Party Chairman Duane Ernest L. Sands


Dr. Duane E. Sands, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, was born in Nassau to Basil and Roberta Sands.  He was educated at St. Anne’s High School in Nassau, Cheshire Academy in Connecticut and Tufts University in Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

After obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland in 1986 and completing his residency in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Wayne State University in Michigan in 1994.  Dr. Sands returned home and began serving the Bahamian people as a consultant surgeon at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

He has served as Director of Accident and Emergency at PMH, and then as the Hospital’s Chief of Surgery.  He also practices at Doctors Hospital and the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Institute of the Bahamas Ltd. Dr. Sands has maintained a public surgical service in Grand Bahama for the last decade providing Dialysis access and other surgical interventions at the Rand Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Sands served as a former Chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation and a former Chairman of the Bahamas Medical Council and Director of the Central Bank of the Bahamas.  He previously served as Director of the Public Hospitals Authority and now serves them as a Consultant.  Dr. Sands also served as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Member of the Board of Directors of Doctor’s Hospital and Director of Physicians Alliance Ltd.

Dr. Sands has served in Parliament as the FNM Senator from February 2011 – May 2012.  He was Elected Deputy Chairman of the Free National Movement in July 2012 – November 2014.

He was appointed Senator on May 23, 2016 to again serve our country in the Upper Chamber.

Dr. Sands was elected as the MP for the Elizabeth constituency in May 2017. He was appointed to the Cabinet as the Minister of Health. He served until May 2020.

On February 25, 2022 Dr. Sands was elected national party chairman.

He is still actively engaged in the public and private practice of Surgery and is married to Laurika Alexis Flowers-Sands.

Dr. Sands is the father of seven children: Adrienne , Brandon, Nicholas, and Mila, Amadeus, Laurin and Elijah.

An Anglican, Dr. Sands worships at Christ Church Cathedral.

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