Faculty & Staff

Our University is proud of dozens well qualified medical science and clinical science faculty members who are united in a common purpose: dedication to teaching the next generation of physicians.

The size and location of CMU’s medical science campuses contributes to a special atmosphere where faculty and staff are able to concentrate on maintaining the optimum conditions for students to acquire the basic medical knowledge necessary for their clinical experience.

Excellent student teacher ratio (currently 16:1) provides ample opportunity for students to interact with the faculty. Students find that faculty and staff are not only accessible, but are committed to their progress.

Premedical Science, Basic Science and Clinical Science faculty members as well as honorary visiting professors are listed below:


Marek Malecki MD PhD is the Dean of the Caribbean Medical University. He earned his MD degree at the Poznan  University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, PL, EU and PhD degree at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, PL, EU followed by residency and professional training in molecular medicine and biotechnology at the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, DK, EU, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg, A, EU, ETH, Zurich, H, Medical University, Utrecht, NL, EU. He pursued his academic career in clinical oncology and molecular medicine as well as research in biotechnology and pharmacogenomics at the leading institutions in the USA the NIH, UCSD, SDSU, UWM, WU and in the EU: ETH, IMB, EMBO, COI. He has acquired the solid medical curriculum leadership authority as the founding courses and college director and dean as well as the brisk finances management skills as the principal investigator on the NIH and NSF grants and the facilities’ director at the top US Universities.

The record of some of his peer-reviewed publications indexed on PubMed:


An example of his invited keynote presentations at the professional conferences:


An example of his lectures on Course Hero:



Roeland Thomas is the Dean of Students at Caribbean Medical University. Mr. Thomas received a M.Sc. degree from the University of Brussels in Belgium. He is a specialist in Genetic Engineering and Virology. Mr. Thomas has worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies, universities and research laboratories. He is an experienced teacher of genetics, medical physics, informatics and related fields. Mr. Thomas also has received training in hyperbaric medicine.


Dr Rex Haberman is Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at CMU. He received his MD degree from the University of Nebraska and completed residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Wisconsin. He is American Board Certified in Otolaryngology. At CMU, he is responsible for all academic activities, including curriculum, basic science and clinical faculty, and student academic related activities.

Dr Haberman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Fellow of the American Neurotology Society, and is licensed in Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Dr Haberman is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in the Division of Otology/Neurotology where he teaches residents and students as well as performing otologic surgeries and evaluating patients in clinic.

Dr Haberman has practiced otology and otolaryngology for 36 years and performed over 15,000 surgeries. Previously, he was Chair, Allina Health Department of Otolaryngology in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one of the top 5 largest healthcare organizations in the USA, providing care from 6 hospitals and 13 clinics.


Prof. Jan Gelan obtained his Ph.D in sciences (chemistry) in 1971 from the University of Ghent in Belgium. From 1973 to 2009, he was full Professor Chemistry in the Hasselt University Belgium. Prof Gelan also taught (Bio)-Macromolecules in 1* BAch Molecular Biomedical Science and MEdical imaging (MRI) in the 3* Bach Molecular Biomedical Science in the Transnational University Limburg (tUL) Unhasselt/Maastricht (2000-2009). His research was in the fields of polymer materials research and NMR micro imaging of rats and mice. He was promotor of more than 30 PhD students.


Mrs. Abhichandani was awarded a degree of Masters in Pharmacy (Quality assurance techniques) from the University of Pune (India) in 2013. Joined Caribbean Medical University in October 2014 as professor in General Chemisty. She is highly versed with teaching as a professor and lab research for innovative forms of drug delivery. Mrs. Abhichandani also have research experience at the National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR) at Pune for synthesis and development of polymeric nanoparticles for anti-tubercular drug Isoniazid. She earned the best poster award for the same at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research- Lucknow.”


Dr. Ali M. Ayubi graduated as a Medical Surgeon, in the Universidad del Zulia School of Medicine in 1985. He has completed Associate Addictions Studies & Advanced Addictions Studies in Counseling and received a Master of Science with a Major in Addictionology at Capitol University in 2001. He received his Doctorate in Medical Science at Universidad del Zulia School of Medicine in 2002. He’s received several awards during the course of his career and recently joined the faculty at Caribbean Medical University as a professor of Neuroscience and is the Co-Director of Clinical Medicine.


Dr. Marly Oosterhof received her medical training at the Escuela Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas in Costa Rica where she graduated as “Doctora en Medicina y Cirugía”. Her past work experiences include: ER Physician at the St. Maarten Medical Center in St. Maarten; Orthopedic Surgical Assistant at Ospedale di Comune Busto Arsizio and medical adviser for SAI Assicurazioni in Italy; she ran her own private practice as a family physician in Curaçao for 9 years and she worked as an Occupational Health Physician for 7 years. She’s been a member of the Obesity Medicine Association since 2005. She’s currently working as a Coordinating Medical Adviser for a social insurance company and has joined the staff of The Caribbean Medical University since 2015 as Professor of (Physical Diagnosis) Clinical Medicine and is currently the Chair of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine.

She is also a licensed physician on Curacao and is working to improve the health of the residents of Curacao.


Professor/ Facilitator Moreno has been teaching premed Calculus and Applied Math CMU since 2013. He has more than 40 years of managerial experience and has held positions on the Board of the Curacao Chamber of Commerce and has the Honorary Consul General of Belgium He has completed much of his education in the United States, including a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. Professor Moreno has numerous awards and distinctions, including Royal condecoration and Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau, from H.R.M. Queen Beatriz of the Netherlands and Knight of the order of Leopold, from H.R.M. King Albert II of Belgium.


Dr. Laura Varela graduated as a Medical Surgeon in the “Universidad Central de Venezuela” School of Medicine in 2005. She did a Residency Program in Ophthalmology and a Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology. As a medicine student she was part of the staff of the Physiology Department as a Tutor Ad Honorem for 2 years. As an ophthalmologist she taught Pediatric Ophthalmology to the Residents at the Hospital until 2014. She started teaching Pathology in Aruba in 2015 and then moved to Curacao where she is currently Professor of Pathology at the Caribbean Medical University.


Lisa Pegram, MFA is an internationally published writer and educator. She has over 20 years experience teaching the literary arts and designing innovative arts education programming for such organizations as: Smithsonian, Studio Theater, National Geographic and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She is the author of poetry chapbook, Cracked Calabash (Central Square Press, 2015) contributing author of The Next Verse Mixtape Vol. 1 (Central Square Press, 2016.) Awards and honors include: Larry Neal Writer’s Award Finalist; Uplifting Human Values Award, Art of Living Foundation; International Women’s Conference Co-Chair; DC Mayor’s Arts Award for “Outstanding Emerging Artist.”


Dr. Mayank Modi had received medical degree from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2010, obtained Diploma in Industrial (Occupational) health in 2014 & completed residency in Microbiology (Infectious diseases) from same university in 2017. In 2018, he had earned “Diploma in Vaccinology” from Institut Pasteur in Paris, an institute founded by father of Microbiology himself, Louis Pasteur. Currently, he is working as Professor of Clinical Medicine.

Dr. Modi had done elective rotation in Pediatric Pulmonology & sub-internship in Pediatrics in Suny Downstate Medical Center, New York. He had also done rotations in some of the finest universities in USA, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, University of Texas & University of Alabama. He had also gave USMLE  exams & received ECFMG certificate in 2012.

During residency in Microbiology, Dr. Modi had received prestigious “Infectious Disease Fellow” award in world’s largest Microbiology annual conference, American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2016. He had also received “Young Investigator from India & Southeast Asia” award from International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID),  “World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow” award from World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID), “Global Health Travel” award from Keystone symposia & “Travel award” from International Society for Influenza & Other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV).


Dr. Khyati Modi had received medical degree from Medical College Surat, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University. She had completed residency in Microbiology (Infectious Disease) from Medical College Baroda, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

During her residency, she had worked in Diagnostic Bacteriology, Parasitology, Molecular Virology, Mycology & public health laboratories of Sir Sayajirao General Hospital (SSGH), which serves 4.5 million people of Vadodara district. She had worked on many research projects, mainly Virology & Mycology, throughout three years of residency. Dr. Modi had received renowned “Global Travel Health” award in HIV Vaccine conference, organized by Keystone symposia in Whistler, Canada. She had joined Caribbean Medical University in July 2018 and working as Professor of Behavioral Science and Clinical Medicine.