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​A UWI Medical Alumni Association Endowment : Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the UWI “Catalyzing and assuring future development"

The 75th Anniversary of the University of the West Indies (The UWI) represents an ideal opportunity for the UWI Medical Alumni Association (UWIMAA) to mobilize and galvanize the medical alumni to assist in the further development and sustainability of their alma mater and to honor the founding pioneers.

Carol Ann Solomon’s Story

I grew up in the village of Barataria and attended the Barataria Anglican Primary School. At age 10 my family moved to Tunapuna, and I did the Common Entrance Exam one year later. I then joined my sister at St. George’s College where I spent seven happy years. After St. George’s, I entered the Faculty of Natural Sciences (as it was called then) at the UWI St. Augustine campus. This was the start of a long relationship with the UWI. I graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, First Class Honours. 

What are Young Medical Pelicans Doing?

Dr. Brian Kazaara is a recent UWI medical graduate and is currently the president of the Faculty of Medical Sciences Young Alumni Group (YAG) at the Mona campus and first vice president of the UWI Alumni Association. He constantly advocates for young medical graduates to be a part of medical alumni associations, like the UWIMAA and YAG because he understands its importance. He encourages medical alumni to tap into events and represent the UWI as medical graduates across the world. 

Launch of US$1.5 Million Dollar Endowment - A Word from Chancellor Emeritus Sir. George Alleyne

The Board of the UWIMAA has had numerous planning sessions to establish new initiatives to address some identified problems. One such initiative has been the launch of the University of the West Indies Medical Alumni Association Endowment which marks the 33rd year of the Association as well as celebrating in advance the 75th anniversary of the University. I am sure you all know that the University began in 1948 with 33 medical students-which makes us the founding Faculty.

The UWIMAA has a new president- A Message from Dr. Peter Wong, UWIMAA’S Newly Elected President

The UWIMAA Executive sends you our warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. I extend my gratitude to our generous donors who have supported the initiation of our endowment and the revitalization of our Association. 

This year has been an unprecedented challenge as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of this global pandemic. I take pride in thanking our staff, the IAD and members of our executive for their valuable time and tremendous effort.


The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom on May 2nd for public health reasons. 

A tribute to Dr Badri RIckhi was made by Dr Tex Kissoon, recognising his work in psychiatry, particularly in integrative psychology.

Dr Kissoon presented the award virtually and Dr Rickhi accepted it and expressed gratitude. 

Dr. Rickhi is a psychiatrist with additional training in traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Ryodoraku medicine as well as functional, energy and quantum physics medicine.

Dr Allen leading the fight against COVID-19

The Toronto Star reports that U of T researchers will track the demographics of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click the link to read more about Dr Allen's role in fighting COVID-19!


The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom for public health purposes. 

A tribute to Dr Garth Smith was made by Dr Moodie, recognising his work in developmental paediatrics and especially his work with the First Nations people of Canada.

Dr Moodie presented the award virtually and Dr Smith accepted it and expressed gratitude. 


Dr Winston Gittens's outstanding career was summarised by Dr Joe Butchey and Dr Gittens was presented with the UWIMAA Canada's Dinstinguished Service Award at our Annual General Meeting on May 5th 2019. 

Dr Gittens has had an amazing career as a Neurosurgeon and Administrator having completed several physician management courses, with contributions across Canada from Nova Scotia, to Newfoundland to British Columbia and Ontario. 

UWIMAA Canada's Distinguished Service Award 2018 goes to Dr Tex Kissoon

Dr Tex Kissoon Distinguished Service Awardee 2020

The UWIMAA Canadian Chapter Distinguished Service Award 2018 was presented to Dr Tex Kissoon for his excellence in medical service and research in Global Health

The award was presented at our Annual General Meeting 2018 by Dr Upton Allen to Dr Niranjan Tex Kissoon- UWI MBBS Class of 1978.

His work and research in global health and critical care in low- and middle-income countries has been influential and is based on health inequities globally.

Dr Kissoon is:

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

Executive Medical Director, C&W Global Health

Professor Rosemary Moodie CD MBBS’82 has been honoured

Professor Rosemary Moodie CD MBBS’82  has been honoured with the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander by the Government of Jamaica for outstanding contribution in philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada.

UWIMAA Canadian hosts Sir George and Lady Sylvan Alleyne

Chancellor Sir George Alleyne was conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by the chancellor of the University of Toronto Michael Wilson. Sir George and Lady Sylvan were hosted by the UWIMAA Canadian Chapter along with Canadian alumni and trainees.

UWIMAA Canada's Distinguished Service Award 2017 goes to Dr. Rosemary Moodie

2017 - Dr. Rosemary Moodie MBBS’82 - In recognition of exceptional service in child and maternal health


The UWIMAA Canada is pleased to honour Dr. Rosemary Moodie. who is a proud UWI alumna.  

She did post-graduate training in Paediatric Medicine and Perinatal Medicine at SickKids in Toronto. She completed her MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto in 2001; and Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University in 2011.


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