Deans - Campus Exterior




Samuel LeBaron Samuel LeBaron, MD, PhD – Dean of Basic Sciences
Dean of Students, Professor and Department Chair - Dr. Reza Sanii Reza Sanii, PhD – Dean of Graduate Studies & Student Affairs

Dr. Sanii is a graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Associate Deans


Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Professor - Dr. James Rice James Rice, Rhd – Associate Dean of 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 - Nandini Rao Nandini Rao, PhD – Assistant Dean of Academic Matters

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 of Cell Biology, Associate Dean of Curriculum, and Acting Chair of Basic Sciences Chair of Admissions Committee
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, performing research to identify surface virulence factors of Listeria monocytogenes.
 Juli Valtschanoff, MD – Associate Dean of Assessments & Evaluations

Dr. Valtschanoff obtained his M.D. degree from Sofia Medical University in Bulgaria, where he practiced medicine, taught anatomy, histology and embryology to medical students, 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 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 a variety of neurotransmitters and receptors in the somatosensory systems of the brain and the spinal cord with a focus on the mechanisms of pain perception. For the last 2.5 years at AUA, Dr Valtschanoff has taught anatomy and cell biology and has recently assumed the responsibilities of a Chief Proctor.