Hedda G. Dyer, MBChB (Ed), MRCS (Ed), MBA
Hedda Dyer, MBChB (Ed), MRCS (Ed), MBA, graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours) and a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB), and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS Ed), the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Dominica Medical Association, and the Dominica Cancer Society Advisory Board. She is also registered with the Barbados Medical Board and the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. In addition to her other degrees, she holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Health Services from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Dyer completed her medical education at the University of Edinburgh in 2000. During her medical school elective periods, she undertook electives at hospitals in Barbados, France, and Dominica. She obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005.
Dr. Dyer’s current academic and clinical positions give her a broad set of expertise in both the practice and teaching of surgical disciplines. She works in the fields of general surgery and breast surgical oncology. Her role in medical education spans curriculum development, to teaching medical students clinical skills. Over the course of her career, Dr. Dyer has gained a wide range of experience including working in breast surgery outpatient clinics, head and neck surgery, breast reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, and trauma through positions in hospital centers in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Dyer’s experience with high rates of late-stage presentation of breast cancer in Dominican women has enabled her to witness first-hand the experiences of patients in Limited-Resource Countries (LRCs), such as the Commonwealth of Dominica. In addition, her work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as the Dominican Cancer Society, has made her passionate to continue the education of health professionals to improve patient outcomes by collaborating with medical colleagues in the area of research and clinical training as they relate to breast cancer care in LRCs. As part of her efforts, Dr. Dyer has presented and published her research project entitled “Improving Early Detection and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer in the Commonwealth of Dominica,” at local, regional, and international conferences including: training Dominican primary healthcare workers on the early detection of breast cancer in 2010 and 2012, the Caribbean Health Research Council’s 56th Annual Research Meeting in Guyana in 2011, the World Cancer Congress of the International Union Against Cancer in Geneva, Switzerland in 2008, and the Association of Medical Education in Europe in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Dyer is also the (Dominica) PI of the multinational and multicenter research project funded by the Susan G. Komen foundation entitled “Evaluation of Genetic risk in Caribbean women of breast or ovarian cancer,” and is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization North-South Breast and Ovary Health Initiative (NSBOHI).
- Breast Surgical Oncology
- Teaching Clinical Medicine
- Clinical research in Improving Early Detection and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer in Limited Resource Countries
- Encouraging Medical Student Participation in Clinical Research
- Health Sciences Management
- Keller Graduate School of Management, MBA with Concentration in Health Sciences, 2012
- Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, MRCS Ed, 2005
- Université Paris 13, UFR Santé Médecine et Biologie Humaine “Leonardo de Vinci”, Bobigny, France, AFSA General & Digestive Surgery, 2002
- Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris Isle-de-France-OUEST, Garches, France AFS Vascular Surgery, 2003
- University of Edinburgh, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery MB CHB Ed, 2000
- American College of Surgeons Advance Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) Certification 2004, 2008, 2012, 2017
- Basic Research Skills Certification: Caribbean Health Research Council 56th Annual Council & Scientific Meeting, Guyana, April 2011
- Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certification, University of Miami, 2010
- Fundamentals of Assessment Medical Education (FAME) Certification, September 2008
- American Society of Breast Surgeons Basic Breast Ultrasound, 2008
- Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS Ed), July 2005
- Core Skills in Oncoplastic and Breast Reconstruction Surgery, September 2007
- Basic Laparoscopic Skills Course, November 2005
- Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) Certification, January 2005
- Basic Surgical Skills, November 2003
- DeVry 10 year service award, December 2016
- Excellence in Clinical Curriculum Development, RUSM Education Summit, March 2015
- DeVry Award of Excellence, April 2009
- Clifton Dupigny Community College, Class Valedictorian, 1993
- American Medical Association
- Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
- Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE)
- Dominican Medical Association
- American Society of Breast Surgeons
- Barbados Medical Association
- General Medical Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Collaborator (PI Dominica), Research Project: “Evaluation of Genetic Risk in Caribbean Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer”; collaboration with the Campbell Family7 Institute for Breast Cancer Research (Princess Margaret Hospital), BioBank (Toronto General Hospital), Ontario, Canada, and University of Miami Medical School, Miami. Funded by Susan G. Komen Foundation. October 2010-October 2013.
- Principal Investigator, Research Project: “Improving Breast Cancer Care in the Commonwealth of Dominica - a Limited Resource Country.” Funded by Ross University School of Medicine. November 2007–February 2012
- George S, Donenberg T, Akbari M, Alexis C, Wharfe G, Yin S, Dyer H, Turnquest T, DeGennaro V, Ali J, Narod SA, Hurley J. (2015) Demographics of breast cancer in a small cohort of women in the Caribbean. West Indian Medical Journal 2015;64(Supplement 2):48.
- George S, Hurley J, Donenberg T, Dyer H, Milea A, Shaw PA. Origins of ovarian cancer, the biology of premalignancy, and cancer health disparities. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2014;23 Abstract nr PL03-01. Doi:10.1158/1538-7755.