Dr. Cleghorn is a Trinidad-born US Citizen who obtained his initial medical training at the University of the West Indies in 1982. He is trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases and completed his fellowship at the US National Institutes of Health at the National Cancer Institute. He also holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Alpha Delta Omega). He has lived in Washington DC for many years. He is currently Global Head, Health Practice at Palladium - a global consulting and international development firm with a multi-disciplinary group of experts based in the USA, UK and over 40 countries around the world, implementing a wide range of health and social programmes in developed and developing countries. Dr. Cleghorn has over 30 years of experience in international development, research and programme implementation, including extensive collaboration with the Medical Research Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago and the University of the West Indies, where he served as external examiner. His career includes significant tenures at the National Institutes of Health (NCI), Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Medical Center/Institute of Human Virology.
He is an expert on health systems and population health with a focus on infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS (having received numerous awards for outstanding contributions), pathogenesis, surveillance and epidemiology, clinical vaccine trials and training for capacity building for best practice. He serves as an expert reviewer for several renowned publications and is Chair of a NIH special study section for the HIV Clinical Trials Units. He has published extensively on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Dr. Cleghorn‟s commitment to Caribbean development is unquestionable and he brings to the Board a full appreciation of the importance of evidence-based laboratory and medical decision-making and the experience of managing and growing a major Foundation.
The Caribbean Med Labs Foundation, based in Trinidad and Tobago, is a non-governmental organisation established in response to a request from CARICOM Ministers of Health in June 2007. The Ministers had requested continuation of the regional effort aimed at building and sustaining the highest quality medical laboratory services.