Trinity School of Medicine Faculty

At Trinity School of Medicine, we provide our students with a scientific foundation for further medical education and equip each student for a lifetime of learning, research, and/or clinical care and community service. Our faculty is comprised of full-time and part-time experts who present the foundations of medicine. In addition, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and clinical staff have become an integral part of our team and are significant contributors to our success.
We are proud to have some of the finest educators from the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and around the globe as our distinguished faculty.Trinity School of Medicine

Full Time Faculty and Advisors


W. Douglas Skelton, MD


Following graduation from Emory University School of Medicine and a psychiatric residency at Columbia in New York, Dr. Skelton returned to Emory where he was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. During his Emory years he served as Chief of Psychiatry at Grady Hospital and then as Medical Director of the Georgia Mental Health Institute. From 1974 to 1980 he served Georgia as Director of Mental Health under Governor Jimmy Carter and as Commissioner of Health and Human Services for Governor George Busbee.

He then returned to Emory as Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. He later assumed additional duties at Emory as Vice President for Government Relations of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center. He served as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council during the Carter Administration.

Dr. Skelton served as Dean of the Mercer University School of Medicine from 1985 to 2002 and as Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs from 2002 to 2004. Active with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Skelton served as a member of the Generalist Physician Task Force, which has called for major changes in medical education to produce more generalist physicians. Since leaving Mercer in 2004, Dr. Skelton has served as the director of the Coastal Health District in Georgia. In 2012 he received the Community Physician of the Year Award from the Medical Association of Georgia, and in 2014 the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.

Video: Chancellor Skelton's Goals for Trinity 


linda_cropped-491814-edited.jpgLinda Adkison, MS, PhD


Dr. Linda Adkison’s career spans active roles in education as a medical educator, researcher, and administrator.  As a geneticist, she earned the rank of professor with tenure for her funded research in both pedagogy and genetics. She earned her BS and MS from Georgia Southern University, and a PhD from Texas A&M University with postgraduate training at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME. Additional training and fellowships were through the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program, the Harvard Macy Institute, AAMC, and FAIMER.     

Dr. Adkison has published more than 80 manuscripts and abstracts in respected journals such as Medical Science Educator, Medical Education Development, Science and Education, The Journal of Hand Surgery, Cytogenetics and Cellular Genetics, American Surgeon, and Journal of Endocrinology. She has authored one book and co-authored another for medical students; the former has been translated and is used by students in several countries. As a respected member of the profession she serves as an accreditation site evaluator for US and international schools as well as a question writer and panel reviewer for NBME and NBOME.

Organizational memberships have included the American Society of Human Genetics, American College of Medical Genetics, Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Society of Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (Women Educators in Science and Healthcare). Through her career, Dr. Adkison has actively participated at the national level in many areas to promote women in medicine, healthcare in medically underserved areas, and scientific inquiry among pre-college and college undergraduates.  She has served on several boards and is currently a Director on the Swope Health Services Board in Kansas City.

Dr Frances Jack-Edwards, Trinity School of MedicineFrances Jack-Edwards, MD

Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs

Dr. Jack hails from St. Vincent and completed her pre-medical program and her MD program at St. Georges University School of Medicine in 2003. She completed an internship at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown, St. Vincent in 2005 and was certified as a medical practitioner with the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2006. She has taught at the Girl's High School in St. Vincent and has served as a District Medical Officer in the Cedars and Mesopotamia districts and as a Medical Officer, A&E Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. From January 2007 to February 2008 she served as a Clinical Tutor at St. Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada. In addition to her duties as Dean of Students, Dr. Jack teaches in the Introduction to Clinical and Community Medicine course.

Dr. Mignonette Relatado-Sotto, Trinity School of MedicineMignonette Relatado-Sotto, MD

Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education

Dr. Sotto was awarded the MD degree from the Cebu Institute of Medicine (Philippines) in 1991. She completed a post-graduate internship in the Philippines and served as a resident physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1993 – 2001. From 2001 to 2004 she served as a senior medical officer at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and from 2005 -2007 she was a clinical tutor for students at the Kingstown Medical College. From 2007 to 2008 she was a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pharmacology at St. George's University prior to joining the faculty of Trinity as course director of Introduction to Clinical Medicine.

Dr. Paula D. Wilson, Trinity School of MedicinePaula Dessauer Wilson, MD, MPH

Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Clerkships

Paula Dessauer Wilson, MD, MPH received her BS degree in Biology from Emory University, MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia and her MPH from Mercer University.  She has served as Associate Director of Pediatric Research at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia; Executive Director of the Savannah Behavioral Health Collaborative and Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Sciences at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia. Most recently she has served as Executive Director of the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council (CCSNPC) and the Director of ChathamHealthLink, a community-based health information exchange. Dr. Wilson brings her experience in the management of community health initiatives and her understanding of the value of Health Information Technology in improving population health to prepare Trinity School of Medicine graduates for the newly evolving practice of medicine.

Richard N Scott, MD, FICS

Dean of Clinical Clerkships Baltimore/D.C.
Professor of Surgery

Dr. Richard N. Scott, M.D., FICS is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine. He is the founder and former surgeon-in-chief of The Washington Cardiovascular Institute in Washington, DC. A longstanding, prominent member of the mid-Atlantic medical community, his general surgery internship (PGY1) and assistant residency (PGY2) were completed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. His junior, senior, and chief year residencies were completed at the NYU Medical Center in NYC.

Dr. Scott is a member in good standing of seventeen separate professional and academic organizations including the International Society for Endovascular Surgery, the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, the American Thoracic Society, the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, The International College of Surgeons, the American and National Medical Associations and a fellow in The American Colleges of Angiology, Chest Physicians, and Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Scott worked with Dr. Wilson and the clerkship coordinator to establish, and continues to direct, ACGME approved core and elective clerkships for Term 6-10 students training in Baltimore.  In this role, he oversees student orientations, attendance and reporting, lectures on a variety of clinical topics, manages communications with clinical faculty and contributes his expertise and experience to cement relationships between TSOM and clinical entities.

Eric Audain, DVM, PhD

Instructor, Biochemistry

Marcus Caine, MS

Instructor, Community and Behavioral Sciences

Lina Díaz, MD, PhD

Professor, Anatomy

Frank Fitzpatrick, PhD

Professor, Pharmacology

Jeanette France, BA 

Instructor, Communication and Behavioral Sciences

Jamil Ibrahim, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Dragan Jovanovic, MD, PhD

Professor, Pathology

Miguel Miyares, MD, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry, Genetics and Physiology

Manish Mishra, PhD

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Genetics

Yuliya Modna, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology

Hari Nepal, MD

Assistant Professor, Microbiology

Juanna Osborne, DDS


Raju Panta, MBBS, MD

Assistant Professor, Physiology

Amrie Morris-Patterson, MBBS, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Keshab Paudel, MBBS, MD

Assistant Professor Pharmacology

Bernadette Scott, MD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine

Binu Shrestha, MBBS, MD

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Ranjan Solanki, MBBS, MD

Associate Professor, Pathology

Wezenet Tewodros, PhD

Professor, Microbiology

Appolonia Williams, MS

Assistant Librarian

Iuliia Zhuravlova, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Anatomy