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.
Linda 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.
Frances 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.
Mignonette 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.
Paula 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.
Margaret Anderson, PhD
Dr. Anderson was awarded her PhD from Stanford University followed by postdoctoral studies at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, Harvard University, and the University of Puerto Rico. She is Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences at Smith College and Professor of Physiology at Trinity where she also serves as the discipline chair. Dr. Anderson is an avid teacher and student advocate. Her most recent publication, Animal Physiology, is in its 4th edition. She is one of six founding members of the Consortium of Medical Schools and Women’s Colleges.
Eric Audain, DVM, PhD
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.
Komal B Gurung, MBBS, MD
Instructor, Clinical Education
Dr. Gurung in an Instructor in Clinical Education. He completed medical school and internship at the College of Medical Sciences in Nepal. He worked as a Medical Officer in a rural area of Nepal through the Ministry of Health for two years as service for his medical school scholarship. He then completed his residency training in General Surgery from the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Kathmandu, Napal. He was a general laparoscopic surgeon at the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Kathmandu before joining Trinity in 2017. His areas of research are clinical research and medical education.
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. She 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
Assistant Professor, Physiology
Dr. Modna is an Assistant 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.
Hari Nepal, MD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology
Dr. Nepal is an Assistant 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.
Juanna Osborne, DDS
Dr. Osborne is an Instructor in several undergraduate courses, including Anatomy and Introduction to Psychology. She received her DDS degree from the Higher Institute of Medical Science at the University of Havana, Cuba. She completed a 3-year residency in oral and facial maxillary surgery. She in a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Osborne joined Trinity in 2017.
Raju Panta, MBBS, MD
Assistant Professor, Physiology
Dr. Panta is an Assistant Professor of Physiology. He earned his medical degrees in basic and clinical pathology in Nepal. He was awarded a Certificate of Expertise in Electrophysiology after completion of his doctorate thesis during his residency. His research was in the area of diabetes mellitus where he studied electrophysiological evidence of peripheral and central neuropathies in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients before they developed features of neuropathy. Since joining Trinity, Dr. Panta has received several teaching awards.
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.