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  • Elena Villamil, PhD
    Elena Villamil, PhD
    Assistant Professor
  • Helen Makinde, MD
    Helen Makinde, MD
    Instructor
  • Kasim Williams, MD
    Kasim Williams, MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Carolyn Edmondson, MBBS, PGTRF, PGCFM
    Carolyn Edmondson, MBBS, PGTRF, PGCFM
    Assistant Professor
  • Meili LeBaron, L.Ac., D.A.O.M.
    Meili LeBaron, L.Ac., D.A.O.M.
    Assistant Professor
  • Jovita Herrera, MD
    Jovita Herrera, MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Courtney Lewis, MD
    Courtney Lewis, MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Edmond Mansoor, MBBS
    Edmond Mansoor, MBBS
    Assistant Professor
  • Sudha Kannavar, MD, OBGYN, ECFMG, CRM
    Sudha Kannavar, MD, OBGYN, ECFMG, CRM
    Professor
  • Nagaraj Mysore, MD
    Nagaraj Mysore, MD
    Professor & Chief Proctor
  • Eli Tumba Tshibwabwa, MD, MMED, PhD
    Eli Tumba Tshibwabwa, MD, MMED, PhD
    Professor
  • Srikanteswara Viswanath, MBBS, MS
    Srikanteswara Viswanath, MBBS, MS
    Professor
  • Waheeda Amiralli, MD
    Waheeda Amiralli, MD
    Professor & Deputy Chair
  • Jenifer Cannon, MD, FACOG
    Jenifer Cannon, MD, FACOG
    Professor
  • Leslie Walwyn, MBBS, MPH
    Leslie Walwyn, MBBS, MPH
    Professor and Acting Chair

 

 

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Elena Villamil, PhD
Assistant Professor

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

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.

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

Dr. Meili Xu has completed doctoral courses and internships in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupunture in China. After completing Doctor of Science studies in Beijing, she passed both the California and US National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Licensing Exams. She also completed a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the United States.

She has received individual, advanced clinical training from teachers proficient in both Traditional Chinese and Japanese forms of acupuncture. She has also pursued specialized studies with Dr. Shi Xue Min at Tianjin University, considered to be an international expert on the use of acupuncture in stroke rehabilitation. She has also worked with Dr. Huang Wen Zheng at Tianjin University who has more than 40 years clinical experience and research in the use of TCM for the treatment of kidney disfunction; and with Dr. Wang Ju Yi, an expert of Classical Channel Acupuncture for gastrointestinal disorders. She was a special fellow with Dr. Jiao Shun Fa and Dr. Fang Wen Zheng for head acupuncture, another method for helping many patients with a variety of problems.

Her current clinical practice includes consultation on patients of all ages, with a variety of complex clinical problems referred by physicians at the Stanford School of Medicine and the surrounding community. She also provides primary consultation and care for common health problems and health maintenance using an integration of the most up-to- date methods in acupuncture, acupressure, herbs, and Western medicine when appropriate.

Dr. Xu also teaches students and residents from Stanford Medical to help them understand the applications of this ancient knowledge to the modern world.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Nagaraj Mysore, MD
Professor & Chief 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”.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Leslie Walwyn, MBBS, MPH
Professor and 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.