The Spring 2022 semester will be on campus in Aruba.

Administration & Executive Team

American University School of Medicine Aruba (AUSOMA) is a chartered and licensed medical school located in the Caribbean Islands. We provide quality education and programs that help you become a medical doctor in the US, UK. Middle East, your home country and abroad. 

Our administration and faculty are dedicated to providing you with a positive learning experience. We offer high-yield programs designed to provide you with a hands-on approach to practicing medicine. Small class sizes allow us to give each student the attention needed to pass USMLE tests, do well in residencies and clinical placements. 

Every professor at AUSOMA holds an MD and/or PhD in their fields of specialty who have taught medicine all over the world. Collectively, they have years of experience helping people prepare to become physicians. Meet our staff below. 


Jawad Shaikh

Chairman of the Board

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Mr. Shaikh has over 20 years in the healthcare industry working with Physicians, Hospital CEOs, Chief Medical Officers and operating large scale operations for major hospital corporations across the United States. Prior to AUSOMA, Jawad was the Founder and Senior Partner at Accision Health and Avelead. After using advanced integration technologies at McKesson, Nike, DuPont and United Healthcare, Jawad started Accision in 2001 to help healthcare organizations optimize and implement enterprise solutions. Jawad’s vision for delivering solutions in the form of healthcare technology specific services is now a driving factor for taking Medical Education to the next level. 

Mannan Chaudhry, MD, MHP, FACP

Chief Operating Officer

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Dr. Chaudhry graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Dominican Republic in 1998. After graduation, he initially completed clinical training in the field of General Surgery. Later, he completed his residency in SUNY Downstate in Internal medicine, is board certified in Internal Medicine, and practices in Atlanta, GA. In 2005, he co-founded Xavier University School of Medicine Aruba and served as its Chief Academic officer till 2009.

At AUSOMA, Dr. Chaudhry serves as the interim Chief Academic Officer and as the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the USA office’s daily operation, including recruitment of staff and faculty, marketing, student recruitment, accounting, clinical rotations, and academic oversight of the entire program.

Abrar Khan, MD


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Dr. Abrar Khan serves as the Dean for AUSOMA. He has over 30 years of teaching experience and managing Academics in the United States and in Caribbean Medical Schools. 

Kanaan Baroud

Aruba Director of Operations

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Mr. Kanaan Baroud, Jr is one of the most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs on the island of Aruba. He is well known for his political contacts and ventures with the different Governments in the Caribbean. He was a co-founder of Xavier University School of Medicine and served as the Director of Operations in Aruba. At AUSOMA, he serves as the Director of Operations in Aruba. He oversees the day-to-day operation of the Basic Medical Sciences campus in Aruba.

Badar Shaikh

Chief Technology Officer

Clinical Sciences

Faizul Islam, MBBS, MD, MRCP, FACP

Dean of Clinical Sciences
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Dr. Nazir Ahmed Umrani

Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences

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Dr. Nazir Ahmed Umrani was born and raised in a small town in Pakistan. After his high school diploma, he decided to come to the US in pursuit of a medical degree. 

Dr. Umrani graduated from University of Evansville, Evansville Indiana in 1998 with a BA degree. He got his master’s degree from Fielding’s Graduate University Santa Barbra California in 2003 and graduated from Xavier University school of Medicine with an MD degree in 2008. 

Since graduating, he has been working in many roles, including: Assistant Director of Clinical Medicine, Director of Admissions, and Associate Dean of Clinical Medicine. He has been proudly serving in US Navy at Jacksonville Naval Base as a department head for administration. We are lucky to have him join our team at AUSOMA now and help build one of the best clinical department for our students. 


Pam England

University Registrar

Dr. Baily Cua-Apacible

Associate Registrar


C. Ray Tatum

Vice President of Enrollment

Stephen Lyte

Associate Director of Admissions

Tabitha Raj

Director of Admissions

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Ms. Raj has 15 years in the higher education field. She obtained an M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Ms. Raj has extensive experience in admissions, marketing, and student recruitment with many various student groups, within various disciplines. She has worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions for large public, private institutions and private companies that have partnered with top tier institutions to increase their enrollment and recruit the best and brightest students. Working with institutions such as, UW Madison, USF’s College of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University and Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine, to name a few. She has developed and implemented training in admissions, and CRM utilization such as Salesforce, Recruit and HubSpot. She believes in providing a seamless and informative admissions experience to all applicants and is passionate about offering the best customer service and care for prospective students. She is excited to develop innovative ideas to offer the best experience to students applying to AUSOMA!


Mr. Jawad Chughtai

Jawad Chughtai

Chief Financial Officer

Afsheen Hai

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Saad Khan