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. Jackson is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and was on their Research Committee for Telepsychiatry where he helped create their Practice Parameter for Telepsychiatry. As one of only 103 Full Members of the Club of Rome worldwide, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from around the world and speak in many places, including Vatican City.

He is an active member of Rotary International, which emphasizes “Service above Self,” which he exemplifies through his humanitarian work. He has been a Genomics/Genetics Abstract Reviewer for the American Public Health Association since 2009. He has given lectures about the book he coauthored, “Future of the Western Hemisphere” at the National Academies of Science and in several countries. 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.


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.


Dr. Rex Haberman is Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at CMU. He received his MD degree is from the University of Nebraska and completed residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Wisconsin.

He is American Board Certified in Otolaryngology. Previously, he was Chair, Allina Health Department of Otolaryngology in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one of the top 5 largest healthcare organizations in the USA. Dr Haberman’s department worked out of 6 hospitals and 13 clinics. Also, Dr Haberman practiced otolaryngology for 36 years and performed over 15,000 surgeries in his career.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Fellow of the American Neurotology Society, and is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. At CMU, he is responsible for all academic activities, including curriculum, faculty and student academic related activities.


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.


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. 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 is the Co-Director of Clinical Medicine.


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.


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. Laura Varela graduated as a Medical Surgeon in the “Universidad Central de Venezuela” School of Medicine in 2005. She did a Residency Program in Ophthalmology and a Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology.

As a medicine student she was part of the staff of the Physiology Department as a Tutor Ad Honorem for 2 years. As an ophthalmologist she taught Pediatric Ophthalmology to the Residents at the Hospital until 2014. She started teaching Pathology in Aruba in 2015 and then moved to Curacao where she is currently Professor of Pathology at the Caribbean Medical University.


Lisa Pegram, MFA is an internationally published writer and educator.

She has over 20 years experience teaching the literary arts and designing innovative arts education programming for such organizations as: Smithsonian, Studio Theater, National Geographic and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
She is the author of poetry chapbook, Cracked Calabash (Central Square Press, 2015) contributing author of The Next Verse Mixtape Vol. 1 (Central Square Press, 2016.)
Awards and honors include: Larry Neal Writer’s Award Finalist; Uplifting Human Values Award, Art of Living Foundation; International Women’s Conference Co-Chair; DC Mayor’s Arts Award for “Outstanding Emerging Artist.”


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 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. 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 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 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.