2024 speakers

TCI Annual Medical Conference

Dr. Dawn Perry Ewing. MBBS; DM; MPH; FACOG

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Dr. Dawn Perry Ewing completed her MBBS medical degree at the University of the West Indies in Mona in Kingston, Jamaica and later returned to the University of the West Indies to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for which she was awarded the Doctor of Medicine in 2001.

In 2001, Dr. Perry Ewing became Consultant Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex in Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She was appointed Director of Clinical Services in 2007 and over the course of her career made contributions to major healthcare development projects at the national level within the sphere of women’s health in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Dr. Perry Ewing holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is the current Chief of Medical Services at the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital.



Dr. Denise Braithwaite Tennant BSc; MBBS; DM; MSc; FME; CPHQ

Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant completed her MBBS medical degree at the University of the West Indies in St Augustine, Trinidad and Doctor of Medicine in Emergency Medicine at the University of the West Indies Mona, Kingston Jamaica.

Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant was appointed lead consultant of the Emergency Department of the Turks & Caicos Islands Hospital, InterHealth Canada in April 2010 which was a first for the Islands. Through a series of promotions, she progressed up the ranks holding several leadership positions as Head of the Emergency Department, Site Administrator for the Cockburn Town Medical Centre, Chief of Medical Services with her current position as the Chief Executive Officer. Over the course of her career she has led the introduction of new health services, programs and policies and possess a wide range of experience in health care accreditation, quality and health education. She is the faculty and founding member of the American Heart Association Life Saver Training Centre delivering the full suite of resuscitative courses. She is a member of the Association of American Health Care Executives, ISQua and NAHQ.

Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant holds a Master of International Management with a specialization in health sector management degree from the University of Liverpool in the UK, Forensic Medical Examiner for Sexual Assault and Rape and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.


Dr. Taraleen Malcom

Dr. Taraleen Malcolm is a Public Health Specialist with over 20 years working in the Caribbean in Public Health. Her technical areas of expertise include non-communicable diseases, risk factors, mental health, environmental public health, disaster preparedness and response, and communicable diseases (vector-borne, waterborne, and foodborne).

She currently serves as the Technical Advisor for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Country office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries. Before this, she served as the NCD/MH Advisor with the Trinidad and Tobago PAHO/WHO country office with responsibility for Trinidad and Tobago and the six Dutch Islands (Aruba, Curacao, Saint Maarten, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius, and Saba). Dr Malcolm was also based in the PAHO Jamaica country office responsible for Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda. Before joining PAHO, Dr. Malcolm also worked with the Ministry of Health Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands serving in various capacities.

In her current role as Advisor for NCDs/MH, Dr. Malcolm participates as a member of a multidisciplinary group of advisors providing technical cooperation to the country in Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) prevention and control, and the promotion of mental health, development and implementation of work programs and projects of national, regional, and subregional nature In executing these duties, she liaises with internal and external stakeholders, including regional and global offices of the Organization, all levels of government, the private sector; NGOs; community/user representatives; academic institutions; professional associations; multilateral and bilateral agencies; donors/foundations on behalf of the Organization to execute the specific work under the NCD/MH portfolio.


Dr. Mauricio Maza

Dr. Mauricio Maza is the Regional Advisor for Cancer Prevention and Control at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Dr. Maza is a Salvadoran public health physician with extensive experience in the region working on cancer, and specifically assisting countries with cervical cancer programs, and collaborating with PAHO for many years. He has served as Executive Director of Basic Health International (BHI), a non-profit organization that works in the elimination of cervical cancer and, among other things.

Dr. Maza also led the successful HPV testing program in El Salvador, working closely with the Ministry of Health and assisting several countries in the region with their HPV testing programs. He has been a UICC youth leader for cancer control, an NCI Center for Global Health apprentice in outreach and implementation research, a beneficiary of the IARC / WHO 50 FOR 50 initiatives, supporting leaders cancer research team from low- and middle-income countries, and a member of the Central American Leadership Initiative, part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Dr. Heather Armstrong

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Dr Heather Armstrong is the Head of the Chronic Disease and Injuries Department, Office of the Executive Director at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Dr Armstrong is the leader of a team committed to supporting NCD prevention and control in the Caribbean region. Her interest in social determinants of health, health in all policies, and regional health underscores her comprehensive and forward-thinking approach to public health.

Dr Armstrong advocates empowering individuals, communities, and populations to make healthier choices. Her support for initiatives that foster healthier environments, such as her engagement with community organisations, is a testament to her unwavering commitment to community health.

For over two decades, Dr. Armstrong has had the opportunity to contribute to primary care, public health, and community-based health promotion.

Dr Armstrong previously served as a Senior Public Health Officer with the Ministry of Health Barbados, where she was involved in planning, implementing, and developing policies and programs. Her current role with CARPHA benefits from her experience as a Medical Officer of Health, where she had administrative responsibility for providing public health and primary care services to a defined geographical population.

Dr Armstrong also spent some time in Bermuda working with the Department of Health as the Senior Medical Officer responsible for community public health services, policy development and strategic planning.

Additionally, she is an Associate lecturer in Public Health in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, for several years she taught the Master of Public Health course on health promotion and health education.


Ms. Daisilyn Chin

Ms. Daisylyn Chin is currently the Acting Chief Epidemiologist / Biostatistician, in National Epidemiology  Research Unit, in the Ministry of Health & Human Services. Ms. Chin received a Bachelors of Psychology in Psychology and Statistics and later a Master’s degree in Demography from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Between 2000 – 2007 she served as a Senior Statistician at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and later served as the Statistician /Demographer at the Office of Economics and Statistics Office in the Cayman Islands. Following a 5 year stint as Biostatistician in the Epidemiological Research & Data Analysis Unit / Epidemiology Unit of the  Ministry of Health, Jamaica, she joined NERU, TCIG as Biostatistician and since 2022 now serves as Acting Chief Epidemiologist


Dr. Sheray Ward Chin. MBBS; DM

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Dr. Sheray Chin is a Medical Oncologist, specialising in the treatment of patients with solid tumors, including breast, ovarian, colon, prostate and lung cancer amongst others.

She is a Lecturer & Clinical Cancer Researcher at the University of the West Indies, and a Consultant at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She has her clinical practice at Island Medical Specialists in Kingston, Jamaica and is part of the Turks & Caicos Oncology team, as a visiting Oncologist at the Turks & Caicos Islands Hospital.

Dr. Sheray Chin is an advocate for cancer prevention and earlier diagnosis through cancer screening and health care access. In keeping with her goal of optimizing cancer care in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, her interests include Cancer disparities research, Cancer risk reduction strategies and using Precision Oncology to offer personalised cancer care.


Dr. Dingle Spence. BSc., MBBS, Dip. Pall. Med, FRCR

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Dingle Spence, BSc., MBBS, Dip. Pall. Med, FRCR, is a Jamaican physician with training in both Clinical Oncology and Palliative Medicine. She recently retired (March 2023) after 20 years as the Senior Medical Officer of the Hope Institute Hospital, Jamaica’s only dedicated Oncology and Palliative Care unit.

Dr Spence is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is co-founder and co-director of the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care and palliative care in Jamaica and the Caribbean. She has also co-founded the Palliative Care Association of Jamaica and the Caribbean Palliative Care Association. She has research interests in the use of plant- based medicines such as cannabinoids and psychedelics for holistic symptom relief for people with palliative care needs.

Professor Joseph Plummer. MBBS;DM; FACS

Professor Joseph Plummer is a graduate of the University of the West Indies DM in General Surgery and did a Clinical Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery at the University of Toronto.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He served as Head of the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the UWI during the period 2017 to 2023 and  has a vast experience in managing diseases of the colon and rectum

Dr. Roy McGregor BSc; MBBS; MD

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Dr. Roy McGregor obtained his MB BS and BSc (Hons) in London at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School) and has sub-specialised in several areas including minimal invasive surgery for prostate/kidney cancer, kidney stones (laser), benign endoscopic prostatic surgery and major reconstructive urological surgery.

He was awarded a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of London and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Ireland and England. He completed his specialist training in urology London at the Imperial College where he obtained his Completion of Training Certificate and FRCS in Urology.

Dr. Darren Halliday. MBBS; DM

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Darron A. C. Halliday completed his medical training at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Kingston Jamaica. He did his internship and post graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Clinical Medicine and Research (UWI) Nassau, Bahamas. He then completed a two year fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, University of Calgary, Alberta Canada. Following this he returned Nassau to work as a Gynecologic Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He is an Associate Lecture at the SCMR UWI,  Bahamas and has a keen interest in the role of Virtual Learning Platforms in medical education.

He has received numerous awards. He was registrar of the year during his residency and afterward he received the coveted International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) travel scholarship award. This provided the opportunity to travel to the gynecology oncology division at the Jewish General Hospital Montréal, Québec, Canada. In addition to his clinical duties he also teaches and supervise residents, medical students, and nursing students. He attends international conferences regularly and is involved in research. He has a particular interest in cervical cancer and HPV related diseases and has published in these  areas.

He is a member of a number of international societies that champion cancer care around the world including , The International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada(GOC), and The African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3).


Dr. Ian Bambury MBBS; DM

Dr Bambury completed his undergraduate training and residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology  at the University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica. He then completed a fellowship in Gynaecology Oncology at The University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Bambury is also a  Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is currently a Consultant Lecturer at University Hospital of the West Indies in the division of Gynaecology Oncology

Dr. Bambury serves as Assistant coordinator of the Gynaecology Oncology Fellowship Program at UWI Mona. And he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Caribbean of Surgeon. Reviewer of the West Indies Medical Journal

Dr. Jason Copeland. MBBS; DM

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Dr. Jason Copeland is a Consultant General Surgeon and & Breast Surgical Oncologist the Kingston Public Hospital. Dr .Copeland completed his MBBS and Doctor of Medicine in General Surgery at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Jamaica. He later completed a Breast Oncology Fellowship at the Roswell Part Comprehensive Center in New York in 2020. Dr. Copeland is the Founder and Director of the Breast Health and Oncology Care in Jamaica a facility for r advanced breast health and oncology management. He is a consultant at the Andrews Memorial Hospital and the Kingston Public Hospital.