Dr. Dingle Spence
Chief Medical Officer, Psyence Jamaica
BSc., MBBS, DMRT, Dip. Pall. Med, FRCR
Dr. Dingle Spence is a Jamaican physician with training in both Clinical Oncology and Palliative Medicine. She is the Senior Medical Officer of the Hope Institute Hospital, Jamaica’s only dedicated Oncology and Palliative Care unit. Dr. Spence is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and is the Director of the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care and palliative care in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Dr. Spence is a Board Member of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), and is also a member of the Steering Committee of the newly established Caribbean Palliative Care Association (CARIPALCA). She has also served as a Scientific Advisor to the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief and as a consultant expert on the IAEA’s imPACT mission to Guyana in 2018. Dr. Spence has a special interest in education and capacity building in both oncology and palliative care and is working with the University of the West Indies, the Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (Jamaica) to address gaps in palliative care provision and education in the Caribbean region. Dr. Spence also training in acupuncture, homeopathy, Shamanic energy medicine, Reiki and is a lifelong meditator. She also has research interests in the use of plant- based medicines such as cannabinoids and psychedelics for holistic symptom relief for people with palliative care needs.