University of the West Indies
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Center for Bioethics, McGill University
Global Forum for Bioethics in Research, United Kingdom
Derrick Aarons is faculty in the Bioethics Program's Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative Masters' Degree Program, which is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Health Fogarty International Center.
Derrick E. Aarons is a family physician and consultant bioethicist who is currently serving as a member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) of UNESCO. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Professions Authority in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
Previously, he was the Ethicist for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), serving the 24 member states across the Caribbean. He has also been tutoring in the Fogarthy-funded Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative (CREEi) since its inception in 2015.
As a PhD trained bioethicist, he has spent over 20 years providing his expertise in research ethics, bioethics, medicine, health care, and clinical research all across the Caribbean. He has trained and worked on research ethics committees/IRBs, and started a Caribbean Network of Research Ethics Committees (CANREC) while working at CARPHA. He has also provided leadership and advice in clinical ethics, public health ethics, and was a member of the Zika Ethics Consultation Panel that produced the PAHO Ethics Guidelines on Zika in 2016.
Dr. Aarons was the Convenor and founding President of the Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (BSEC) in 2006, and also served on the International Advisory Board for Bioethics of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Dr. Aarons is a medical graduate of the University of the West Indies who did his Masters in Bioethics at the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, and Clinical Ethics training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He subsequently completed his PhD in Experimental Medicine & Bioethics at McGill University in Canada, with his doctoral thesis focussing on Doctor-patient communication: Empiric & ethical dimensions of a socio-cultural phenomenon.
In his career, he has delivered over 250 presentations and lectures to doctors, nurses, medical students, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and other health care professionals across the Caribbean, and to attorneys and high court judges in the Jamaican Justice System.