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.
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.
Frances C. Purcell, Ph.D., M.S.
Provost - Dean
Dr. Frances C. Purcell comes to Trinity School of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia - Augusta University campus where she served as assistant dean of curriculum and increased campus enrollment. It was here where she spearheaded the nation’s first and only student-driven medical response disaster unit to help relieve communities seeking immediate medical attention after tragedy strikes. Dr. Purcell received an award for her devotion to assisting those in need with a quick “response ready” team of residents, medical students, and physicians by the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Dr. Purcell’s education includes a Ph.D. in Education Leadership in Higher Education from Mercer University in Macon, GA. She also holds an M.S. degree in Psychology with a focus in Neuropsychology from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.
Prior to joining our institution of higher learning, Dr. Purcell’s additional career highlights include working to end homelessness in Savannah, GA at Union Mission, Inc. where she served as president and CEO, serving as an assistant director for academic program development at Mercer University’s School of Medicine, and working as the assistant director of the Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Community Medicine. Assistant Working Women in Need (AWWIN), a non-profit organization, honored Dr. Purcell as a philanthropic leader in their 2011 Top Ten Working Women of Savannah honoree list.
Frances Jack-Edwards, MD
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs - Associate Professor
Dr. Jack-Edwards 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 as an associate professor.
Mignonette Relatado-Sotto, MD
Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education - Associate Professor
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.
Marc T Zubrow, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM
Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Clerkships - Professor of Internal Medicine
A graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA., Dr. Zubrow completed his internal medicine residency and completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care. Leadership experience includes serving as director of MICU at Christiana Hospital, ICU at Wilmington Hospital, and many other clinical teams, receiving national recognition for his work.
Prior to joining Trinity, Dr. Zubrow was associate professor of medicine and vice president of tele-Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition to his academic duties, he led the development and implementation of the University of Maryland eCare program, providing critical care coverage to 11 hospitals throughout the state of Maryland. He has also co-authored 50+ scientific papers and abstracts. Dr. Zubrow has served as ACCP governor for the state of Delaware as well as on a variety of committees at both local and national levels. He was the chairperson of the tele-ICU committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine 2012-2013. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, and American College of Critical Care Medicine.
Najla Abdur-Rahman, MD, FAAP
Clinical Chair, Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Najla serves as a clinical preceptor for Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland pediatric residents programs. She is also an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing where she trains nurses in primary care pediatrics. Dr. Najla is a fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Maryland State Medical Society. She has an interest in patient and parent education especially breastfeeding education and community outreach.
Dr. Najla did her Pediatric Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and obtained her M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her B.S. degree with high honors in Mathematical Sciences & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering.
Aliya Jones, MD
Clinical Chair, Professor of Psychiatry
W. Peter Geis, MD
Clinical Chair, Professor of Surgery
Dr. Geis is chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northwest Hospital and is one of the Pioneers of Laparoscopic Surgery in the United States. He also heads the MIS Fellowship Program. Dr. Geis is wound care certified by The National Alliance of Wound Care. Dr. Geis graduated from Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago. He interned in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago and was a resident at Loyola University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in transplantation and was chief of transplantation for many years.
Dr. Geis is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and a member of 39 surgical societies including The American College of Surgeons, Founders of Laparoscopic Surgery, American Society for General Surgeons, and is a past President of the Society for Laparoscopic Surgery.
Daljeet Singh Saluja, MD
Clinical Chair, Professor of Family Medicine
Dr. Daljeet Saluja is a board-certified family medicine physician dedicated to providing patients with compassionate, thorough medical care. Dr. Saluja is board certified in hospice and palliative care, and is also is a certified wound care physician. Dr. Saluja is active in the broader Baltimore medical community, serving in the following roles: chief of family medicine at Maryland General Hospital, medical director of Keswick Multicare Center, and of course, his role with Trinity. Previous experience includes Ross University School of Medicine.
Dr. Majebi Mayor, MD, PC, FACOG, JD
Clinical Chair, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
An experienced OB/GYN with 23 years of practice seeing patients between ages 12-95, Dr. Mayor is a graduate of Howard University School of Medicine, eventually joining Howard University Hospital as OB/GYN director of undergraduate studies as well as a director of the Providence clinic for OB/GYN studies. Dr. Mayor ultimately came to chair the OB/GYN department while serving as an associate professor at Howard. In addition to overseeing a company that contracts PAs to area hospitals in need, she has pursued and attained her law degree, better equipping her to guide hospitals and medical practices in areas of compliance and patient care through her deep understanding of both areas.
This expertise in all facets of academic, medical, and administrative areas of healthcare has Dr. Mayor uniquely suited to mentoring Trinity's students.
Dr. Kinjal N. Sheth, MD
Clinical Chair, Professor of Internal Medicine
Eric Audain, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Dr. Audain is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He received his DVM training at Agrary University in Havana, Cuba. After practicing for two years, he completed international training in foreign animal disease diagnoses in the US. He completed his PhD in animal disease risk analysis and management in Cuba. Dr. Audain joined Trinity in 2012.
Marcus Caine, MS
Instructor, Community and Behavioral Sciences
Mr. Caine is an Instructor in the undergraduate and medical degree program. He earned a bachelor of science (BSc) at the University of the West Indies and a master of science (MSc) degree at the University of London. He has been a successful instructor in mathematics, physics, statistics, and epidemiology. He leads the Caribbean Examination Council and serves as a consultant for statistical issues for numerous research projects. He is a member of the National Accreditation Board in St. Vincent.
Lina Díaz, MD, PhD
Dr. Diaz is Professor of Anatomy and serves as the discipline chair. She received her PhD in Anatomy at the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences in Havana, Cube after completing her MD degree at the Universidad de Oriente in Cuba and two Specialist Degrees in Human Anatomy through the Ministry of Public Health in Cuba. She held several academic positions in Cuba before moving to schools other schools in the Caribbean and joining Trinity in 2013. She has tutored many student research projects and has been a member and/or Chair of the Board of several 1st Degree Specialization Exams of Anatomy. Her research interests are maternal and fetal nutrition. She has been received an Outstanding Teaching Award from students.
Frank Fitzpatrick, PhD
Dr. Fitzpatrick is Professor of Pharmacology and discipline chair. He received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry for the University of Massachusetts. Prior to entering an academic career, Dr. Fitzpatrick was a successful research scientist at Vick Research & Development, The UpJohn Company, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. Previous academic appointments include the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He has earned the respect of his students who have bestowed six teaching awards on him. His research interests are in the area of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in arthritis and pain: cardiovascular safety; diet, inflammation and colorectal cancer; and public health and pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV in high risk groups. He has published 136 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 26 book chapters.
Jeanette France, BA
Instructor, Communication and Behavioral Sciences
Mrs. France is an Instructor of communication skills. She received a diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies and a bachelor of arts in English and history at the University College of the West Indies in Jamaica and London. She has extensive teaching experience and authored several modules for training teachers. She has been the advisor for three books and co-author of another.
Jamil Ibrahim, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Dr. Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education. He received his MD degree from the Mathias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine at Southwestern University in Cebu City, Philippines. He completed residency training in both clinical pathology and internal medicine. Prior to joining Trinity in 2014, Dr. Ibrahim was part of a multispecialty practice in St. Vincent. His area of research is peripheral neuropathy among diabetic patients in St. Vincent. He has received multiple teaching awards.
Dragan Jovanovic, MD, PhD
Dr. Jovanovic is Professor of Pathology. He received his MD degree from the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia. He earned a MS in immunology prior to completing his PhD at the University of Belgrade. Following these, he completed postgraduate training at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris and then became a research scientist for INSERM in Nice. His academic experience spans more than 10 years and includes appointments at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and two Caribbean medical schools prior to joining Trinity in 2013. His research interests are immunopathology, lymphomas and leukemias, rheumatology, and medical education. He has published 70 manuscripts and abstracts.
Miguel Miyares, MD, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Genetics and Physiology
Dr. Miyares is Professor of Biochemistry and serves as discipline chair. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences in Havana, Cuba after completing his MD degree at the Universidad de Oriente in Cuba and two Specialist Degrees in Clinical Biochemistry through the Ministry of Public Health in Cuba. He held several academic positions in Cuba before moving to schools other schools in the Caribbean and joining Trinity in 2013. He held several academic positions in Cuba before moving to schools other schools in the Caribbean and joining Trinity in 2013. Dr. Miyares has held many administrative titles during his career including director, department chairman, vice dean for faculty, acting dean, and dean. He has mentored many graduate students during his career. His research interests are in the area of nutrition and fetal maturity.
Manish Mishra, PhD
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Genetics
Manish Mishra, PhD – Dr. Mishra is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics and Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences. He has more than 15 years of academic experience. He earned his PhD in 2010 Banaras Hindu University in India and completed postgraduate training at U.G.C. in the delayed wound healing in diabetes. Dr. Mishra has published more than 40 articles in international publishers. He is editorial board member and reviewer of numerous International Journals. His expertise in medical biochemistry and genetics teaching earned him Best Professor awards several times from students. To recognize his academic accomplishments Dr. Mishra was honored with the Chieftaincy Title “Ugwumba 1 of Nigeria” by His Royal Highness, Eze Luke Echefula Onweremadu, Ochuhu I of the Umuchulu Autonomous community, Government of Imo State of Nigeria
Yuliya Modna, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Physiology
Dr. Modna is an associate professor of physiology. She received her MD degree at Lugansk State Medical University. Following postgraduate training she completed her PhD in medical physiology also at Lugansk State Medical University. Her research interests are the physiology and morphology of solid phase of biological fluids and the impact of circadian rhythms in time management organization among students.
Dr. Kathryn Murray, PhD
Fellow in Physiology, Instructor
Hari Nepal, MD
Associate Professor, Microbiology
Dr. Nepal is an associate professor of microbiology. He completed earned his MD followed by residency training in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. After residency, he joined Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, a tertiary care hospital of central Nepal as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and worked there until he joined Trinity School of Medicine. He is an experience teacher in several teaching modalities. He serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals. His research interests are antimicrobial resistance, infectious diseases, and medical education. He has 26 publications. He has receive teaching awards from students in terms 3 and 4.
Rama Nepal-Paudel BDS, MD
Assistant Professor, Microbology
Amrie Morris-Patterson, MBBS, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Morris-Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery and Doctor of Medicine in Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She was subsequently employed as the supervising physician in the public mental health system in St. Vincent. After her eight-years as senior registrar and consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Morris-Patterson accepted a position at TSOM as a lecturer in Behavioral Science and a clinical skills instructor. In addition to teaching, she is passionate about youth development and can be found as a regular facilitator at youth leadership training sessions and camps.
Keshab Paudel, MBBS, MD
Assistant Professor Pharmacology
Dr. Paudel is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology. He completed MD and residency in Pharmacology at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal. He has been actively involved in teaching and research activities for more than 11 years with 9 additional years of academic experience. Prior to joining Trinity, Dr. Paudel was a faculty member at Kathmandu Medical College and Chitwan Medical College in Nepal. His research interests are medical education and neuropharmacology. He has published 40 manuscripts and abstracts in peer-reviewed national and international journals and abstract books, and also has served as a peer reviewer in national and international scientific biomedical journals. He has also authored a book of Pharmacology.
Bernadette Scott, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine
Dr. Scott is Assistant Dean for Assessment and Assistant Professor of Clinical Education. She received her MD from St. George’s University in Grenada. She conducted research in the United Kingdom on chronic fatigue syndrome before returning to practice at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in St. Vincent. Dr. Scott is an instructor for BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Her research interests include both clinical and academic projects.
Binu Shrestha, MBBS, MD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Dr. Shrestha is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at the Kathmandu University College of Medical Sciences in Nepal. She worked two years in the Emergency and Pediatric departments prior to entering a residency program in basic and clinical physiology at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal. Dr. Shrestha was at the Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences before setting up her own neurophysiology lab at Madhyapur Hospital. In 2014, she was the only candidate selected for neuroscience training at Monash University in Malaysia. Her research interests are neurophysiology, electrophysiology, and medical education.
Ranjan Solanki, MBBS, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Dr. Solanki is an Associate Professor of Pathology. He received his M.B.B.S. from GSVM Medical College and his M.D. in Pathology from LLRM Medical College before becoming Senior Resident Pathologist at PGIMS. He joined Department of Pathology as an Assistant Professor at MMC. Besides teaching Pathology to graduates and undergraduate students, Dr. Solanki has been involved in Clinical Pathology, Histopathology, Cytopathology and Hematology. He moved to Medical University of the Americas as an Associate Professor in 2014 before joining Trinity in 2016. Dr. Solanki’s research interests are hematology, cytopathology (exfoliative, lymphoid system) and histopathology. He has authored many publications, and his recent publication is Gastrointestinal stromal tumors: Three decades of lessons.
Wezenet Tewodros, PhD
Dr. Tewodros is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and discipline chair. She began her teaching career as a Lecturer at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, the same University where she had earned both her BSc. and MSc. degrees in Biology. After nearly ten years of teaching Biology/Microbiology she left to pursue her PhD in Microbiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Her research area focused on Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes and has several publications in these areas. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Tewodros joined the University of Asmara, Eritrea. In addition to her academic career, she had held administrative posts of various capacities including the office of the Director of Academic Affairs at the University of Asmara. In 2002, Dr. Tewodros was granted a research fellowship from the Swedish Institute and spent a year as a Visiting Scientist at the Karolinska Institute. She then took on a post doctorate position at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, in 2003. Since 2005 she has been teaching Microbiology and Immunology at the US off-shore medical schools in the Caribbean. In 2010, she joined her current position at Trinity School of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies.
Appolonia Nankya-Williams, MS
Ms. Williams is an Instructor and serves as the Librarian for Trinity Health Sciences University. She earned a bachelor of library and information science from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She then earned a diploma in Human Resource Management and a master in management studies (MMS) at Makerere University. She has served as a freelance researcher, management consultant, and worked with electronic records management. Prior to joining Trinity in 2016, Ms. Williams held six years’ experience as a librarian in Uganda.
Iuliia Zhuravlova, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Anatomy
Dr. Zhuravlova is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology. After graduating from Lugansk State Medical University in the Ukraine, she began working as a senior laboratory assistant in the Department of Operative Surgery and Clinical Anatomy. She entered a postgraduate program in normal human anatomy at LSMU in 2008, at the same time started working as a part time assistant professor of the Department of Operative Surgery and Clinical Anatomy. In 2011, Dr. Zhuravlova was awarded her PhD degree in normal human anatomy. From 2011 was working as a full time assistant professor of the Department of Operative Surgery and Clinical Anatomy and served as research chair for the department. A year later she was appointed vice dean of foreign students’ faculty. Dr. Zhuravlova joined Trinity in 2014. Her research interests are the ventricular system of the human brain and medical education. She has authored 25 scientific articles and has 15 patents.