Dr. Owen Gabriel was born and raised in Castries, Saint Lucia. He attended the St Mary’s College where was Student of the Year. Later at the Sir Arthur Lewis College, Dr. Gabriel was awarded the prize for Biology. He received his MD with top honours at the Carlos J Finlay Institute of Medical Sciences in Camaguey in 1998. After this, he was offered a scholarship to do his DM in Oncology at the University of Havana – National Institute of Cancer which he completed in 2003.
His thesis on Strategies for Prevention and Control of Cancer in Saint Lucia, was published in the Journal of Oncology and Radiotherapy of Cuba. He is an ardent researcher and has worked with numerous regional and international organizations to determine the state of cancer in the region and provide cost effective solutions.
He is the only native, resident oncologist in the OECS. As a consultant cancer specialist he provides part-time services in the public sector at Victoria Hospital in Castries, the St. Jude Hospital in Vieux Fort and at the private Tapion Hospital. He continues to provide services and support in specialist oncology care to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in St Vincent gratis since 2012.
He has successfully operated his own facility – The Oncology Centre located at Tapion Ridge in Castries, since 2004.
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