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Dr. Kenneth L. Connell

Dr. Kenneth L. Connell

Deputy Dean of Recruitment & Outreach
Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology

Member of The University of the West Indies Senate (Highest decision making committee of the The UWI)
Public Orator - The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Preclinical and Health Sciences


Dr. Connell received his undergraduate and postgraduate training in medicine from the UWI St. Augustine & Cave Hill Campuses and graduated with MBBS and DM Internal Medicine degrees in 2000 and 2006 respectively.  He was awarded a Barbados National Development Scholarship in 2007.  He was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy degree on completion of studies from King's College London.  He joined the Faculty of Medical Sciences as Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology in 2011 and assumed duties of Deputy Dean- Phase 1 in August 2014.

Dr. Connell is a Consultant Physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is Consultant-in-Charge of the hospital's Resistant Hypertension clinic.  He is also a member of the QEH's Drug & Therapeutics committee and Chair of the Specially Authorized Drugs (SAD) committee.  He sits on the Barbados Pharmacy Council as a representattive of the Barbados Assocaition of Medical Practioners (BAMP).

Dr. Connnell is currently President of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados from March 2011- present.  The civil society organization has as its mandate to promote health advocacy, provide health care training in emergency cardiovascular care (ECC), and provide cardiac rehabilitation therapy for patients post CVD events - stroke and heart attack.  He was the Principal Investigator on the US CDC/PAHO Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project - Barbados pilot from April 2014- April 2016.

Dr. Connell was made a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest international College of doctors.  He was elected as the youngest Governor for the ACP as Governor of the new Caribbean Chapter in 2015 for two years term.  In 2014, Dr. Connell was awarded the College's International Fellowship for research and colllaboration with the University of South Carolina.  he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians  (FRCP) and local Chief Examiner for the Royal College Physican MRCP examinations.  

For his contributions to hypertension and cardiovascular science, he was invited to Fellowship of the American College of Cardiology (FACC).


  • PhD (KCL)
  • FACP FRCP (London ) FACC


1. HEARTS in the Americas appraisal checklist and clinical pathway for comprehensive hypertension management in primary care.
Rosende A, DiPette D, Brettler J, Rodríguez G, Zuniga E, Connell K, Ordunez P.
Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2022 Sep 2;46:e125. doi: 10.26633/RPSP.2022.125. eCollection 2022.
PMID: 36071921 Free PMC article.
2. HEARTS in the Americas: innovations for improving hypertension and cardiovascular disease risk management in primary care.
Ordunez P, Campbell NRC, Giraldo Arcila GP, Angell SY, Lombardi C, Brettler JW, Rodriguez Morales YA, Connell KL, Gamarra A, DiPette DJ, Rosende A, Jaffe MG, Rodriguez L, Piñeiro DJ, Martinez R, Sharman JE.
Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2022 Jul 16;46:e96. doi: 10.26633/RPSP.2022.96. eCollection 2022.
PMID: 35855441Free PMC article.
3. Hypertension Pharmacological Treatment in Adults: A World Health Organization Guideline Executive Summary.
Al-Makki A, DiPette D, Whelton PK, Murad MH, Mustafa RA, Acharya S, Beheiry HM, Champagne B, Connell K, Cooney MT, Ezeigwe N, Gaziano TA, Gidio A, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Khan UI, Kumarapeli V, Moran AE, Silwimba MM, Rayner B, Sukonthasan A, Yu J, Saraffzadegan N, Reddy KS, Khan T.
Hypertension. 2022 Jan;79(1):293-301. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.121.18192. Epub 2021 Nov 15.
PMID: 34775787 Free PMC article.
4. Mapping stages, barriers and facilitators to the implementation of HEARTS in the Americas initiative in 12 countries: A qualitative study.
Giraldo GP, Joseph KT, Angell SY, Campbell NRC, Connell K, DiPette DJ, Escobar MC, Valdés-Gonzalez Y, Jaffe MG, Malcolm T, Maldonado J, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Olsen MH, Ordunez P.
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2021 Apr;23(4):755-765. doi: 10.1111/jch.14157. Epub 2021 Mar 18.
PMID: 33738969Free PMC article.
5. Approaches to the Management of Hypertension in Resource-Limited Settings: Strategies to Overcome the Hypertension Crisis in the Post-COVID Era.
Skeete J, Connell K, Ordunez P, DiPette DJ.
Integr Blood Press Control. 2020 Sep 28;13:125-133. doi: 10.2147/IBPC.S261031. eCollection 2020.
PMID: 33061561 Free PMC article.Review.

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Fellow of the American College of Physician - 2016
Fellow of the Royal College of Physiciad - 2016
Fellow of the American College of Cardiologist - 2017
Principal’s Award of Excellece 2019 - Outstanding Public Service

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