UWIMAA South Florida

The UWI Medical Alumni (UWIMAA) South Florida Chapter  welcomes you! 

The Executive Team look forward to you joining them to build your professional network, to renew or make new friendships, and to support the Faculties of Medical Sciences at The UWI. 

The Executive Team includes:

President: Dr. Tanya Clarke

Vice President: Dr. Sharon Andrade

Secretary: Dr. Karen Young

Treasurer: Dr. Chad Hines 

They welcome your involvement, ideas and suggestions! 

Contact them at: uwimaa.south.florida@alumni.uwi.edu 

More about the President:

Dr. Tanya Clarke is from Kingston Jamaica. She came to the USA for her Internal Medicine Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Weston, Florida from 2002-2005, after completing medical school at the University of the West Indies. There, she was the first female and the second person to graduate from the faculty of medical sciences with distinction. She subsequently received a National award for this achievement. After completing residency, she returned to Jamaica in 2005 to join the faculty of her medical school where she served as a Lecturer/ Professor and Consultant/ Attending in Internal Medicine for more than 10 years, holding numerous leadership roles in medical student education and committee memberships. She has multiple publications and has presented at conferences locally and internationally. Dr. Clarke is also the founder and CEO of Platinum Health Care in Kingston, Jamaica. She has spent time also training at Yale University, University of Dundee and the Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.  She joined the Faculty of the Division of Hospital Medicine in May 2016. At the Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Clarke is the Director for the Sub Internship program, Phase 3 lead in Internal Medicine, she is a member of the Medical school's Executive Curriculum Committee, the Dean's Diversity council, OSCE and Grand Rounds planning committee and a provider for U health International.


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Evan Dale Abel (born 1963) is an American endocrinologist who serves as Chair of the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His works on the molecular mechanisms that underpin cardiac failure in diabetes. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Physicians. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2022. Abel is from Jamaica, where he attended Wolmer's High School for Boys . He was encouraged by his parents to become a doctor, lawyer or engineer.[2] He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies, where he specialised in medicine. He completed his doctoral research in physiology at the University of Oxford. He was a medical intern in surgery and paediatrics at the University of the West Indies, before completing his residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University.

Dr. Efren Manjarrez is an Associate Professor of Medicine and founded Hospital Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2001. He graduated from the University of California School of Medicine in San Diego and then completed a Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is the former Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also served the University of Miami Health System in the following roles: Associate Chief Quality and Safety Officer for UHealth, Patient Safety Officer for now NCI designated Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which was recognized with a Health Grades Award for Patient Safety during his tenure, and lastly, he was the Associate Chief Medical Officer for the University of Miami Hospital. Nationally, he was Course Director for the flagship Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual Meeting in March 2015 for over 3,000 of America’s 50,000 hospitalists. He received SHM’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to Hospital Medicine in 2020. He serves on the SHM Board of Directors. His professional interests are: Perioperative Medicine, Quality Improvement, Transitions of Care, Leadership, and Medical Education.

Peter J. Hosein, MBBS: Dr. Hosein graduated from medical school at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad in 2001 and then completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2010. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and is the co-leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Site Disease Group at Sylvester. He is also a member of the NCI Pancreas Task Force. Dr. Hosein is a clinical researcher focused on Gastrointestinal Cancers, collaborating with laboratory scientists to bring promising therapies to the clinic. He has been the principal investigator for multiple phase I and II clinical trials for patients with liver and pancreatic cancers. He has also been involved in pivotal studies of both nab-paclitaxel and FOLFIRINOX for pancreatic cancer and played a key role in the development of the Miami irreversible electroporation protocol for patients with locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Sharon Andrade-Bucknor, MD, FACC was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She obtained her medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in 1991 and completed a one and half year rotating internship before emigrating to the United States of America. She did internship at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and subsequently transferred to UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital where she completed residency in Internal Medicine in 1997 followed by fellowship in Cardiology. She joined the faculty at the University of Miami immediately post training and is currently in her 22nd year there as a noninvasive cardiologist. Dr. Andrade-Bucknor specializes in echocardiography including stress echocardiography and performance of transesophageal echocardiograms. She is also the Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehab at UHealth Towers and the Associate Program director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified and recertified in Cardiovascular Disease and echocardiography by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Echocardiography respectively. She is also a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Association of Black Cardiologists Dr. Andrade-Bucknor resides in Weston, Florida, is an avid runner and has 4 children.

Dr. Christina Matadial, MBBS received her medical school education at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences in Kingston, Jamaica, and then went on the complete her training in anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, after which time, she continued as faculty at the affiliate VA Medical Center-Bruce W. Carter VA. Dr. Matadial is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Miami and Florida International University. She also serves as Chief of Anesthesiology at the Miami VA Hospital and the acting director of the National Anesthesia Program for VA. She is a member of the Anesthesia Surgical Advisory Board and the Anesthesia representative for the VA Surgical Quality Improvement Program for VISN 8. As part of her academic mission she is part of the simulation faculty of the UM/JMH Center for patient Safety, as well as the coordinator for oral boards training for the department. She was appointed a part II Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology from 2010 and served as an examiner from 2012-16. In 2018-19 she undertook a Law and Leadership certification course in Healthcare Administration from the Mitchell-Hamline School of Law to further support her leadership endeavors in VA, and is currently pursuing her JD with the Law School. Additionally, Dr. Matadial has served as the Executive Program Director for the National Anesthesia Program office for the Veterans Health Administration since her appointment in July 2022. Prior to that, she served as the Acting Director from August 2020 to appointment. In that time, she successfully steered National VA Anesthesia through a global pandemic among other crises of the time. She has been active in VHA leadership since her appointment to the National Field Advisory Board in 2016, serving initially as a member, and then the board chair from 2017-2020.

Dr. Leslie Deane is a minimally invasive robotic surgeon and endourologist on faculty at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he is Professor of Urology and Section Chief for Urology at the Bruce W. Carter Miami Veterans Af- fairs Medical Center. Dr. Deane is a graduate of the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research. He went on to pursue training in Urological surgery at the University of Toronto and its affiliated teaching hospitals. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Leslie Deane is subspecialty trained in Laparoscopy, Endourology and Robotic Uro- logic Surgery, having completed a clinical and research fellowship with Dr. Ralph Clayman and Dr. Elspeth McDougall at the University of California Irvine and UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Deane has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and abstracts and has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences.

Dr. Tanya Clarke is the President of the UWIMAA South Florida Chapter. See above for more information about her. 

Dr. Gordon Perue is an assistant professor of vascular neurology at the Leonard M Miller School of Medicine University of Miami and serves as Chief of neurology and Director of the stroke program at Jackson South and Jackson West Medical Centers. Dr. Gordon Perue serves as a Co-Investigator in the Education and Training Core at the University of Miami Florida Stroke Registry and for the Florida Department of Health Coverdell grant. Her research focuses on reducing disparities in post stroke care and hypertension. She serves as the US liaison to the Caribbean for the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN)’s global campaign to improve access to Mechanical Thrombectomy (MT2020+) where she partners with hospitals and physicians in the Caribbean to improve access to stroke care. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Get to know the Moderator: Dr. Chad Hines, who is a UWI trained physician who currently serves as a primary care physician at ChenMed, a leading primary care provider for older adults in the United States. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine; Palliative and Hospice Medicine; and Lifestyle Medicine.   He also has YouTube Channel called 'GeriTips' which gives weekly tips on Healthy Aging. He also serves as a guest lecturer in The UWI Mona Department of Aging and Wellness. 






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