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

Dr. Kavita Kotte

Dean of Clinical Sciences

Dr. Nazir Ahmed Umrani

Associate Dean of Clinical Medicine

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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 pursue 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.

Dr. Umrani is happily married to his beautiful wife Berri Umrani and they have 6 beautiful children. He believes that raising good children starts at home and therefore, he and his wife, take keen interest in providing good home to their children so they grow up to be good citizens.

Dr. Umrani’s free time is spent with his family and flying around in a single engine Piper Warrior 2 with his kids because he holds private pilot license through FAA.

Dr Mujeeb Shad

MD Clinical Chair Psychiatry

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Dr. Shad graduated from Sind Medical College in 1983. He started his career at a sub-rural dispensary in interior Sindh followed by teaching anatomy at the Sindh Medical College and later at the Aga Khan University. After moving to US, Dr. Shad completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and a 2-year psychopharmacology fellowship in 1998. In 2000, Dr. Shad joined Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh to advance his interest in neuroimaging research. At the University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, he completed his masters in clinical sciences and received a NIMH-sponsored K-23 mentored research award. In 2013, Dr. Shad moved to Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois as a residency program director. He continued his academic career at the Oregon Health & Sciences University, where he became a full professor in 2019. Currently, Dr. Shad is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Touro University Nevada and is starting a new psychiatry residency program in Las Vegas in 2022. Dr. Shad has received federal, investigator-initiated and private research funding. The federal funding was a K23 award to investigate neurobiology of self-awareness in schizophrenia. Private funding involved investigation of minocycline augmentation in schizophrenia. Most recently, investigator-initiated trials included investigation of utility of pharmacogenomics algorithm in schizophrenia. In addition to receiving several teaching awards from trainees, Dr. Shad has authored and co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, CME reviews, and book chapters. Dr. Shad has presented at national and international meetings including UN-sponsored psychopharmacology workshops and seminars in Pakistan.

Dr Saju Joseph

MD Clinical Chair Surgery

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Dr. Joseph completed his medical school education at Tufts University School of Medicine. He then went on to pursue training in surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center under the leadership of Dr. Josef E. Fischer. During his training, Dr. Joseph won the prestigious Harvard House-staff and Fellows Teaching award. Through Dr. Fischer’s mentorship, Dr. Joseph had the unique experience of doing his fellowship in Hepato-Biliary and Pancreatic Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh under the tutelage of Professor O. James Garden.

Since completing his training, Dr. Joseph has worked in academic surgery for his entire career. He has had the opportunity to serve as a visiting professor for the Colombian Association of Surgery and as an advisor to Governor Abbott (Texas)regarding emergency and trauma services.  He was also the Vice Chair of Surgery at Texas Tech, where he was instrumental in establishing the residency in the Permian Basin and an acclaimed rural surgery training program. Dr. Joseph serves on the editorial board of multiple journals and is a reviewer for many others.  He has over 25 peer reviewed publications, $4 million of grant funding, and numerous book chapters. He is the editor for a book on Point-of-Care-Ultrasound for First Responders.


Dr. Baily Cua-Apacible

Associate Registrar


Reggie Nair

Director of Admissions

Hassam Aslam

Admissions Specialist


Mr. Jawad Chughtai

Jawad Chughtai

Chief Financial Officer

Afsheen Hai

Saad Khan Headshot

Saad Khan