Faculty & Staff


Our University is proud of dozens well qualified medical science and clinical science faculty members who are united in a common purpose: dedication to teaching the next generation of physicians.

The size and location of CMU's medical science campuses contributes to a special atmosphere where faculty and staff are able to concentrate on maintaining the optimum conditions for students to acquire the basic medical knowledge necessary for their clinical experience.

Excellent student teacher ratio (currently 16:1) provides ample opportunity for students to interact with the faculty. Students find that faculty and staff are not only accessible, but are committed to their progress.

Premedical Science, Basic Science and Clinical Science faculty members as well as honorary visiting professors are listed below:

Dr. Ryan Jackson

Dr. Ryan Jackson , MD, MS

Dr. Jackson is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and was on their Research Committee for Telepsychiatry. He has been a Genomics/Genetics Abstract Reviewer for the American Public Health Association since 2009. He is board certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and has a Master's Degree in that specialty. He has given lectures about the book he coauthored, "Future of the Western Hemisphere" at the National Academies of Science and in several countries. After working as a professor at CMU, Dr. Ryan Jackson was appointed as the Dean of Academics for the University in January 2013.

He is currently researching disaster management, relief worker trauma, infectious diseases, environmental health, and other topics in association with researchers from Yale, University of Miami, University of California San Francisco and other Universities. Dr. Jackson was a Vice President and Gifted Children Coordinator for his local Mensa chapter, Executive Committee member of the Triple Nine Society,and is a member of other societies for the highly gifted. He is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Haitian Creole and speaks other languages.

Dr. Sunny Handa

Dr. Sunny Handa, MD.

Dr. Sunny Handa is the Associate Dean of Clinical Medicine. As an International Medical Graduate, he has earned his Doctor of Medicine with honors as well as sustaining the title of a successful entrepreneur at a relatively young age.

His reputable clinical program along with his experience and extensive knowledge in the medical field has brought him great success, which has lead him to a profound insight towards the requirements of students undergoing their clinical clerkships. His ability to integrate learning with hands on experience through suture and phlebotomy clinics and getting students involved in various community events have further than excelled.

Roeland Thomas, MSc.

Roeland Thomas, MSc.

Mr. Thomas received a M.Sc. degree from the University of Brussels in Belgium. He is a specialist in Genetic Engineering and Virology. Mr. Thomas has worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies, universities and research laboratories. He is an experienced teacher of genetics, medical physics, informatics and related fields. Mr. Thomas also has received training in hyperbaric medicine.

Jan Gelan, Ph.D.

Jan Gelan, Ph.D.

Prof. Jan Gelan obtained his Ph.D in sciences (chemistry) in 1971 from the University of Ghent in Belgium. From 1973 to 2009, he was full Professor Chemistry in the Hasselt University Belgium. Prof Gelan also taught (Bio)-Macromolecules in 1* BAch Molecular Biomedical Science and MEdical imaging (MRI) in the 3* Bach Molecular Biomedical Science in the Transnational University Limburg (tUL) Unhasselt/Maastricht (2000-2009). His research was in the fields of polymer materials research and NMR micro imaging of rats and mice. He was promotor of more than 30 PhD students.

Priya Abhichandani, MPharm.

Priya Abhichandani, MPharm

Mrs. Abhichandani awarded a degree of Masters in Pharmacy (Quality assurance techniques) from the University of Pune (India) in 2013. Joined Caribbean Medical University in October 2014 as professor in General Chemisty. She is highly versed with teaching as a professor and lab research for innovative forms of drug delivery. Mrs. Abhichandani also have research experience at the National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR) at Pune for synthesis and development of polymeric nanoparticles for anti-tubercular drug Isoniazid. She earned the best poster award for the same at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research- Lucknow."

Dr. Uchenna Ndukwe

Dr. Uchenna Ndukwe MD.

Dr. Uchenna Ndukwe graduated from the University of PortHarcourt, Nigeria where he acquired his medical diploma in 2001. He completed one year of internship and did a mandatory one year of national service. He subsequently worked as a Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynecology; and General Medical Practice in Nigeria till 2009 when he moved to Grenada, West Indies.

In Nigeria, he also taught Clinical Skills to medical students.

He was in St Georges University, Grenada for three years. In that time, he did a fellowship in Pathology; worked as a faculty member in Pathology; and as a facilitator in basic medical sciences for USMLE preparatory classes in the Department of Educational Services, St Georges University, Grenada.

He has also taught basic medical sciences in Aruba. He is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates in the United States.

Dr. Ali M. Ayubi

Dr. Ali M. Ayubi MD. MSc. PhD.

Dr. Ali M. Ayubi graduated as a Medical Surgeon, in the Universidad del Zulia School of Medicine in 1985. He has completed Associate Addictions Studies & Advanced Addictions Studies in Counseling and received a Master of Science with a Major in Addictionology at Capitol University in 2001. He received his Doctorate in Medical Science at Universidad del Zulia School of Medicine in 2002.

He's received several awards during the course of his career and recently joined the faculty at Caribbean Medical University as a professor of Neuroscience and Organic Chemistry.

Dr. Marly Oosterhof

Dr. Marly Oosterhof MD.

Dr. Marly Oosterhof received her medical training at the Escuela Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas in Costa Rica where she graduated as “Doctora en Medicina y Cirugía”.

Her past work experiences include: ER Physician at the St. Maarten Medical Center in St. Maarten; Orthopedic Surgical Assistant at Ospedale di Comune Busto Arsizio and medical adviser for SAI Assicurazioni in Italy; she ran her own private practice as a family physician in Curaçao for 9 years and she worked as an Occupational Health Physician for 7 years.

She’s been a member of the Obesity Medicine Association since 2005. She’s currently working as a Coordinating Medical Adviser and has joined the staff of The Caribbean Medical University since 2015 as Professor of Physical Diagnosis.

Dr. Mark Hawkins

Dr. Mark Hawkins PhD.

Dr. Hawkins has a degree in Psychology.

He has been teaching and conducting research on Curaçao since 1994. He has taught Introductory Psychology, Behavioral Science, Clinical Ethics, Research Methods and Statistics. At CMU he teaches Behavioral Science, Clinical Ethics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is also a research coordinator.

Professor Ivan Moreno

Professor Ivan Moreno

Professor/ Facilitator Moreno has been teaching premed Calculus and Applied Math CMU since 2013. He has more than 40 years of managerial experience and has held positions on the Board of the Curacao Chamber of Commerce and has the Honorary Consul General of Belgium

He has completed much of his education in the United States, including a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. Professor Moreno has numerous awards and distinctions, including Royal condecoration and Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau, from H.R.M. Queen Beatriz of the Netherlands and Knight of the order of Leopold, from H.R.M. King Albert II of Belgium.

Dr. Olga Rodriguez

Dr. Olga Rodriguez, MD.

Dr. Rodriguez graduated with an MD Degree from University of Havana School of Medicine in 1988 and post-graduate certificate in Immunology in 1993 from the same University, she also got a Master's Degree in Bioethics in  2008.

In 1997 she completed a training in Pharmaco-epidemiology at the Catalan Institute of Pharmacology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Dr. Rodriquez worked as a researcher and as a research methodology and research ethics instructor at National Coordinator Centre of Clinical Trials (CENCEC) in Havana from 1993 till 2009.

Dr. Suneel Chhatre, PhD MCLD CLA

Dr. Suneel Chhatre, PhD MCLD CLA

Dr Suneel Chhatre is a board certified Medical Director for Clinical and Molecular Diagnostics. Dr. Chhatre received his PhD degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Microbiology from the Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee), which earned him a Best Research Scholar award and two patents. He was awarded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder to study metabolic evolution in PCP catabolizing microbes. 

He had worked as an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Biochemistry at the Eastern New Mexico University and the Medical University of America before becoming the Medical Director of Molecular Diagnostics.

Dr. Nicola Shaw, FBCS, CITP

Dr. Nicola Shaw, FBCS, CITP

Dr. Nicola Shaw, is the ESRI Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at the Health Informatics Institute at Algoma University (Ontario, Canada). She is also faculty with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and consequently holds cross appointments in the Medical Schools of both Lakehead and Laurentian Universities.

Further, she is adjunct faculty with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. She has been working in research for over 20 years and has extensively published and presented her work in a wide variety of health related domains. CMU students will have an opportunity to partake in research experience under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Shaw & Dr. Sunny Handa.

Dr. Marc Adajar, MD, FACS

Dr. Marc Adajar, MD, FACS

Dr. Adajar has joined CMU's Clinical Faculty as a Professor of Surgery. Dr. Adajar completed his first two years of General Surgery training in New York and completed his remaining three years in the University of Illinois – Metropolitan Group Hospital program in Chicago. Dr. Adajar continued on to specialty training for an additional year in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Since finishing his training in 2007, he has focused his practice in General Surgery and Trauma. Recently, Dr. Adajar has expanded his practice to include Robotic Surgery, allowing for a more precise minimally invasive surgical technique with the potential for minimizing the amount of incisions required for a safe, effective operation.

Dr. Rahul Kumar, MD.

Dr. Rahul Kumar, MD.

Dr. Rahul Kumar has graduated from the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Bihar in 2010. He has completed one year rotatory internship training at Vardhman Mahaveer Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, a claimed to be having the largest outpatient Department of Asian continent of approximately 7000 patients attending the hospital each day. He hold a post of house surgeon in department of Orthopaedics for one year at NMCH, Patna. Further ventures include cardiovascular care at Laxman Cardiac Care Centre, patna for one year in the leisure time.

Dr. Kumar has passed all steps of USMLE in order to get board certified in U.S. Having said this all, he has a good experience of teaching pre-medical and medical students and prepare them for the USMLE exams.

Dr. Sandesh Murali

Dr. Sandesh Murali , MD.

Dr. Murali graduated with an MD Degree from Yenepoya University Mangalore in 2009.

He has held a teaching position in anatomy in Rajiv Gandhi College of Dental Sciences, Bangalore, later worked for the Cardiovascular team at Wockhardt Hospitals. Further ventures included Primary Care in Manipal Cure and Care,Bangalore and Neurology at National Institute on Mental Health and Neurosciences. 

Dr. Murali has completed all the 3 steps of USMLE with an outstanding Step1 score of 246/99%.

Interests include Teaching and Research (has 2 papers due publication) and is currently working in the Anatomy/Embryology department.

Dr. Khalid  Jamil Malik

Dr. Khalid Jamil Malik, BSc. MD. MHA.

Prof (Dr) Khalid Jamil Malik BSc. MD. MHA. joined CMU faculty team from Chicago and took over the post of the Dean of Premedical sciences. Professor Malik graduated in general science in 1978. He graduated in medicine in 1983 and obtained his post graduate degree in medical sciences administration with honors from University of St. Francis, Chicago.

His extensive experiences as medical instructor and administrator at various positions during his extensive carrier  makes him suitable to support teaching program and administration at Caribbean Medical University.

Dr. Sanjay Raj, MD.

Dr. Sanjay Raj, MD.

Dr. Sanjay Raj is a pediatrician currently practising in Seattle. He is graduate of Ross University school of medicine and completed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island New York.

His research interests includes obesity, ADHD and developmental pediatrics. Medical and Physician assistant students from university of Washington school of medicine have done rotations with him.

Dr. Ann Mia, MD., Ph.D.

Dr. Ann Mia, MD., Ph.D.

Dr. Ann Mia is a licensed physician and surgeon in the States of Illinois and Florida. She has over 20 years experience in Chicago land area as practitioner in the field of internal medicine, in which she has a Ph.D. from nephrology.

She practices Ob/Gynecology through delivery, mainly at Norwegian American Hospital as a strong community leader and team member with patients of all ages, including infants. Dr. Mia has finished residency in Chicago at University of Illinois. She is currently involved in training clinical rotation students in the Chicago area and supports Caribbean Medical University as a visiting faculty member.

Dr. Marla Kushner, DO, FASAM, FSAHM

Dr. Marla Kushner, DO, FASAM, FSAHM

Dr. Marla Kushner graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan and completed an Adolescent/ Young Adult Medicine Fellowship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital and Rush-Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago.

After her fellowship Dr. Kushner began working with adolescent substance abuse facilities in Chicago and received certification in Addiction Medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a Diplomate in the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

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