5 Jamaicans among Caribbean's Top 10 female doctors

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Dr Millicent A Comrie, the sister of former Minister of Health, Labour and Social Security in Jamaica, Dr Fenton Ferguson,.specialises in obstetrics/gynaecology, and has over 40 years of experience in the field of medicine. Dr Comrie grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and migrated to the United States to continue her tertiary studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr Comrie has been given the Master Teacher Award in obstetrics and gynaecology by the SUNY Downstate Alumni Association. She is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn (now under New York University). Dr Comrie has dedicated her practice to the education, the diagnosis and the treatment of one of the most devastating health conditions facing the black woman today - uterine fibroids. She is a pioneer in the compassionate care and surgical treatment of fibroids, developing techniques that allow women, particularly young women, to retain their uterus and not have to undergo a hysterectomy, thus preserving fertility.


An experienced, Cornell University-trained, board-certified Dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with her office located in Jupiter, Florida, Dr De Anne H Collier was born in Jamaica. She performs a blend of general medical/surgical dermatology and cosmetic/aesthetic services. Her areas of interest include adult and pediatric dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as cosmetic procedures including Botox, soft-tissue augmentation, chemical peels and laser surgery. Prior to relocating to Florida, Dr Collier practised with Orbuch, Brand and Associates in Manhattan and Long Island. During that time, she was also a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. A diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Dr Collier has performed research in her field and has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. Dr Collier completed her undergraduate premedical studies at Georgetown University earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and performed an externship in Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.


Jamaican Dr Carol Biggs is responsible for the strategic development of the comprehensive Cardiovascular Program at South Miami Hospital and is also an adjunct professor at Florida International University and the Stempel School of Public Health She has been at South Miami Hospital for 15 years and has risen through the ranks to now head one of the most important services for the hospital and Baptist Health. Dr Biggs has worked in several well-known medical facilities such as Jackson Memorial Hospital and Cedars Medical Center. Dr Biggs migrated to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. She attained her nursing degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey and her MBA-HA from the University Of Miami.

She received her Doctor of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University.


Dr Kathie-Ann P Joseph was also born in Jamaica but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is the director of breast services at Bellevue Hospital. Dr Joseph graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1995, specialising in general surgery. She is the first black woman to be appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH/Columbia). Dr Joseph has made significant contributions to breast cancer research and treatment, and has studied how race affects health Crain's New York Business weekly once named her one of its "40 Under 40 rising stars.


Dr Michelle Johnson of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre was born in Jamaica.

She is associate chief of cardiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Dr Johnson is one of only a few doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who specialises in cardiovascular disease. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and has been in practice for 23 years. Dr Johnson is also graduate of Kingston, Jamaica's Immaculate Conception High School.