About Us

Our History

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 from United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Columbia, Venezuela, Italy, Nigeria and Puerto Rico.

In 2010, the Association was incorporated under the Companies Act in Jamaica as a Limited Liability Company, Limited by Guarantee. In May 2014, the Association was registered under the Charities Act, 2013 as an Approved Charitable Organization.

Objectives of the Association

  1. The promotion of high quality care for all the peoples of the Caribbean through the advancement of the science, art and practice of orthopaedic surgery.
  2. The development, encouragement and advancement of continuing education and research in orthopaedics for the public benefit.

The Powers of The Association

  1. To offer advice and co-ordinate technical support to orthopaedic surgeons in the Caribbean especially those who work in environments of limited resources.
  2. To provide opportunities through which surgical experiences and scientific research in orthopaedic surgery may be presented in the Caribbean and the international community.
  3. To promote and encourage public awareness of musculoskeletal injuries and disease through education.
  4. To offer assistance to professional and civic groups in the interest of the health of the Caribbean.
  5. To collaborate as appropriate with any government or authorities (supreme, municipal, local or otherwise) in effecting the objects of the Association.

Board of Directors

President: Trevor Seepaul
Vice President: Mark Minott
Treasurer: Camille Quan Soon
Secretary: Godfrey Araujo
Immediate Past President: Jeff Chase
Director: Wayne Palmer
Director: R. E. Christopher Rose
Director: Derrick McDowell

Founding Members

Ali, Terry
Araujo, Godfrey
Carrington, Randolph
Chase, Jeff
Chode, Prasad
Jeffers, Horatius
Jeffrey, Fawcett
Jones, Jerome
Jones, Kevin
Joseph, Terence
Lousaing, Derrick
Mansingh, Akshai
McDowell, Derrick
Mencia, Marlon
Minott, Mark
Palmer, Wayne
Rose, Christopher
Sawh, Dayanand
Seale, Winston
Singh, K. K.
Toby, David
Waite, Philip
Woods, Charles

Past Presidents

Jeff Chase 2013 – 2016
Marlon Mencia 2013 – 2016
Jerome Jones 2011 – 2013
Christopher Rose 2007 – 2011