St. George’s University Mourns Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior

Ernest Jackson Lawson Soulsby, Baron Soulsby of Swaffham Prior passed away on Monday at his home in Swaffham Prior. As the former President of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, former Chairman of the UK Board of Trustees for WINDREF, and a 20-year member of the Academic Board, he leaves behind a noteworthy legacy at St. George’s University. His remarkable career spanned five decades, during which he made significant contributions to veterinary and human medicine, global public health, parasitology, immunology, and zoonosis through his teaching, inspiring leadership, and scholarly contributions.

“Lord Soulsby’s contributions to WINDREF and St. George’s University leave an incredible legacy, but it is in his contributions to global health and education that his legacy will most endure,” said Calum Macpherson, Vice Provost for International Program Development, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and Director of Research at St. George’s University, and Vice President and Director of WINDREF. “He will be missed by the many students and others who have met him as well as by the thousands who have relied upon his many publications, textbooks, and edited volumes in conducting their own research. His legacy in One Health One Medicine is indelible and his contributions will be missed.”

A distinguished microbiologist and parasitologist, and a leader in the US and UK worlds of veterinary medicine, Lord Soulsby was the first veterinary surgeon raised to the peerage in the United Kingdom.

He advised the UK government on animal welfare, science and technology, biotechnology, and environmental issues. He was President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the Royal Institute of Public Health, and the Royal Society for Public Health. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Biology, the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society for Public Health, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

His career included positions as Professor of Parasitology at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Animal Pathology at the University of Cambridge, where he was Dean for several years. Earlier, Lord Soulsby was in general veterinary practice in the north of England, a Veterinary Officer for the City of Edinburgh, and a lecturer in clinical parasitology at the University of Bristol. He was an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Cambridge.

Lord Soulsby was also a Visiting Professor at various universities in Europe, the Far East, South America, and the United States. He is an honorary member of numerous international parasitology societies and has been awarded nine honorary degrees and several awards for his research. He published 14 books, as well as many articles in various veterinary and parasitological journals.

In 2015, the RCVS awarded him the Queen’s Medal, its highest award for services to veterinary medicine. His global experience provided an incredible resource for international agencies and he served as an advisor and consultant to World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, Pan American Health Organization, United Nations Development Program, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Department for International Development, and to numerous governments and universities.

Lord Soulsby is survived by his daughter, Katrina, and his granddaughter, Kananu. His service will be held at the Church of St. Mary, Swaffham Prior, at 2:00 pm local time on Wednesday, May 24. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Soulsby Foundation.

Helping Grenadians See Better: SGU’s Physician Humanitarian Network Aiding Disease-Related Blindness

When ophthalmologist Fred Lambrou first came to Grenada in 2014 to visit his stepson, Weston, a medical student at St. George’s University, the issues facing many Grenadians was plain to see. Diabetes, afflicting approximately 30 percent of the country’s population, threatened to slowly rob their eyesight unless they received proper treatment.

Having learned of this, Dr. Lambrou and his wife, Pat, an ophthalmology nurse, jumped at the opportunity to serve the country that provided their son’s medical education. Since their first visit, they have provided free weeklong ophthalmology clinics in Grenada twice each year through SGU’s Physician Humanitarian Network (SGU PHN), leaving their comfortable lives to provide more than 150 free laser treatments to those suffering from the blinding effects of diabetes.

“I feel very blessed to be working here in Grenada,” said Dr. Lambrou, Retina Surgeon at Retina Associates PA in Jacksonville, FL. “The people have been wonderful, and I think we are making a difference and progressing forward.  I keep coming back because of the need and the people. The SGU PHN has been fabulous, and I think together we can make a big difference in the lives of the people of Grenada. Our goal is to eliminate blindness from diabetic retinopathy in Grenada.”

“Dr. Lambrou represents the spirit of the SGU Physician Humanitarian Network,” said Brendon La Grenade, Interim Vice Provost, Office of Institutional Advancement at SGU. “We are grateful to have them as associate alumni, as well as their son, Weston. To sum them up in one word—humanitarians.”

To further bolster ophthalmologic treatment in Grenada, the Lambrous organized the donation of the OcuLight laser system by IRIDEX Corporation, a device that generally targets the damaged eye tissue by treating leaking blood vessels directly and or eliminating abnormal blood vessels that have formed. More recently, they secured an EasyScan retinal camera that will lead to earlier diagnoses of conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

“With the EasyScan camera, retinal screenings are very simple. They don’t hurt the patient, there is no need to dilate the pupils, and the camera takes a good picture that I can use for earlier diagnoses of retinal conditions,” Dr. Lambrou said. “Patients tend not to go see their eye doctor until they’ve lost their vision, and by then it’s almost too late. We strongly encourage people who are diabetic to get their eyes checked, and hope that, with this new equipment, we can get patients to come in earlier so we can treat them earlier and help prevent blindness.”

The EasyScan retinal imaging device was secured through HealPros, a mobile telemedicine service company that addresses unmet needs of diabetes management programs and diagnostic services. The camera employs Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO) technology, which makes use of an infrared and a green laser that show multiple layers of the retina. When viewed individually and combined, different types of deviations can be identified, serving as a perfect basis for accurate diagnoses. With EasyScan’s high contrast images, retinopathies become more easily detectable leading to earlier diagnosis of retinal conditions.

All told, Mr. La Grenade estimated that Dr. Lambrou has sourced and donated equipment in excess of US $30,000 to provide corrective procedures to the people of Grenada.

“After screening 30-40 patients during his vacation on his very first visit to Grenada, Dr. Lambrou began strategizing on how he could lend his expertise to assist the patients he saw and to expand service to others,” Mr. La Grenade said. “It was immediately clear to him that, with the high prevalence of diabetes on the island, early detection and some treatment options would be necessary if these individuals were to keep their sight.”

Lending his almost 30 years of retina expertise, Dr. Lambrou also invites the University’s basic sciences students to the clinics giving them a chance to both observe and use the ophthalmoscope—gaining valuable hands-on experience and an early opportunity to build their clinical skills.

“I would love to expand the clinical aspect of my visits because the SGU PHN has provided a great resource for clinical material for students to learn,” praised Dr. Lambrou. “Medical education in the US is changing. It’s now important to get more clinical experience to students in the first two years of school. This is a great facility for students to get some much-needed practice dealing with patients and using the ophthalmoscope.”

St. George’s University Partners with Canadore College to Offer Unique Biology Program

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO, CANADA and GRENADA, WEST INDIES (May 8) — Canadore College has entered a partnership that will enable qualified Canadore graduates to earn their Bachelor of Science degree at St. George’s University in marine, wildlife, and conservation biology.

“We are excited to offer Canadore students the chance to study biology in a unique setting, at our campus in the Caribbean,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University. “Our program will equip them with the tools they need to thrive in careers in the life sciences and conservation.”

In order to qualify for the St. George’s program, Canadore graduates must have excellent academic records and a passion for marine and wildlife conservation. They can apply after completing their first two years of undergraduate study and receiving their Environmental Technician – Protection and Compliance diplomas. Admitted students complete the last two years of their education at SGU and earn a Bachelor of Science.

Students will focus on issues related to climate change, water conservation, and sustainability. SGU’s location will offer them ample opportunity to conduct groundbreaking field work in disciplines like marine biology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, and conservation. They’ll also have access to research partners at Grenada’s Fisheries Division, the Marine Protected Areas Program, and the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, the on-campus research institute developed with the goal of advancing health and environmental development through research and education programs.

“This is a tremendous academic pathway for our graduates,” said Derek Erickson, Professor in Canadore College’s School of Environmental Studies and Biotechnology. “St. George’s approach to personalizing education and their integration of experiential learning opportunities, in the natural Caribbean environment, are truly unique and invaluable.”

St. George’s University maintains academic partnerships with dozens of educational institutions in 13 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

“SGU is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in health and the sciences from a global perspective,” said Dr. Olds. “We look forward to welcoming Canadore’s best and brightest to our campus for many years to come.”

Faculty Development Director Brings Innovative Approaches to Teaching

As part of its continued mission to enhance the instructional, professional, and organizational development of its faculty, St. George’s University’s Department of Educational Services (DES) welcomed Diane Salter as its Director of Faculty Development this spring. Dr. Salter joins True Blue after making international contributions to teaching and learning, with a focus on innovative approaches to faculty development.

“I am extremely happy to have been invited to join the DES team and look forward to being part of the dynamic SGU community,” Dr. Salter said. “I hope to learn about and contribute to the needs of faculty and students at SGU. I believe in leading through example to guide colleagues in developing and evaluating their skills to achieve their best. Individuals are unique, in approaches to teaching and approaches to life; this uniqueness should be respected and encouraged.”

Dr. Salter joined SGU after serving as the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada. Previous roles in Canada and internationally include as Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development at Sheridan Polytechnic University in Ontario; Associate Professor and Head of Faculty Development at the University of Hong Kong; Senior Academic Developer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and positions in Ontario, Canada as Assistant Research Professor at the University of Waterloo, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

While at the University of Hong Kong, her work with medical faculty members Drs. LC Chan and Julie Chen resulted in the curriculum developed for the Special Studies Module in Medicine titled “Pen, Brush, and Camera,” work that merited the Ron Hardin Award for Innovation in Curriculum Development in Medical Humanities in 2010.

In her international consulting work, Dr. Salter has designed and delivered staff development workshops in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Macau, Taiwan, China and Australia. With more than 20 years of experience in teaching and leadership internationally, she has over 75 publications, including book chapters, refereed journal articles, short stories and refereed conference presentations. She also authored the book, “Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education,” which is based on her work with award-winning teachers at research-intensive universities internationally. Published in 2013, it focuses on the issue of developing and maintaining quality teaching and learning environments in higher education institutions.

In March 2017, Dr. Salter was invited to present as a panelist at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Under the priority theme of “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” Dr. Salter’s panel discussed “Mentorship in the Changing World of Work.” Although inclement weather prevented her from attending, she nevertheless reported on the data from a pilot project on mentoring she co-leads with the Canadian National Federation of University Women. The goal of the mentoring program is to enable women entering the careers in science, technology, arts, engineering and medicine (STEAM), as well as the areas of politics and organizational Leadership, to learn from women who are experienced in these fields. Dr. Salter was joined on the UNCSW panel by Dr. Madeline Kalbach, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary; Cheryl Hayles, Principal, Halton District School Board (Ontario, Canada) and VP International, CFUW; Raine Liliefeldt from the YMCA, Canada; and Ashli Akins, Founder and President of Mosqoy who discussed the importance of empowering women in Peru.

Dr. Salter holds a Doctor of Philosophy in cognitive sciences from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science in educational psychology from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, with majors in psychology and exceptionality of human learning.

St. George’s University Names CVS Health Executive Vice President Dr. Andrew Sussman as New CEO

GRENADA (May 3) — Today, St. George’s University named Andrew J. Sussman, MD, a physician with a long and distinguished career at some of the top hospitals, universities, and healthcare companies in the United States, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“For 40 years, St. George’s University has transformed promising students into outstanding doctors committed to addressing the healthcare needs of people all over the world, especially those in underserved communities,” said Sussman. “I look forward to working with the entire St. George’s University team to continue to fulfill this important and inspiring mission.”

Sussman will lead all executive functions of the University, with a particular focus on expanding educational opportunities, programs, and support for students; forging clinical partnerships with hospital systems; and increasing the University’s reach internationally. Dr. G. Richard Olds will continue in his role as President of St. George’s University, and report to Dr. Sussman.

Sussman was most recently Executive Vice President of Clinical Services at CVS Health, the largest pharmacy care provider in the United States. Previously, he led the development and growth of CVS MinuteClinic, the largest walk-in clinic provider in the United States, with more than 1,100 locations. Under his leadership, CVS MinuteClinic established collaborative affiliations with more than 75 major hospital systems across the United States.

Before his career at CVS Health, Sussman was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, the major teaching affiliate of UMass Medical School. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School.

Prior to his work at UMass, Sussman served as Chief Medical Officer of the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, consisting of 800 teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He began his academic career at Harvard Medical School, first as Instructor and then as Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Sussman is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University Questrom School of Business. He is a board-certified internist and primary care physician.

“We are thrilled to have Andy join St. George’s University as CEO,” said Charles Modica, the Founder and Chancellor of the University. “His record of leadership and achievement in health care is remarkable, and I know that he’ll position the University for sustained excellence over our next 40 years.”

Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University, Visits With BBC to Discuss Physician Maldistribution

Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University, appeared on the BBC to discuss how we can assist in reversing the medical brain drain from developing and middle-income countries. This is an important topic as physicians are already scarce worldwide and demand for foreign-born doctors is stretching resources in their home nations to a breaking point. What’s more, many of these people never return to work in their own communities.

Click on the Play button below to hear Dr. Olds outlining his ideas on how we can help mitigate the problem, or visit the World Service here.

 

St. George’s University Hires Leading Canadian Medical Education Official

File Photo: Ms. Banner, third from left, during an April 2013 visit to SGU’s True Blue Campus.

St. George’s University has hired Sandra Banner, the former director of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), as its new consultant for University relations in Canada.

“I’m thrilled to join the St. George’s University team,” Ms. Banner said. “I look forward to expanding the St. George’s presence in Canada and strengthening our relationships with the Canadian medical community.”

As a consultant, Ms. Banner’s focus will be on expanding St. George’s University clinical programs in Canada, which currently include partnerships with the University of Saskatchewan and Vancouver General Hospital. She will also assist in recruiting Canadian students and shaping SGU’s message to Canadian audiences.

Ms. Banner comes to SGU after serving for 29 years as Executive Director and CEO of CaRMS, the national organization that matches students with residencies in Canada. During her tenure, CaRMS also grew from 1.5 full-time staffers to more than 40. The Service now serves over 7,000 applicants and 650 programs across Canada.

Ms. Banner brings a wealth of medical and educational experience to St. George’s University. She has served as a Board Director on the Physicians Credential Registry of Canada and is an Honorary Member of the College of Family Physicians in Canada. She has also presented to government committees on the state of medical education, including the Advisory Committee on Health Delivery and Human Resources, established by the Deputy Ministers of Health in Canada. Banner collaborated and contributed to the Future of Medical Education in Canada, a groundbreaking report aiming to reform the medical education system in order to better address the health needs of Canadians.

“St. George’s University is committed to training the physicians Canada needs to address its nationwide doctor shortage,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President, St. George’s University. “Sandra is the perfect person to lead our efforts in pursuit of that mission.”

Hemoglobinometer Donation Promises Patients Need No Longer Dread Finger Pricks

“No more tears” was the promise made to the patients of the Pediatric Ward at the Grenada General Hospital. Through US-based technology manufacturer Masimo Corporation, the St. George’s University Advisory Board for Sickle Cell Association of Grenada (SCAG) recently secured the donation of a hemoglobinometer – the first and only FDA-cleared technology that noninvasively and continuously measures hemoglobin without a painful needle stick and invasive blood draw.

“This Masimo unit is a noninvasive way of getting hemoglobin measurements on both pediatric and adult patients,” said Dr. Beverly Nelson, MD SGU ’86, Co-Chair of Pediatrics and Consultant Pediatrician for the Ministry of Health, Grenada. “It’s bright red and very easy to introduce to the child. You also get a measurement that will allow you to give an instant assessment and improve patient care with minimal deviations of accuracy from the normally dreaded finger prick.”

The Pronto device, which is useful for 8,000 measurements before needing to replace its probes, uses optical or light sensors to measure the total amount of hemoglobin in the body, avoiding the requirement of pricking the finger to get a blood sample for a lab test.

Housed in the Pediatric Ward of the General Hospital, the device will also be used by SGU students at health fairs, and for use on sickle cell patients at the monthly SCAG health clinic. Discovering the device is not currently validated for use on patients who suffer from sickle cell disease (SCD) only after it was secured, SGU’s advisory board now hopes to certify the Pronto, especially since one in 10 people in Grenada carry the sickle cell trait, according to SCAG.

Grenada also has an important place in the disease’s history, as the first recorded case was found in Dr. Walter Clement Noel, a Grenadian, in 1910.

“A main reason that we contacted Masimo was to support treatment of Grenadians who have SCD,” stated Dr. Andrew Sobering, Professor, Department of Biochemistry at SGU. “Validation will be done by comparing the measurement from the Pronto device to the standard lab test which involves a blood draw. This project is straightforward because there are enough people with SCD for us to create meaningful comparisons. This will be an important contribution to the international medical community as it will allow quick spot checks for hemoglobin to be done on SCD patients.”

The SGU Advisory Board for SCAG consists of founding members Drs. Felicia Ikolo, Chair and Liaison to SCAG; Mary Maj, Coordinator with Student Health Fairs; Tuula Jalonen, Researcher; and Dr. Sobering, who heads development and fundraising efforts. The team was also aided by SOM student Josh Whitesides, who wrote the initial draft proposal requesting the donation of the hemoglobinometer. By validating the Masimo device, the board strives to make a strong and valuable contribution to medical science while hopefully securing future donations of additional medical technology to the cause.

Masimo is a global medical technology company that develops and manufactures innovative noninvasive patient monitoring technologies, including medical devices and a wide array of sensors. A key medical technology innovator, Masimo is responsible for the invention of award-winning noninvasive technologies that are revolutionizing patient monitoring, including Masimo SET® pulse oximetry, Masimo Rainbow Pulse CO-Oximetry and new Masimo noninvasive and continuous total hemoglobin (SpHb™) monitoring technology.

Nearly $2 Million in Scholarships Awarded to St. George’s University Students From NYC

Today, St. George’s University announced that 15 students from New York City will receive $1.8 million in scholarships to pursue degrees in medicine at the school as part of the CityDoctors Scholarship Program.

“St. George’s University has long addressed the U.S. doctor shortage by producing highly qualified physicians who are committed to their community and the practice of medicine,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President, St. George’s University. “We are proud to offer these CityDoctors scholarships because it helps pave the way for these students to practice in areas that are near and dear to them, and areas that need such physicians the most.”

CityDoctors scholarship recipients on campus at St. George’s University.

St. George’s University established the CityDoctors Scholarship Program to help address the city’s shortage of primary care physicians and to enable promising students who otherwise might not be able to afford medical school to attend. Twelve of this year’s scholarship recipients received awards sponsored by NYC Health + Hospitals and commit to serving in the New York City public health system after completing their residency. The remaining three CityDoctors honorees received awards sponsored by Brooklyn Methodist Hospital as part of a similar partnership.

Students commit to one year of service with NYC Health + Hospitals for each year of scholarship aid they receive. Since its inception, the program has awarded $11 million to 112 students from metropolitan New York.

This year, CityDoctors scholarship recipients hail from Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan, as well as Florida and Pennsylvania. They’re selected based on their academic qualifications and financial need. Recipients receive either partial or full scholarships to pay for medical school for up to four years. Some scholarships are valued at more than $200,000.

“We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with St. George’s University, as it provides students with strong ties to the New York City area with an opportunity not only to continue their education, but to have job security following graduation,” said Machelle Allen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals. “The program also helps bring more primary care physicians into the workforce and into communities across the city, where they are so desperately needed.”

The 2017 CityDoctors scholarship recipients are:

Name

Residence

Hospital Award

Lance Wobus

Florida

NYC Health + Hospitals

Edward Lee

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals

Daniel Dever

Pennsylvania

NYC Health + Hospitals

David Michael

Brooklyn

NYC Health + Hospitals

Maggie Yeung

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals

Fateha Ahmed

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals

Taikchan Lidar

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals

Sadik Uddin

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals

Sneha Aidasani

Queens

NYC Health + Hospitals

GraceTackie

Bronx

NYC Health + Hospitals

Imran Baksh

Bronx

NYC Health + Hospitals

Tammy Jiang

Manhattan

NYC Health + Hospitals

Ashley Jack

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Mena Awad

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Paula Marie

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

12th Annual SGU Knowledge Bowl Champions Achieve Record Breaking Scores

Affectionately called the battle between the “Brothers and Sisters of Tanteen”, an exciting showdown between the gentlemen of Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) and the ladies of Anglican High School (AHS) concluded the 12th season of the St. George’s University Knowledge Bowl. Squaring off for the second time in the history of the competition, the all-boys ensemble of GBSS sought to redeem itself after the school’s loss in 2008 at the hands of its neighboring rivals.

At the final match held at SGU’s Charter Hall on April 1, not only did the boys get their redemption with a 67-37 victory in the finale, but they achieved an all-time high score for the tournament. The previous record of 65 had been held by Westmorland Secondary School since its victory in 2011. The win earns GBSS its second championship after winning season two of the SGU Knowledge Bowl a decade ago.

“We are so very proud of our students. They’ve done an excellent job especially being undefeated all season and really living up to our school motto: Non Palma Sine Labore (No Reward Without Labour),” praised Coach Korrine Hobson-Mitchell. “They put in the hard work and are now reaping the rewards.”

For the school, the GBSS team was presented with the coveted Knowledge Bowl Challenge trophy and awarded $15,000 from St. George’s University. Additionally, each of the five team members – Bjorn Bubb, Tyler John, Darrell Simon, Rich Charles, and Azam Edwards – received a laptop and six months complimentary broadband service from FLOW, along with their choice of $500 in a Super Starter or Honey Bee account from Grenada Co-operative Bank, a certificate of distinction, and a supply of Ribena. Their coaches were awarded a tablet and six months complimentary broadband service from FLOW, and $500 credited to a Grenada Co-operative Bank account.

“By participating in this competition, I feel we got a bit of firsthand knowledge of what to expect when doing our CSEC exams,” said Mr. Charles. “The same type of pressure we experienced here today is most likely what it will feel like during our final exams. Having gone through this process will definitely help us be more prepared and better able to handle the pressure of exams. As for my fellow teammates, we were always a group of close friends but working so closely together, all those long days and nights made us even stronger brothers than we already were.”

Continuing to raise the standard of competition, it was the second year the double-elimination format was utilized. This season also welcomed newcomers J.W. Fletcher Catholic Secondary School, which, although it did not advance in the competition, received an honorable mention.

SGU Knowledge Bowl remains a source of great anticipation, garnering huge support each year as students, faculty, and fans come out to cheer for their favorite teams. It continues to encourage and promote friendly competition between Grenada’s secondary schools. In addition to primary sponsorships from St. George’s University and FLOW, local businesses Grenada Co-operative Bank, George F. Huggins, and Glenelg Spring Water sponsor the SGU Knowledge Bowl, which is regarded as the “Intercol of Academia.”