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Assistant Chair and Professor, Department of Clinical Foundations

Dr. Rakesh Calton completed his MBBS and subsequent post-graduate residency training (MD) from Christian Medical College, India. Dr. Calton is ECFMG certified and has more than 25 years of teaching, clinical research and administrative experience. Besides being a clinician and a medical teacher, Dr. Calton is also an accomplished Healthcare Executive, with an MBA in operations, a Master’s degree in Hospital and Health Systems Management and a Master’s degree in Health Management. Dr.

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Associate Professor, Department of Medical Foundations
Dr Jennifer Connolly joined Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in March 2015 as Assistant Professor of Physiology.
Charla Corbin
Instructor, Department of Clinical Foundations
Charla Corbin, a clinician and clinical skills instructor, holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, obtained from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and Barbados respectively. Dr. Corbin has worked for the last 9 years in family medicine, with experience both in the public and private sector. During that time, she became a certified nutritionist and has given several lectures on the role of nutrition, health and its impact on chronic diseases.
Zahi Damuni
Professor, Department of Medical Foundations

Dr. Zahi Damuni received his Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees from the University of Dundee in Scotland. He then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Texas in Austin before moving to the University of South Carolina in Columbia as Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. In 1993, Dr.

Stephanie Date Headshot
Instructor, Department of Medical Foundations

Dr. Stephanie Date was born and raised in Barbados, where she graduated from the University of The West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill, with a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 2015. Dr. Date became certified and registered with the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, and practiced as a Senior House Officer in Ophthalmology and a General Surgery surgical assistant and physician. 

Dr. Dattathreya Priyadarshini
Associate Professor, Academy for Teaching and Learning
Priyadarshini Dattathreya, MD, received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, in 2007, before earning her Doctor of Medicine (MD) (Anatomy) in 2011 from Manipal University, India.
Hughvon desVignes
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Foundations

Dr. desVignes has licensure and certification in anatomical and forensic pathology. He joins Ross University with 25 years of experience in both the hospital and forensic setting. He most recently served as a forensic pathologist at the Ministry of National Security – Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre. While there, he rebuilt the pathology department, which included restructuring reception, documentation, identification, and autopsy procedures. Dr.

Dr. Jolyne Drummelsmith
Assistant Dean, Medical Sciences Education and Professor, Department of Medical Foundations
Dr. Drummelsmith’s was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Microbiology from the University of Guelph, Ontaro, Canada, for research into the “Genetics, biosynthesis and translocation of group 1 capsules in Gram-negative bacteria.”
Hedda Dyer
Chair and Professor, Department of Clinical Foundations

Dr. Hedda Dyer is chair and professor, department of clinical foundations (DCF), where she leads a team of faculty, skilled professionals and administrative professionals to consistently deliver exceptional clinical skills training for future physicians and their future patients. 

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