Hedda G Dyer 2014 World Cancer Congress

Hedda G Dyer

Biosketch of Dr. Hedda Grace DYER MB CHB (Ed) MRCS (Ed), MBA Ross University School of Medicine P.O. Box 266, Roseau, Dominica. Tel: Work: (767) 255 6500 (Ext 6392) E-mail: hdyer@rossu.edu Dr. Hedda Dyer is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School (MB CHB Ed), a Member of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS Ed), a Member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), a Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, a Member of the Dominica Medical Association. She is also registered with the Barbados Medical Board and the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Dominica cancer society advisory board. She possesses a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Health Services from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She is an Associate Professor of Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) and the Director of the Semester 4x/05 Clinical Skills Module. Dr. Dyer completed her medical education at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB CHB Ed). During her medical school elective periods in order to gain an international perspective, she undertook electives in Cardiology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bridgetown, Barbados, Accident & Emergency (Service d’Urgences) at the Groupe Hospitalier Pitie- Salpetriere, Paris, France and General Surgery at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Goodwill, Dominica. She obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS Ed) in 2005. In December 2012, she obtained her Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Health Services from the Keller Graduate School of Management Dr. Dyer’s current academic and clinical positions give her a broad set of expertise in both the practice and teaching of surgical disciplines. She works in the fields of General Surgery and Breast Surgical Oncology. Her role in medical Education spans curriculum development to teaching clinical skills to medical students. In previous positions Dr. Dyer has gained a wide range of experience including working in Breast Surgery outpatient clinics, head & neck surgery, breast reconstructive surgery, hand surgery and trauma through positions in hospital centers in USA, UK, France and the Caribbean. Dr. Dyer’s front- line experience with the high rates of late- stage presentation of breast cancer in Dominican women enabled her to see the first-hand experience of patients in Limited-Resource Countries (LRC’s) such as the Commonwealth of Dominica. In addition, her work with non- governmental organizations (NGO’s) such as the Dominican Cancer Society, have made her passionate to continue the education of health professionals to improve patient outcomes by collaborating with medical colleagues in the area of research and clinical training as relates to breast cancer care LRC’s. Focusing on this topic since 2008, Dr. Dyer has presented and published her research project entitled Improving Early Detection and Diagnosis of Breast Cancer in the Commonwealth of Dominica at local, regional and international conferences such as: workshops training Commonwealth of Dominica primary health care workers on the early detection of breast cancer in 2010 and 2012, the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC) 56th Annual Research Meeting in Guyana in 2011,the World Cancer Congress of the International Union Against Cancer ( UICC) in Geneva, Switzerland in 2008, and the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) in Vienna, Austria, to name a few. Dr. Dyer is also the (Dominica) PI of the multinational and multicenter research project funded by the Susan G. Komen foundation entitled Evaluation of Genetic risk in Caribbean women of breast or ovarian cancer. She is also the co-founder of the North- South Breast and Ovary Health Initiative (NSBOHI), a non- profit organization founded March 2013. NSBOHI’s vision is to “address and to positively impact upon the health disparities which exist between the Northern and Southern hemispheres as relates to breast and ovarian cancer outcomes and prognosis.” NSBOHI’s Inaugural NSBOHI workshop Breast and Ovarian Cancer in the Caribbean: Diagnosing and Treating Women’s Cancer was held on May17-18, 2013 in Roseau,Dominica. Dr. Dyer is bi-lingual, able to converse and treat patients in both English and French.

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