The Council is comprised of seven (7) members six (6) of whom are appointed by the Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Officer who is the Ex-officio member.
Appointments are effective 1st July to 30th June of each year.
2020 – 2021 Council Members:-
Dr. Dane Bowe, Chairman
Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, Registrar
Merceline Dahl- Regis is a graduate of the University of The West Indies School of Medicine, MBBS., The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Master of Public Health, Diplomate of the American Academy of Paediatrics, Fellow in Developmental Paediatrics, F.A.A.P. and is a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine at Howard University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., USA. Dr. Dahl- Regis was appointed Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and served on Health Boards of the Public Hospitals Authority, the Licensing of Hospitals and Health Care Facilities, The Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, and Health Professions Councils.
During her tenure, she is credited with the development of updated health legislation, notably the Medical Act 2014, establishment of national ethics standards, national surveillance for infectious diseases, and promotion of strategic planning with a focus on building the capacity of the human resource. Additionally, she assisted with the design of the South Beach Health Center with capacity to deliver emergency services, while providing comprehensive public health services including optometric and audiology care.
Dr. Regis served as The Bahamas representative on many Regional, International and Global Committees. She is the first Caribbean national to chair the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts at WHO, the Program and Budget Committee of the WHO Executive Board, the Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Syphilis at both P.A.H.O. and World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Regis also served as chair of the Independent Expert Committee that validated the elimination of Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome in countries of the Americas. She is recognized as the pioneer for leading the regional as well as the global strategy to immunize both children and adults to prevent Congenital Rubella Syndrome. Working with the Global Alliance of Vaccines Immunizations (GAVI), World Health Organization and Sanitary Bureau of the Pan American Health Organization, more than 23 million childhood deaths will be averted by 2020. Working with colleague Chief Medical Officers of the Caribbean, the region has combated dengue, malaria, chikungunya and water borne diseases resulting in a healthier Caribbean population. She ensured the annual publication of the Chief Medical Officer’s Report.
As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Regis has received multimillion dollar grants from the Federal Government, USA, the Health Services Resources Administration and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Further, she obtained from the Center for Disease Control, 6 million dollars for the National HIV program of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Dr. Regis is the recipient of awards: from School of Medicine and the Child Development Center, the Department of Pediatrics, Howard University, recognition from the Global Alliance of Vaccines and Immunizations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and United Nations Children’s Fund, the Pan American Health Organization Award for Administration and most recently the Public Health Hero of the Americas, the first Caribbean woman to receive this award in the history of P.A.H.O and W.H.O. In July 2018, she was among the recipients of The Bahamas’ first national honors, being awarded on October 8, 2018.
Dr. Ilsa Grant-Taylor
Dr. Lorne Charles
Dr. Lorne Charles is a specialist trained Obstetrician and Gynecologist and has been a medical practitioner in the Bahamas for the past 24 years. He completed his undergraduate training at University of The West Indies in 1996. He subsequently completed his post-graduate specialization in Obstetrics & Gynecology at The University of the West Indies in 2009 and further subspecialist training in Laparoscopic surgery at the Lapsurg. institute in Curitiba Brazil in 2011. He is a fellow of the American congress of obstetricians and gynecologists and a member of the American association of gynecological laparoscopists.
He has been elected Vice president of the Medical association of The Bahamas in 2018 and is currently serving in that capacity. Other notable achievements include commencement of the teen Jadelle long acting contraceptive initiative which resulted in a dramatic reduction in the national teen pregnancy rate.
He also performed the first Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy at the Princess Margaret hospital.
Dr. Pearl McMillan
Dr. Frank Bartlett
Dr. Bartlett was born in Nassau Bahamas and attended primary and High School at St. Anne’s. He studied Pre-med Music and Biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and later went on to complete Medical School at the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. Upon completion of his internship at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, he worked at the Rand Memorial Hospital for two years before specializing and becoming Board certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine (Lincoln Medical and Mental Hospital, Bronx New York).
He returned to Freeport in 1998 and has held various positions since returning, including that of Medical Chief of Staff (2003-2012), Head of the Department of Pediatrics (1998-2018), Chairmanships of various Public Hospital Authority Committees and Coordinator for Grand Bahamas’s Black Swan Exercise (Mass Casualty exercise with the US Coast Guard and local Agencies ) and the Ebola Task Force (2015, 2019). He is a former Board Member of the National Insurance Board (2014-2017), and the Advisory Committee of the College of the Bahamas (2012-2016). He is the Coordinator of the Grand Bahama health Service’s COVID-19 Taskforce and is the newly appointed Director of Quality, Safety and Continuing Medical Education.
His passion is Music and Photography and he enjoys teaching physicians-in-training, carpentry and stamp collecting.
Dr. John Dillett
Dr. John Dillett is a distinguished Consultant Psychiatrist and Mental Health Professional in Nassau, The Bahamas. He was awarded the Clinical Excellence Doctor of The Year Award by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) for 2017/2018. He is the National Director for Forensic Mental Health Services for The Bahamas. He received his Medical and Specialty degrees from The University of The West Indies and his Sub-Specialty degree from The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He serves as an Associate Lecturer for The University of The West Indies.
His vast experience enables him to offer effective outpatient, inpatient, individualized, psychiatric medical care for many of the most complex mental health disorders, and his office provides a safe, confidential and comfortable ground for individuals, families, and couples to receive the best treatment that they deserve.
Dr. Francis Williams
Dr. Francis Williams is a Family Medicine Consultant and Associate Lecturer at The UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research. He completed his undergraduate medical training at UWI, Mona in 1998. He holds the distinction of being the first graduate to complete the DM degree in Medicine through the Bahamas Campus in 2007. He is employed by The Public Hospital Authority and privately at St. Jude’s Medical Centre.
Dr. Williams has served in numerous positions and capacities, some of which include the President of the Hospital Doctors Association, Chairman of The Bahamas Cancer Society, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Chairman of The Medical Review Committee, Consultant in charge of Ministry of Health’s Male Health Clinics, Chief Consultant of The Family Medicine Department, and Acting Deputy Medical Chief of Staff. He is a member of the Medical Association of The Bahamas, American Academy of Family Practice, The Primary Care Association of the Bahamas, and The Caribbean College of Family Physicians.
The Meeting Schedule of Council
The Council holds regular meetings on the 4th Tuesday of every month and may at any time conduct special electronic meetings.