About the West Indies Program

The Caribbean (including the West Indies) ranks seventh among world regions most affected by cervical cancer. A large portion of the population does not have access to screening services, further complicated by an insufficient number of gynecologic oncologists in the region.

The IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program began in July 2017 at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Jamaica.  The Program will expand to three additional UWI sites in 2018-2019: the Bahamas, Trinidad, and Barbados. The 2017 Fellows will spend nine months of their first year at the Jamaica campus followed by three months observing and training at the University of Miami. The Fellows will rotate to the other campuses in their second year

Fellows

Dr. Damaris Baptiste is a Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Jamaica site. Dr. Baptise received her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine in the West Indies and completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2016 from UWI.

 

Dr. Natalie Medley is a Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the UWI Mona, Jamaica site. Prior to the Fellowship Prior Dr. Singh was a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). She is a member of the University Ethics Committee and is an Associate Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University.

 

 

International Mentors

Dr. Brian Slomovitz is the Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as well the Co-leader of the Gynecologic Cancers Site Disease Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami and Fellowship Director for the Division. He is a specialist in robotic surgery, novel therapeutics for endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer early detection.

Dr. Slomovitz completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology in 2006 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Matthew Schlumbrecht is the Associate Director for the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship and the Co-Director of Cancer Control and Prevention for Gynecologic Oncology within the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.

Dr. Schlumbrecht completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Texas. His clinical care of patients is complemented by his ongoing research in education, quality improvement, and health care disparities, with a specific interest in cancer prevention in underserved populations.

Local Supervisors

Dr. Carole Rattray is the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UWI Mona campus in Jamaica. She is also a senior lecturer for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Dr. Raleigh Butler is a Consultant Gynaecologic Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, The Bahamas. 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 co-chairmen for Gynaecologic Oncology in the African American Consortium.

Dr. Vikash Chatrani is a Consultant Gynecologic Oncologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. 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. Gordon Narayansingh, UWI Trinidad