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AUA Advisory Board

AUA Advisory Board

Mission Statement

American University of Antigua College of Medicine’s (AUA) advisory board’s mission is to advise and consult AUA’s senior administration on fulfilling the university’s mission to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion, and professionalism.

Board Members

Timothy Bishop

After serving as the provost of Southampton College for 29 years, Former Representative Bishop left his chief executive post to make his first-ever run for public office in 2002. He was elected to represent New York’s 1st Congressional District and continued to serve in the House of Representatives for six terms.


As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Bishop was recognized as one of the strongest advocates in Congress for college access and affordability. He helped write key provisions of legislation helping millions of students pay for college at no new cost to taxpayers. He played an integral role in the negotiations to make unprecedented investments in the Pell Grant program and to make the transition to direct student lending.


Since leaving the Congress, Tim Bishop has joined St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY as a Distinguished Professor of Civic Engagement and Public Service and was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Director of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. Bishop has accepted positions on the Board of Directors of Social Accountability International and The Sergeant Sullivan Center. Both board commitments allow Bishop to continue on two of his top priorities in the Congress; working to ensure workplace protections and service to our Veterans, particularly in the area of post deployment health.

Dr. John Hansen

Professor Emeritus Hansen is Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Hansen received his B.A. degree from Beloit College, his M.S. from Creighton University, and his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Tulane University in 1974. Dr. Hansen’s dissertation research focused on the cell biology, ultrastructure, and neurophysiology of the aortic body chemoreceptors.

In 1985, Dr. Hansen was recruited to the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University Of Rochester Medical Center, where he also assumed the directorship of their revamped Human Structure and Function course (anatomy and embryology). Dr. Hansen has received numerous teaching awards from medical schools at three different schools and in 1999 was the recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the AAMC. He also has been recognized locally by receiving the Gold Medal Award (“for integrity, inspiring teaching, and devotion to medical students”) from the URMC Alumni Association, the Award of Merit from the Rochester Academy of Medicine and was the first recipient of the Presidential Diversity Award at the University of Rochester. Dr. Hansen has been a consultant on various aspects of medical school basic science curricular design at 14 U.S. and 5 foreign medical schools.

In addition to over 110 research publications, book chapters and books, and over 90 meeting abstracts, Dr. Hansen is also a co-editor of Clinical Anatomy, the lead consulting author of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, author of Netter’s Clinical Anatomy, Netter’s Flash Cards, the Essential Anatomy Dissector, and co-author of Netter’s Atlas of Physiology and the TNM Staging Atlas with Oncoanatomy.

Alice Huffman

Alice Huffman began her tenure as President of the California NAACP in January 2000. Under her leadership, the organization has accelerated into one of the most sought after organizations in California’s policy arena. She believes that the NAACP is the constant voice for low income African Americans and students trapped in low performing schools. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP.

Huffman is an appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger’s to the State Parks and Recreation Commission and the California Complete Count Committee for the 2010 Census. She is President of Future PAC, a National organization that supports the election of progressive African American women. She serves on the Board of the Center for Democratic Participation and is a member of the California Democratic Party Executive Committee and the Democratic National Committee. She also serves on the Help America Vote Advisory Committee and Wells Fargo Company Advisory Committee. Huffman is President and CEO of her consulting firm A.C. Public Affairs, Inc. (ACPA). ACPA is a California Corporation specializing in initiative campaigns, strategic public policy issues and grassroots organizing.

She graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in Social and Cultural Anthropology and did extensive graduate work in University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley and USC. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has many distinguished awards and enjoys outstanding relations with state and national leaders.

Dr. Larry Griffith

Since 1998, Dr. Griffith has been a medical director at Johns Hopkins Medicine International. He trained in surgery and internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH). In 1971, Dr. Griffith joined the full-time faculty in the School of Medicine and was promoted to Professor in 1988. During his time at JHH, Dr. Griffith has been the Director of the Adult Catheterization Laboratory, and clinician on the Arrhythmia Service when Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators were first used clinically. Dr. Griffith was director of the Physical Diagnosis Course for second year medical students for twenty-two years and, since 1996, director of a large initiative to improve communication with Community Referring Physicians.

Dr. Ebrahim Kermani

Dr. Kermani completed a General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry Residency at New York University School of Medicine and graduated from Tehran School of Medicine. He’s a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Triple Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry New York University School of Medicine where he is also an attending physician at Tisch Hospital. As part of the faculty at NYU, Dr. Kermani taught medical students and residents in psychiatry.

Dr. Kermani has published numerous scientific papers in peer review journals. His opinions have been cited in the textbooks and academic journals. In addition, Dr. Kermani was Chairman of Psychiatry at Ross University School of Medicine until December 2014. He developed a psychiatric curriculum and oversaw the goals and objectives of the RUSM teaching program were fully implemented at the affiliated teaching hospitals.

Dr. Robert Wilmouth

Dr. Wilmouth holds certifications from the American College of Surgeons, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Heart Association, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has also devoted time to numerous organizations and committees, including Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation, Cambridge Health Resources, Riverstone Health Foundation, American Medical Director Association, Montana Medical Association, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Wilmouth was named president of Rocky Mountain College in April 2013, and he comes to the presidency after serving as the program director of Rocky Mountain College’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program since June 2008. Dr. Wilmouth brings extensive leadership experience to Rocky Mountain College along with interests in fundraising, cost containment, and marketing outreach services.

An Illinois native, Dr. Wilmouth earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. From 1991-2004, Dr. Wilmouth worked as a cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgeon for Billings Clinic; during his time at Billings Clinic, Dr. Wilmouth also served as medical director (1995-2001) and chief of cardiac services (1997- 2003). Since 2005, Dr. Wilmouth has been part of the faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Cambridge, Mass.), and in 2008, he joined RMC as the program director and assistant professor for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.

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