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.
2019 – 2020 Council Members:-
Dr. Mark Weech, Chairman
Dr. Mark Weech, M.B.B.S. is a Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology,
Consultant Anaesthesiologist & Intensivist. He is also part of the Princess Margaret
Hospital and Anesthesia Associates Medical Group.
Received early education in Bimini before completing high school at St. John’s College in Nassau.
Undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston before matriculating to the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica for medical school.
Internal Medicine residency at Wayne State University/ Detroit Medical Center. Anaesthesiology residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Paediatric Anaesthesiology fellowship at C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital, University of Michigan.
Formerly Director of Intensive Care Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital and Chief of Anaesthesia at PMH with major focus on modernization of the public health system’s tertiary facilities.
Passionate about clinical medicine and patient centered care. A true believer in the Team approach and group practice as well as incorporation of information technology and science to improve efficiency and outcomes.
Managing Director of Anesthesia Associates Medical Group.
Married to the former Yvette Chea with two daughters, Maya and Emma.
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. Caroline Burnett-Garraway
Dr. Caroline Burnett-Garraway is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, completing her MBBS degree in Jamaica in 1990 and DM in Emergency Medicine in Barbados in 2001. She began her medical career as in Intern at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau in 1990 and has served as Chief of Service of the Accident and Emergency Department and Deputy Medical Chief of Staff. She is currently the Medical Chief of Staff of the institution. Dr. Burnett’s wealth of experience includes appointments as Medical Director for Colina Insurance, Medical Director for Air Ambulance Services Limited and Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research, Bahamas campus. Her hobbies include playing the violin, yoga and indoor cycling.
Dr. Mandi Pedican
Dr. Mandi Pedican, the recently elected, Deputy Medical Chief of Staff for Grand Bahama Health Services is also the Clinical Director and Consultant Pathologist of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Grand Bahama Health Services.
After completion of high school in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, she received her medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica. Her desire and passion for further training lead her to return and pursue her Doctor of Medicine degree in Pathology from the same institution and this was later followed by a fellowship in Forensic Pathology from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Pedican is a member of the Grand Bahama Medical and Dental Association, American Society of Clinical Pathologists and serves as the president of the Grand Bahama Medical Staff Association.
Dr. Pedican is the third of four children and upon her return to Grand Bahama got involved in community service through several outreach groups particularly through church, local cancer screening initiatives and her former alma mater.
Dr. Pedican has interests in the culinary arts and provides assistance to a local junkanoo group.
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.