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dr_coyeMr. Adrian Coye –Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Mr. Adrian Coye is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the KHMH.  He is doubly qualified in this specialty having completed the FRCS Edinburgh in Cardiothoracic Surgery (2007) and the Doctorate of Medicine –UWI in Cardiothoracic Surgery (2008).

He earned his first Medical degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, completed Internship there and started surgical residency there.



His Cardiothoracic training started in Jamaica where he worked at the University Hospital of the West Indies, the National Chest Hospital and the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Higher surgical training in the specialty continued in the United Kingdom where he rotated from the Yorkshire Heart Centre, to the Northern Deanery (Freeman Hospital and the James Cook University Hospital).


After qualifying in the UK he returned to Jamaica to complete the DM. Subsequently he worked as a Consultant and Associate Lecturer at the University Hospital of the West Indies and the National Chest Hospital. He was involved in the training of surgical trainees, medical students and nurses.


Medical Education and Training:

  • MRCS Ed
  • FRCS Ed CTh
  • DM CTh




Adult and Pediatric Cardiac surgery- including Coronary artery bypass, Valve replacement(s), Mitral valve repair, Post-infarction VSD / Aneurysm, Aortic root replacement, Aneurysm surgery, Modified- Maze procedure, Dissection surgery, Pericardiectomy, Redo-surgery, Cardiac tumor surgery, Trauma (including aortic transection), Closure of septal defects, Patent ductus arteriosus surgery ( ligation or divide and sew), Pacemaker surgeries etc


Thoracic surgery:


Adult and Pediatric –including bronchoscopy, mediastinoscopy, anatomical or non-anatomical lung resections (lobectomy, pneumonectomy etc), chest trauma surgery, chest wall resection and reconstruction, oesophagoscopy, oesophageal stenting, Oesophagectomy (1field/2 field / 3 field), Oesophageal perforation surgery, Hiatal hernia reconstruction (Belsy Mark 4), Achalasia surgery, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, Video Assisted Thorascopic Surgery (VATS)- for diagnosis and treatment including bullectomy/pleurectomy, pericardial window and Sympathectomy, Thymectomy, diaphragm surgery etc .


Vascular surgery:


Vascular access for hemodialysis (catheters / fistulas), chemoports for chemotherapy, IVC filters


Personal comment:

Determined to establish a high quality, fully functional cardiothoracic Unit at the KHMH where it will be accessible and affordable to all Belizeans.


Mr. Adrian Coye’s motto is “Try to do your best everyday for everyone.” He is ever mindful that the need is greatest in Belize and that it is a developing country. He strives to maintain high standards and recognize that it is a privilege to be able to serve his people. “If you don’t treat your own people properly,” says Dr. Coye, “how can you expect others to do so?”


Early in his training he was struck by the dilemma poverty and lack of access to his field caused patients, a field which is underprovided for in the Caribbean in general and in Belize of course. He is the first Belizean to be so trained and currently is the only one in his field in Belize. Equally important to him is that others follow in this field, and sharing his knowledge is also a priority with him. His specialty blends the mastery of the techniques of surgery with critical care medicine and general medicine and specialist medicine. So it is a highly specialized field, but has many applications.


Dr. Coye credits his family with his success. They have been his strength and have sacrificed immensely. After being away from Belize for almost two decades, reestablishing links he had, and doing so with his family, is how he spends any free time he has.


Dr. Curtis Samuels - Cardiologist


dr.samuelDr. Curtis Samuels received his Doctor of Medicine degree in1996 from the Higher Institute of Medical Studies (Carlos J. Finlay) in Cuba. He interned at the Provincial Hospital “Manuel Ascunce D.” Camagǚey, Cuba and went on to receive his Cardiology Specialist Degree, Grade I, in 2000 from the Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery (Commandant Manuel Fajardo, Havana, Cuba).  In 2006, he participated in the Practical Workshop - Implantation of Pacemakers DDD at OPD Hospital Civil de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.



In the past decade, his professional activities included the following: Participation in January 1997 - Hospital Clinico-Quirurgico; “Manuel Ascunce Domenech”Cuba    (Advances in Diabetes Mellitus), (Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Adults: A challenge for the ICU specialist; Hospital Clinico-Quirurgico, ‘Manuel Ascunce Domenech”,Cuba (New Aspects of Ischemic Heart Disease) Certification received in all. Diploma certification includes: January 1997 at  Hospital Clinico-Quirurgico “Manuel Ascunce Domenech” Cuba  (Antibiotic Therapy), (Provincial Workshop in Surgery, Neurosurgery and Atherosclerosis); November 1997 “Hospital  General Calixto Garcia” Cuba,  Provincial Workshop of Cardiology (Cardiology in the Community;  Acute Unstable Angina);  November 1997 “Hospital General Calixto Garcia”, Cuba Provincial Workshop of Cardiology (Cardiology in the Community; Dangerous Cardiac Arrhythmias)


Dr. Samuels keeps actively involved in research and best practices in his area, most recently attending the May 2010 Congress on Cardiovascular Diseases in Panama. His experience includes being the Resident Doctor in Cardiology at the Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery in Havana, Cuba from 1996 – 2000; Cardiology consultant at Philip Samuels Memorial Heart Center from 2000 – 2004, followed by a year doing the same for KHMH. In 2005 – 2006, Dr. Samuels served as the KHMH’s Medical Chief of Staff and is currently Cardiology Consultant at KHMH and at Belize Healthcare Partners Ltd. formerly Universal Health Services Ltd.



August 2005: Professional member: American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

2006: Founder and Member, Belize Heart Foundation Ltd.

January 2007: Belize Medical and Dental Association

2010: Member, Independent United Order of Mechanics, Loyal Endeavour Lodge # 5


Honors and Awards

1996  Best Foreign Graduate Award (Higher Institute of Medical Sciences “Carlos J. Finlay” Camagǚey , Cuba)

1996 Gold Seal Diploma (Higher Institute of Medical Sciences “Carlos J. Finlay” Camagǚey, Cuba)



1996 – 1999  Medical attention offered to hypertensive patients at the Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Cuba.

“This research paper was carried out at the Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery in Havana, Cuba between March 1998 and April 1999. The general objective of this paper was to evaluate the quality of medical attention being offered by specialists and resident doctors in Cardiology alike, especially where treatment and follow-up were concerned. The level and scope of information possessed by patients about their disease was also explored.”


In 2009, Dr. Samuels also became a Commissioned Officer in the Belize Defense Force Technical Reserve Unit (Second Lieutenant). His interests lie in farming, painting, weight training, tennis, golf and football.


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