Professor Dr Terence Seemungal attended Trinity College from 1969 to 1976. He holds a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of London, England.
Shortly after leaving Trinity College in 1976, Dr Seemungal returned and taught for a short stint before pursuing studies in the field of Medicine. His interest was particularly in the area of non-communicable diseases, with special emphasis on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Professor Seemungal first approached this topic when he was a doctoral student at the University of London, beginning his research on frequency, inflammation and aetiology of COPD exacerbations.
After completing his professional training in Chest and General Internal medicine in the North East Thames circuit, he returned to Trinidad and Tobago and to the University of the West Indies. Here he continued his research into COPD and other chronic non-communicable lung diseases, first as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and then as a Professor of Medicine. He is currently the Dean of the Medical Facility of the University of the West Indies and the Chairman of the Campus Open Lectures Committee.
His work with the academic group of Professor, Wedzicha, in London, contributed significantly to the body of knowledge of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). His academic contributions from a consistent body of work of high quality, originality and significance. Recently, his work was ranked No. 10 in the world in an analysis of the top 100 “most influential papers on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” Professor Terence Seemungal has made an invaluable contribution to the study of lung health.
The Trinity College Alumni Association acknowledges the achievements and contributions of Professor Dr Terrence Seemungal in the field of Medicine and readily admits him into its Hall of Fame.