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Lectures, Presentations and Submissions

18th Annual Meeting of International Association of Medical Science Educator (IAMSE)- Nashville, Tennessee; “Learning Medical Pharmacology: A Survey of Students’ Perceptions and Experience”, Poster presentation; Dr. Q. Zhong

ASCP Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL; “Evaluation for Effectiveness of Team Based Learning in Pathology in a Caribbean Medical School”, Poster Presentation; Dr SK Biswas, Dr A. Basu

Experimental Biology, Boston MA.; “Student Evaluation of Case Studies.”- Poster presentation; A. Jagadeesh, V. Mavrych, O. Bolgova, L. Maroun, S.K. Rajasekaran

IAMSE Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA; “Long Term Effectiveness of Team Based Learning in Pathology – A 6 Month Follow Up Study”, Poster presentation; S. K. Biswas, A. Basu

Experimental Biology, Boston, MA: “Age and gender specific characteristics of spongy bone architectonic in lumbar vertebral bodies”, Poster presentation; Drs. V. Mavrych, O. Bolgova

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Seattle, Washington: “Kelch like-ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1) and retinal antioxidant defense in the development of diabetic retinopathy”, Poster presentation; Dr. Q. Zhong et al.

Trisomy 21 International Conference, Paris, France; “In Vivo Test of a Novel Agent for Treating Interferon Related Cognitive Difficulties”, Poster presentation; L.E. Maroun, A. Jagadeesh, A.M. Ram

Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA; “Benefits of the Students Who Grade Pathology Assignments of Their Near-Peers”, Poster presentation; S K Biswas, A Basu, Jiji Raam

Experiential Biology, San Diego, California; “Assessing team-based learning method's effectiveness in medical pharmacology teaching”, Poster presentation; Dr A. Ram

ACCP Annual Meeting, Bethesda, Maryland; "Interferon-alpha response element found for the B-cell translocation gene on human chromosome 21“, Poster presentation; Dr A. Ram

Federation of the American Society of Experimental Biology, San Diego, California; “A Hybrid Model of Case-Based Teaching in a Medical Pharmacology Class”, Abstract # 1365, Prog. # 766.1. SK. Rajasekaran, A. Vaithilingam, E. Armstrong

Future of Health Technology Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; “Why Smart Robots Must Roam the Internet, and Why they Must Think Quantum Mechanically,” by Dr. B. Robson

Future of Health Technology Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; “Automated Drug Design including Data Mining of Eight Million Patents,” by Dr. B. Robson

11th World Congress for Infectious and Immunological Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology and Dermatology, Grand Cayman; Principal Lecture: “Expert Systems, Knowledge Networks, and Capturing Medical Knowledge from Experts” by Dr. B. Robson

MedInfo 13: The 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, Copenhagen, Denmark; “A Universal Exchange Language for Healthcare”, Poster presentation, Dr. B. Robson

Theoretical Semantics and the Web: The DISCO Inter-University Project Workshop, University of York, England; “Probabilistic Semantics for Medical Decision Support”, Dr B. Robson

Workshops, Fellowships and CME’s

Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; “Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course”; Dr A. Brunn

PEGS: the Essential Protein Engineering Summit, Boston MA; SC8: In Silico Immunogenicity Prediction (hands-on) work shop; Dr L. Maroun

Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE):13th Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana; Standardized Patient (SP): Upgrading Medical Knowledge of Standardized Patient Educators; Dr S. Johnson

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Visiting Fellowship in Gynecological Pathology- viewing cases, reporting with the residents and faculty, attending seminars ; Dr. A. Basu

CME Conference, Montreal, Canada, Cardiology for Primary Care; Dr. S. Johnson

IPMAMEDED Conference, Orlando; Dr. S. Johnson

19th Annual Conference, New York City; Emergencies and Challenges in Primary Care; V. Mavrych and O. Bolgova

MCE Conferences. Orlando, Florida; Internal Medicine for Primary Care; Dr. M. Aurelio

The New York Academy of Sciences, Epigenetics: Cancer and Beyond; Dr. A. Lyons

The University at Sea- Neurology- 16 CME course; V. Mavrych and O. Bolgova

34th AOIKCON 2016, SIMS Shivamogga, India; Dr. A. Rao

9th Canadian Conference on Dementia, Toronto, Canada, V. Mavrych and O. Bolgova

FP Comprehensive Board Prep (CME credits); Dr. S. Johnson

The Research Organization of St. Matthew’s University encourages students to participate in research by working independently and with colleagues and faculty. Our annual Research Day showcases student research posters, displaying and discussing their studies to the entire campus community. We are also interested in helping physicians on the island and around the world conduct their research by volunteering in community events. The Research Organization emphasizes and fosters leadership, the importance of research and evidence based medicine, and the foundation of life long learning for future physicians.

Our administration provides their research experience and formal training in education. This group evaluates and coordinates all research projects, research events as well as collaborative efforts. All projects are initially assessed for project design and significance in advancing medical knowledge. Final processing considers the ethics of the project, which is conducted by the Institutional Review Board. After clearing these steps, a particular project may then be conducted.

Director of Research: Barry Robson Ph.D., D.Sc.

St. Matthews University School of Medicine is proud to sponsor frequent Continuing Medical Education Conferences in collaboration with leading medical organizations such as Johns Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic. Presenters are often among the top practitioners and researchers in their respective fields, and attendees include SMU students and faculty as well as Cayman Islands medical professionals. Prior conference topics include the following:

Cleveland Clinic
  1. Saving Lives with Innovative Radiotherapy Technologies by John Greskovich, MD
  2. Emerging Strategies in Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Treatment by Thomas Samuel, MD
  3. Prognostic and Diagnostic Markers of the Breast Carcinoma by Peela Jagannadha Rao, MD
  4. Interventional Radiology Procedures Update by Rodolfo J. Blandon, MD
  5. Surgical Advances in the Treatment of Neurological Disorders by Badih Adada MD
  6. Integrative Medicine, the Way Forward by Zahida Anwar, MD
  7. Innovations in Solid Organ Transplant by Cedric Sheffield, MD
  8. Mechanical Circulatory Support: Present-tense and Future Promise by Cedric Sheffield, MD
  9. Student Athlete Cardiac Assessment for the PCP by Melissa Mascaro, MD
  10. Concussion Update: Where are We Headed? by Melissa Mascaro, MD
  11. Interventional Cardiology: An Update on Some of the Newer Innovations by Dr. Howard S. Bush,MD
  12. Breast Cancer Review and Current Surgical Recommendations by Dr. Margaret Gilot, MD
  13. Colon Cancer: Preventable. Beatable by Dr. Darley Solomon, MD
  14. Patient Experience: It is Not About Satisfaction by James Merlino, MD
  15. Creating a Culture of Patient Centered Care by Robert Stall
  16. Cultural Transformation – The Power of Everyone by Rebecca Caputo, RN and Dawn Semple
  17. Empathy Video – Patients: Afraid and Vulnerable by Antonio Briceno, MD
Johns Hopkins
  1. Current Status of the Treatment of Aortic Valve Disease by John V. Conte, MD
  2. Management of the Axilla in Breast Cancer by Lisa Kay Jacobs, MD
  3. Cholesterol Management by Erin D. Michos, MD
  4. Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Therapy for Prostate Cancer by Christian P. Pavlovich, MD
  5. Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Therapy for Breast Cancer by Saraswati Sukumar, PhD
  6. Early Breast Cancer: A Practical Approach by Roisin Connolly, MD
Baptist Health International
  1. Current Concepts on Stroke Diagnosis, Management and Treatment by Allan Herskowitz, MD
  2. Population Health: Confronting the Challenges of the Health Care Paradigm in Developing
  3. Countries by Galed Hakim, MD
  4. Latest Advancements in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery by Mark Dylewski, MD
  5. Skin Cancer by Adriane Vega Pompa, MD
  6. Preventing Chronic Diseases By Ana M. Viamonte Ros, MD
International Cardiac Symposium (Organized by the Cayman Heart Fund)
  1. The Role of Coronary Calcium Score and CT Angiography in the Assessment of Risk of CVD by C. Pena, M.D. (Baptist Health International)
  2. Advances in Heart Failure Therapy by V. Navas, MD (Cleveland Clinic)
  3. Guilty by Association: The Case for Peripheral Artery Disease (P A D.) by M. Chauhan, MD
  4. (Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital)
  5. Vitamin D Deficiency & Cardiovascular Risks by E. Donnelly Michos, MD (Johns Hopkins)
  6. Innovation in Action: How Advances in Medical Technology are Helping Real-World Patients by M. Kosiborod, MD and K. Huber, MD (Heart Health Centre Cayman and St. Luke’s)
  7. Integrating Cardiology Imaging and Advanced Blood Testing To Prevent Cardiac Disease by A. Agatston, MD (Baptist Health International)
  8. Interventional Cardiology: A look at Some Exciting New Innovations by H. Bush, MD (Cleveland Clinic)
  9. Unique Aspects of Women’s Cardiac Health by T. Stevens, MD (St. Luke’s)
  10. Advances in Cardiovascular Medicine by M. Chacko, MD (Johns Hopkins)
  11. Head Surgery: A Journey Back to the Future by M. Kosiborod, MD and M. BORKON, MD (Cayman and St. Luke’s)
  12. Interpretation of the New ACC/AHA Guidelines on the Prediction of ASCVD Risk and Management by E. Donnelly Michos, MD (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
  13. Cancer Related Heart Disease/Heart Disease Secondary to Cancer Treatments by M. J. Villar, DO (Baptist Health International)
  14. Advanced Heart Failure Management by Dr. A. Boyle, MD (Cleveland Clinic)
  15. Keeping the Rhythm by B. M. Ramza, MD, PhD (St. Luke's Mid America Health Institute)
  16. Safe to Play by Dr. M. Kosiborod, MD (Heart Health Centre)
  17. Important Interventions in Cardiology - Acute in the Cath Lab, Chronic in the Office by L. A. Simkins, MD (Tenet Healthcare)
  18. Coronary Stenting: Have We Reached the Max? by J. M. Purow, FACC (Holy Cross Hospital)
  19. New Technologies to Advance Cardiac and Vascular Care by B. T. Katzen, FACR, FACC, FISR (Baptist Health International)
  20. Aortic Stenosis and Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement by M. Chacko (Johns Hopkins)
  21. From Total Mess to Total Success: The Challenge of Treating Chronically Occluded Coronary
  22. Arteries by Dr. D. Safley (St. Luke's M.A.H.I. & Heart Health Centre)
  23. Evolution of Congestive Heart Failure by Cedric Sheffield, MD
  24. New Specialty: Cardiac Oncology by Jorge Arturo Flores, MD, FACC
  25. Current Status of the Treatment of Aortic Valve Disease by John V. Conte, MD
  26. Treating Stroke: On the Cutting Edge by Yvonne Turner Johnson, MD
  27. Women’s Heart Health: The Many Shades of Gray by Tracy L. Stevens, MD
  28. Mending Broken Hearts: Success Stories from the Cayman Islands by Robert Piotrowski, MD, F.A.C.C
  29. The ASD and Hearts Requiring Extra-corporeal Support, Friend or Foe? by Kak-Chen Chan, MD
Cayman Cancer Society
  1. Cancer Immune Therapy: Update on Checkpoint Inhibitors by Dr. Vineetha Binoy (Health City, Cayman Islands)
  2. The Latest Information in Diagnosing and Treating Skin Cancer & Oral and Throat Cancers by Alison Duncan MBBS, MSc, CCT (Derm), FRCP and Alastair Gliksman, MbBCh, FCS
  3. The HPV Head and Neck Cancer Epidemic - What You Need To Know by Christine Gourin, MD (Johns Hopkins)
  4. Screening for Lung Cancer: Are We There Yet? by Dr. Rabhi Bechara, MD, FCCP (Cancer Treatment Centers of America)
  5. The Genetics of Cancer by Dr. Vineetha Binoy , MBBS, MD, DM (Health City, Cayman Islands)
  6. Ovarian Cancer Update by Dr. Troy Gatcliffe, MD, FACOG, FACS (Baptist Health International)
  7. Targeted Therapy & Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer by Dr. Luis Raez, MD (Memorial Global Health)
  8. Contemporary Management of Genitourinary Malignancies by Dr. Chad Ritch, MD, MBA (University of Miami)
  9. Breast Cancer Diagnostics and Treatment in Cayman by Dr. Tanya Ebanks, MD, FMH (Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital)
  10. The Sentinel Lymph Node and Endometrial Cancer by Dr. Moises Lichtenger, MD (Holy Cross Hospital)
  11. Trends in Surgical Oncology and Management of Gl Malignancies with Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery by Dr. Adrian Legaspi, MD, FACS (Tenet)
  12. Contemporary Concepts of Salivary Gland Tumors by Dr. Shawn, MD (Baptist Health)
  13. Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancers: Current State of the Art by Dr Nagy Elsayyad, MD (Miami Health System)
  14. The HPV Connection by Dr. Darley Solomon, MD (Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital)
  15. Pediatric Brain Cancer: The ABC's of Diagnosing CNS Tumors by Dr. James Akiiiwunmi . MBBS, FRCS (Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital)
  16. Screening Diagnosis & Treatment of Colon Cancers: The Importance of Early Detection by Dr. Vikesh Singh, MD (Johns Hopkins)
  17. Prostate and Kidney Cancer: Modern Day Management in the 21st Century by Dr. David Taub, MD (Holy Cross Hospital)
  18. Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Gastric Cancer by Dr. Hayder Al-Azaawi , MD (Tenet)
Obesity Summit
  1. Clinical Reproach with Patient With Obesity by Lisa DeRosimo MD
  2. Nutritional and Behavioral Approach to the Obese Patient by Natalie Romero- Castro, MS, RD, LDN
  3. The Role and Myth of Exercise in the Assessment and Treatment of Weight Loss by Peter Katzmarzyk PhD
  4. Medical Consequences of Obesity-Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes by Laurence Spading, MD
  5. Obesity, Dyslipidernia, and CVD Risk by Laurence Sperling, MD
  6. Adiposity Versus Adiposepathy by Michael Ozner, MD
  7. BMI Versus Waist Circumference: What Is Our Target? -- A Panel Discussion Moderated by Michael Ozner, M.D.
  8. Dietary Approaches to the Treatment of Obesity by Teresa Ochoa R.D.
  9. Low Fat Versus Low Carb Diets by Arthur Agatston, MD
  10. Medical Treatment of Obesity by Donna Ryan, MD
  11. Current Status of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by Anthony Gonzalez, MD
  12. New Developments and Devices in the Surgical Treatment of Obesity by Natan Zundel, MD
  13. What BMI Should Be the Target of Aggressive Nutritional, Medical, and Surgical Treatment of Obesity? – A Panel Discussion Moderated by Anthony Gonzalez, MD
  14. The Economic Consequences of Obesity by Khurram Nasir, MD
  15. Mobile Health Applications in the Treatment of Obesity by Theodore Feldman, MD
  16. Incorporating Obesity Management into Clinical Practice and Population Management by Thinh Tran, MD and Lisa DeRosana, MD
Cayman Palliative Care
  1. Opening Remarks and History of Palliative Care in Cayman by Dr. Virginia Hobday, MD -- Medical Director of Cayman HospiceCare
  2. Different World Views at the End of Life by Rev. Guillermo Escalona
  3. How to Merge Usual Care with Hospice/Palliative Care, Really by Thomas J Smith, MD
  4. Dying In Good Hands by Christine Sutherland

Each year students submit research work in the form of a poster for evaluation by the Research Committee. Through this experiential learning process, they develop skills in research design, decision-making, data analyses, identification of key points, scientific writing and presentation skills. Of the many posters submitted, ten are chosen for presentation on the Annual Research Day. Each year three of these participants are awarded either first, second or third prize according to their combined performance on their poster and their oral presentation. Some winning student presentations are noted below:

Sharaad Latchana: Perception Paradox: The Global Epidemic of Shisha Smoking

Elizabeth Lynn: The Effects of Ciliopathies on Clinically Significant Disorders

Suhayb Hafiz: Does Psychological State Affect the Immune System’s Efficacy in Cancer Patients?

Akintoba Akinwale: Mechanisms of action of antimalarial drugs

Michael Garcia: Determining the Efficacy of Monoclonal Antibodies against Ebola Virus

Bushra Hashmi: Methylphenidate as a Potential Treatment for Restricted Repetitive Behaviors Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Alexandra Spirou: Novel Drugs For Management of Type II Diabetes Mellitus: Are These “Wonder Drugs” Worth the Risks?

Emilie Thivierge: The Puzzling Epidemiology of Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Ryan Harding-Marlin: Concussions: Accurately Diagnosing Post Traumatic Injury

Renaldo Goff: Intra-Adrenal Pheochromocytoma Physiological Effects on Blood Pressure

Josee-Marie Melanson: Benefits of Prenatal Surgical Repair of Myelomeningocele versus Postnatal Surgical Repair

Tina Joseph: Influence of Endocrine Disruptors on the Growth and Development of Children

Panav Jha: Cortical Alterations in Patients with Parkinson's Disease

Mohammad Masood: The Similarities and Differences in Techniques Used to Treat a Torn   Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Joshua Nisar: The Effectiveness of Neuroprosthetics in Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb after Spinal Cord Injury.

Sintya Barreiro: Mesocardia

Leila Falls: Detection of Significant Concerns: Screening Dense Breasts for Breast Cancer Risk

Elsa Tabrez: Medical and Surgical Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


Research is integral to the mission of St. Matthew's University. SMU understands that the everyday practice of modern medicine is now more than ever an endless research studentship, with the physician needing to comprehend and critically address the accelerating pace of relevant emerging science and medical techniques. SMU believes that critical analytic thinking and quantitative understanding is essential to modern clinical practice based on best evidence and proper decision making. SMU recognizes that trends such as the digital patient health record, the accelerating use of Evidence Based Medicine, and various legislative measures foreshadow continuous physician participation in the monitoring and reporting of patient health for correctness of diagnoses and safety of therapies. Last but not least, SMU also understands that some students will ultimately follow careers in academic or industrial research, government health-related agencies, and healthcare services at many levels, and that such broader opportunities may only be accessible by evidence of sound education in research principles and practice. By engaging faculty and students in the understanding and active practice of research, we demonstrate our commitment to the success of our students and the up-to-date expertise and professional development of our faculty.