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Speakers’ Bios – CNCDs Educational Symposium

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Professor Surujpal Teelucksingh MB.BS (Hons) UWI, Ph.D. (Edin), MBA (UWI), FRCP 

Professor Teelucksingh graduated with Honours in Medicine from the University of the West Indies in 1982, obtained his MRCP (UK) in 1988, a Ph.D. from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1995 and an MBA in 1998 from the University of the West Indies.

Professor Teelucksingh’s research interest lies in Metabolic Medicine which spans the full spectrum from basic science to clinical as well as public health medicine. His basic science research focuses on the interaction between diabetes and cardiac disease in the metabolic syndrome. In addition, he leads research is in the identification and treatment of diabetes in children and the early identification and treatment of diabetes in pregnancy. He was Project Lead in the execution of an Inter American Development Bank Regional Public Good Project that unites the Caribbean in its battle against a common enemy- chronic non-communicable diseases- through the development and sharing of common methodologies for intervention, data capture, and warehousing. He has chaired a Cabinet-appointed Technical Advisory Committee that reported to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago ( 2008-2011) on strategies to combat chronic diseases.

Dr. Gerard Antoine MD, MBA, FAAPMR Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Diplomate ABPMR American Board Certified

Dr. Antoine was born in Trinidad & Tobago and attended Arima Boys Roman Catholic School and Holy Cross College in Arima. He immigrated to the United States in 1978. Dr. Antoine completed his undergraduate B.S. Biology degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Medical Doctorate Degree from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. in 1998. Dr. Antoine completed his internship in family medicine at Howard University Hospital and his residency training at The National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is American Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Antoine is a retired United States Army Medical Corp Officer with 31 years of military service and is a combat veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He is the President of Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad (CMPPA) a (US non-profit organization). Dr. Antoine returned to Trinidad & Tobago to establish The Rehabilitation Hospital of The Caribbean and The Stroke & Diabetes Center. He holds faculty positions at California Southern University and University of Southern Caribbean

Mr. Davlin Thomas, Chief Executive Officer NCRHA

Davlin Thomas has had extensive experience harvesting synergies in leadership positions that require a sensitivity to the implications of diversity whilst managing multiple streams of interests and specialties, he has been the Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago contingent for Carifesta IX where he also served as Artistic Director and Producer for Trinidad and Tobago Production on two occasions (Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago). He is the Vice Chairman of the National Carnival Commission and a member of the management committee for CARIFESTA 2019 (Cabinet Appointment).

Davlin Thomas has been involved in the Health Sector beginning as a Customer Service Representative, Supervisor Customers Services, Business Manager, Complex Administrator, Project Expeditor, Hospital Manager, Chief Operating Officer and subsequently, Chief Executive Officer.

Davlin possesses a Masters in Business Administration; for his Master’s Dissertation, he researched the utilization of organizational transformation processes (change management) as a basis for the implementation of a new system, procedures, and processes. Davlin Thomas is a systems thinker with considerable experience in Quality Improvement.

Consequently, he utilizes a systematic approach to continuous improvement at the NCRHA which has generated significant results, In addition, Davlin utilizes complexity management and disruptive innovation models as he engages the emerging future of the NCRHA


Dr. Henry Bailey


Henry Bailey has lectured in economics, quantitative methods and applied economics courses at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business since 2010, where he currently holds the position of Subject Area Group Leader for Finance and Economics. He has a PhD in economics from the University of the West Indies. He also has BSc and MSc degrees in economics and an MBA. He has published in several international journals in the areas of utility theory, health economics, statistical methods in medical research, and health outcomes research, he has presented at various research forums in Health Economics and Development, and he lectures in economics and statistics in the Department of Economics, the University of the West Indies and other level institutions in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Bailey is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Health Economics at UWI, St. Augustine Campus. He is an article reviewer for economics and health economics journals including Value in Health, Quality of Life Research, the European Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Health Economics and Outcomes Research. He is a member of the EuroQol Research Foundation, and a founding member of the Global Health Delivery Network of Harvard University. He led the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business team that conducted the Trinidad and Tobago Annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Reports since from 2011 to 2014. In 2013 Dr. Bailey received the Quality in Tertiary Education Award for Academic and Applied Research from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago and in 2014 he received the NGC-UWI Award for the most Outstanding Researcher in the Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts at UWI.  Prior to his career in academia, he worked for over 25 years at Johnson & Johnson in the pharmaceutical and medical device businesses in the Caribbean and Central America.

Dr. Semira Gopie

  • Dr. Gopie completed medical school at the University of the West Indies.
  • She is certified by the United States’ ECFMG (Educational Commission for foreign medical graduates).
  • Dr. Gopie completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Johns’ Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, with specialization in Internal Medicine.
  • Dr. Gopie served as a clinical fellow at the Henry Ford Hospital / Wayne State University Michigan, with a further sub-specialization in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.


Dr. Desiree Murray

Dr. Desirée Murray is an Ophthalmologist and Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She was awarded a scholarship by the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium to study Masters in Public Health for Eye Care (MPHEC) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Murray is the chairperson of The Volunteers for World Sight Day, a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization which was formed in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 and which is dedicated to raising awareness about the causes of preventable blindness. She is also a past secretary/treasurer of the Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies (OSWI) and co-founder of the West Indian Society of Glaucoma Surgeons (WINGS). Her main goal is to continue working towards the elimination of avoidable visual impairment and blindness in adults and children, through the development, implementation, and promotion of National Eye Health programmes. Particular areas of concern include cataract blindness, blindness from diabetic retinopathy and blindness due to open-angle glaucoma in adults and uncorrected refractive errors, retinopathy of prematurity and trauma in children. Universal and equitable access to eye care is the ultimate goal.


Iovank Gonzalez Artiles

  • A medical doctor since 1999, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Havana.
  • Specialist in Family Medicine in 2002. Faculty of Medical Sciences, Havana.
  • Specialist in Cardiology in 2007. Faculty of Medical Sciences, Havana. Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Havana.
  • Experience as Family Doctor in Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela.
  • Experience as Cardiologist in Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Havana since 2007.
  • Editor of the Cuban Journal of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, from 2010 to 2011.
  • Since 2012 Aggregate Researcher. Ministry of Health. Cuba.
  • Several publications in The Internet Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Women´s Health, Cuban Journal of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Cuban Journal of Internal Medicine, Mexican Journal of Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery.

Ms. Anjanie Sonny


  •  Keen interest in the development of the clinical pharmacy specialty through continuing education and training.
  •  To establish a better working relationship between pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in the public sector.
  • To support and enforce the laws that govern the practice of pharmacy in both the private and public sector.




Education and Qualifications

  •  2016-2017      University College of London (UCL)
  • Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy (MSc. CPIPP) (Distinction)
  •  2009-2013 University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
  •  Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) degree in pharmacy (First Class Honors)


Academic Honors and Awards

  •  Graduated with first class honors in BSc. Pharmacy
  •  Class valedictorian BSc. Pharmacy degree (class of 2013) and the Caribbean Examination Council (Class of 2005)
  •  Nominee for Valedictorian of the faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies.
  •  Recipient of a national scholarship to pursue pharmacy undergraduate degree at the University of the West Indies
  •  Recipient of a national scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies )


Employment History

  • 2018 February- Present
  • South West Regional Health Authority/Ministry of Education
  • 2014 February- August 2016
  • South West Regional Health Authority

Ms. Nichelle Superville


Nichelle is a third generation pharmacist that graduated in 2016 with a BSc. in Pharmacy. I am currently employed at SWRHA but worked in TRHA for 1 year, where I was placed on a team for Antibiotic Stewardship Retrospective Research at Canaan Health Centre, August 2017. I am a certified real estate agent and Shotokan instructor. I love attending public workshops: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and represented UWI, St Augustine at UWI Games in Jamaica, 2016.





Ms. Dianne Bernadette Charles


God-fearing, meticulous Professional adept in Nutrition & Dietetics. Thirty –seven (37) years experience in hospital & community-based health facilities in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean.

A graduate of Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, Aberdeen Scotland and a Registered Dietitian of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Past President of both local & Caribbean nutrition & dietetic Associations.

A certified breastfeeding counselor, an advanced communicator with Toastmasters International, computer literate with basic research skills. A passion for the game of cricket and an addiction for the game of chess.


Ms. Leana Huntley

Leana Huntley is the Clinical Director/Podiatrist – Almawi Limited The Holistic Clinic. She holds a BSc (Hons) Business Management, Anglia Ruskin University; and a BSc (Hons) Podiatry, Teesside University, UK. The writer of the weekly Express column Foot Health with Leana Huntley, in 2017 she was appointed Clinical Director-Fit Feet, Special Olympics T&T, having been trained by Special Olympics International. Currently completing a Diabetes Educator programme, she just began the Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) programme and will be commencing her MSc Diabetes in September 2018.

Ms. Huntley holds membership in the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (UK); the Health & Care Professions Council (UK); the Diabetes Foot Centre Group (USA); and the Diabetes Association T&T. She plans to impact the country via preventing or managing lower limb problems, one pair of feet at a time.


Dr. Rian Extavour

Dr. Rian Marie Extavour, B.Sc. Pharm, M.Sc. (Clinical Pharmacy, Aberdeen UK), PgCert (Univ Teaching & Learning, UWI), M.Sc. (Pharmacovigilance & Pharmacoepidemiology, Bordeaux France), Ph.D. (Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, Athens, GA USA), RPh

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice; Associate Dean Public Relation




Dr. Boris Mohammed

Dr. Mohammed’s  range of certification from being an American Board Certified Nephrologist, as well as Board Certified in Internal Medicine (USA), with also being the holder of a Trinidad and Tobago Medical License (Internal Medicine and Specialist Registration), and a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (USA)(Part 1 & 2) as well as the Federation Licensure Examination (FLEX) and ECFMG Certificate (Valid Indefinitely). With his many Titles and experience ranging from Senior Registrar and Consultant Ag, at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, MT. Hope Hospital Trinidad and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Medical Sciences Faculty of Medical Sciences University of the West Indies to his present position of Section Head of Nephrology Services and Consultant Nephrologist at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex Mt. Hope Hospital, Trinidad and Interviewer at the St. George’s University, School of Medicine St. George’s, Grenada. Dr. Mohammed has been a leader and powerful advocate for the advancement of kidney care in Trinidad and Tobago for the past 18 years. His dedication to improving both clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients with CKD and ESRD has resulted in a number of innovations that have benefited many and advance the standard of care.


Dr. Samuel Shafe

Dr. Samuel Shafe is currently attached to the North West Regional Health Authority as Consultant Psychiatrist for Sector 1B and a lecturer in psychiatry at the University of the West Indies. He has many publications to his name.

This area covers a population of about 200 000 persons.

Dr. Shafe completed is medical degrees from the following universities: The University of Lagos in Nigeria, University of the West Indies, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is specialized in adult, and child and adolescent mental health.

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