Faculty Administration

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.

Dean of Students, Professor and Department Chair - Dr. Reza Sanii

Reza Sanii, PhD – Dean of Student Affairs and Graduate Studies Professor of Physiology

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

Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Professor - Dr. James Rice James Rice, RhD – Associate Dean of Admissions, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Behavioral Science and Neuroscience

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 and Neuroscience. His current clinical and research interests include the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease and disability. 

Professor - Dr. Richard Millis
Richard Millis, PhD – Professor of Physiology, Associate Dean for Research, and Chair of Research Committee

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. His most 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. He 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.

Dr. Millis 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.

Juli Valtschanoff, MD – Associate Dean for Assessments and Evaluations Professor of Medical Cell Biology

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 PhD 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. Dr. Valtschanoff has now taught anatomy and cell biology at AUA for close to three years, and recently assumed the responsibilities of a Chief Proctor.

Professor - Nandini Rao Nandini Rao, PhD – Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

After obtaining a PhD in medical biochemistry from Manipal University, India, Dr. Rao completed her post-doctoral studies in the department 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, she went on a scientific adventure on salamander limb regeneration at Purdue School of Science, Indianapolis. Her research experience includes proteomics, genomics, and purification of protein. In addition to publications in internationally indexed journals, she also co-authored a chapter In “Principles of Regenerative Medicine,” for which Thompson J is one of the editors. As a faculty member in Manipal, Dr. Rao taught medical Biochemistry for almost 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.

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

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

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

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

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