Professor Dan’s accomplishments as a surgeon and his contribution to the surgical practice in the region through education and training are the catalysts for his rapid rise. He is a Caribbean pioneer in both laparoscopic surgery (a surgical method that makes only small incisions in the body and uses optics to view the interior) and bariatric surgery (anti-obesity surgery that reduces the size of the stomach through various methods). He has trained surgeons throughout the region and was instrumental in starting the post-grad training in Surgery in Trinidad and Tobago.
Dan’s academic achievements include: Top Resident in training in Buffalo NY and was among the top one percent in the US board examinations in surgery; he completed a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in Washington DC; joined the UWI as a lecturer in 2004 and attained professorship 11 years following this; widely published in international medical journals.
He was awarded a Humming Bird (Gold) medal in 2015. He is a past president of the Society of Surgeons of Trinidad and Tobago; member of the Society of American Gastro-Enterological Surgeons,Fellow of American College of Surgeons (2005); Fellow of the Caribbean College of Surgeon; President of the Caribbean Association of Endoscopic Surgeons; President of the Caribbean Obesity Society; and a member of the board of directors of the John E.Sabga Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer. He’s won awards from South West Regional Health Authority and the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association.
His current leadership roles include being the University examiner in Surgery, Head of UWI’s Department of Clinical Surgical Sciences (St Augustine); Immediate Past President of the TT chapter of the American College of Surgeons and a council member of the Caribbean College of Surgeons. His has a very important role in molding future doctors and surgeons for the Caribbean.