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.
2018 – 2019 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. Darius Unwala
Dr. Darius J. Unwala is a graduate of The University of Manchester Medical School, England, having graduated with honours in all subject areas. He is a board-certified urologist in the United States, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a member of The Medical Association of The Bahamas.
Dr. Unwala was the first to perform two advanced surgical procedures for the treatment of kidney cancer in Marshfield, Wisconsin and one of the first urologists to perform a single site laparoscopic nephrectomy for kidney cancer in Arizona.
He has published numerous editorials on a wide range of urological topics, and has also published surgical techniques in Urologic surgery, inclusive of stone surgery. A reviewer for the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s “Good Surgical Practice” Document, Dr. Unwala has reviewed clinical guidelines for the American Urological Association on multiple topics. An award-winning peer reviewer in urology, he has also reviewed articles for general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. In 2016 Dr. Unwala was recognized as a Top Reviewer for the Urology Gold Journal.
As Consultant Urologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctors Hospital, he offers expertise in a wide range of open, endoscopic and laparoscopic treatment options, treating conditions ranging from prostate cancer to kidney stones. Dr. Unwala introduced a wide range of new surgical techniques to The Bahamas, including laser surgery for kidney stones at the Princess Margaret Hospital and laparoscopic urological operations at Doctors Hospital. Dr. Unwala was recognized in The Bahamas 40 under 40 awards in 2013 and he was awarded the Bahamian Icon award for his outstanding contributions to Health in 2016.
Dr. Unwala serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas and is a Director and Treasurer for the Brighter Bahamas Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve literacy in The Bahamas.
He is married to Dr. Rashmi Unwala MD, FAAD, Consultant Dermatologist and Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic. The couple are the proud parents of Nikhil, Yasmin and Cyrus.
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 highschool 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.