LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Dr. Dingle Spence is the Director of the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI). Dr. Spence is a Jamaican physician with training in both Clinical Oncology and Palliative Medicine. She is the Senior Medical Officer of the Hope Institute Hospital, Jamaica’s only dedicated Oncology and Palliative Care unit. She also serves as a Board Member of the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC), President-Elect of the Caribbean Palliative Care Association (CARIPALCA), and as Associate Lecturer at the University of the West Indies and the Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London. Dr. Spence has a special interest in providing access to palliative care education for providers in small island nations and other countries in the Caribbean region. 

Dingle Spence, B.Sc., MBBS, DMRT, Dip. Pall. Med, FRCR

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Dr. Alexandra Shields, JACCRI's Director of Research, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Senior Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Director of the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities; Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; and Director of the Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health. She is also a Presidential Scholar at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Shields’ work focuses on the intersection of genomics research and genomic medicine with the interests of minority and low-income communities. She is particularly interested in how social disadvantage “gets under the skin” to produce an increased risk of disease, and how religion, spirituality, or other sources of resiliency might buffer against the adverse effects of stress. 

Alexandra Shields, PhD

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Dr. Tomlin Paul is the former Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies. Dr. Paul is currently the Health Professions Education Specialist at the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and obtained a Master's degree in Public Health from the same University. He later studied Health Economics and Planning at the University of York, UK. From 1997 to 2000, he was a Joint Japan/World Bank Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health in the USA, where he studied Chronic Disease Epidemiology.

Tomlin Paul, MBBS, MPH, DFPHM, FAcadMEd

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Prof. Simon Anderson is the Director at George Allen Chronic Disease Center; Professor of Population Health Sciences and Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados; and Co-Director of the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research (GCCDR). He trained in academic medicine specialising in genetic epidemiology, cardiovascular medicine and big data analytics following his studies at the UWI, the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford before receiving his medical training from Cardiff University in Wales. His postgraduate clinical academic training in cardiology, heart failure and transplantation were undertaken in Manchester, Oxford and UCL. He is currently reading Health Economics at the LSE.

Simon Anderson, PhD, MBBCh, MRCP, FECS