Prof. James Vilanueva is the recepient of the DuPont - National Academy of Science and Technology Young Scientist Award in 2003 and has been teaching Medical Biochemistry, Genetics and Nutrition at IAU since 2005. He received the IAU Faculty of the Year Award in 2006 and was appointed as the Dean of Student Affairs in 2007 and elected Chairman of the Admissions Committee in 2008. Dr. Vilanueva's research interests include protein folding/misfolding, protein spectroscopy, development of immunoliposomes and biodesulfurization. He has completed Post Doctoral research work at Notre Dame University in Indiana; The Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University, Japan and Bari University, Italy. Over the years, Dr. Villaneuva has consistently made outstanding contribution to student success in NBME Shelf exams and is closely associated with the university student community as the Faculty Advisor to the Student Government Association (SGA). Dr Villaneuva was promoted to full Professor of Biochemistry, Genetics and Nutrition in September of 2011 and he continues to inspire and be inspired by academia.
Dr. Rasheed Agboola, MBBS
- Assistant Professor, pathology
Dr. Rasheed Agboola holds medical licences in Grenada and Nigeria. He earned his medical degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria and he was at St. Georges University, Grenada for Teaching & Research Fellowship programme in Pathology. Dr. Rasheed was a Medical officer at University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, where he worked in various departments like Nephrology and Cardio- thoracic Units of the teaching hospital and he had also worked at St. Georges General Hospital, Grenada with excellent performance and recommendations. Dr. Rasheed was a Full- time Faculty in Pathology department at St. Georges University, Grenada for many years and he was the Assistant Professor (Pathology) at Atlantic University School of Medicine before joining IAU.
Dr. Jeff Jarosinski, MS, PHD.
- Assistant Professor
Dr. Jarosinski earned his Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology and Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He has taught in health care education since 1996 at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He served in the Behavioral Sciences Department for four years at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, while also serving as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, before becoming Department Chair of Behavioral Sciences at the International American University School of Medicine in St. Lucia. Dr. Jarosinski also teaches Behavioral Sciences to medical students preparing for their Step 1 and Step 2 examinations for Becker Professional Education. His research interest is elucidating Emotional Intelligence in medical students; he has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on the topic. He enjoys supporting medical students toward their highest professional success.
Dr. Naveen Kandavalli MBBS, MS, MPH
- Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Gross Anatomy
Dr. Naveen Kandavalli is a medical graduate from the prestigious Guntur Medical College in India. He also obtained his masters in Public Health (M.P.H) from University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL. During this time, he worked on several publications working as a research assistant in the departments of Neurobiology and Hematology and Oncology while teaching undergraduate and graduate students on research methodology. He also did an internship at Susan G. Komen for the cure in Birmingham and contributed to the annual community profile report. He later pursued his masters in neurobiology from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His research interests include the role of proteins implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. During this time, he also started academic teaching by assisting in the development of the Gross anatomy course curriculum and training medical students in the human dissection lab. Dr. Kandavalli was a member of Arkansas Chapter Society of Neuroscience and Arkansas Association of Physicians of Indian origin. He is a current member of American Association of Anatomists. He teaches Neurosciences and Gross Anatomy at IAU.
Dr.Santusht A. Perera, MD, FACS
- Associate professor
Santusht A. Perera, MD, FACS, is a surgeon, who is certified by the American Board of General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. He graduated from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY in 1990. Since completing a residency in General Surgery and a Fellowship in Cardio-thoracic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine, he has been in active clinical practice. In 2001 he was an associate at the Department of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, New Jersey. In 2002 - 2008 , he was the Chief of the Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at Hoboken University Medical Center, New Jersey.He is currently the Director of Clinical Science's and Physical Diagnosis and prepares student's to enter a clinical setting. Dr. Perera is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Denton A. Cooley Society.
Dr. Aleric Soans, MBBS, MS
- Assistant Professor, Anatomy
Dr. Soans completed his degree in medicine and post graduate degree in Anatomy with a focus on Genetics from the prestigious Grant Medical College at the University of Bombay in India. He also obtained another Masters’ Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. As an active researcher, Dr. Soans has served in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at Wayne State University as well as in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Soans was awarded Honors in the Graduate Students Academic and Research Program while at Wayne State University in 2003. His areas of experience include protein-protein interactions, cell cycle kinases and cell cycle biology. He has many research publications to his credit including authorship of book chapter and brings more than 15 years of academic experience to IAU. He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and other non-profit organizations such as the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia. Having joined IAUCOM in 2011, he teaches the basics of Cell Biology and Histology within the medical curriculum and also directs a course on Evidence Based Medicine, which promotes self-directed learning skills among students.
Dr. Rajani Raviradha, MD
- Assistant professor
Dr. Rajani Raviradha lectures Medical terminology and Introduction to Patient Doctoring for Pre Med students and Clinical skill lab activities for the Basic Science students. Her first appointment at International American University College of medicine was as a part- time faculty in January 2014. With the appreciation and recommendation from the Dean of Basic sciences, she was promoted as a full - time faculty after a semester. She was a member of basic science Curriculum committee and currently she is the head of Pre Med Promotions committee. She is a member of Doctors for America. Dr.Rajani Raviradha is a graduate from the International American University, College of Medicine, in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia. Dr. Rajani obtained her ECFMG certification after the successful completion of USMLE Steps 1 & 2. Prior to joining the medical school she was experienced in the clinical settings as a Nursing tutor and as a Staff Nurse as well. According to Dr. Rajani, “I am very happy to become part of the IAU College of medicine vision to prepare the future doctors to serve the people who are in need of care.”
Dr. Srikant Akolekar
Dr. Shrikant Akolekar has joined the faculty of International American University as Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience. Associated with Caribbean schools for over 10 years, Akolekar’s main areas of academic expertise are anatomy, neuroscience and embryology. “Dr. Akolekar brings unique knowledge and understanding to his role as IAU’s anatomist,” said Dr. Manish Nair, University CEO. “Akolekar’s vast experience within the region will greatly benefit our students, especially through his interactive and responsive teaching methods.”In his new role, Akolekar will teach a full range of gross anatomy and embryology topics, conduct student assessment and evaluation of core course competencies, contribute to annual curriculum review and refinement, and facilitate small group case-based learning sessions.
Dr. Pritam Biswas MBBS, MD
- Assistant Professor
Dr. Pritam Biswas obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Rajiv Gandhi University Of Health Sciences Bangalore, India in 2010. And his MD in Clinical Pharmacology from M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India in 2015. Dr. Biswas has 3 years of teaching experience as a Tutor of clinical pharmacology for medical dental and nursing students. He has also worked as a global medical advisor and research physician in the pharmaceutical industry, in phase 3 vaccine, diabetic and monoclonal drug trials. Dr. Biswas has 5 years of clinical practice as a general practitioner. Dr. Biswas has research interests in Respiratory medicine, Allergy, and immunotherapy. He holds registration with the Karnataka Medical Council India and is also a member of Indian Medical Association and perusing a membership of the Royal College of Physicians UK (Internal Medicine).
Dr. Latelle J. Barton, II, M.D.
- Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Professionalism, Medical Communications, Medical Ethics, and Physical Diagnosis
Program Director, Clinical Skills
Community Speaker, Health Promotion and Wellness
Professional affiliations: American Diabetes Association, American Medical Writer's Association, and American Psychiatric Association
Dr. Anila Krovvidi, MBBS
- Assistant Professor
Dr. Krovvidi graduated with bachelors in medicine and surgery (MBBS) from Katuri medical college India. She is an ECFMG-certified physician with successful completion of all USMLE steps including step 3. She worked and volunteered in the department of pediatric emergency medicine at University of Arkansas medical sciences Children's hospital Little Rock for 6 months. She also gained hands-on experience in allergy-immunology clinic at Jacksonville and Harmony health clinic at Little Rock that serves under-served and uninsured people in the state of Arkansas. She completed her internship in a teaching hospital after her medical education. Her work experience as a resident in Ramachandra pediatric hospital provided her enormous exposure to various pediatric cases in clinical settings of India. She was responsible for teaching medical students and staff on-duty. Currently, Dr. Krovvidi has been working at IAU for 20 months and teaches pathophysiology to medical students and Cell biology to premed students."
Dr. Kamala Narayanaswamy, MBBS, MD
- Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Dr. Kamala Narayanaswamy is licensed by the Medical Council of India and was a Postgraduate Resident in Medical Microbiology at the Bangalore Medical College, India. She has been with IAU since 2006 as a visiting faculty and currently teaches full time at the St Lucia campus. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is actively involved in affairs of Promotions, Curriculum, Lab development and Budgeting.
Dr. Poornima S
- Assistant Professor
Dr. Poornima completed her MBBS from the prestigious Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India in 2001. She completed her MD, Physiology from Sri Devraj Urs University of Higher education and Research, Kolar, India. Dr. Poornima has a total experience of 9 years of teaching medical students, dental students, nursing students, physiotherapy students in the Department of Physiology(3 years as a pg/tutor( post graduate cum tutor) and 4 years as assistant professor , 2 year as associate professor) at reputed medical colleges in India. She holds registration with Karnataka Medical Council.
Dr. Poornima has research interests in the field of cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, neurophysiology( recording of evoked potentials - SSEPs, VEPs, BAEPs). She has one international publication and 4 national publications in indexed journals. She has undergone training in medical education from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. She is also pursuing Masters in Family Medicine from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.