Twenty-three orthopaedic surgeons from eight English-speaking Caribbean islands/countries, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Antigua,Guyana and the U.S. Virgin Islands, met at the Kapok Hotel on October 1, 2005 in the sunny isle of Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting or “Lime I” as it was called was borne out of a desire of orthopaedic surgeons in the region to develop closer links with each other; to become more aware of the challenges which confront each of us in our respective islands/countries, and to offer technical support to our colleagues who work in environments with limited resources.
Successive annual meetings (Lime II and III) were held in 2006 and 2007 and each time on the 1st weekend in October. In 2007, because of the sustained interests of those 23 orthopaedic surgeons, the Caribbean Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons was launched. Since then Annual Scientific Meetings have been held on the first weekend in October. The attendees include orthopaedic surgeons and residents from the Caribbean, as well as invited speakers fromUnited States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Columbia, Venezuela, Italy, Nigeria andPuerto Rico.
In 2010, the Association was incorporated under the Companies Act in Jamaica as aLimited Liability Company, Limited by Guarantee. In May 2014, the Association was registered under the Charities Act, 2013 as an Approved Charitable Organization.
The main objectives of the Association are:
The impact of The Caribbean Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons has been manifested in a number of ways:
As we look to the future as an Association, it is imperative that the membership give deep consideration to the following:
There are many challenges ahead and to paraphrase Winston Churchill, “every challenge also represents a great opportunity”. In addition, we should always be mindful of the words of Henry Ford, the American industrialist, “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”. The Caribbean Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons has the ability to shape and craft its future and to define it.
President: Marlon Mencia
Vice President: Jeff Chase
Treasurer: Horatius Jeffers
Secretary: Philip Waite
Immediate Past President: Jerome Jones
Director: Wayne Palmer
Director: R E Christopher Rose
Director: Akshai Mansingh
Singh, K. K.
Marlon Mencia 2013 – 2016
Jerome Jones 2011 – 2013
Christopher Rose 2007 – 2011