In the Community: SGU Faculty and Students Providing Crucial COVID Testing and Vaccinations in Grenada

As attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 continues, St. George’s University remains a trusted ally to the Government of Grenada, with several SGU faculty members and students stepping up to volunteer in the Government’s most recent initiative—hosting mobile testing and vaccination clinics throughout the island.

The team of SGU faculty volunteers was comprised of Drs. Nilo Alvarez Toledo, Sharmila Upadhya, Vivek Nuguri, Vajinder Singh, Kesava Mandalaneni, Karl Theodore, Subramanya Upadhya, Anthusia Hortance Pavion, Sheiban Shakeri, Edidiong Udoyen, Clayton Taylor, and Allister Rechea. They worked in close conjunction with the Ministry of Health’s team, including Drs. Carol McIntosh, Tyhiesia Donald, Nicole Forte, Nurse Audrey Lyons, and others, to reach out to the population in the countryside parishes of St. David, St. Patrick, St. Mark, St. John, and St. Andrew.

“As a physician, I know firsthand the importance of getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Vajinder Singh, deputy chair in the Department of Pathology at SGU. “With Grenada’s limited healthcare infrastructure and resources, I felt it was my duty to volunteer for the vaccination drive in the hopes that one day soon we can achieve ‘herd immunity.’ Our overall goal here is to reach the most remote parts of Grenada to spread awareness of the importance of getting vaccinated, and to test and vaccinate as many people as we can.”

“We are so proud of these initiatives and all of those who have been in the field to support our beloved host country with all-important testing and vaccinations,” said Dr. Charles Modica, chancellor of SGU. “The country and the citizens of Grenada have supported the University throughout our journey, every step of the way, and we’re glad to have people within our community who can lend a helping hand at this critical time.”

These mobile clinics are considered extremely beneficial in reaching the elderly and the most vulnerable on island, who by themselves would not have been able to go to the hospital or health centers to get vaccinated. The volunteers were able to administer hundreds of vaccines, provide education on the need to get vaccinated, and conduct testing for COVID-19.


“The country and the citizens of Grenada have supported the University throughout our journey, every step of the way, and we’re glad to have people within our community who can lend a helping hand at this critical time.”


“The need of the hour is to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19,” stated Dr. Kesava Mandalaneni, assistant professor of neuroscience in the SOM. “As a proud Grenadian (at heart), and more importantly as a physician, I feel obligated to stand with my brothers and sisters in the healthcare fraternity, who are working tirelessly to contain the effects of COVID-19 in our communities.”

SGU Nursing Students Heed the Call to Volunteer

Also, eager to lend a helping hand were School of Arts and Sciences students in the SGU Nursing Program. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the future nurses have been volunteering at health centers across the country, providing Grenada’s healthcare professionals with much-needed assistance, a chance for a break, and camaraderie. As Grenada enters its second week of a two-week restriction of movements on weekends, the nursing students have also volunteered to work at pop-up testing and vaccination clinics in rural villages island wide.

“I choose to volunteer because I heard the call for help and I decided to answer it,” said Kayonna Jones, a second-year nursing student at SGU. “I also believe that volunteering will not only benefit me as a student in gaining hands-on experience working alongside other healthcare professionals in a pandemic, but also my hard work and commitment to educating, testing, and vaccinating will also help to ensure a safe environment for the Grenadian community.”

“The concepts of altruism and selflessness are synonymous with nursing,” said Dr. Jennifer Solomon, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, SGU. “Many of our students have volunteered, working above and beyond to assist their colleagues, and local communities during the COVID 19 pandemic. Although students, they have the skills that are needed and, under supervision, can meaningfully contribute—giving support to their future colleagues on the front line. At SGU, we have a commitment to provide excellence in education, which in turn translates to excellence in care. I am so humbled and proud of our SGU nursing students.”

SGU and Grenada Partnership

As many countries, including Grenada grapple with the ramifications of the persistent coronavirus pandemic, St. George’s University has reaffirmed its commitment to its host country. From partnering with the Government of Grenada on managing donations to help combat COVID-19, to providing expert advice from its alumni on Grenada broadcast networks, SGU continues to be a loyal partner in helping to limit the spread of the virus.

In close collaboration with the Government, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), a research and education foundation based at SGU, one of the first diagnostic testing facilities in the Caribbean and was established at the True Blue campus. SGU’s testing site has since become a beacon of excellence for the entire region, with its diagnostic team helping to design and set up the Ministry of Health’s testing site at Grenada General Hospital, including training of lab staff and troubleshooting with initial qPCR lab testing.

Additionally, responding to the need of the General Hospital, which had just two ventilators, designed to mechanically assist patients with breathing, for the entire population of more than 100,000 people—St. George’s University utilized its international resources to facilitate the acquisition and delivery of 18 additional ventilators.

SGU also secured tens of thousands of pieces of personal protection equipment, ranging from gloves and gowns to goggles and facemasks, for medical personnel as well as members of the community. In addition, the University was able to bring in 18 combination defibrillator monitors, two handheld ultrasound machines, two portable X-ray machines, as well as blood gas analyzers and supplies.

“The people of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique are extremely resilient,” added Dr. Mandalaneni. “They have overcome many challenges in the past and will do so once again. With the help from our SGU community, we will all do our part to overcome this challenge together, so that we advance and prosper as one people and one community.”

– Ray-Donna Peters


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SGU Welcomes Inaugural April Class

Siblings Stephan and Beatrice Attilus began their medical studies together at SGU this April.

Last week, St. George’s University welcomed its inaugural April class of aspiring doctors with a virtual White Coat Ceremony. Each term, the ceremony is held for first-term students, representing an important milestone marking their entry into the medical profession.

“I want to welcome the students from the first April start for the School of Medicine,” said Dr. Charles R. Modica, chancellor of SGU. “Forty-five years after our first charter class—and in the middle of a pandemic—you’ve decided to take upon yourselves the rigorous studies to pursue a medical degree. We’re here to help you succeed in any way we can, and if you’re anything like your predecessors, I think you’ll do just fine. We’re excited to have you as the newest charter class of the University.”

The 2025 April class joined its fellow incoming students from the August 2020 and January 2021 classes from St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine/Northumbria University Four- and Five-Year Program and the School of Medicine, who had their White Coat Ceremonies in March. The April class welcomed students from 22 countries, including the United States, Ecuador, Canada, Argentina, India, Algeria, China, Grenada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Cuba, Guyana, Haiti, Fiji, Republic of South Korea, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Ghana, Rwanda, and Ukraine.

In his welcome remarks to the latest incoming class, Dr. Marios Loukas, the dean of the School of Medicine, encouraged the medical students to strive for excellence in their pursuit of knowledge and to heed the oath they were about to pledge.

“As you don your white physician’s coats, you pledge an oath of professionalism and service,” said Dr. Loukas. “Professionalism is a commitment to integrity, altruism, competence, and ethics in the service of others. We must endeavor to honor the sacred trust and privilege society places on medical professionals—cognizant that the standard is an ideal that we must continuously aim to achieve. I welcome you to the noble profession of medicine.”

In his keynote address, Dr. G. Richard Olds, president of SGU and a tropical disease specialist, shared his knowledge and expertise about the fight against COVID-19. He focused on the history of the white coat and the place physicians held in society.

“We have an opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic to reestablish what’s important in physicians,” said Dr. Olds. “By taking on great personal risk and sometimes becoming surrogate loved ones while caring for patients, this global health crisis has shined a light on healthcare professionals on the frontlines and created a new opportunity for all healthcare workers to be appreciated by greater society.”

After sharing a touching story on what it means to be a good physician, Dr. Olds left the newest class of future doctors with a few additional words of wisdom.

“You will learn a lot of medical facts from your faculty—facts about the body and how it breaks down in disease,” he said. “You’ll learn how to diagnose difficult illnesses and how to treat them. But if you’re open to it, you’ll learn how to become a better doctor largely from your patients. So, as you don your white coat today, welcome to the noble profession of medicine.” 

– Ray-Donna Peters

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SAS and SGS grads encouraged to “profoundly impact the world”

On June 12, students from 44 countries came together with family, friends, and well-wishers for their last virtual meetup and to celebrate their academic achievements at the annual School of Arts and Sciences/School of Graduate Studies commencement ceremony.  

Over 420 graduates were encouraged to achieve outside the box as they start their new journey into the workplace around the world.  Degrees were conferred to the SAS and SGS Class of 2021, as well as the SAS Class of 2020, which could not hold its ceremony last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a profound keynote address, Dessima Williams, ambassador for Grenada and permanent representative to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013, challenged SGU’s newest alumni to live a life of service and to commit to doing something special and impactful.  

“Go from SGU into the world and help to transform everything that you can—make it better,” said Ambassador Williams. “You are graduating, so you must have gotten some good marks. Go now and make good marks on the world.” 

Jonathan Silwanes, BSc ’20, class speaker for the SAS Class of 2020, added that success is not only about achieving your goals, but about being triumphant when faced with hardships. 


As we embark on our respective paths, there will be harder challenges to come, but as long as you persevere, you will be an unstoppable force.


“As we celebrate our successes together today, I challenge all my fellow graduates to appreciate the journey you’ve been through, applaud yourselves for your accomplishments, and remember the adversity you’ve overcome to reach this point,” he said. “Continue to believe in yourself amidst the challenges that await you in the future. Continue your quest to your dreams and continue to succeed every day.” 

Namratha Guruvaiah Sridhara, BSc ’20, class speaker for the School of Arts and Sciences Class of 2021, shared a short story that alluded to the importance of turning one’s struggles into positive learning outcomes.  

“Standing here today, our perseverance and willpower to endure has proven to be stronger than any obstacle. Hence, I urge you all to remember this time, not just as a period of difficulty, but look at it as a way to see what you have achieved and what you have overcome. As we embark on our respective paths, there will be harder challenges to come, but as long as you persevere, you will be an unstoppable force.” 

Samantha Antoine-Purcell, MEd ’21, class speaker for the School of Graduate Studies, thanked her predecessors for paving the way and implored her fellow classmates to think beyond the assignments and projects and step into alumni roles to pay it forward. 

“Today, our graduation is not just the end of the journey,” she said. “Indeed, it is the beginning of our commitment to learning and growing, our commitment to leading lives of purpose and intent. It is our commitment to embracing that which we are—the embodiment of phenomenal thought and action. We have a responsibility to use our collective experiences to profoundly impact our world and positively do so as change agents.”

– Istra Bell

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2021 MD class overcomes obstacles on way to residency

Their journey may have been different than the classes before them, but the St. George’s University School of Medicine Class of 2021’s commitment to excellence and their future profession was very much the same.

In a virtual ceremony held on June 6, SGU conferred Doctor of Medicine degrees to graduates from 47 US states and territories, as well as 35 other countries around the world. The SOM’s newest alumni forged ahead despite hurdles and wrinkles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and emerged on the other side with a bright future in front of them.

“With your new MD degree, you join the ranks of thousands of physicians, including our proud SGU alumni, and other healthcare workers fighting this pandemic,” said Dr. Marios Loukas, dean of the School of Medicine, in his address. “In joining this fight, you will need to call upon the same perseverance and commitment that carried you through four years of medical school.

“Go forth and do good by taking care of millions of people who will look toward your humanism in science to keep them safe and healthy,” he continued. “Remember that your positive attitude and determination have brought you this far, and life is as much about living the journey as much as it is about eventually reaching your destination.”

This summer, more than 1,080 newly minted SGU physicians will enter residency at hospitals across the US. These positions span 21 specialties, including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, urology, and more.

“I’m sure many of you have been dreaming of this moment for many years, and I do hope that you’re all taking a moment to stop and reflect and celebrate your success,” said Dr. Lucy Clunes, dean of students at SGU. “As you transition from student to physician, and embark on the next phase of your career, I encourage you to reflect on the values and experiences throughout your tenure at SGU that have led to the success we are celebrating today.”

SGU is the largest source of physicians for the entire United States workforce, with more than 11,600 alumni licensed to practice in the US in 2019 according to the Federation of State Medical Boards.


Faculty members honored

Dr. Charles Modica, chancellor and co-founder of SGU, also bestowed the St. George’s University Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Stephen Weitzman, former dean of the School of Medicine, and Dr. Vishnu Rao, longtime dean of students and the current dean of university alumni affairs.

Dr. Weitzman joined SGU in 1978 as a visiting professor and remained on the faculty as a professor, chair of medicine, dean of clinical studies, and dean of the SOM.

“Dr. Weitzman really is a special person, but I think the most special thing about him is that his name is on the diplomas of more physicians in the US—having signed them—than any other person in the world,” Dr. Modica said. “He helped set up the clinical programs, he nurtured them, and he became involved with each and every student’s education through them.”

Dr. Rao started at the University at its inception, joining as a professor of anatomy before serving as the University’s Dean of Students for more than three decades. He will stay on as a member of SGU’s alumni affairs department.

“I’m so proud to be able to work with him in the future to make sure we are involved with and look after the thousands of graduates of the University, in all fields,” Dr. Modica said.


– Brett Mauser

High-Achieving SVM Students and Faculty Honored at Spring Virtual Awards Ceremony

Screen shot courtesy of SVM student Briana Kinsey.
















The School of Veterinary Medicine recognized students and faculty who exhibited academic excellence, outstanding work ethic, and a strong commitment to the field during last month’s SVM Spring 2021 awards ceremony.

“Students who were named during the awards ceremony are the best of the best when it comes to exemplifying the qualities needed to become exceptional veterinarians,” said Dr. Neil Olson, dean of the SVM. “With the added challenge of learning during a global pandemic, the honorees have especially excelled, and we are so proud of their accomplishments at SGU.”

Dr. Olson, Mr. Brendon LaGrenade, SGU’s vice provost for institutional advancement, and Dr. Anne Marie Corrigan, associate dean of academics, addressed the online crowd. In addition to a wide range of traditional awards acknowledging the best students in all classes, student organizations could nominate students and faculty/staff for an award.

Two new awards were presented this semester:

  • Dean Olson’s Award for Academic Excellence, given to Term 3 students with the highest GPA (as of the end of Term 2) and who embodies professionalism. The award has a combined value of $2,000 EC, split among the nominees.
  • SGA SGU Awards of Excellence is a new award given by the Student Government Association recognizing SGU faculty and staff members who play an integral part in vet students’ success.

During the virtual event, the SVM also held its Phi Zeta Honor Society inductions as well as the traditional Term 6 student slideshow sendoff, a compilation of photos taken to highlight students’ time at SGU before they head into their clinical year. It was the first time that all three events were held together.

Dr. Rhonda Pinckney will retire on June 30 after 17 years at SGU.

The awards event also acknowledged retiring faculty member Dr. Rhonda Pinckney, a professor of veterinary parasitology within the Department of Pathobiology, and one of the longest serving SVM faculty members. Dr. Pinckney has been with SGU since 2004 and will retire on June 30.

The SVM hopes to be able to resume the award ceremony in person for the fall term.

Zoetis Awards

Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholars Award: April Perez, Sonali Desai, Pricilla Leinberger

Zoetis Revolution Awards
Small Animal Surgery Award: Kristie Armas

Small Animal Internal Medicine: Montana Loveday

Equine Medicine Award: Amanda Broeder

Production Animal Medicine Award: Haley Embleton

Scholarship of Service Award: Elizabeth McGarvey

Student Research Award: Glenna Raycroft Maur

Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award: Dr. Nicki Wise

Outstanding Colleague Awards

Term 1: Stephanie Nickerson

Term 2: Maureen Kruhlak

Term 3: Leandra Margolies

Term 4: Sheridan Nichols

Term 5: Adriana Kalaska

Term 6: Krystal Mendoza

Dean Olson’s Award for Academic Excellence Recipients for Spring 2021

Letty Bonilla, Daria Ehrenberg, Melissa Ferguson, Lauren Fleming, Acacia Johnson, Jennifer Memleb, Teylor Nealy, Cristians Rivas Morales, Aleeka Roberts, Samuel Ruch, Valerie Savino

Adrienne Lotton Memorial Award

Nakia Sweetman

SVM Alumni Scholarship Award

Cody Cragnolin

Giant Paws Giant Hearts Foundation “Hercules” Award

Cody Cragnolin

PAWS Recognition for Term 6 Facilitators

Krystal Mendoza, Collin Leisz, Camille Ogden, Anna Ritz, Elizabeth McGarvey, Amanda Broeder

Veterinary Public Health CommitteeOne Health One Medicine” Community Leader Award

Caitlin Nay

Student Organization Awards                   

SGUSVM Large Animal Society Most Valuable Sixth Term LAS Member Award

Maggie Pratt Isgren

Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists Most Valuable Pathologist Award

Taryn Paquet

Wellness Committee MVP Award

Chandler Case

TherioHERO Award (faculty award)
Dr. Firdous Khan

Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Awards

Student Winner: Vittoria Lipari
Faculty Winner: Dr. Anne Corrigan

Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

Student Winner:  Tasha Faletti
Faculty Award: Dr.  Anne Corrigan

Student Government Association Awards

SGUSVM Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients

Term 1-3: Dr. Rhonda Pinckney
Term 4-6: Dr. Firdous Khan

**NEW** SGA SGU Awards of Excellence (faculty award)

Terms 1-3: Ms. Tandy James
Terms 4-6: Ms. Naudia Dundas

George B. Daniel Award

Maria Coppola

The Pinckney Parasitology Award

Brianna Shepke, Lance Shen Kenny

Alpha Delta Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta

Spring 2021 Inductees

Term 5 Inductees

Alexa Albam, Richard Brown, Devin Curtsinger. Briana Howard, Adriana Kalaska, Nadine Pearsall, Elizabeth Russell. Dawson Ruschkowski Tess Talmage, Kiersten Yndestad

Term 6 Inductees

Taylor Adams, Marisa Curro, Erica Foster, Annelise Godau, Krystal Mendoza, Hannah Narburgh, Camille Ogdon, Alexa Pensabene, Sarah Quinlan, Anna Ritz, Jaren Rodier, Sofija Todorovic, Katherine Williams

Term 6 Students Inducted Last Term

Jacqueline Compta, Cody Cragnolin, Molinaro Goode, Kyra Gore, William Holl, Cullen Kurgan, Abigail Kenly, Vittoria Lipari, Taryn Mooney, Romina Morgan, Kelly Ramos, Jaimie Remillard, Yu Wang

Phi Zeta Specialty Faculty Recognition for Their Work in Promoting Research and Scholarship

Dr. Firdous Khan, Dr. Heidi Janicke


Screen shot courtesy of SVM student Briana Kinsey.


– Laurie Chartorynsky

SGU, WINDREF co-host climate intervention webinar with UN, WHO, and PAHO

Continuing its longstanding collaboration with national, regional, and global organizations that drive discussion and improvements related to climate change, St. George’s University co-hosted an interactive webinar to address the importance of climate intervention in the Caribbean and how the region can benefit from increased data collection.

The webinar, titled “Calculating the Health Co-Benefits of Climate Interventions Using the CaRBonH tool in the Caribbean,” was co-organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centre at St. George’s, SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM), the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Small Island Developing States, which include the islands in the Caribbean, have a high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change despite the region’s low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dr. Calum Macpherson, SGU’s dean of the School of Graduate Studies and director and vice president of WINDREF. “These impacts include more frequent and increasingly severe storms; unpredictable weather patterns, which impact agriculture and the incidence of vector borne diseases; increasing sea levels; and increasing temperatures, all of which adversely affect human and animal health.”

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The April 28 webinar introduced the current status of the data collection process in the Caribbean and explored the potential advantages of adapting the WHO’s Carbon Reductions Benefits on Health Tool (CarbonH) tool to assist in calculating the health benefits of climate interventions.

“Ultimately the data collected in the region will be part of the discussions at the Global Climate Change, COP26 meeting to be held in Glasgow in November 2021,” Dr. Macpherson said.

The CaRBonH tool was initially developed by WHO to quantify the potential health and economic benefits that could be achieved by climate policy implementation in Europe. RCC St. George’s, WINDREF, PAHO, WHO, and SGU have been working in collaboration to apply the CaRBonH tool in the Caribbean by conducting a preliminary analysis of data availability in the region.


“Small Island Developing States, which include the islands in the Caribbean, have a high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change despite the region’s low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.”


Webinar participants included 24 representatives of the UNFCCC National Focal Points, and chief environmental health officers and national statistical officers from 16 Caribbean countries. The session was moderated by Dr. Lindonne Glasgow, SGU’s deputy chair and assistant professor of the DPHPM.

Presenters included Dr. Vintura Silva, regional lead of UNFCCC RCC St. George’s; Jonell Benjamin, consultant of UNFCCC RCC St. George’s; and Dr. Daniel Buss, advisor for climate change and health in PAHO, with opening remarks given by Dr. Macpherson,

St. George’s University hosts the UNFCCC RCC in the DPHPM, one of six global Research Collaborating Centers in the world. In an effort to assist in the development of clean development mechanism (CDM) projects in the region, the UNFCCC secretariat created a partnership agreement with WINDREF, which is based on the SGU campus, as well as St. George’s University to establish a regional collaboration center in St. George’s, Grenada. The RCC St. George’s is available to support countries interested in applying the CaRBonH tool to calculate the health co-benefits of climate interventions.

The group plans to reconvene on June 1 and 2 for a virtual conference titled, “Making the Case for Health Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation in the Caribbean.”

Dreams Realized: Future Physicians Secure Residencies on Match Day 2021

At a time when the world needs more physicians, St. George’s University graduates are prepared to answer the call. On Match Day 2021, more than 1,025 SGU students and alumni learned of where they’ll begin their residencies this summer, joining a vast network of physicians who have made an indelible impact on healthcare worldwide.

The newly matched residents will train in specialties that include neurology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and more. Dozens more will secure residency positions in the days and weeks to come.

“Match Day marks an important step in the life of every doctor,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, president of St. George’s University. “The entire SGU community is proud of the hard work our students have put in, and we wish them the very best as they prepare to start their careers officially.”

SGU continues to assist the US in addressing the projected doctor shortage of up to 139,000 physicians across primary and specialty care, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). On average, one in three St. George’s graduates work in medically underserved areas, which have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Many SGU alumni have bravely served on the front lines throughout the pandemic.

“The resilience and skill of countless SGU alumni has been on full display over the course of this pandemic,” Dr. Olds said. “We look forward to sending another talented group of students into the world to make a difference in the lives of patients.”

The 2021 match class shared their excitement as the next chapter in their careers came into focus.

SGU Instagram Takeover: Emergency Resident Says “Be Willing to Be Open, Take Risks, and Invest in Yourself”

Chris Reilly, MD '20

What’s it like to be an emergency medicine resident?

In a recent takeover of St. George’s University’s Instagram page, Chris Reilly, MD ’20, unveiled what life is like as a PGY-1 in emergency medicine at HCA’s Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, FL.



Dr. Reilly also answered viewers’ questions in a follow-up live Q&A for which he addressed topics like:

  • Why he chose emergency medicine as a specialty;
  • Tips to help students secure an EM residency;
  • How to study and be successful in med school; and
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth in emergency medicine.

His biggest piece of advice for students? Keeping an open mind about what specialty to enter.

“You’re going to have so many different experiences from first year through fourth year,” Dr. Reilly said. “Really try to enjoy every rotation you are on and try to really envision yourself being in that specialty because that will give you perspective. If you can have an appreciation for and perspective for that specialty, then it was a successful rotation.”

The Instagram Q&A has been viewed by more than 2,300 people as of early December.


“Experience SGU” virtual events offer aspiring doctors a glimpse into St. George’s University

Are you considering starting your medical journey at St. George’s University? Find out more about life as a student at SGU’s School of Medicine by engaging in one of our interactive virtual events.

Under the umbrella theme “Experience SGU,” the University has created multiple ways for prospective students to understand more about the first-rate education offered at SGU, the pathways to a US residency and to practicing medicine, as well as experiencing campus life all through virtual platforms.

“Our virtual events have been extremely popular as we continue to interact with future medical students in new and innovative ways,” said Joshua Fein, director of student recruitment for St. George’s University. “Aspiring doctors from all over the US and internationally are able to tune in to these online sessions and get answers to all of their questions directly from SGU students and our graduates.”



Trying to decide which virtual event is right for you? Here’s what to expect at each event:

Online Information Sessions

  • Log on and let us introduce you to SGU during this interactive virtual session covering academics, admissions, and scholarships.
  • SGU will share (and answer!) the 10 most important questions you should ask of any medical school including: the value of an SGU education, life at a Caribbean medical school, how SGU’s clinical rotations will help you obtain a US residency, and financial aid opportunities, among other topics.
  • Led by an admissions representative.
  • Includes a live Q&A with students and alumni.
  • Length: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

 “Doctors On Call” Panels Through Zoom

  • Hear from SGU alumni who are at different stages of their career as physicians, from residents to leaders in their respective field.
  • Specialties highlighted include surgery, anesthesiology, pediatrics, primary care, and more.
  • Live conversation with MD alumni facilitated by an admissions representative.
  • Viewers are invited to follow up with speakers by booking a 30-minute one-on-one to ask questions.
  • Length: approximately 1 hour

Virtual Campus Tours

  • Seeing is believing and through our virtual tour, you will enjoy 360° panoramic views of SGU’s iconic “True Blue” campus in Grenada.
  • Get up close to places like Founders Library, Modica Hall, dorms, and lecture spaces.
  • For an even more immersive experience, request a pair of VR goggles to be mailed to you.


First-term medical student Sara Conway attended the recent “Doctors on Call” webinar for pathologists. The panel, which consisted of one current resident and two practicing physicians who obtained an SGU medical degree, spoke about their experiences at SGU, how they chose pathology, and a typical day in their professional lives. She took advantage of the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one with a panelist who was working in a hospital close to her hometown of Islip, NY.

“During this time, we were able to talk more about life in Grenada, how to utilize the vast network of St. George’s University SOM graduates (during both clinical rotations and while choosing a residency), and how to be successful and stand out while in medical school,” Ms. Conway said. “By allowing me access to alumni who had walked the path I aim to be on, it gave me a glimpse into the network St. George’s has established. I consider my experience during the ‘Doctors on Call’ webinar a unique opportunity that was extremely helpful in solidifying my decision to pursue a medical degree with St. George’s University.”

Visit our “Experience SGU” web page to connect with SGU now.


Virtual Public Health Conference 2020

Public Health Conference

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Relevance • Creativity • Innovation

November 6-7, 2020

Virtual Public Health Conference

Relevance, Creativity and Innovation in Public Health Education and Practice

November 6-7, 2020

Relevance, Creativity, and Innovation in Public Health Education and Practice

St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies invites you to attend its premier Virtual Public Health Conference in recognition and response to the year 2020 being a significant year for public health.  

Uniquely positioned to lead a discussion on the conference theme, “Relevance, Creativity, and Innovation in Public Health Education and Practice”, this two-day conference will be held online on November 6th and 7th.

In this conference, we aim to explore timely public health discussions on:   

  • Addressing public health issues in the global community  
  • Examining COVID-19 and social disparities  
  • COVID and social injustice: Exploring, confronting, resolving 
  • Exploring public health solutions together 
  • Practicing and educating for a healthier world 
  • Research presentations, virtual field trips, career guidance and more

Relevance: Public Health is more relevant now than ever as the principles of public health education and practice have been shared by authorities and experts to manage the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our overall goal is to promote health, prevent diseases, and prolong life.

Creativity: Our new normal forces us to be creative about how we live, work, and learn. We invite you to engage with healthcare professionals, educators, and researchers, leading the charge in the fight against COVID-19. 

Innovation: Around the globe, obstacles have transformed into opportunities. Learn how SGU faced these challenges by incorporating innovative technology in its education, research, and service.

Schedule of Events

St. George’s University with its international network of global partners, will bring together experts, educators, scholars, and students, to explore how we continue to navigate through our present-day public health challenges.

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Day 1: Friday November 6, 2020

Relevance, Creativity, and Innovation in Public Health Education & Practice (COVID-19 Pandemic & Social Justice)
Time Activity Speaker Moderator
12.30-1.00 Entrance & Troubleshooting John Swope
1:00-1:30 Greetings & Official Opening of the Conference Dr. Glen Jacobs – Provost, St. George’s University

Dr. Christine Richards – Chair, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Dr. G. Richard Olds – President, St. George’s University

Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
1:30 – 2.00 Keynote Speaker Dr. Julietta Rodríguez Guzmán – Regional Advisor in Workers’ and Consumers’ Health for the Americas, Pan American Health Organization /World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Dr. Tonia Frame
2.00 – 2.10 Question and Answer Session Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
2:10 – 2:30 Ground Breaking Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic Dr. Calum Macpherson – Founding Director and Vice President, Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) Dr. Hem-Lee-Forsyth
2.30 – 2.45 Government of Grenada’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Dr. Francis Martin – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Grenada Dr. Lindonne Glasgow
2:45-3.00 Special Presentation – SGU’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Dr. Marios Loukas – Dean of Basic Sciences, St. George’s University School of Medicine Mr. Gerard St. Cyr
3.00-3:15 Innovation in Teaching Public Health Online John Swope & Jonathan Modica – Office of Online Innovation, St. George’s University School of Medicine Dr. Giselle Cumming
3.15 – 3.30 Questions Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
3.30 – 3.45 Showcase: Creativity in Public Health Education Dr. Maia Smith
3.45 – 4.30 Panel Discussion – COVID-19, social justice, equity – Perspectives on creative and innovative approaches Dr. Shanti Singh (Knowledge Management Coordinator, Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS)

Dr. Carlene Radix (Head, Human and Social Division at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States)

Mrs. Laurie Moise-Sears (Director of Community Health Integration at ONE Neighborhood Builders in Providence, Rhode Island)

Dr. Brian Butler – Professor, Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University

Dr. Kerry Mitchell
4.30-4.50 Question and Answer Session Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
4:50-4:55 Special Presentation – Speed Mentoring & Meet the Employers Presentation Mr. Neil Sirota – Professional Careers Program Manager, St. George’s University
4:55 – 5:00 Day 1 Presentation Close Mrs. Tessa St. Cyr  Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Mrs. Tessa St. Cyr
5:00-6:00 Speed Mentoring & Meet the Employers Mr. Neil Sirota – Professional Careers Program Manager, St. George’s University

Day 2: Saturday November 7, 2020

Relevance, Creativity, and Innovation in Public Health Education & Practice (COVID-19 Pandemic & Social Justice)
Time Activity Speaker  Moderator
9:45-10:00 Entrance & Troubleshooting John Swope
10:00-10:55 Research presentations w/ Q&A:

Sessions 1- 3

Dr. Martin Forde
10:55-11:50 Research presentations w/ Q&A:

Sessions 4- 6

Dr. Angela Gomez
11:50-12:20 International Collaboration for Achieving Health Co-Benefits Through Innovative Climate Action Dr. Daniel Buss – Advisor on Climate Change and Health (WHO/PAHO)

Dr. Jonathan Drewry – Regional Advisor, Climate Change and Health

Dr. Joseph V. Spadaro – Environmental Impact Analysis, WHO Consultant

Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
12:20-12:30 Question and Answer Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
12:30-1:00 Break
1.00 – 1.30 Keynote Speaker Dr. Joy St. John – Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (Caribbean Public Health Agency) Dr. Prakash Ramdass
1.30-1.45 Question and Answer Session Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
1.45 – 2.30 Panel Discussion – Intersections between COVID-19 pandemic, social justice, and equity.

Dr. Ahmad Firas Khalid (Lecturer & Researcher, Center for Global Health Emergencies, School of Population and Global Health, McGill University)

Dr. Lisa Indar (Director

Surveillance, Disease Prevention & Control Division, Caribbean Public Health Agency)

Dr. Chris Oura (Veterinary Virology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of the West Indies)

Dr. Rozena Maart (School of Social Science, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa)

Mr. Kennedy Roberts
2.30 – 3.00 Question and Answer Session Dr. Satesh Bidaisee
3:00-3.10 Closing Remarks Dr. Emmanuel Keku, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Dr. Emmanuel Keku
3:10-3.50 Virtual Field Trip Environmental Health Field Trip Ms. Sabrina Compton

2020 Keynote Speakers

Dr. G. Richard Olds, MD, MACP

An educator, physician, and administrator during a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. G. Richard Olds became president of St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies on August 28, 2015. Prior to joining SGU, he was the vice chancellor for Health Affairs and the founding dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). In 2010, Dr. G. Richard Olds joined UCR to lead the creation of a new school of medicine – the first LCME-accredited medical school in California in more than four decades.

Dr. G. Richard Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was an infectious disease fellow and one of the nation’s first geographic medicine fellows at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also served as medical chief resident and faculty member. He served as a full professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular, cell, and development biology at Brown University.  He was also the founding director of Brown’s International Health Institute. He was professor and chairman of medicine at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University in the 1990s. His role at UCR was preceded by a decade long stint as professor and chair of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to his academic background, Dr. G. Richard Olds is a tropical disease specialist with extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. He has over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters primarily on international health topics. He was the foreign principal investigator of an NIH funded Tropical Disease Research Center in the Philippines. He currently serves on a WHO expert panel and was chairman of the board of a large Gates Foundation project to deworm children in Sub Saharan Africa.

Dr. Julietta Rodriguez-Guzman, MD SOH MSc OH

Coming from Colombia, she received an MD degree from the Pontific Xaveriana University, a specialty degree in occupational health from El Bosque University, and a Master of Science (MSc) applied degree in occupational health sciences from McGill University in Canada. Holding several diplomas in social security, occupational epidemiology, distance education, and labor medicine and rehabilitation, she was awarded a policy research fellowship from the McGill University Institute of Health and Social Policy.

Her work during the past 32 years focused on assessing occupational health and workers’ compensation systems, policies, and programs. Her international research focused on working populations in Colombia and Latin America and she is the author of multiple articles, book chapters, and has edited several books.

Since 2011, she has been the regional advisor in Workers’ and Consumers’ Health for the Americas, at the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), where she leads the implementation of the Plan of Action on Workers’ Health 2015–2025 for the Americas. Her flagship projects are the surveys on work, equity, and health in LAC, the initiative to prevent occupational cancer, prevention of the epidemics of Non-Traditional Chronic Kidney Disease (CKDnT), enforcement of workers’ health promotion and wellbeing, and strengthening diagnosis of occupational diseases.

Dr. Joy St. John

Dr. Joy St. John is dedicated and reliable, with a track record of achievements in public health systems management and development and health diplomacy. Her firm but fair style has assured her a place in networks of practise across the world.

Since July 2019, she has been the executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), providing leadership and direction to CARPHA in executing the functions laid out in the Inter-Governmental Agreement.

Along with the CARPHA team, Dr. St John has led the public health response in the CARICOM region.

From October 2017 to April 2019, Dr. St. John was the assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), with direct responsibility at the WHO for Climate and other Determinants of Health (CED). She was the first Barbadian to be the assistant director-general.

Dr. St. John was the former chief medical officer of Barbados for more than 12 years–the first Barbadian to hold that office. She was also the top public health advisor to the Minister of Health and responsible for the oversight of the management of the health sector. From 2012–2013, she was also the first Caribbean person to become the chairman of the executive board of the WHO.


Carlene Radix, MD

Dr. Carlene Radix is the head of health and the head of the Human and Social Division at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The Human and Social Cluster encompasses health, education, social protection, and procurement of essential medicines and medical supplies for the region. As head of health, she provides strategic oversight of the OECS Health Agenda in keeping with the Fort de France Declaration on Health.

Dr. Carlene Radix is a public health physician and health administration leader in the Caribbean. She previously held the position of medical director at St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia. She completed medical school at St George’s University in Grenada and completed a combined internal medicine and pediatric residency at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn and Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. This was followed by an Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health Fellowship at Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute (EOHSI) in Piscataway, NJ, during which she completed her master’s degree in public health. She was board certified in the three specialties of internal medicine, pediatrics, and occupational medicine by the respective boards.

Dr. Radix is a dual citizen of Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago. She returned to the Caribbean and has held various positions in clinical medicine, academia, public health, and administration while continuing some aspect of volunteer practice. She has been an assistant dean and an associate professor at St George’s University, as well as served as the chief medical officer of Grenada and the county medical officer of Tobago. She has consulted for regional and international public health agencies including the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Ahmad Firas Khalid, MD, PhD

Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor, a health policy researcher, and a lecturer on health systems and policy. He completed his Ph.D. in health policy at McMaster University with a focus on supporting the use of research evidence to inform decision-making in crisis zones. Previously, Dr. Khalid worked as a health policy researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the Department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Khalid has expertise in medicine, education, health policy, knowledge translation, and health emergencies working with relief and intergovernmental organizations.

Dr. Khalid attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2005 where he graduated with an MD with research distinction. He also holds a Master of Management (IMHL) from McGill University (2014), and both a Master of Health in professions education (2014) and a Graduate Certificate in population health risk assessment and management (2012) from the University of Ottawa.

Shanti Singh-Anthony MD, MPH

Dr. Shanti Singh-Anthony worked with the Guyana Health Care system for 20 years. As a medical doctor, she delivered clinical management to patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation–Guyana’s only tertiary hospital and provided primary health care services in rural communities along Guyana’s coastland. After completing her studies in public health in 2004, she took up leadership positions at the national level. She served as the director of the National Tuberculosis Control Program and program manager for the National Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in Guyana.

In 2006, she was assigned to Guyana’s HIV Program as the director of the country’s largest HIV treatment, and provided comprehensive treatment to people living with HIV. One year later, in 2007, as the head of Guyana’s National HIV response, she coordinated multiple partners–US President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Pan American Health Organization, United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and other UN agencies. She successfully led policy initiatives, mobilized donor resources, and established guidelines and protocols for the delivery of quality HIV services. She represented Guyana and participated in policy formulation at the regional (Executive Board of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS) and international levels (UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board and the Board of the Global Fund). Dr. Singh-Anthony also served as a member of the planning committee of the 19th International AIDS Conference held in Washington, DC.

In 2016, Dr. Singh-Anthony joined the Caribbean’s HIV response. Funded by USAID, she commenced working as the knowledge management coordinator for the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS. Collaboratively with Johns Hopkins University, Centers for Communication Programs, she created synthesized, repurposed, and shared up-to-date local and international knowledge and experiences with national HIV responses across the Caribbean. To date, she continues to lead knowledge management for HIV in the Caribbean.

Brian Phillip Butler, DVM, MPH, PhD

Dr. Butler is an associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. After graduating from SGU in 2005, Dr. Butler entered small animal practice for two years and then completed a PhD in comparative pathology at UC-Davis. He is currently teaching pathology in the DVM curriculum at SGU and serving as a mentor to graduate students. In addition to teaching, Dr. Butler is the director of the diagnostic anatomic pathology service and participates in collaborative research.

Prior to his current position at SGU, he received his residency training in veterinary anatomic pathology at Cornell University, School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2015, Dr.Butler obtained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Diplomate ACVP). During that time he worked at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, which is a regional full-service multidisciplinary animal disease diagnostic facility that fosters relationships between research scientists and diagnostic pathologists.

Laurie Moïse Sears, MPH

Laurie Moïse Sears is the director of Community Health Integration at ONE Neighborhood Builders in Providence, Rhode Island. Her primary focus is expanding the impact of the Central Providence Health Equity Zone and other community-building efforts aimed at eliminating barriers set by social determinants of health.

Prior to joining ONE Neighborhood Builders, Ms. Sears worked for the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) Homeless Services Bureau as the Serving Ourselves Career Center manager. She has also held management positions at the Recovery Services Bureau at BPHC and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Addiction Recovery Management Services Program (ARMS), as well as served as an adjunct professor of health economics at various colleges in Boston.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in health policy and management from Providence College and a master’s in public health from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies.

As a woman of Haitian descent, Ms. Sears has a history of advocacy. She continues to establish relationships with local organizations dedicated to serving those who have immigrated to the United States.

Rozena Maart PhD

Professor Rozena Maart was born in Cape Town, South Africa. At 24, she was nominated for the Woman of the Year award in South Africa for her work in the area of gender-based violence and for co-founding the first Black feminist organization in South Africa: Women Against Repression [W.A.R.]. Prof. Maart completed her undergraduate education at the University of the Western Cape, her master’s degree at the University of York in the UK, and her Ph.D. at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her work examines the intersections among political philosophy, Black consciousness, Derridean deconstruction, and psychoanalysis, all of which address questions of race, gender, and identity.

Prof. Maart is a member of the Caribbean Philosophy Association, having completed a five-year term as Black Consciousness and Psychoanalysis Secretary; Philosophy Born of Struggle, and the International Assembly of Women in Philosophy [UNESCO]. She also wrote the race chapter for South Africa’s first sociology textbook. She has supervised students in fine arts, sociology, philosophy, English, politics, international relations, law, and gender studies. In 2016, she received the William R. Jones lifetime achievement award from Philosophy Born of Struggle for her work in philosophy, especially her groundbreaking work in Philosophy Born of Massacres. In 2017, Prof. Maart won an award for research excellence from UKZN and a student mentorship award. In January 2019, she was appointed as an International Research Ambassador to the University of Bremen in Germany.

Chris Oura, DVM, PhD

Dr. Chris Oura is currently a professor in veterinary virology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He is a qualified veterinary surgeon, has a Ph.D. in viral immunopathology, and has many years of research experience working predominantly on vector-borne viral and protozoal diseases. Dr. Oura has worked in many countries around the world including Mexico, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

He took up his post at UWI in Trinidad and Tobago in early 2012 and is currently running a One Health-based research program. Dr. Oura is presently supervising 7 Ph.D. and MPhil students and received the UWI Vice Chancellor award for research in 2017. He is also a member of the UWI Covid-19 taskforce.

Joseph Spadaro, PhD

An environmental research scientist (PhD École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, France), Dr Spadaro specializes in software development for integrated health and economic impact assessment models. His work contributes to research use and policy analysis for the World Health Organization (WHO) offices in Europe as well as the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he worked at Princeton University, NJ, Argonne National Labs, Chicago, ILand various research centers in Europe for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he carried out basic research on energy analysis, pollutant transport modeling and assessments on health risks, heatwave mortality and carbon emissions and interventions.

Dr Spadaro has contributed to development of the AirQ+ model on health impact assessment of air quality in collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease Community. He is also a co-author of several books and major technical works such as “How Much is Clean Air Worth? Calculating the Benefits of Pollution Control”, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Jonathan Drewry, MPH, RS, DrPH

Dr. Jonathan Drewry is a regional climate change and health advisor with the Pan American Health Organization, based in Barbados. Dr Drewry provides technical cooperation to address the environmental determinants of health and supports the implementation of the EU/CARIFORUM Project to strengthen climate-resilient health systems in the Caribbean.

Prior to this position, he was a director for the US Peace Corps in Colombia and Regional Health Impact Assessment Advisor with PAHO/WHO based in Peru. He worked in public health leadership, programming, and training for more than 25 years throughout the Americas. He has a master’s degree in public health and environmental health as well as a doctorate in public health with a focus on maternal and child health. He has been a registered environmental health specialist through the National Environmental Health Association since 2004.

Dr. Daniel Buss

Advisor on Climate Change and Health of the Pan American Health Organization – Regional office of the World Health Organization – based in Washington DC. Dr Buss coordinates PAHO’s technical cooperation to 35 countries and 18 territories of the Americas on topics related to climate change, green spaces, biodiversity, public health and environmental health.

Guest Speakers

E. Francis Martin, MD

Dr. E. Francis Martin has worked as an emergency medicine physician at the General Hospital in Grenada for 10 years. He is a graduate of St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and also holds a master’s degree in health policy and management. He is the current permanent secretary and former chief medical officer of the Ministry of Health, Grenada. Dr. Martin was the past president of the Junior Doctors Association, the Grenada Medical Association, and the SGU School of Medicine Alumni Association – Grenada Chapter. He is also a guest lecturer at the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at SGU and the T.A. Marryshow Community College.

Dr. Martin has co-authored several publications including, Prevalence of sickle cell disease among Grenadian Newborns (The Journal of Medical Screening), Public Health Response and Lessons Learn from the 2014 Chickungunya Epidemic – Grenada and Sahara dust, Climate variability, Asthma in Grenada, the Caribbean (International Journal of Biometeorology).

Calum Macpherson, PhD, DIC, MEVPC, FRSPH, FRSB, FRSTMH

Dr. Calum Macpherson completed his PhD at Imperial College, London, joined the African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF) in Nairobi, and then moved to the Swiss Tropical Institute in Tanzania. He then spent a year at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, before moving to Trinidad to serve as professor of veterinary parasitology at the University of the West Indies.

He joined St George’s University in 1993 as professor of parasitology and director of research in the School of Medicine. He assisted with the creation of the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Graduate Studies. Today he lectures in all four schools at SGU and has been an invited speaker and conducted research in more than 50 countries. He serves on many internal and international committees and is the founding director and vice president of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), a 501 c 3 charitable trust registered in New York, the UK, and as an NGO in Grenada.

Over the course of his career, he has supervised more than 80 master’s degree and Ph.D. students in Kenya, Tanzania, India, the UK, Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada. In 2014, he was appointed to the Research Advisory Committee of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and elected as a Global Football Ambassador by the Grenada Football Association.  He has served on many World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization advisory committees published more than140 peer-reviewed international journal articles and written or edited five books and more than 30 book chapters.  He has a wide diversity of research interests but focuses on zoonoses and vector-borne diseases.

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