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Dr. Vishal Bahall, Chair, CGCS
Dr. Vishal Bahall completed his medical training at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine and subsequently completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (MRCOG). Dr. Bahall further sub-specialised in Gynaecological Oncology with a fellowship from the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology. He is also an accredited colposcopist from the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP). Dr. Bahall is very keen on improving minimally invasive surgery in gynae-oncology as well as advanced cytoreductive surgery for ovarian cancer in Trinidad and Tobago. He currently works as a Consultant Gynae-Oncologist at San Fernando General Hospital, South West Regional Health Authority where his department now offers laparoscopic radical hysterectomy, laparoscopic pelvic and para-aortic node dissection as well as advanced cyto-reductive surgery.
Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP
Dr. Gopeesingh MP is a gynecologic oncologist, and has worked extensively in the field of medicine in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally over the last 40 Years. He was an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine up to 2007. He served as Clinical Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences from 1994 to 1997.
Dr. Gopeesingh obtained an Executive MBA from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate school of Business and a Masters in International Relations (Distinction) from the University of the West Indies. He also represented Trinidad and Tobago in cricket at an international level.
Dr. Tim Gopeesingh was re-elected on September 7, 2015 to the House of Representatives as the MP for Caroni East, having previously been successful on May 24, 2010 (when he was appointed Minister of Education) and in 2007 when he served in Opposition. Previously Dr. Gopeesingh served as a Government Senator in the 6th Parliament (2001). During the Eighth Parliament, Dr. Gopeesingh served as a Temporary Senator until being appointed an Opposition Senator in 2004.
Hon Terrence Deyalsingh – MOH
Mr. Terrence Deyalsingh was re-elected to the House of Representatives on September 7, 2015, following a general election.He was appointed Minister of Health on September 11, 2015.
Mr. Deyalsingh first served as a Temporary Opposition Senator during the 10th Republican Parliament. He was appointed a Senator on November 2, 2010 and served until October 14, 2013, when he accepted the nomination to contest the St. Joseph constituency in a by-election, which he won on Monday November 4, 2013.
Dr Ian Harley BSc MD FRCOG
Ian Harley is a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at the Northern Ireland Regional Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital. He graduated in Medicine from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1993, entering the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) training programme in the Northern Ireland Deanery in 1995. In 2003-2006 he left Northern Ireland to train as a Gynaecological Oncologist at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Ian was awarded a Postgraduate Medical Doctorate (MD) from the Queen’s University, Belfast in 2008 and appointed a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at the Belfast City Hospital in 2008. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Lectureship at the Queen’s University Belfast and is a member of the Ovarian Cancer research group at the University’s Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. He is the UWI / IGCS International Mentor.
Ian’s interests include Minimal Access Surgery in Gynaecology and Oncology, Hereditary Gynaecological Cancers and Translational Research in Ovarian Cancer. He is a member of Faculty for the Olympus Minimal Access Surgery Fellowship. He has many journal publications and presents at regional, national and international meetings.
Dr. Anthony Pottinger
Anthony Pottinger received his BSc in Tropical Agriculture 1982 UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad. After working as a farm manager for 2 years in Trinidad, he started medicine at UWI Mona in 1984 and received his bachelor of medicine and surgery degree in 1989. He then worked in various departments in Trinidad particularly in Obs & Gynae and general surgery for 5 years.
In July 1994 he migrated to the U.K. and obtained membership into the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology May 1996. He then worked in various gynae-oncology departments in Liverpool U.K. for two years before spending his last two years in the U.K. at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Newcastle as Specialist Registrar in Gynae-oncology. Since 2000 he has worked privately as a Consultant Gynae-oncologist in Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr Martin Keisch
Martin E. Keisch, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist, is president of Cancer HealthCare Associates (CHCA). Dr. Keisch has extensive expertise in breast, prostate and GYN brachytherapy. He currently serves as an investigator in the Mammosite Multicenter DCIS trial and the Mammosite Registry trial for the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
He graduated with honors from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, during which he obtained a research grant and completed studies of endothelial cell motility and cytoskeletal structure modulation by growth substrate. Dr. Keisch completed his residency in radiation oncology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO, where he served as Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology. While completing his residency, he developed a computer-based training system for radiation oncology and worked as an American Cancer Society research fellow.
Prior to joining University of Miami Hospital, Dr. Keisch worked as a radiation oncologist in Miami Beach and as Medical Director for Radiation Oncology for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. Dr. Keisch’s professional affiliations include serving as a member of the University of Miami Hospital Cancer Committee and as the cancer liaison physician to the American College of Surgeons. He also is a member of the finance committee of the American Brachytherapy Society. His other affiliations include the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, the American College of Radiology, ESTRO, the Fletcher Society; American Radium Society, the American College of Radiation Oncology and the American Brachytherapy Society.
Dr Vikash Chatrani
Dr. Vikash Chatrani, Barbadian born, attended Queens College before he started his medical training at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica in 1997. Having completed his pre-clinicals he returned to Barbados to complete his MBBS degree attaining honours in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Surgery and Pharmacology.Dr. Chatrani started off his OBGYN career in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the QEH after completing his internship in 2003 and worked for 4 years before leaving for Jamaica to complete his Doctorate (DM) in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist and was the chair for the West Indies section of ACOG before moving to do his clinical fellowship in Gynae-Oncology and Minimal Access Surgery at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. On Dr. Chatrani’s return to the QEH in October 2012, he was the catalyst in the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department forming a specialist Gynae-Oncology service which addresses all the islands gynae-oncology cases, and oversees the Colposcopy clinics. Apart from his role as a Consultant at the QEH Dr Chatrani is the Clinical Director at the Barbados Cancer Society, the 1st Vice President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, Specialist Physician to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and an Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies.
Dr Troy Gatcliffe
Troy A. Gatcliffe, M.D., is part of the gynecologic oncology team at Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. He earned his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange County, California where his research interests included molecular signaling pathways in ovarian cancer and chemotherapy of cervical cancer. Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Gatcliffe is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. He offers minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic surgery, for all complex gynecologic and women’s reproductive cancer diagnoses. He has a strong personal and professional interest in caring for patients
from the Caribbean and Latin America, has lectured throughout the West Indies and worked with public and private sector physicians in several countries to raise the standard of healthcare for women with gynecologic cancers. Dr. Gatcliffe was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.
Bradley J Monk, MD, FACOG, FACS
Dr. Monk is a Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Tucson. His clinical interests include the prevention and chemotherapy of gynecologic malignancies and quality of life aspects of cancer care.
Dr. Monk has coauthored more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Clinical Cancer Research. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, NRG Oncology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Monk currently serves on the Scientific Review Committee at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
Research Program: Therapeutic Development
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
Undergraduate School:Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Dr Raleigh Butler, Consultant Gynaecologic Oncologist, Princess Margaret Hospital Nassau, The Bahamas
Dr. Raleigh Butler received his Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery Degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica after being awarded a scholarship by Bahamas Supermarket. In May of 1990 he was awarded his Membership into the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK. He then served as the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Freeport Grand Bahama, at the Rand Memorial Hospital. He soon became aware of the paucity of oncology services within his beloved country and was inspired to pursue career in that field.
In order to enter the competitive realm of subspecialisation, He was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship where he joined Professor Campbell’s research team at the University of Southampton in England focusing on molecular genetics in specific the genes that may be used as indicators of gynaecological malignancies. He co-authored several publications during that period including “Loss of Heterozygosity on chromosomes 4, 5, 9, and 11 as a feature of cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia and cervical carcinoma tumor genesis He was awarded his MD thesis from Southampton University for this work. He has continued this focus at home and has worked on the “Prevalence of HPV serotypes in HIV patients in the Bahamas.
On leaving Southampton, he worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Newcastle, England before transferring to the Princess Margaret and Sunny Broke Hospitals at the University of Toronto, Toronto Canada where he completed his fellowship in Gynaecology Oncology in 1999.
Since returning to the Bahamas he has served in the capacity of Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Consultant in gynecology oncology at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau. He serves as a member of the national group for cervix cancer prevention in the Bahamas, a member of the Pan American Health Organization cervical cancer working group for the Latin America and Postgraduate Programe Director for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of the West Indies Nassau Bahamas. He is an active member and cochairmen for Gynaecologic Oncology in the African American Consortium. He is chairman of Caribbean section at the RCOG.and President Elect of The Caribbean Gynaecologic Cancer Society. He is also an active member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology in USA. Canada, UK, and European Cancer Societies.
Dr Dylan Narinesingh
Dr. Dylan Narinesingh is a clinical oncologist and the Director of Health (Ag) at the North West Regional Health Authority. He did his clinical oncology residency at the Stellenbosch University and subsequently a fellowship at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. He is an associate lecturer at the University of the West Indies and is a member of many professional societies. He works also out of the Southern Medical Oncology Centre and the Cancer Clinic.
Dr Karen Cox
Dr Cox is a medical graduate of the University of the West Indies. She was trained in General Practice in the United Kingdom and later completed her Masters in Palliative Medicine at the University of Cardiff, Wales. She worked providing community palliative care out of her General Practice for many years and is currently acting Consultant at the Palliative Care Unit, Caura Hospital, Trinidad. She is an active member and Director of the Palliative Care Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr Jenny Blake, Chief Executive Officer – SOGC
Dr. Jennifer Blake is Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), which is a leading authority on women’s sexual and reproductive health representing thousands of specialists across the country. She is an experienced physician and respected leader who has facilitated major organizational change in both hospital and academic sectors.
During her 30-year medical career, Dr. Blake has held several clinical, academic and leadership roles, including Chief of obstetrics and gynaecology and Head of women’s health at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Chief of pediatric gynaecology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Undergraduate Dean of McMaster University’s medical school. She has also served as professor and associate chair at the University of Toronto, as well as head of pediatric gynaecology for the school. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Blake brings a national perspective to her work from her experience with the SOGC, the Medical Council of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health.
In 2013, Dr. Jennifer Blake was awarded a Fellowship Honoris Causa by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK). Dr. Blake received this prestigious honour for her work as a passionate advocate and trusted spokeswoman on issues relating to women’s health. She is a member of the International Editorial Board of The Global Library of Women’s Medicine (GLOWM) and the Editorial Board of Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Dr. Blake was also honoured to receive the 2018 Distinguished Service Award for her significant contributions to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is an Honorary Member of the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Blake has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo, and from McMaster University a medical degree and a Master’s in health research methodology. In 2011, Dr. Blake was identified as one of the top 25 women of influence in Canada.
Dr Marisa Nimrod
Dr Elaine Craig, MRCOG
Elaine graduated MBChB from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2004. She completed undergraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Northern Ireland (2015) followed by RCOG sub specialist training in Gynaecological onocolgy (2018). Elaine has undertaken secondment in France with Professor Christophe Pomel for which she awarded the Ethicon travel scholarship. She was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast for her work with Potassium channels in ovarian cancer in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology Northern Ireland. She continues to have an interest in translational and clinical research. Elaine works as a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist in Belfast City Hospital, Northern Ireland, her home town. Clinical interests include minimal access surgery, sentinel lymph node technology and sexual function after radical pelvic treatment.
Dr Vanessa Harry
Dr. Ian Bambury