Importance of Education

Advisor to the Board: Alex Westerband

Universal Learning Centre – Alex Westerband

Universal Learning Centre – Alex Westerband

Dr. Alex Westerband was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, to parents who believed that early childhood investment was crucial for long-term development. Following his completion of an M.D degree from the Universite d’Etat d’Haiti, Alex went on to pursue advanced studies and surgical training in France and the United States. He holds a Diploma in Surgery from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg, France. He is also Board-Certified in Surgery and Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Westerband spent many years working as a clinician researcher and educator for graduate and postgraduate students at the University of Arizona, where he became an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in 2002. He served as Clinical Director of Vascular Surgery at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System from 1997 to 2004. Throughout the years, Alex has authored and co-authored more than thirty peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters. He is a member of numerous surgical societies, such as the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Western Vascular Society, the International Society of Endovascular Specialists, among others. While he remains devoted to being a full-time vascular surgeon with Northwest Allied Physicians of Tucson, Alex recently completed an MBA degree in Healthcare at George Washington University. He believes that this supplementary knowledge will help him to contribute to the development of his native country; particularly in the field of education, economic growth and healthcare. Alex and his lovely wife Catherine, a French gynecologist, are the proud parents of two wonderful twins, Eric and Alexandra.