Professor Howard Spencer- Registrar
Howard W. Spencer CD. MB. BS. FRCS (Ed.) FACS.MPH (UWI)
Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of the West Indies
Mona Campus Jamaica
Registrar of Medical Council of Jamaica and Caribbean Association of Medical Councils

Professor Spencer graduated from The University of the West Indies in 1969 with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1973.He was elected Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 1984. In 1991 was awarded the Masters in Public Health Degree of the University of the West Indies.

  • He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the UWI and Consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery University Hospital of the West Indies and the National Chest Hospital of Jamaica in 1980.
  • Promoted to Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1998.after being the only Cardiothoracic Surgeon serving Jamaica and the Caribbean for many years.


  • In 2001 went on secondment to the UWI Clinical Teaching Programme in The Bahamas as Director. This appointment continued until 2007, with the transfer of the administration of the programme from the St. Augustine Campus to the Mona Campus. He was appointed Dean with the renaming and upgrading to the School for Clinical Medicine and Research, The Bahamas.


  • He was also appointed Coordinator of UWI programmes in The Bahamas with responsibility for assisting with oversight of the Centre for Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) and acted as Head of the Open Campus, Bahamas from 2007-2009


  • As a mark of recognition for service given to cardiac surgery in Jamaica and the Caribbean, Professor Spencer was awarded the National Honour, Order of Distinction, Commander Class in 2001 and the Silver Musgrave Medal in 2007 by the Institute of Jamaica among many other awards


  • Retired from the University of the West Indies in October 2009


  • Appointed Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care UWI. This was accepted by the Council of the University of the West Indies in April 2012.

Appointed Registrar of the Medical Council of Jamaica and the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils March 2011.​

Vivienne Mitchell-Amata, MBBS, DM (UWI), MPH(Lon)
Consultant Anaesthetist, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)
Past Chair, Medical Council of Guyana

England, she returned to Guyana, as a consultant anaesthetist at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. Over the next few years, she worked as a consultant anaesthetist and associate lecturer at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; the Mount Hope Women’s Hospital, Champs Fleurs, Trinidad and the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope, Trinidad. 

She returned to GPHC, Guyana in 2008, where she initiated and has sustained the transformation from general to regional obstetric anaesthesia. She organised workshops to educate health workers nationwide about pain management and palliative care, and spearheaded the creation of a curriculum for health workers about gender-based violence. 

Her peer-reviewed scientific publication topics include trauma, critical care, obstetric anaesthesia and intimate partner violence.

Dr. Mitchell is a member of the Bioethics Society of the Caribbean, and Chair of GPHC’s Quality Improvement Committee. As a university student, she played the piano and violin, and competed successfully in badminton, table tennis, swimming, chess and track.She is the reigning Queen of the Ms Guyana Renaissance Beauty Pageant

Dr.Leonard Surage-Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils since 2012  was admitted to the Faculty of  Natural Sciences  at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus and subsequently joined the Faculty of Medicine  at the UWI Mona Campus in 1976.  He was elected president of the Windward and Leeward Islands Medical Student Association while an undergraduate. His clinical rotations were completed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Barbados. He was Medical Student Representative on the Student Council at Cave Hill Campus, UWI.

He graduated with the degree of  MB.BS  in June 1981 and proceeded to internship at the  QEH, and after completion in 1982 did a rotation in the Accident and Emergency  Department  followed by enrolment in the postgraduate DM surgery programme. He returned to St.Lucia before completion of the programme at the request of the Ministry of Health in 1984 and joined the Medical service there.

He was appointed District Medical Officer in Vieux Fort and in association with Drs Didier and Remy opened two (2) Alcoholic Anonymous centres and one Cancer screening programme in the north of the Island. He also did a one year course in Reproductive Health by the University of the West Indies Distance Teaching Experiment (UWIDITE) in association with Johns’ Hopkins University.   St.Judes Hospital in South St Lucia also benefitted from his services in the emergency department.

In 1985 he returned to Barbados to continue postgraduate surgical training and it was there his exposure to Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery began .He travelled to United Kingdom in 1986 to pursue post graduate training in ENT surgery in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was awarded the FRCS. ENT.(Glasgow) in 1991 and returned to St. Lucia in 1992 after spending one additional year in the UK post fellowship. In 2009 he was awarded the INTERNATIONAL FELLOW of the AMERICAN Academy of OTOLARYNGOLOGY/ HEAD and NECK SURGERY (FAAO/HNS).

He was president of the St, Lucia Planned Parenthood Association ( SLPPA ) for 5 consecutive years, member  of the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (CFPA ),and also a member of International Planned Parenthood Federation ( IPPF ).He acquired  extensive training in Corporate Management skills while a member of that organization .

He was also President of the St Lucia Medical Association (SLMA) and served as its president past president and vice president over a period of several years. He was on several sub-committees, of the association including the important one dealing with Negotiations.
 He has served on the St Lucia Medical Council which later became the St.Lucia Medical and Dental Council (SLMDC) over four (4) consecutive years and is currently Vice-chairman.

 He has for several years hosted Radio and television programmes notably the radio programme             HEALTH FOR ALL and DRS’ IN. which has spanned about eight (8) years. These were call-in programmes, and the Television programme was the PULSE Programme with HTS, for 1 year.
He is a founding Member of the of the Caribbean Association of Otolaryngologists (CAO), which has hosted two International Academic conferences in St.Lucia. He is also Founding member of the Tapion Hospital, and has served as Medical Director, Chairman, and Board member.

A founding member of the St.Lucia Monitoring and Accreditation Committee for Medical Schools, the life of this organization has spanned over a nine (9) year period. This Committee has produced an Evaluation Manual which has been regarded as being of a high standard in the North American setting. The Committee has conducted evaluation exercises, together with American Medical School Evaluators,
throughout the length and breadth of the USA and parts of Mexico and has undergone extensive training in Medical School Monitoring and Evaluation by Specialists in that field from New York Universities. This is to ensure comparability of standards of Monitoring and Evaluation between the Mainland USA Medical Schools and Offshore Medical Schools.
He has served on the St Judes’ Hospital Management Board over the past five (5) consecutive years.