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United Nations 75th Anniversary American University of Antigua Webinar

UN 75 Dialogs – American University of Antigua Webinar

Date : 26th May, 2020

Time : 11 AM to 12 Noon



Within the framework of its 75th anniversary, the United Nations is inviting people from all over the world to reflect on the global challenges we are currently facing and will face in the near future, as well as the different actions that are needed to address them, including those at the individual level. To achieve this, the Organization has launched the UN75 dialogues as an opportunity to enrich the debate while generating solutions.  The ideas and thoughts developed during these discussions in different countries will be presented to UN Member States and senior officials during the 75th UN General Assembly in New York this September.

Universities, students, educators, researchers and academics have been identified as key participants for this global dialogue.  American University of Antigua(AUA) is proud to host an online UN75 dialog with participation from our alumni, faculty and students.

About AUA

American University of Antigua College of Medicine(www.auamed.org )  is an institution dedicated to creating future generations of physicians that serve the communities they represent. Those communities are often underrepresented in the medical field and are reflected in the diversity of our student body. Founded in 2004, AUA has accomplished more than some schools have in decades. AUA leads the way in addressing the projected physician shortage, especially in the areas of primary care, family medicine, and internal medicine. Our world-class faculty places a premium on making themselves accessible to students and creating a learning environment in which hands-on training is the norm.


Healthcare in Emerging Economies:  One of the 17 Goals adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is Good Health & Well Being(Goal 3). Some of the challenges faced by Emerging economies include – availability of adequate healthcare professionals; poor healthcare infrastructure (hospital beds, ICU beds, access across the country); quality and affordability of healthcare. This dialog is to discuss some of these issues and generate ideas for effective healthcare in these economies. This dialog is happening during Covid-19, the worst pandemic in 100 years and hence we will discuss the impact of the pandemic on these issues.


Dr.Peter Bell: Moderator

Dr. Peter Bell is the Vice President for Global Education and Executive Dean of Clinical Sciences.  A board-certified Anesthesiologist, Dr. Bell received his medical degree and doctorate from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.  Subsequently, he trained as a naval flight surgeon at the US Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida.

Dr. Bell served as Assistant Medical Director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Ostseeklinik Damp, Germany and completed numerous national and international rescue missions as an emergency physician with German Air Rescue.

Prior to joining AUA, he chaired the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Holberton Hospital in St. John’s, Antigua.  He served as Medical Director of the Caribbean Helicopter Air Ambulance service and as a maritime medicine consultant.  At AUA, Dr. Bell served as vice president for Academic Affairs and Executive Dean at the Antigua campus from 2005–2009.


Col Dr. Stefan Göbbels: UN Speaker

Col Dr. Stefan Göbbels is Senior Medical Officer United Nations Medical Services Division and active serving Colonel MD of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces).

He joined the German Bundeswehr as a medical officer candidate in 1989. He finished his medical school in Cologne Germany in 1996 and was as an assistant doctor and physician in the Department of Trauma Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Combustion Medicine in the Bundeswehr Central Army Hospital in Koblenz. The next steps of his career took him after a graduation as Dr. med in Cologne to several responsibilities in the German Armed Forces Medical Branch Management. One focus was the development of the medical service management and patient tracking system called SAFES. In 2004 he started to study Health Economics at the University of Cologne to receive a Graduation of a Master of Science in Health Economics in 2006. A new deployment at the Bundeswehr Central Army Hospital in Koblenz as head of the department of Quality Management was followed by a number of three deployments to Afghanistan as the head of the field hospital in 2009 and 2013 and as head of the Joint Medical Branch and Medical Advisor in the Train Advice Assist Command North in Mazar E-Sharif in 2015.

After two challenging deployments in Germany at the Federal Ministry of Defense and the Federal Office for Equipment and Information Technology he was posted in 2016 to the United Nations Secretariat as a Senior Medical Officer for the implementation of the HIPPO-Projects (High independent Panel on Peacekeeping Operations) and as a Military Medical Advisor to the UN Medical Director.


Dr. Leslie Walwyn: AUA Faculty

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.


Dr Edmond Mansoor: AUA Faculty

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.


Dr.Jason Pryor: AUA Alumni

Dr. Jason Pryor was born and raised in Seymour, Tennessee, a small town near Knoxville, and spent much of his teenage years volunteering with kids in his community and the Knoxville Special Olympics.

Attending East Tennessee State University (ETSU) for his undergraduate, Dr. Pryor obtained his medical degree from the American University of Antigua, and later returned to ESTU’s Quillen College of Medicine for a position in their residency program in the Pediatrics department; eventually becoming their chief resident. Completing his fellowship in neonatology-perinatology at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Pryor has also completed a Master’s in Public Health in Vanderbilt. Today, Dr. Pryor is currently a neonatologist in Roanoke, VA.


Dr.Swaiman Singh: AUA Alumni

Born in Pakhoke in the state of Punjab, India, Dr. Singh as a child has dreamt of being able to support the underserved communities in his hometown with basic healthcare and education. In 2015, he graduated from the American University of Antigua and then completed residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Internal Medicine. In 2019, Dr. Singh returned to his hometown having organized the two first-ever medical camps in India. Teaming with nonprofit organizations, local doctors, pharmacists, dentists, and other health professionals, he was able to provide medical services to camp attendees. Services provided at the event included cancer screenings, blood tests, and medical information sessions. The camp took place in Pakhoke on March 14th, and Ludhiana on March 23rd.

Dr. Singh’s goal is to utilize the blueprints he made for the medical camps to continue providing better medical services to his hometown. He is currently a Cardiology Fellow at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center/Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health in Newark, New Jersey.


Yujin Jeong: AUA Student Global Health Track

Yujin Jeong was born in South Korea and graduated from Sungshin Women’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Medical Science. Passionate in her studies, she continued to expand her knowledge and experience through organizing and leading a medical volunteer group at Raphael Clinic for Immigrants and Underserved in Korea and participated in numerous medical missionary trips overseas during her undergraduate years.

Jeong is now a medical student in American University of Antigua College of Medicine and in Global Health Track program. In her medical school she continues to seek ways to actively engage in improving public health and involve people around her by hosting weekly fundraisers and a run&walk charity event for Care Project Antigua and Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

In 2019, Jeong gave a presentation on climate change and health in International Young Researchers’ Symposium on Global Health: a satellite symposium of the World Health Summit 2019 at Akkon University in Berlin as a representative of her school and attended the World Health Summit 2019 as a Global Health Track program student. Jeong is expected to graduate in 2022.


Marcello Vittoria: AUA Student Global Health Track

Marcello Medici Vittoria was born in Italy, and raised in between Brazil, U.S.A, and Europe. Medici Vittoria’s medical journey started in adjacent to his artistic work in his own private fashion label, MVMC, which he started in 2010 that focused on developing products with sustainable and recycled materials. He was able to partner with several health organizations, such as the American Heart Association, The Venetian Art Society and NSU-Cancer research center and was introduced into the medical field. Having worked as an Orthopedic Technologist where he was able to work directly with an Orthopedic hand surgeon ultimately guided his decision to a pursue an MD degree.

Medici Vittoria is currently a second year student at the American University of Antigua and hopes to bring awareness to what global medicine and global health is, and the potential it can become.