Basic Science Faculty

Basic Sciences

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.

Samuel LeBaron Samuel LeBaron, MD, PhD – Executive Dean of Basic Sciences
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 EMTCProfessor 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.

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

Ashwin Krishnamurthy, MBBS, MD – Associate Professor & Deputy Chair

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

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

Noha Hussien, MD,PhD – Assistant Professor

Samantha Colucci, MD – Assistant Professor

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.

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.

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.

Vasavi Gorantla, MSc., PhD – Associate Professor

Vasavi Gorantla, MSc, PhD – Associate Professor

Dr. Gorantla obtained his Ph.D. degree in Neuroanatomy from Manipal University, India, where he worked on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy-Role of Exercise, Environmental enrichment and Pyramid – A Behavioral and Morphological study in rats. Prior to his Ph.D. degree Dr.Rakesh obtained a M.Sc. in Medical Anatomy from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. He has been teaching for American University of Antigua College of Medicine since September 2013. His current research interests include Hippocampal neurogenesis, memory and learning.

Jeffrey Jarosinski, PhD – Associate Professor

Director of AUA Counseling services - Dr. Lynn McKnight Lynn McKnight, LPC/S, CCS, MAC, ATR-BC – Assistant Professor & Director of Counseling Services

Professor McKnight received her master degree from the University of Louisville, majoring in counseling with a specialization in expressive therapies. Her thesis research focused on assessing for field dependent and independent cognitive styles, and their implications in learning and memory. Professor McKnight obtained post graduate course work in addictions studies and in psychology from the University of South Carolina and Capella University. She went on to become the clinical director at Crossroads Center Antigua, and the outpatient director for Pavillon International; both centers of excellence in the addictions treatment field. She is licensed as a professional counselor, a professional counselor supervisor, and a clinical addictions specialist. She is certified as a master addictions counselor, board certified and registered art therapist and certified clinical supervisor. She currently teaches behavioral science and directs the counseling center at AUACOM, as well as provides clinical supervision for the clinical staff at Crossroads Center.

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

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.

John Th’ng, PhD – Associate Professor


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.

Rajashekar B Rao Rajashekar B. Rao, MSc, PhD – Associate Professor

Dr. Rajashekar Barkur Rao received his MSc in Medical Biochemistry from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, and his PhD from Manipal University, India. Dr. Rao joined AUA as an Associate Professor in Biochemistry in January 2017. He has been teaching biochemistry to medical students for the past 17 years. Before joining AUA, Dr. Rao taught at Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, India.

Dr. Rao has 11 scientific publications and nine conference presentations to his credit and is a reviewer for many indexed journals. He is also a PhD guide for Manipal University, India. Some of Dr. Rao’s work has focused on determining the effects of lead-induced oxidative stress on prenatal and postnatal brain development in rats.

Joseph Cross, PhD – Assistant Professor

Sebastian Roopa, PhD – Assistant Professor

Leslie Walwyn Leslie Walwyn, MBBS, MPH – Professor & Acting Chair

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

Dr. Eli Tshibwabwa is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Radiology theme coordinator.

Dr. Eli Tshibwabwa earned his medical degree in 1974 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, histomorphometry, interventional radiology, 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 in 1986, and later completed a 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, and was the Department Education Coordinator (DEC) in the Department of Radiology at McMaster from 2004-09.

His clinical, educational, and research interests include diagnostic radiology; ultrasound anatomy teaching; global health (HIV/AIDS, lung diseases in the Tropics); medical education with a focus on problem-based, concepts-based, and small-group learning; early exposure of students to bedside ultrasound; the development of radiology teaching resources for undergraduate and graduate teaching; and international medical education.

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).

Associate Professor - Dr. Nagaraj Mysore Nagaraj Mysore, MD – Professor & Assistant Proctor

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”.

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).

Michael Burg, MD – Associate Professor

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

Carolyn Edmondson, MBBS,PGTRF, PGCFM – Assistant Professor

Jovita Herrera, MD – Assistant Professor

Meili LeBaron, L.Ac., D.A.O.M. – Assistant Professor

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 – Assistant Professor

Helen Makinde, MD – Instructor

Dr. Joy A. Cox - Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor

Joy A. Cox, PhD – Associate Professor & Interim Chair

Dr. Joy Cox earned her PhD in Educational Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, specializing in College Student Personnel. Her master’s degree in School Counseling is also from the University of Louisville, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados, is in Biology. Dr. Cox’s career path has been focused on teaching Biology on the high school and college levels. Dr. Cox worked as an academic advisor for seven years before receiving her PhD. Her research interests include student persistence and retention factors, academic counseling, and academic strategies for success in college. As an educator, Dr. Cox is most passionate about directing students on how to become self-regulated learners. She believes in a student-centered curriculum and approaches education enrichment from a holistic perspective.

Assistant Professor - Dr. Sonya Ford

Sonya Ford, PhD – Assistant Professor

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.

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Trevor Ngorosha, PhD – 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Ashraya  Jagadeesh, MD – Associate Professor

Nagalakshmi Swamy, PhD – Assistant Professor

Juli Valtschanoff, MD – Associate Dean of Assessments & 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.

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

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

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

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.

Nikhilesh Anand, MBBS, MD – Assistant Professor

Reza Sanii, PhD – Dean of Graduate Studies & Students Affairs, Professor & Chair /Pathophys.

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.

smriti agnihotri Smriti Agnihotri, MBBS, MD – Professor/Assistant 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.

Arun Agnihotri, MBBS – Professor

Predrag Vujovic, PhD – Associate Professor & Deputy Chair

Maxim Crasta, MSc, PhD – Associate Professor

Suneet Kumar, MBBS, MD, MBA – 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.

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

Deborah Dalmeida, MBBS, MD – Associate Professor

Indira Shastry, MBBS, MD – Assistant Professor

Merin Chandanathil, PhD – Assistant Professor

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

Drickesham Aska, MD – Instructor