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Faculty members have in their collective careers published hundreds of papers spanning many years, including publications in highly prestigious journals such as Nature and Science. The following lists some publications of faculty for studies done at the School (often with international collaborators).

Anatomical Sciences

Mavrych V, Bolgova, O, et al., Finite-Element Analysis Of Different Shapes Of Lumbar Curvatures. e-Journal of AMMG, 2012, Vol.7, No.10

Mavrych, V., Bolgova, O., Rao, S., Clinical Cases and TBL in Developmental and Gross Anatomy Course. FASEB Journal, 2012;26:531.11

Mavrych V., Bolgova O., Age Changes of Spongy Bone Architectonic in the Lumber Vertebrae. Osteoporosis International V. 22, S.2 417-439

Mavrych, V.  and Bolgova, O. Stress distribution in 3D models of human spine with different lumbar curvature angle. FASEB Journal. 2011;25:867.8

Volodymyr Mavrych, Olena Bolgova, et al.Age and gender specific characteristics of spongy bone architectonic in lumbar vertebral bodies. The FASEB Journal. 2013. 27:518.1

Volodymyr Mavrych, Olena Bolgova, et al.Zinc Content in Lumbar Vertebrae Across Age Groups E-journal of Age Management Medicine. October, 2014

Mavrych V., Bolgova O. Vozniy V. (2010), “Determination of Enamel and Coronal Dentin Microhardiness of Upper Fist Premolars in Age Aspect”, e-Journal of AMMG Vol.5, No.8 e-Journal of AMMG

Mavrych V., Bolgova O. Vozniy V. (2010), “Determination of Enamel and Coronal Dentin Microhardiness of Upper Fist Premolars in Age Aspect”, e-Journal of AMMG Vol.5, No.8 e-Journal of AMMG

Mavrych V, Bolgova O. (2010) Age Changes of Composition of Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Potassium in the Lumbar Vertebrae. e-Journal of AMMG Vol.5, No.3

Mavrych V., Bolgova O. (2010), “Age-Related Changes Of Calcium, Manganese and Magnesium in Human Lumbar Spine in Relation to Bone Mechanical Properties”, e-Journal of AMMG 5 (9)

Mavrych V., Bolgova O., Eryomin A. (2010) Trabecular Architectonic Features in Different Zones of Human Lumbar Vertebrae. Journal of Clinical Densitometry, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 129-129

Mavrych, V. Bolgova, Kheyson, B. (2009) “Finite-element analysis of different shape of lumbar lordosis”, Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotic (submitted).

Mavrych, V., Ambekar, A., Bolgova, O., Nasher, O. (2010) “Epidemiology of bone fractures in the childhood population of Grand Cayman” (submitted)

Education Science

SK Biswas. A Basu. Evaluation of the effectiveness of Team based Learning in Pathology in a Caribbean medical school. American Journal of Clinical Pathologists(AJCP). Am J Clin Pathol 2014;142:A076

Biswas SK, Basu A. Hematology Essentials: eBook Kindle Edition, Amazon. November 18, 2014

Basu, A., Biswas, S K. Raam, J. Benefits of the students who grade pathology assignments of their near-peers. Journal of Federation for American Societies of Experimental Biology. (FASEB ) April 2016, 30:776.17 April 2016

Zhong Q, et al.Tools enhance learning of Medical Pharmacology. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal (FASEBJ), 31(1): 660.4

Zhong Q, et al. Tools enhance learning of Medical Pharmacology. Experimental Biology annual meeting 2017. PO 580 (2017).

Mavrych, V. and Bolgova O. 120 Most Important Anatomical Conceptions. iBooks. Oct 9, 2012. 419 Pages

Volodymyr Mavrych, Olena Bolgova. Neuroscience: 100 Most Important Conceptions. iBooks. Nov 20, 2016. 135 Pages.

A  Basu., S K Biswas. Use of Online Virtual Microscope to teach Pathology to Undergraduate Students in a Caribbean Medical School. Indian Journal of Applied Research. IJAR Volume - 7 | Issue - 6 | June - 2017 | ISSN - 2249-555X | IF : 4.894 | IC Value : 79.96

A  Basu., S K Biswas. Assessment of the long and short-term effectiveness of Team based learning in Pathology. Indian journal of applied research. Volume - 7 | Issue - 4 | April-2017 | ISSN - 2249-555X | IF : 4.894 | IC Value : 79.96 

A. Basu. "An Analysis/Assessment of the Effectiveness of "Self Study Model" with the help of Prerecorded Video Lecture in Undergraduate Medical Education Abstract 15580," Ottawa 2010 (Conference)

Medical Molecular Sciences

Lyons, A., et al., Dok2 Mediates The CD200Fc Attenuation of Abeta-Induced Changes in Glia, J . Neuroinflammation, 2012, May 29;9(1):107

Lyons, A., et al., Increased Autophagy Following Deletion of CD200 Mediates Increased Abeta Clearance. Neuroscience Program No. 61.21.2012, Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA,, 2012

A.Jagadeesh, J. Nagappa, K. Sampson, H. North, L. Gutman, P. Lenferna de la Motte, M. Sellers, I. Dhanoya, D. Elyaman, J. Husni, L.E. Maroun. Both ISRE and GAS Interferon regulatory sequences found in chromosome 21 genes that are important in brain development and function. Presented at the November, 2012, Amer. Soc. for Human Genetics Conference, San Francisco, CA

Zhong Q. , et al Epigenetic changes in mitochondrial superoxide dismutase in the retina and the development of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes, 2011, 60(4):1304-1313

Zhong Q, Kowluru RA. Interleukin-1beta and mitochondria damage, and the development of diabetic retinopathy. Journal of Ocular Biology, Disease, and Informatics. 2011, 4(1-2):3-9.

Zhong Q. et al. Abrogation of mmp-9 gene protects against the development of retinopathy in diabetic mice by preventing mitochondrial damage. Diabetes, 2011, 60(11):3023-3033

Lyons, A, et al.Glial Activation in AbetaPP/PS1 Mice is Associated with Infiltration of IFNgamma-Producing Cells. Journal of Alzheimer Disease. 2013, 37:63-75

Lyons, A, et al.Classical activation of microglia in CD200-deficient mice is a consequence of blood brain barrier permeability and infiltration of peripheral cells Brain Behav. Immun. November 2013, 34:86-97

Clinical Science

Zhong Q., et al., Matrix metalloproteinases in diabetic retinopathy: potential role of MMP-9. Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, 2012, 21(6):797-805

Zhong Q., et al, Mitochondria DNA replication and DNA methylation in the metabolic memory associated with continued progression of diabetic retinopathy. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2012, 53(8):4881-4888

Zhong Q, et al., Adaptive changes in renal mitochondrial redox status in diabetic nephropathy. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2012, 258(2):188-198.

Zhong Q, Kowluru RA. Diabetic retinopathy and mitochondrial structure proteins. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2011, 52(12):8739-8746.

Kowluru RA, Zhong Q., Beyond AREDS: Is there a place for antioxidant therapy in the prevention/treatment of eye disease? Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2011, 52(12):8665-8671.

Zhong Q., et al. Diabetic retinopathy, superoxide damage and antioxidant. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, 2011, 12(3):352-361.

Zhong Q, et al.Sirt1, A Negative Regulator of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 in Diabetic Retinopathy. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2014; Jun 3. pii: IOVS-14-14383

Zhong Q, et al, Beneficial effects of nutritional supplements on the development of diabetic retinopathy. Nutrition & metabolism (London). 2014, 11(1):8

Gavreliuk S.V., Levenets S.V., Kopatko T.A., Bolgova O.S., Mavrych V.V. Influence of hypodynamic stress and autonomic dysfunction on the aortic endothelium and hemodynamics. AMMG J. 2017; 12(6):7

Peela Jagannadha Rao, Avinash K Rawal et al., Role Of Hba1c And Microalbuminuria As Early Markers Of Nephropathy In Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Indian Journal Of Applied Research. Volume - 7 | Issue - 3 | March - 2017 | ISSN - 2249-555X | IF : 4.894 | IC Value : 79.9

Rehaman Said,Sathish Kumar Thammiraju, Avinash K Rawal, and Peela Jagannadha Rao et al. Effect Of Long Duration Sevoflurane Anesthesia On Liver Function World Journal Of Pharmaceutical And Medical Research. wjpmr, 2017,3(2), 196-200

Jagannadha Rao Peela3, Noah Jarari, Narasinga Rao, , Avinash Kousik  Rawal et al. A Review on prescribing patterns of Anti hypertensive drugs. Clinical Hypertension (2016) 22:7 DOI 10.1186/s40885-016-0042-0

Nura Mohammed Naseb1, Jagannadha Rao Peela4*,Avinash Rawal et al.Correlation between Glycated Hemoglobin and Serum Lipids in Type 2 Diabetics in Eastern Libya. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research 11(5): 1-7, 2016, Article no.BJMMR.18537 ISSN: 2231-0614, NLM ID: 101570965

A.H.M. Jarari, D.N. Shatiela, F. Elshaari, N.M. Jarari, J.R. Peel et al., Role of glutathione-s-tarnsferase P1 genetic variants in etiopathogeneses of type2 diabetes mellitus and its effect on the glycemic control parameters. Poster Abstracts. EuroMedLab Athens 2017. Athens, 11-15 June 2017. DOI 10.1515/cclm-2017-5027. Clin Chem Lab Med 2017; 55, Special Suppl, pp S1-S1121, June 2017. Copyright @ by Walter de Gruyter. Berlin. Boston

Evidence Based Medicine and Medical Data Analytics

Robson, B. The Concept of Novel Compositions of Matter. A Theoretical Analysis. Intellectual Property Rights ,, 2012

Robson, B.Towards New Tools for Pharmacoepidemiology. Advances in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 2012, 1:6,

Robson, B. and McBurney, R. The Role of Information, Bioinformatics and Genomics. Drug Discovery and Development: Technology In Transition, Second Edition, Ed.  Hill, R.G., Rang, P. Eds., 2012, pp77-94 , Elsevier Press.

Robson, B., Li, J., Dettinger, R., Peters, A., and Boyer, S.K. Drug Discovery Using Very Large Numbers Of Patents.  General Strategy With Extensive Use Of Match And Edit Operations. Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design, 2011,  25(5): 427-441

Robson, B.A universal exchange language for secure data exchange, consent, data mining, and inference in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences. International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Aided Drug Design & QSAR ,2011, October 29-31, 2012, DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-North Shore, USA

Robson, B.,Balis, UGC , and Caruso, T.P. Considerations for a Universal  Exchange Language for Healthcare.IEEE Healthcom’11 Conference Proceedings, 2012, Columbia, MO pp 173-176,  IEEE 2012.

Robson, B., and Caruso, T.P. The Q-UEL Quantal Semantic Universal Exchange Language.  System for Shredding and Unshredding Confidential Patient Data Proceedings American Medical Informatics Association A October 23-25, 2011.

Robson, B.Split-Complex Numbers and Dirac Bra-Kets (Verification of the math underlying hyperbolic -complex clinical decision support systems). Communications in Information and Systems (CIS), 2015, Vol. 150, in press.  Circulated preprints  2014.


Robson, B, et al.Hyperbolic Dirac Nets for Medical Decision Support. Theory, Methods, and Comparison with Bayes Nets. Computers in Biology and Medicine. 2014, 51:183-97

Robson, B, et al.POPPER, a Simple Programming Language for Probabilistic Semantic Inference in Medicine. Computers in Biology and Medicine. 2014,  56: 107-23

Board of Trustees

John P. Docherty, M.D.

W. Christopher Croley, M.D.

John Crocker

Bernard Raxlen, M.D.

Dr. Spencer Amory, M.D.



John Marvin, M.B.A.

Chief Academic Officer

Maurice Clifton, M.D., M.S.Ed, M.B.A

Dean of Clinical Sciences

David R. Salter, M.D.

Dean of Basic Sciences

Basu Amitabha, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Basic Sciences

Xenia Sotiriou, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Clinical Students

Terrence Reid, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences

Mark Doherty, Ph.D.

U.K. Associate Dean

Hasan Tahir, M.B.B.S., M.Sc.

Chief Financial Officer

Terry Moya

Director of Admissions

Adriana Marin-Negron

Director of Information Technology

Ripley Eldridge


Gloria Miranda-Avila

The distinguished faculty of St. Matthew's University is committed to providing students the best medical education focused on patient-centered care. In addition to their responsibilities as educators, the faculty of St. Matthew's Medical School provides support to students as mentors. This ensures that each student has a dedicated resource committed to their success in achieving their Medical Doctor diploma.

Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Ethics and Student Counselor
AliceAnne Coleman Brunn, Ph.D.

School of Medicine

“After thirty years of clinical practice with residents, primary care physicians and psychiatrists, it is rewarding to share some of what I have learned with physicians of the future as they begin their education at St. Matthew’s.”

AliceAnne Coleman Brunn, Ph.D., is involved in several aspects of teaching Behavioral Science and Ethics. Dr. Brunn joined the faculty in January 2007 after many years in teaching and private practice in Texas. Dr. Brunn earned her Ph.D. at Baylor University from 1971- 1975. After teaching in a variety of settings in New Jersey and Texas, she returned to Baylor’s Health and Counseling Center to direct Psychological Services for students. She entered private practice in Clinical Psychology in 1982; however, she maintained a close working relationship with Baylor, teaching graduate courses in psychodiagnostics and supervising graduate students in Clinical and Educational Psychology in their work at the Health and Counseling Center. Her private practice included individual, family and group psychotherapy as well as psychological consultation to residents at the Family Practice Clinic and physicians in several primary care specialties as well as psychiatrists. Working with a dietician and a family physician, she instituted the first treatment program for Eating Disorders in the area. As a part of this effort she helped to structure the first inpatient treatment program exclusively for women in the local psychiatric hospital. While most of her work has been with self-referred patients, for more than twenty years she also worked with families who were clients of the Department of Family and Protective Services because of abuse and neglect of children in their home as well as with children in foster care. For the past several years before coming to St. Matthew’s, she specialized in psychological assessment and remediation of cognitive dysfunction. As a part of this work, she has testified at court hearings regarding access to professional education for individuals with disabilities. Her research interests are broad but currently center on the application of psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic techniques to anxiety reduction and management in professional students.

At St. Matthew’s Dr. Brunn works with first-semester students in the Professional Development Program as they adjust to life in Grand Cayman and to the rigors of a very challenging academic program. Time management, test-taking strategies, how to organize and use a study group, managing test anxiety, and understanding strategies best suited to one’s individual learning style are only a few of the topics addressed in the program, which focuses on facilitating student academic success. In the preclinical curriculum (Patient-Doctor courses) Dr. Brunn continues to encourage the development of professionalism as students are introduced to medical ethics and effective doctor-patient communication skills.

In the third semester, Dr. Brunn teaches a comprehensive course in Behavioral Science and Ethics, and works with the preclinical faculty to teach psychiatric evaluation skills in a laboratory setting.

Special assistance is available throughout the Basic Science years for students who have difficulty with test anxiety and reading comprehension or speed, and these are also areas of Dr. Brunn’s research interest. Throughout the Basic Science years Dr. Brunn is available for short-term supportive counseling with students, and referrals to practitioners in the community can be arranged when students require longer-term assistance.

Director of Research & Professor of Biostatistics Epidemiology & Evidence Based Medicine
Dr. Barry Robson Ph.D., D.Sc.

School of Medicine

“It is a rare privilege to live at a time where research can embrace so many diverse scientific disciplines and yet also have the goal of helping physicians save lives.”

Scientific Background: Professor Barry Robson’s research might be well expected to cover a range of topics. In working his way through school as a psychiatric and surgical nurse, he developed an enduring interest in healthcare. With a Ph.D. in experimental biochemistry and a doctoral degree (D.Sc.) in computational chemical physics applied to biological molecules, he holds patents and has over 220 publications in such prestigious journals as Nature, Science, and the Journal of Molecular Biology.He did post-doctoral work on proteins under Professor Roger Pain at the University of Newcastle, Professor Shneior Lifson at the Weizmann Institute, and Sir David Phillips at the University of Oxford, and under Sir Rodney Cotterill at the Technical University of Denmark who extended Barry’s interests in artificial intelligence and consciousness. Dr. Robson vigorously defends the practical value of the latter kind of research. Robson developed the theory and algorithm of the GOR method, which is widely used in bioinformatics. It not only entered an Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence but around 1999 made the top hundred most cited papers ever in the Journal of Molecular Biology… as number eleven! In addition Barry previously founded or help found several biopharmaceutical companies (at least one based on such thinking, which went on to the London Stock Exchange), serving as Chief Scientific Officer or equivalent, and as Chief Executive Officer of The Dirac Foundation to promote the work of physicist and Nobel Laureate Paul A. M. Dirac. From 1998 he served as Strategic Advisor at IBM Research world headquarters earning the industry title of IBM Distinguished Engineer for contributions to software technology, and subsequently becoming IBM’s Chief Scientific Officer, Global Healthcare and Life Sciences. He continued to advise IBM on healthcare and pharmaceutical strategy up to 2009, and on theories of innovation and technical vitality, contributing to “Innovate America”, a study by the panels of the National Innovation Initiative (published by The Council On Competitiveness, Washington DC. 2004).

Recent Work: Dr. Robson’s research has fallen into two areas of practical application. Up to 2000 it mainly involved the application of Expert Systems and computational chemistry for the analysis and design of peptide and protein structure [1] and of drugs to bind proteins, with success in the design of early HIV diagnostics, veterinary applications, and the Mad Cow Disease diagnostic marketed worldwide by Abbott. Though studies in protein science continue at St Matthew’s University [2], from 2000 Dr. Robson’s research focused on something very different: electronic patient records [3-7] and their data mining [8-10] for physician decision support systems for computer-assisted diagnosis, therapy selection, and risk and outcomes analysis [3]. It soon became possible to help start amassing enormous data sets generating quantitative rules for clinical inference and epidemiology [10], and for the biotechnology [11] and pharmaceutical [12,13] industries. The two areas of proteins and clinical records merged, however, in 2004, when the first of two papers on the Genomic Messaging System [14,15] introduced a secure system for patient records including DNA which would amongst other things automatically help carry out drug design against proteins with features unique to that patient or group. The high level of interest was reflected in a press release from the American Chemical Society as a paper of special merit. Dr. Robson recently co-authored a ground breaking medical textbook entitled “The Engines of Hippocrates. From the Dawn of Medicine to Medical and Pharmaceutical Informatics.”

Research in Progress: Much of Dr. Robson’s current research seeks to lay the basis for advanced clinical decision support systems that are now the declared primary goal of Evidence Based Medicine, including the impact of genomic (DNA-based) and proteomic (protein-based) medical data. The developments help S. Matthew’s University assist the Cayman Heart Fund and other institutions of the Cayman Islands in monitoring public health, and support the University’s research into both psychological health and teaching methods, which along with anatomical research, are major themes at St Matthew’s. But for physicians, epidemiologists, and researchers, there is now an escalating need for artificially intelligent systems, software agents that roam the internet, analyze, and report back [17]. This is because the amount of medical data worldwide is escalating and already many billions of bytes more than anyone could download to analyze [3,17]. In 2007, therefore, Barry’s work took a curious turn suggesting that aspects of the mathematics of quantum mechanics should be explored for Best Practice in medical inference [16].

Mission and Practical Applications: But what is in it for physicians? According to the Human Rights Report on the United States, 2004, medical accidents are medicine’s third biggest killer below cardiovascular diseases (heart attack, stroke, etc.) and cancers. As much earlier recognized by epidemiologist Archie Chochrane who gave birth to the modern discipline of Evidence Based Medicine, misinformation and physician assumptions are extensively to blame. So, new legislations and guidelines, fear of litigation, the inefficiency of paper, and the FDA 2007 Amendment Act, are helping push physicians into use of advanced information technology. As Dr. Robson notes, it is a rare privilege to live at a time where research can embrace so many diverse scientific disciplines and yet also have the goal of helping physicians save lives.


  1. [1] Robson, B. and Garnier, J. (1986) Introduction to Proteins and Protein Engineering (book), Elsevier Press, Amsterdam.
  2. [2] Robson,B. and and A. Vaithilingham, A. (2008) “Protein Folding Revisited”, Progress in molecular Biology and Translational Science, Volume 84, Molecular Biology of Protein Folding, Part B., pp 3922–3947, AP, Elsevier
  3. [3] Robson, B. and Baek, OK. (2009) The Engines of Hippocrates: From Medicine’s Early Dawn to Medical and Pharmaceutical Informatics (book) , John Wiley & Sons
  4. [4] Shabo, A., Vortman P. and Robson B. (2001). “Who’s Afraid of Lifetime Electronic Medical Records?” proceedings of TEHRE – Towards Electronic Health Records Conference, London, UK, November 2001.
  5. [5] Robson, B. and Garnier, J. (2002) “The future of highly personalized health care". Studies Health Technol. Inform. 80:163-74.
  6. [6] Robson, B., and Baek, OK., “Personalized healthcare 2010: are you ready for information-based medicine?” B. Robson, OK Baek (2007) IBM Business Consulting Services
  7. [7]. Svinte, M., Robson, B., and Henhenberger, M. (2007) “Biomarkers in Drug Dvelopment and Patient Care” Burrill 2007 Person. Med. ReportVol. 6, 3114 - 3126. 8.
  8. [8]. Robson , B. (2003) “clinical and Pharmacogenomic Data Mining. 1. the generalized theory of expected information and application to the development of tools” J. Proteome Res. (Am. Chem. Soc.) 283-301, 2 (2003)
  9. [9]. Robson, B. and Mushlin, R. (2004) “clinical and Pharmacogenomic Data Mining.. 2. A Simple Method for the Combination of Information from Associations and Multivariances to Facilitate Analysis, Decision and Design in Clinical Research and Practice”, J. Proteome Res. (Am. Chem. Soc.) 3(4); 697-711.
  10. [10] Mullins, I.M., Siadaty, M.S., Lyman, J., Scully, K., Garrett, C.T., Miller, W. G., Muller, R., Robson, B., Apte, C., Weiss, S., Rigoustos, I., Platt, D., Cohen , S., Knaus, W. A. (2006) “ Data mining and clinical data repositories: Insights from a 667,000 patient data set” Computers in Biology and Medicine, 2006 Dec;36(12):1351-77.
  11. [11] “The Dragon on the Gold: Myths and Realities for Data Mining in Biotechnology using Digital and Molecular Libraries”, B. Robson (2004) J. Proteome Res. (Am. Chem. Soc.) 3 (6), 1113 - 9.
  12. [12] Robson, B., and Vaithinlingam, A. (2009) “Myths and Realities in Pharmaceutical Data Mining” B. Robson and A. Vaithilingam (2009), in: Technologies for the Pharmaceutical Industry, John Wiley and Sons, in press
  13. [13] Li, J. Robson, B., Dettinger, R., Peters,A. and Boyer, S. (2009) “Drug Design by Data Mining Patents, Annotating and Federalizing Ligand and Protein Target Data, and Virtual Screening on a Supercomputer”, submitted.
  14. [14] Robson, B. and Mushlin, R. (2004) “Genomic Messaging System for Information-Based Personalized Medicine with Clinical and Proteome Research Applications”, J. Proteome Res. (Am. Chem. Soc.) 3(5); 930-948.
  15. [15] Robson, B. and Mushlin, R. (2005) “The Genomic Messaging System Language Including Command Extensions for Clinical Data Categories” B. Robson and R. Mushlin J. Proteome Res. (Am. Chem. Soc.) 4 (2), 275 -299
  16. [16] Robson, B., “The New Physician as Unwitting Quantum Mechanic: Is Adapting Dirac’s Inference System Best Practice for Personalized Medicine, Genomics and Proteomics?” B. Robson (2007), J. Proteome Res., Vol. 6, No. 8: pp 3114 – 3126
  17. [17] Robson, B. (2009) “Towards Intelligent Internet-Roaming Agents for Mining and Inference from Medical Data” in “Strategy for the Future”, Future of Health Technology Vol. III, Ed. Renata Bushko, IOS Press, in press
Dean of Basic Sciences

Basu Amitabha, M.B.B.S., M.D.

M.B.B.S., Burdwan Medical College
MD, Kasturba Medical College
Master in Clinical Education-College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh
Date of appointment: July 2006

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Xenia Sotiriou, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Manchester
Date of appointment: March 2008

Basic Science Faculty

Seetharama Rao, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy and Chairman
Ph.D., Mangalore University
Date of appointment: November 2008

Olena Bolgova, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy
M.D., Lugansk State Medical University Ukraine
Ph.D., Kharkov State Medical University Ukraine
Date of appointment: October 2007

Histology and Cell Biology

Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas, M.D.

Associate Professor of Histology
M.D., National Autonomous University of Mexico
Date of appointment: February 2008

Anup Rao K, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Assistant Professor
M.B.B.S., Fr. Muller Medical College, Mangalore. India
M.D., Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Mangalore, India
Date of appointment: October 2014


Volodymyr Mavrych, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy
M.D., Lugansk State Medical University, Ukraine
Ph.D., Crimea State Medical University, Ukraine
Date of appointment: October 2007

Biochemistry and Genetics

Avinash K. Rawal, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry
Ph.D., Nagpur University
Date of appointment: September 2011

Jagannadharoo Peela, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Associate Professor of Medical Genetics
M.D.(Biochemistry), Andhra Medical College
M.B.B.S, Andhra Medical College
National Registry of Certified Chemists, USA
Date of Appointment: October 2016

Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine

Caron S.M. D'Silva, M.B.B.S, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, and Biostatics and Epidemiology

M.D.(Pharmacology)- Kasturba Medical College
M.B.B.S., Fr. Muller Medical College
Date of appointment: January 2017

Michael G. Gillespie, M.L.I.S.

Library Director
Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
Date of appointment: December 2016

Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Nayak

Narendra P. Nayak, M.B.B.S, M.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology,
M.B.B.S, Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences
M.D., Lokamanya Tilak Municipal Medical College
Date of appointment: September 2017

Neville Fernandez, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S.

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
M.B.B.S., Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India
M.D. Medical Microbiology, Manipal University
M.S. Instructional Design and Technology, Walden University, U.S.A.
Date of appointment: May 2018


Amitabha Basu, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Professor of Pathology,
Chair of Physiology & Pathology
M.B.B.S., Burdwan Medical College
MD, Kasturba Medical College
Date of appointment: July 2006

Deborah Dalmeida, M.B.B.S, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology
M.D., Fr. Muller Medical College, RGUHS
M.B.B.S., A J Institute of Medical Sciences, RGUHS
Date of appointment: May 2018


Pritam Biswas, M.B.B.S, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
M.D., M. S. Ramaiah Medical College, M.B.B.S.,
Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Medical College
Date of appointment: January 2019

Caron S.M. D'Silva, M.B.B.S, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, and Biostatics and Epidemiology

M.D.(Pharmacology)- Kasturba Medical College
M.B.B.S., Fr. Muller Medical College
Date of appointment: January 2017


Prajna Barke, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Professor of Physiology
M.B.B.S., Kasturba Medical College
M.D., Kasturba Medical College
Date of appointment: May 2006

Dr. Aravindakshan Jiji Kooriyil M.B.B.S., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pathology M.B.B.S., M.D. (Physiology) Sree Siddartha Medical College and Research Foundation, Tumkur, Karnataka Affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India
Date of appointment: February 2014

Behavioural Sciences and Ethics

Gabriel Andrade, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Ethics,
Ph.D., University of Zulia (Venezuela)
Date of appointment: December 2018

Xenia Sotiriou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Manchester
Date of appointment: March 2008

Preclinical Sciences

Suzanne Johnson, M.D.

Associate Professor
M.D., Dalhousie University
Date of appointment: September 2013

Maribel Aurelio, M.D.

Associate Professor
M.D., College of Medicine, University of the Philippines (Manila)
Date of appointment: July 2008

G.Jha, M.B.B.S., M.S. (Surgery)

Associate Professor
Master of Surgery (M.S.), Rajasthan University
M.B.B.S., Rajasthan University, Jaipur, India
Date of appointment: June 2003

St. Matthew's University is committed to offering its faculty the very best development opportunities available. We have partnered with some of the most prestigious institutions in the world for the development of our faculty and curriculum.

For several years, St. Matthew's University has been affiliated with Harvard Medical International (HMI). Faculty, administrators and students from both St. Matthew's University School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine have participated in discussions, forums and workshops with HMI faculty and faculty from leading international medical institutions. Outcomes from these interactions include changes to the curriculum, advances in teaching methods, innovations in online resources and the development of a web-based educational platform similar to that used by Harvard University medical students. A summary of these activities is as follows:

Program for Educators in the Health Sciences

St. Matthew's University held a faculty development conference based on the renowned Harvard Macy Institute's Program for Healthcare Educators. The principles of this program were developed by educators at Harvard Medical School in conjunction with the Harvard Graduate School of Education with the goals of identifying sound educational principles and using these to develop unique approaches to improve medical education. This program has been run in Boston for over 10 years and has more than 1000 "scholars" worldwide having completed the program. Similar programs have been developed by Harvard Medical International, the parent organization of the Harvard Macy Institute, in England, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. This is the first such program to be developed in the Caribbean.

As with other regional HMI programs, the conference in Cayman was developed to meet the specific needs of the host organization, St. Matthew's University. The aim was to have teams of faculty from all aspects of St. Matthew's educational programs gather together, develop common learning and teaching methodologies, share ideas and work on concrete educational projects. In keeping with the Harvard Macy principles, each faculty member was required to submit an educational proposal with his/her application. Given that all participants had a connection with St. Matthew's, the organizers were interested in ensuring the development of projects that could be submitted to the Board of Trustees for implementation by the end of the conference. In order for this to occur, group projects were encouraged that involved numerous members of the conference participants. At the opening session, the Director of the Harvard Macy Institute, Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong made this objective clear and progress toward this goal was reviewed throughout the conference. This method had been used by Dr. Armstrong in Southeast Asia with great success and was felt to be the best method to gain immediate, practical outcomes from the conference.

Faculty for this conference included:
»Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D., Director of Educational Programs at Harvard Medical International and Associate Professor (Pediatrics) Harvard School of Medicine
»Bruce Carlson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grid International Inc.
»Gordon Green, M.D., Executive Dean and Chief Academic Officer, St. Matthew's University
»Karen Mann, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University

Faculty participants included both Basic Science faculty and Clinical Sciences faculty from St. Matthew's University as well as clinicians from St. Matthew's University's clinical training hospital affiliates. There was also a team from the St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine, a partner with the School of Medicine in St. Matthew's educational mission.

Mr. Carlson brought his expertise in team building to the conference. Grid International has been helping organizations develop high performance teams for over 40 years and is renowned for its development of the Cockpit Resource Management training program now mandated for all flight crew personnel in the airline industry. Dr. Green has worked with Mr. Carlson in the past to apply Grid methodologies to the healthcare industry.

Results from the conference were impressive and Dr. Armstrong felt the outcomes had exceeded expectations. Not only did the evaluations by participants suggested significant satisfaction and the meeting of conference objectives, but five team projects were presented on the final day. Organizers scheduled a two-day follow-up meeting with faculty participants. Drs. Armstrong, Green and Smith were the conference faculty. The focus of this follow-up was to re-affirm the communication and learning environment that was appreciated by participants and to re-focus faculty on their personal educational objectives that they brought to and developed through the December conference.

Case-Based Teaching in Medical Education

St. Matthew's University has focused on the use of clinical cases to teach both basic and clinical science courses as this method not only integrates basic science knowledge and the clinical practice of patient care, but it also increases the exposure that medical students have to clinical scenarios throughout their undergraduate medical training. This course provided St. Matthew's University faculty added skills and support in using clinical cases in their teaching and evaluation, in addition to providing "hands-on" experience in case-based instruction. St. Matthew's University students also participated to allow better understanding on the part of both student and faculty as to the advantages and challenges that this methodology.

Faculty for this program included:
»Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D., Director of Educational Programs at Harvard Medical International
»Gordon Green, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine

Mapping Competencies in Undergraduate Medical Education: Preparation for Residency Training

The focus of evaluation in medical education over the past ten years has shifted to the demonstration of clinical competencies. Many international accreditation and regulatory bodies, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in the U.S. and CanMEDS 2005 in Canada have established specific competencies that must be taught, evaluated and demonstrated to advance through medical training. This conference brought together leaders that were involved in establishing these competencies and the criteria used to evaluate them.

In this program St. Matthew's University faculty from the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine learned about the advantages of using competency assessment as a baseline for advancement in medical training as well as exploring the established competencies and methods for teaching and evaluating them. Other areas covered included the use of competency assessment in medical student and residency selection as well as effective strategies for enhancing the competitiveness of residency applicants.

Course faculty included:
»Dale Dauphinee, M.D., Past Executive Director, Medical Council of Canada
»Steve Miller, M.D., President and C.E.O., American Board of Medical Specialties
»Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D., Director of Educational Programs at Harvard Medical International
»N. Lynn Eckert, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., Director of Academic Programs at Harvard Medical International
»Gordon Green, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine

Exploring Longitudinal Curricula in Medical Education

A growing number of medical schools including Harvard, the University of Massachusetts and the University of British Columbia are developing longitudinal curricula for their core clinical training year. Initial reports indicate that this method not only improves the satisfaction of both the patients and the students, but also provides improved standardized test scores (USMLE Step 2 CK).

This course brought leaders in the use of longitudinal curricula together to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this educational method and how it might be implemented at St. Matthew's University.

Course faculty included:
»Susan Farrell, M.D.
»Michelle Pugnaire, M.D.
»Dan Mukundan, M.D., Clinical Chief, Family Medicine, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
»Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D., Director of Educational Programs at Harvard Medical International
»N. Lynn Eckert, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., Director of Academic Programs at Harvard Medical International
»Gordon Green, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
»John Randall, M.D., Dean of Clinical Sciences, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine

Longitudinality in the St. Matthew's University Curriculum: Angel as a Facilitator

Methods in medical education continue to emphasize the importance of integrating material from different disciplines and expanding the exposure students have in both the basic and clinical sciences. St. Matthew's has undertaken a longitudinal approach to medical education through integrating the courses in the first two years of study using clinical case examples and smoothing the transition from what has traditional been know as the basic science years into hospital-based core clerkship training. This course provided both basic and clinical science faculty the underlying knowledge and "hands-on" experience in using the educational platform Angel as a method for achieving these goals.

Faculty for this course included:
»Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D., Director of Educational Programs at Harvard Medical International
»N. Lynn Eckert, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., Director of Academic Programs at Harvard Medical International
»Gordon Green, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
»John Randall, M.D., Dean of Clinical Sciences, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine
»David Salter, M.D., Clinical Chief - Surgery, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine