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Meet the Board

  • Frank A. Odlum, MD

    FACS- Chairperson​

  • Brian B. Bacot, MD


  • Mavis L. Matthew, MD


  • Semaj J. Johnson, Esq.

    Board Member

Frank A. Odlum, MD

FACS- Chairperson​

MD Member STT/STJ District

Dr. Frank Odlum is a general surgery specialist in St. Thomas Virgin Islands since 1996.  He was born and raised in St. Thomas VI and graduated from The Charlotte Amalie High School in 1983.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma college of medicine in 1990 and did his general surgery residency in Chicago at the University of Illinois metropolitan group hospital‘s residency in general surgery.  He has been board-certified since 1997 and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1999.  He is the chief of surgery at the Schneider Regional Medical Center for over 20 years and has been on the Board of Medical Examiners since 2004.

Him and his wife are proud parents of 4 children. He is an avid boater and is on the board of the St. Thomas swimming association and the Virgin Islands Swimming Federation. He is a life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Brian B. Bacot, MD


Dr. Brian Bacot is an experienced board certified orthopaedic surgeon at Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global in the Us Virgin Island and has been a member of the Virgin Islands Board of Medicine since 2019.

Dr. Bacot, who is an Alabama native, attended undergraduate school at Alabama A&M University and, after graduating summa cum laude, went on to the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine to obtain his Doctorate of Medicine 1996.  He completed his residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He went on to do his Fellow In Arthritis and Adult Reconstruction at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL.  He began his  private practice in Georgia and later moved it to the United States Virgin Islands  in 2008.

Dr Bacot’s practice has extended to all islands of the USVI and the broader Caribbean and is involved in many community programs.  He is also the President of the Virgin Island Medical Society.

Mavis L. Matthew, MD


MD Member STX District

As a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Mavis Matthew returned home in 1987 after completing her residency at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. As a National Health Care Service physician with the U.S. Public Health Corps, she served as the first Pediatrician assigned to the Frederiksted Health Center. Specialized in the care of newborns, children, and adolescents, Dr. Matthew established the first high risk clinic to oversee the care of children with special health care needs.

After obtaining a Master of Public Health in 1992 from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene, she was appointed by Governor Alexander A. Farrelly as the Director of Maternal and Child Health and Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. In this administrative capacity, she implemented several screening programs, operated primary care clinics, and built health-related systems of care.

In 2001, she was appointed by Governor Charles W. Turnbull as the Commissioner of Health, after serving in the capacity of Assistant Commissioner of Health, V.I. Department of Health. During her tenure, she established the Office of Public Health Preparedness to respond to the threat of bioterrorism which emerged after 911. Dr. Matthew oversaw the renovation of the Charles Harwood Complex on St. Croix, and was responsible for the management of an annual budget of over fifty million dollars in federal and local funds.

Dr. Matthew served as Chief Medical Officer at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital from 2014-2016, having served nine years as the Chief of Pediatrics. She is a former President of the Medical Staff and President of the V.I. Medical Society and is currently a member of the Medical staff. In 2014, she was appointed by Governor John P. deJongh as a member of the Virgin Islands Board of the Medical Examiners and in 2020 she was reappointed by Governor Albert Bryan. A Dr. Matthew was re-elected as a member of the Board of V.I. Equicare in 2021.

Dr. Matthew is active in community affairs and is a member of Our Town Frederiksted, Inc., St. Croix Landmark Society, and the Mu Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Inc. She is the President of Pediatric Consultation Services, Inc. her private Pediatric practice established in 1989.

Semaj J. Johnson, Esq.

Board Member

Public Member STX District

Semaj Johnson is a corporate attorney specializing in business development and litigation defense. A former partner at K.A. Rames, P.C., Johnson has represented the interests of small, local businesses and multinational Fortune 500 companies. He has launched numerous start-ups, navigated corporate expansions, defended businesses in federal and state-courts and argued complex litigation appeals. Attorney Johnson is a Virgin Islander, and alumnus of Claude O. Markoe, Good Hope Country Day School, Wesleyan University and Howard University School of Law. His training includes work with The Ford Foundation Study Group, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, under the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Johnson has sat on the Board of several Virgin Islands non-profits, including the Virgin Islands Bar Association, the Virgin Islands Council for the Disabled, the Virgin Islands Humanities Council and the Christiansted Federal Credit Union.