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The Hon. Dr Rufus Washington Ewing

The Hon. Dr Rufus Washington Ewing

The Hon. Dr Rufus Washington Ewing MBBS; DM (Gen Surg); MPH; FACS; FRCS Ed, is the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The post of Premier is the equivalent to Prime Minister in the British Overseas Territories. It is the highest political level that can be attained within the British colonial system. The Hon. Dr. Ewing is a native Turks and Caicos Islander and is no stranger to politics as he is the son of Mr. Hilly Ewing, veteran parliamentarian and Mrs. Jane Ewing.

He was raised in a staunch Seventh Day Adventist home and from early showed early signs of academic prowess as the valedictorian of the Class of 1985 at the Turks and Caicos High School. He received a scholarship to the Barbados Community College where he completed his A Levels and then he attended The University of the West Indies Mona Campus. There he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery and later the Doctor of Medicine in General Surgery. He has over 15 years of experience as a General Surgeon, having practiced in United Kingdom, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos Islands. During his years of training, he also studied in the Bahamas, USA and Canada. Upon returning to the Turks and Caicos, Dr. Ewing played a key role in shaping the evolution of health care at the national and policy level through numerous appointments in the Ministry of Health including Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Health Services. After pursuing a Masters of Public Health Degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University he continued to be instrumental in advocating for the establishment of critical policy, regulatory and strategic units within the Ministry of Health and later played a pivotal role in the development of the National Healthcare Renewal Project. During his years in the public service Dr. Ewing established links with regional counterparts as the TCIs representative on numerous regional health bodies including an appointment as Director of the Caribbean Health Research Council.

His political career began in 2012 with his Presidency of the TCI Civil Service Association, advocating for the rights of Civil Servants under the Interim British Administration. Later that year following his resignation from the Public Service he won the Leadership of the Progressive National Party (PNP). He became the third Premier of The Turks and Caicos Islands after leading his Progressive National Party to victory in 2012. He holds the portfolio of Premier and Minister of Tourism. As Premier, Dr Ewing has extended the work which he begun in the Civil Services Association in his new role, working to improve the lives of his native people. He is committed to the development of the Turks and Caicos Islands and to enhancing the lives, health and continued safety of its people and those which have made TCI their home. He is married to his university classmate, and fellow doctor, Dr. Dawn Perry Ewing and together they have a son.

As Premier he believes that the priorities for the TCI are jobs and the economy, and the latter will be strengthened through diversification. Equally as important are education and youth development. In the future he hopes to lead the TCI to independence. He describes himself as a true patriot and states that “Each individual having the opportunity they need to reach their true potential is what drives me.” We salute this UWI Pelican who is striving to make his nation a better place for all who live there and to show by his actions that politicians serve the people – he is quoted as saying” The actions politicians take are on behalf of the people, in their best interests and that of the country.”


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