assistant Professor in the said department. He is a very experienced facilitator for the Semesters 1,2,3 and 4 ICM courses, Simulation, and the new Curriculum (Curriculum Next).  With his international knowledge of the Spanish language, he is a pilot contributor of the Medical Spanish Course of Global Medicine. Despite his varied contributions to student development in these areas, he still finds motivation as the principal Standardized Patient Trainer.

During his leisure time he enjoys playing pool, going to the beach and spending time with his young son. One of his favorite quotations is “ When man has done his best, not even angels can do more.”

Carolyn Edmondson, MBBS,PGTRF, PGCFM – Assistant Professor

Dr Edmondson completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 15 years ago at the University of Guyana. Following graduation, she completed her internship at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Bridgetown, Barbados. Subsequent to that, Dr Edmondson served as a Medical Officer at the Accident and Emergency Department Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

She is ECFMG certified and at St George’s University, Grenada, she received certification as an AHA (American Heart Association) ACLS Core Instructor.

Currently, she holds a Post graduate Diploma in Family Medicine with the Rila Institute of Health Sciences in collaboration with the University of Middlesex.


Prior to commencing work with the American University of Antigua (AUA) in the Department of Clinical Skills, she has worked with many medical students in medical schools throughout the Caribbean diaspora in preparation for the USMLE.


Dr Edmondson is also a registered physician in Antigua and Barbuda and she has received training in Regenerative Medicine which allows for stem cell injections for treatment.

Jovita Herrera, MD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Jovita Herrera is a medical doctor who graduated from the University of Medical Sciences of Havana-Matanzas, Cuba (2005). Dr Herrera has more than five years of teaching experience in medical education. She has thought Pharmacology, Embryology and Introduction to Clinical medicine in both large group and small group setting. She has more than ten years experience in hospital and clinical settings which includes hospitals in Cuba, Belize, Antigua and Montserrat. She is driven to excel and to establish strong rapport with students, colleagues and patients.

Instructor - Dr. Courtney Lewis Courtney Lewis, MD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Lewis earned an MD from the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina and immediately returned to Antigua where he served as a Hospital Officer at the Mount St John’s Medical Center until leaving to pursue a career in Academia. He currently serves the American University of Antigua as the Director of the Department of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Simulation Program, the Vice Director of the Emergency Medical Training Center and as an on-campus, registered physician. He continues to serve the AUA family and the People of Antigua and Barbuda by being an integral participant in all community service activities the College of Medicine provides.

Elena-Maria Villamil, PhD – Director of Centre for Research, Evaluation & Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr Maria Elena Villamil did her first degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Uruguay, followed by a Master in Biopharmacy at King’s College London, a Master and PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in Pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
After working in Academia and in the chemical industry in her native country (Uruguay), she moved to the UK. While in UK, she served with two of the top Pharma companies: Sanofi-Aventis and with GlaxoSmithKline, alongside lecturing in Epidemiology & Medical Statistics at the Kigezi International School of Medicine (Cambridge). She has also collaborated in the MPhil Epidemiology course at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (University of Cambridge).
In the last 10 years, she took the position of Professor in Methodology at the School of Psychology (Catholic University of Uruguay) lecturing on Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Master and PhD level, and collaborating in the Master in Public Health at the School of Medicine (University of the Republic in Uruguay). During this period, she also worked at the Health Assessment Division of the Ministry of Health in Uruguay. Her main research areas have been in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Nutrition and in Health Technology Assessment.
In 2019, she joined the American University of Antigua, as part of the MD and Global MD faculty, working in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the Institute of Clinical Medicine.

Helen Makinde, MD – Instructor

I am a Medical practitioner, joined AUA team more than a year ago. I am a graduate of the University of Lagos College of Medicine, after a Bsc degree in Biochemistry at the University of Ibadan I worked as a Research Officer briefly after my Bsc degree. I have practiced Medicine both in Nigeria and The Caribbean. I am glad to be part of this great off shore Medical school


Jobila Sy, EdD – Chair/Associate Professor

Dr. Sy earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, master’s degree in Educational Leadership and doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary. Her professional experiences include academic advising, teaching, academic support services, mediation, learning strategies/metacognition workshop facilitation, and study skills instruction. Prior to her current position, Dr. Sy served as a Clinical Education Department faculty member (AUA), Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Department of Advising and Academic Development at Zayed University (UAE), and the Director of Academic Advising at the College of William and Mary.

Her research interests include international higher education, multicultural education, learning strategies, student development theory, positive psychology, and academic advising. Dr. Sy is most passionate about the idea of advising as teaching to challenge students to broaden their academic scope, tune into their strengths, and strive for success. She is a certified Academic Coach through the National Tutoring Association.

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Trevor Ngorosha, PhD – Deputy Chair/Assistant Professor/CN Coordinator

Dr. Trevor Ngorosha earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with a concentration in Adult and Experiential Learning. He holds two master’s degrees in Educational Psychology, and Curriculum and Teacher Leadership, from the University of Zimbabwe and Miami University, respectively. Dr. Ngorosha earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Linguistics, and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Zimbabwe as well. While studying at Miami University, he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Professional Development: Instructional Design and Technology.

Dr. Ngorosha’s teaching and research interests are in human development, performance and learning, small-group learning, and faculty professional learning. Before joining AUA College of Medicine, he taught at Miami University as an Adjunct Professor. Prior to studying and teaching at Miami University, Dr. Ngorosha taught English and Literature at Murewa High School and served as a debate coach, syllabus developer, and national trainer of examiners in Zimbabwe.

Assistant Professor - Dr. Sonya Ford

Sonya Ford, PhD – Director of Counseling

Dr. Ford has spent her career encouraging students to reach their fullest potential. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University, a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Ford holds Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study from Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling and Higher Education. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). Dr. Ford was an adjunct professor at Walden University and also had a private practice counseling adolescents and adults. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on advocating for student success.

Andrea Vaughans, MD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Vaughans earned her MD at St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Grenada, where she then worked as a learning strategist and instructor for four years, before pursuing clinical practice at the Scarborough General Hospital, Tobago.

With an interest in helping students develop their learning styles, Dr. Vaughans has also worked at the Institute of the Medical Board, Kansas, preparing students and physicians for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2 and 3. She continues to enjoy advising students as they prepare for this crucial exam.

Vernon Lindsay

Vernon Lindsay, PhD –  Assistant Professor

Dr. Vernon Lindsay earned his PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His academic interests include culturally responsive curriculum, youth development theory, critical race theory in education, critical pedagogy, and Africana studies. He is the author of the book Critical Race and Education for Black Males: When Pretty Boys Become Men. Before joining the staff of American University of Antigua, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Teaching and Mentoring with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Honors College.

Lindsay has presented research that highlights intersections between social inequalities and education at several notable conferences. These include the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, the American Education Research Association, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Lindsay, his wife and three small children put their home on the market, sold their cars and many other personal possessions, and moved to Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico. While living in Mexico, he worked as an educational consultant, a writer for several online publications, and a leadership coach.

Petjiuaje Tjiparuro, MD, MPH, PGCME, BSC – Assistant Professor

Dr. Petjiuaje Tjiparuro is medical doctor with humble beginning from Botswana. He earned his MD and an MPH from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, he is currently pursuing an MBA in Multi-Health Sector Management. He has also attended the University of Botswana for premedical sciences course, and later acquired a BSc degree in Basic sciences. Dr. Tjiparuro also attended the University of Northumbria in Newcastle United Kingdom where he earned a Diploma in Higher Medical sciences. Before joining AUA, he worked at St. George’s University at the Department of Education and later with the Basic Sciences under the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology. While working at St. George’s University he also did a certificate in Post Graduate Medical Education (PGCME) with St. George’s University.

Dawn Roberts

Dawn Roberts, MA – Instructor/Academic Advisor

Dawn Roberts is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Liberty University. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware with concentrations in Human Resources and Consumer Economics. She earned a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology and a Non-Profit Sector Certificate. While earning her master’s, she researched the causes of the attrition of underrepresented minority students. She has over 12 years of higher education experience, working in many different capacities with US medical students, including advising and training, engagement and development, higher education administration, policy and program development, as well as diversity and community outreach. Dawn is a member of the Wellness Committee and coordinates Puppy Play Day. She is extremely passionate about cultivating a tradition of excellence and success among medical students.

Neville Fernandez, MD – Chair & Professor

Dr. Neville Fernandez is an ECFMG-certified Physician Microbiologist, who graduated from Manipal University in Karnataka, India. He worked as an Assistant Professor at the AJ Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Mangalore, India, where he taught undergraduate Microbiology and was a core member of the Hospital Infection Control Committee. He also worked in the department of Medical Education, where he was the Lead Coordinator of the Faculty Evaluation Program. Dr. Fernandez recently graduated with an MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University. He currently teaches Microbiology and Immunology to second-year medical students and is the Campus Chief Proctor for the University.

Professor and Chair - Dr. Balachandran Bharati Balachandran Bharati, MSc, PhD – Senior Advisor & Professor

Dr. Bharati received a Ph.D in medical microbiology from the Manipal University.

She started her career as lecturer in Microbiology at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore where she was entrusted with the task of planning and setting up the department of Microbiology for the B.Sc. degree course.

In 1992, she joined Kasturba Medical College as Lecturer and was teaching the undergraduate students of Medicine, Dental, Physiotherapy and the post graduate students of  microbiology. She was in charge of  the Molecular Diagnostic (PCR) section of  the Department where  she carried out PCR for the detection of M.tuberculosis and other infectious agents like leptospira, Herpes Simplex viruses from clinical samples. She was also actively involved in clinical diagnostic work at the microbiology college laboratory, Blood Bank, and the AIDS Surveillance Centre. She was actively involved in the design, planning and setting up of a state of the art clinical diagnostic and molecular diagnostic laboratory at Kasturba Medical College, Hospital, Mangalore and a research molecular laboratory at the Microbiology Department, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore

She was awarded a Ph.D. degree on “Evaluation of Conventional and Molecular Methods in the Diagnosis of Bacterial Meningitis” under the guidance of Dr. Indrani Karunasagar.

Nagalakshmi Swamy, PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Nagalakshmi received PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Manipal University. Her PhD thesis was on “Evaluation of in vitro and in vivo bactericidal activity of lysostaphin on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus” under the guidance of Dr. Indira Bairy. She started her career as Research Associate at Gangagen Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, India. Her research work was focused on the development of P128 (Bacteriophage derived protein) as anti-staphylococcal agent. She has been teaching Medical Microbiology since 2010 at Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC), Manipal campus, India. She has experience in diagnosis of infectious diseases, surveillance and molecular epidemiological studies on antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens at tertiary care hospital. She had received Summer Research Fellowship and Visiting Scientist Fellowship from Indian Science Academy, to work under Prof. Ch. Venkata Ramana at University of Hyderabad. India. She has been mentor for undergraduate student’s research projects at MMMC. Her research work has been published in peer reviewed international journals. Her research interest is antibiotic resistance and development of new antimicrobial agents to treat MDR bacteria.

Aparna Shivaprasad Aparna Shivaprasad, MSc, PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Aparna Shivaprasad received a PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Her PhD thesis was on “Antimicrobial action of herbal products on nosocomial, multidrug resistant, Metallo β-lactamase and Carbapenemase producing Acinetobacter and their molecular characterization”, under the guidance of Dr. Beena Antony.

She was the best out-going student of class 1988-91 and started her career in 1993 as lecturer in Microbiology at Kasturba Medical college, Mangalore and was teaching the undergraduate students of Medicine, Dental, Physiotherapy and the post graduate students of Microbiology. Later she joined MVJ Medical college, Bengaluru, in May 2002. She was entrusted with the task of planning and setting up the department of Microbiology and teaching medical and nursing students. She was also in-charge of diagnostic laboratory and AIDS and infectious diseases surveillance center in MVJ Hospital. She has published ten papers in peer reviewed international and national journals and presented posters in state and national conferences of Indian Association Medical Microbiologists. She has in depth knowledge of laboratory techniques and equipments and profound ability to prepare research reports for publications. She has gained expertise in molecular techniques in medicine, diagnostic mycology and anaerobic culture techniques by attending various national level hand-on workshops. Her extra-curricular achievements include training in classical and light music and participating in various national and zonal level basketball and shuttle badminton tournaments.

Prasanna Honnavar Prasanna Honnavar, PhD- Assistant Professor

Dr. Honnavar obtained his MSc in Medical Microbiology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and subsequently went on to complete his PhD in Medical Microbiology from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He is the recipient of Prof. R. Nath Gold medal in the field of biomedical sciences for his PhD thesis. He most recently earned his Certificate in Medical Teaching from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

He has received numerous awards for his research in the field of medical mycology including International Society for Human and Animal Mycology Young Scholarship twice, Dr. P. Venugopal Glaxo Meritorious award, Nawopia Dr. Pankajalakshmi V. prize, Kamalam Glaxo award, and won three international travel awards.

Dr. Honnavar authored over 22 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His work has more than 300 citations and an H-index of 11, i10 index of 11. He has identified a novel yeast species ‘Malassezia arunalokei’ from seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff patients. He has given number of presentations in many national and international conferences and participated in several workshops. He is also the reviewer of journals namely the Medical Mycology, Indian Dermatology online J, Indian J Medical Microbiology, International Wound J, and Virology & Immunology J.

Before joining AUA, Dr. Honnavar was the system chair of infection and immunity, and assistant Professor in Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba where he taught Microbiology and Immunology to MD students for 3 years in a fully integrated organ system-based curriculum.

Juli Valtschanoff, MD – Associate Dean of Assessments & Evaluations

Dr. Valtschanoff obtained his M.D. degree in Bulgaria, where he practiced medicine, taught anatomy, histology and embryology, and did research on the involvement of the basal forebrain in Alzheimer’s disease. He went on to complete two postdoctoral periods in neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and remained on the faculty at the same institution for 12 more years to run a successful research laboratory and teach anatomy to medical students and neurobiology to Ph.D. students. His research was on neurotransmitters and receptors in the somatosensory systems of the brain and the spinal cord with a focus on the mechanisms of pain perception. Since joining AUA in 2012, Dr Valtschanoff has taught anatomy and cell biology, and in the last 4 years, has been the Chief Executive Proctor of the school, responsible for all exams and evaluations.

Neville Fernandez, MBBS, MD, MS – Professor/Chief Proctor

Dr. Neville Fernandez is an ECFMG certified Physician Microbiologist who graduated from Manipal University, Karnataka, India. He worked at A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, India where he taught Microbiology and Immunology, and was a core member of the Hospital Infection Control Committee. He also worked in the department of medical education where he was the lead coordinator of the faculty evaluation program. In October 2009, Dr. Fernandez joined AUACOM where he taught Microbiology & Immunology to second year medical students, besides serving as the campus chief proctor for the university. In 2017, he graduated with a MS in Instructional Design & Technology from Walden University. After serving at AUACOM for eight and a half years, he moved to St. Matthew’s University in the Grand Cayman, in May 2018.

Dr. Fernandez returned to AUACOM in June 2019 where he currently serves as the Director of the Examination Center and Campus Chief Proctor in the Office of Academic Outcomes. He is responsible for the planning, organizing, and reporting of all assessments and evaluations.

Associate Professor Pharmacology - Dr. Pemminati Sudhakar Sudhakar Pemminati, PhD – Chair & Associate Professor

Dr. Sudhakar Pemminati is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. He earned his PhD in Medical Pharmacology at Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal University, in India, where he studied the effects of APOC3, FABP2, and PPAR-gamma-2 gene polymorphisms on metabolic syndrome with type 2 diabetes mellitus in human subjects. Prior to earning his PhD, Dr. Sudhakar earned a MSc in Medical Pharmacology from Manipal University, a Pharm B from Andhra University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research (PDCR). Following his doctoral work, Dr. Sudhakar joined the Department of Pharmacology at KMC. He has been teaching Medical Pharmacology since 2000.

Dr. Sudhakar has extensive experience in the facilitation of Problem-Based and Team-Based Learning strategies in basic medical sciences. His expertise extends to individual interventions for the enhancement of critical thinking skills for medical problem-solving.

Dr. Sudhakar is a recipient of the Excellence in Scholarship Award for contributions to scientific literature, medicine, and education, awarded by the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine. Dr. Sudhakar is also the recipient of a number of other awards and honors: most notably, the Dr. TMA Pai Gold Medal for his research on an herbal treatment for haloperidol-induced catalepsy and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome.

He is a regular presenter at international scientific meetings, and most recently presented at conferences in Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, and Thailand. Dr. Sudhakar has authored or co-authored more than 54 peer-reviewed research articles, most of which are indexed by the National Library of Medicine’s authoritative PubMed database. He is an editor, editorial board member, and reviewer for many biomedical science journals, and has been invited to serve as an external examiner on numerous doctoral dissertation committees at academic institutions worldwide. Dr. Sudhakar is presently conducting two research projects, which have been approved by AUA College of Medicine, Antigua.

Professor and Chair - Dr. Hani Morcos Hani Morcos, MD, PhD – Senior Advisor & Professor

Dr. Morcos received his MD in 1986 from Alexandria University School of Medicine in Egypt. He is ECFMG certified in 1996 and received PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2005 from Florida A&M University. He held a position of Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at University of Miami, FL. Dr. Morcos is a licensed Physician in Antigua and carries wide experience in teaching and research from University of Miami, Florida A&M University and Florida State University. Dr. Morcos’s research paper on “the effects of simvastatin (Zocor) on the memory of Alzheimer’s disease” had made headlines in the Washington Post as well as several health news sites in the US and around the world.

Professor - Dr. Sapalya Durgaprasad Sapalya Durgaprasad, MD –  Professor

Dr. Durgaprasad S obtained his MD degree from Manipal University in the year 2003. During his residency years he worked with dept. of Gastroenterology, KMC Hospital Manipal and performed a research study on the “Effects of Curcumin on Chronic Pancreatitis patients”. After obtaining his MD degree he joined the dept. of Pharmacology, KMC Manipal as Asst Professor. During this period he performed numerous clinical trials with Ranbaxy, one of India’s leading drug companies and with Acunova, a leading Clinical Research Organization of India. He also published five research articles in peer reviewed journals during this time. In 2009 he joined AUA as Associate Professor and has been teaching Cancer chemotherapy, Hematology, Central nervous system and Endocrine pharmacology to semester 3 and semester 4 students”.

Emil Adamec, MD, PhD – Professor

Emil Adamec, M.D., Ph.D. graduated from Universitas Carolina School of Medicine in Prague (M.D.) and Boston University School of Medicine in Boston (Ph.D.).

Following research training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he joined the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School as a member of professional staff of McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA. His laboratory pursued original research in molecular neurobiology and neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases. His work was funded by the National Institute of Health and the Massachusetts Alzheimer Disease Research Center. His studies were published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Neuroscience, Brain Research, Journal of Neurological Sciences, Acta Neuropathologica, and presented on international meetings.

From 1993 to 2002 he also held an appointment as Adjunct Faculty at Northeastern University.

Since 2002 he is engaged full time in Medical Education. He helped to established several new medical programs with focus on small group learning and active learning approaches.

Nikhilesh Anand, MBBS, MD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Nikhilesh Anand received his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India in 2007 and MD in Pharmacology in 2016 from KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, India. Dr Nikhilesh has completed USMLE steps examinations and obtained ECFMG certification in 2010. His research interest includes Psychopharmacology, Personalized medicine and Rational use of Medicines.

He has 3 years of clinical experience working as a junior resident in psychiatry at Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India and at Cosmos Institute of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences, New Delhi, India. He has 2 years of experience of working on human stem cells and regenerative medicine use for the treatment of terminal neurodegenerative diseases, while working as duty doctor at Nutech hospital, New Delhi, India. Dr. Nikhilesh also has one-year experience of clinical trials while working at Manipal Acunova, Manipal, India.

His faculty appointment began at All Saints University School of Medicine, Dominica in 2016 where he joined as Assistant professor of Pharmacology and later he was promoted to Associate professor. During his tenure in Dominica he taught Pharmacology, Physiology, USMLE board review, ICM II and III.

He has authored several papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a member of British association of psychopharmacology and European Association of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Being fitness enthusiastic, he loves working out in the gym, hiking, swimming, water sports and outdoor adventure. His motto is to eat healthy and stay fit.

Dr Nikhilesh joined American University of Antigua in 2018 as Assistant professor in Pharmacology.

smriti agnihotri Smriti Agnihotri, MBBS, MD – Professor & Co-Chair

Dr. Smriti Agnihotri received her MD from Moti Lal Nehru Medical College, in Allahabad, India, in 2001, and her MBBS in 1995 from Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, in Kanpur, India, in 1995. She also completed training in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Mauritius in 2012. Dr. Smriti has been teaching pathology to medical graduates since 2002 including teaching at Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Nepal, and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College Medical College, in Mauritius. Dr. Smriti is a member of the Indian Medical Association, Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. She has authored more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals over the course of her academic career, and has been teaching pathology at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine since July 2016.

Brahmaiah-Chari K. R. MBBS, MD – Associate Professor & Co-Chair

Dean of Students, Professor and Department Chair - Dr. Reza Sanii Reza Sanii, PhD – Dean of Graduate Studies & Students Affairs, Professor & Senior Advisor

Professor - Dr. Richard Millis Richard Millis, PhD – Professor

Dr. Millis authored or co-authored approximately 100 articles in peer-reviewed publications on various aspects of medical physiology and has co-edited four research reference books. Hismost recent research, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to identify genetic and physiological markers for obesity in African-American adolescents. Has has authored a government report funded by the U.S. Army’s Surgeon General on the effects of nicotine and nicotine withdrawal that was instrumental in creating the first federal government smoke-free workplace by the Department of Defense. He was chief scientist for the development of the federal government’s first centralized database on medical aspects of protection against chemical and biological warfare agents and compiled the curriculum used to train physicians and allied health personnel on chemical casualty care for the first Persian Gulf War.

He is the recipient of a 2006 Teaching with Technology Award based on his extensive use of computer simulations for educational enhancement in teaching physiology to students in medical, dental and allied health sciences programs. Such educational enhancement was used to teach various medical review courses such as a workshop in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and in raising student performance on the United States Medical Licensure Step 1 Examination. He was a principal developer of an integrated basic and clinical science medical curriculum employing a collaborative active-learning model that uses medical residents and clinical fellows for presenting computer simulations of clinical cases.

Arun Agnihotri, MBBS – Professor

Dr. Arun Kumar Agnihotri is a Professor in the Department of Pathology at American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine. Dr Agnihotri completed his graduation in medicine (MB BS) from MLB Medical College, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1994 and post-graduation (MD) from MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1999. He has also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Mauritius in 2014. Dr. Agnihotri has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience. He has worked in All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, INDIA; Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Pokhara, NEPAL; and SSR Medical College in Mauritius.

Dr. Agnihotri authored more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He serves as a member of the several professional organizations some of which are ‘United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’, ‘World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)’, ‘African Society of Forensic Medicine’, ‘Indian Medical Association (IMA)’, ‘Indian Society of Toxicology (IST)’ and ‘Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin’. He is also a Founder Editor, Editor in Chief and Publisher of an international peer-reviewed journal – Internet Journal of Medical Update since the year 2005 and a current President of International Association of Medical and Biomedical Researchers.

Dr. Agnihotri’s major responsibilities are teaching a course in pathology, coordinating a year 2 neuroscience module and participating in the curriculum development.

Dr. Steve Glasser - Professor of Neurosciences
Steve Glasser, PhD – Professor

Dr. Glasser received his B.A. in Psychology (1971), M.Sc. in Physiology (1977), and Ph.D. in Physiology (1978) from the University of Rochester.

In 1978, while writing his doctoral thesis, and in 1979, Dr. Glasser completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University in lower vertebrate visual system development, under the aegis of Dr. David Ingle.

His faculty appointments began as an Assistant Professor in Biology at Long Island University (1979-1982).

In 1983, Dr. Glasser served as the Director of Basic Sciences and Assistant Professor of Physiology at the University of St. Lucia School of Medicine.

In 1984, Dr. Glasser was recruited to St. Georges University School of Medicine as an Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy. Within a year, he had expanded his responsibility with a joint appointment in Physiology and was promoted to Associate Professor. In 1986, he was appointed Course Director and Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience. In 1989, he was appointed Associate Dean of the Pre-Clinical Faculty and Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Glasser became an Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College in 1994, where he developed a Pharmacology course and was the lead instructor in Neuroanatomy, Control Systems Physiopathology, Visceral Physiopathology and Pharmacology.

In 1999, Dr. Glasser became an Associate Professor at Ross University School of Medicine teaching Neuroscience. Shortly, thereafter he was appointed Director for that course. He undertook the responsibility of Curriculum Coordinator in 2000 and in 2001 was promoted to full Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience.

Dr. Glasser served as a professor at American University of the Caribbean from September 2002 until February 2004. He taught Neuroscience, Behavioral Science, Pharmacology and Physiology, and served in the Student Academic Affairs, Admissions and Curriculum Committees.

In February, 2004 Dr. Glasser was appointed as the founding Dean at American University of Antigua (AUA). He has served as the Associate Dean of Academic Organization, Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor and Chair of Neuroscience. He also served on the following committees at AUA: Dean’s Council; Department Chairs; Admissions (Former Chair); Faculty Affairs (Former Chair) and Student Promotions.

Maxim Crasta, MSc, PhD – Associate Professor

Assistant Professor - Dr. Vinay H. Shankar Vinay H. Shankar, MBBS, MD – Associate Professor

Dr. Vinay H Shankar has an MBBS from Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore and an MD from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.

Deborah Dalmeida, MBBS, MD – Associate Professor

Deborah Dalmeida is a passionate medical educator with close to five years of experience in medical education in Pathology. Her tryst with Pathology began in May 2011 with the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, wherein apart from teaching second year medical students, she founded and served as Faculty Coordinator for the AUA Center for Teaching and Learning, member of the Curriculum committee, the Academic integrity panel and the Student Engagement and Motivation Task Force. During this period, she successfully passed all three steps of the USMLE. She completed her residency training in Pathology from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, after which she returned to AUACOM, as Assistant Professor of Pathology.

In her second stint, she was tasked with being the Systems Coordinator for the Foundations Module for Year II in a fully integrated organ system-based curriculum, composed of interleaved fundamental general pathologic, immunologic, pharmacologic and micro-biologic principles. As AUA launched Curriculum Next – a fully integrated organ system-based curriculum with a predominant small group model, she took charge as Lead Coordinator for beta testing of small group modules. She has designed a variety of small group learning activities based on sound pedagogic principles and best practices.

She joined St. Matthews University in the Cayman Islands, in May 2018. In her very first semester, she was voted winner of the Golden Apple Award for Fall 2018, an award that recognizes the overall faculty member, across all semesters whom the class believes has contributed the most to their success at St. Matthew’s University. She was also voted winner among teaching faculty in Semester 4, whom the class believes has contributed the most to their success at St. Matthew’s University.

Dr. Dalmeida is a firm believer in inter-disciplinary collaboration; constantly harnessing educational technology backed by sound pedagogic principles for student engagement and creation of significant learning experiences. She is a Certified Edpuzzle Coach, proficient with ExamSoft, BlackBoard and Moodle LMS, Panopto, Echo 360 Lecture Capture, TurningPoint, Poll Everywhere and Socrative Audience Response Systems, Brainscape Flashcards and is a prolific user of games for learning in the classroom.

She returned to AUACOM in June 2019 as Associate Professor of Pathology. She likes to call herself a pathology aficionado, student champion and a lifelong learner.

Indira Shastry, MBBS, MD – Assistant Professor

Merin Chandanathil, PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Merin Chandanathil received her PhD in 2010 form Manipal Academy of Higher Education. She was awarded the PhD degree on ‘Effect of certain uremic toxins on the functions of central nervous system: A study in uremic rat model’ under the guidance of Dr. Subramanya Upadhya. She also published a couple research articles in peer reviewed journals in this area of research. She started her teaching career as lecturer in Physiology and was involved in teaching Physiology for undergraduate and postgraduate medical/paramedical students for 16 years. She was actively involved in outcome-based, student centered, concept-based and problem-based teaching throughout her carrier. At the previously organization she was involved in developing multiple and advanced instructional methods and applying them into organ system modules integrating basic sciences across topics. Since June 2018, Dr. Merin has been teaching Physiology at the American University of Antigua School of Medicine.

Ayoola Awosika Ayoola Awosika, MD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Ayoola Awosika started his career as a Physiologist at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He proceeded to earn his MD from All Saints University College of Medicine in Saint Vincent, where he was recognized as amongst the best graduating students in Basic Medical Sciences. Dr. Awosika also has an MBA, and is currently completing a master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. His research has included studying the effects of cola nitida on blood pressure.

Licensed by the Medical and Dental council of Nigeria to practice as a physician, Dr. Awosika is ECFMG certified, and worked as an ER physician until leaving to pursue a career in academia. His professional memberships include the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, Physiological Society of London, and European Thyroid Association.

Prior to joining AUA College of Medicine, Dr. Awosika taught medical students at various medical schools in Physiology & Neurosciences, Pathology, Microbiology and USMLE Board review. He is highly knowledgeable in innovative teaching methods, and passionate about helping students achieve their full academic and professional goals.

Sabyasachi Maity, M.Sc. PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Maity is an assistant professor in the college of medicine, American university of Antigua. Dr. Maity obtained his PhD from the university of Alberta (neurophysiology) and his B.Sc and M.Sc  is in medical physiology. His research Areas are in synaptic plasticity and neuronal excitation. Within these research areas he has published 8 research paper with 2 featured cover articles. He has recently co-authored a paper in Nature Neuroscience journal. He has been awarded the J Gordin Kaplan research award by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta in 2012, Young investigator research travel award by the Canadian Association of Neuroscience in 2011, graduate research award by the physiology department of the University of Alberta in 2011, and a prestigious certificate of Honor from the City College, University of Calcutta in 2006 for securing first class score in Physiology honors. Dr. Maity has taught different modules of physiology and neuroscience at the Mount Royal University(Calgary) and at the University of Alberta(Edmonton). Before joining AUA, Dr. Maity was the course director for another offshore medical school where he taught physiology to the MD2  students for the preparation of USMLE Step 1 exam.

Sheetal Naik, MBBS, MD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Sheetal Naik is a physician and physiologist by training. After completing her MBBS degree from J.J.M Medical College, Davangere, India, Dr. Sheetal completed three years of residency in physiology at KIMS, Bangalore, India. Her MD thesis is titled “Birth weight and its effect on cognition in children aged 5-6 years”. She has given a number of presentations and participated in many CME, workshops and conferences.

She most recently earned her Certificate in Medical Teaching from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has also undergone certificate courses in evidence based Diabetes management and management of Thyroid disorders from Public health foundation of India. She has undergone training in exercise physiology and neurophysiology.
Before joining AUA, Dr. Sheetal was the system chair of Renal and metabolic system , and assistant Professor in Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba where she taught Physiology to MD students in a fully integrated organ system-based curriculum.