Meet Dr. P. Manning - Alleyne

"Babies are beautiful beings"


Dr. Manning - Alleyne brought modern-day Neonatal/Perinatal care to Trinidad & Tobago. Her entire being was immersed in the establishment of standards of care. Her 26-year tenure on the Neonatal Unit made a significant impact on the decrease of Neonatal mortality rates. She conceptualised, supervised the construction and commissioning of the new Neonatal Special Care Unit at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Dr. Manning-Alleyne has devoted her life to caring for the most vulnerable amongst us with equity, empathy and common sense in order to secure a quality outcome.

A native of Cocoyea Village, San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Manning - Alleyne completed an extensive education. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. She continued her education, in New York City, under the auspices of Columbia University in Paediatrics and Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine.


Dr. Manning - Alleyne was the Co-Director, Division of Neonatology at Harlem Hospital Centre in New York after completing her Fellowship. Her efforts, in this position, were recognised by Who’s Who in New York City, for decreasing the Neonatal mortality rate at Harlem Hospital Center to 3 per 1,000 live births. She served on many supervisory committees at Harlem Hospital including Nutrition and Sanitation.

Dr. Manning - Alleyne held academic appointments with Columbia University and ultimately was appointed Assistant Professor of Paediatrics. Her responsibilities included teaching Columbia University medical students. She also lectured to students in the Physician Assistant programme of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York.


In Trinidad & Tobago, she was the first medical doctor to be Board appointed to the North West Regional Health Authority Tenders Committee. She is a past president of the Paediatric Society, where she held the presidency for 10 years. She served on a number of committees at the POSGH, which aimed to set and improve standard operating procedures, and they included the Antibiotic Utilization, Blood Transfusions and Infection Control committees. She also advised the Chief of Staff in resolving medical issues, when invited to do so. Dr. Manning - Alleyne was a member of the COSTATT Board. She has lectured on Neonatal care both in Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean region. She also contributed the chapter on respiratory care in collaboration with colleagues in all regions of the English-speaking Caribbean to produce the University of West Indies “Maternal and Child Care” guidelines.

She has been in private practice for over 30 years and has focused on children up to 2 years old. Her medical training, expertise, passion for newborns and young children has given her a unique perspective on babies. Her work has been enhanced by not only her having had four children of her own, but also by the fact that her first born was a tiny pre - term infant.


Dr. Manning - Alleyne extends her passion outside of the medical field, notably holding a 1-woman protest for 2 years in Woodford Square in the name of social justice. Even though she has devoted over 40 years to the care of babies, she also enjoys her down time. She lives in Port-of-Spain. Her varied interests include tending to her expanding garden and working on continuing the legacy of Carnival with Dirty Dozen J’ouvert.

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Medical Disclaimer:
The pediatric behavioural and general information expressed by Dr. P. Manning Alleyne has been developed from her education and experiences over her 30+ year career. Written material or material presented via video or private consultation is for educational purposes only, and not to be considered medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. Please consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you are seeking medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.
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