Local doctor returns to Cayman to practise

Earlier this summer, Dr. Diane
Hislop-Chestnut returned to Cayman to practise medicine after spending the last
14 years training overseas.

The doctor, who now works at the
Grand Harbour Medical Centre, said her home-coming was a very rewarding
experience. “I am so happy to finally be home after all these years. I am
excited about having this opportunity to work in Cayman and to serve the people
of my country,” she said.

Dr. Hislop-Chestnut, started
medical school at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, in 1996. At St.
Andrews, she completed an additional year to obtain an honours degree (BSc
Hons) in medical science. In 2000, she was accepted to the University of
Cambridge in England to undertake her clinical medical studies and, in 2003,
graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. 

The doctor completed her
pre-registration house officer year at various hospitals around London and
became fully licensed in 2004 in the UK. She then transferred to the United
States to continue her training, completing an internal medicine residency at
the Lahey Clinic, near Boston, Massachusetts, and became board-certified as an
internist in 2008. She currently has a full medical license in the state of Massachusetts.

Dr. Hislop-Chestnut said she has
long had an interest in endocrinology and in working with patients with
diabetes, cholesterol issues, hypertension, thyroid dysfunction, osteoporosis,
paediatric endocrinology, menopause and other hormone issues. She decided to
specialise in this area and in 2008 started a Fellowship in Endocrinology, also
at the Lahey Clinic, which she completed in 2010. 

“The Cayman Islands as a nation has
a real problem with diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder that, if not controlled
properly, will lead to other serious problems in other parts of the body, such
as the kidneys, eyes and limbs,” said Dr. Hislop-Chestnut, adding that she is
committed to working to achieve better management of such endocrine disorders.

“Patient education is the key.
Diabetes is a disease that requires lifestyle changes and education allows a
better understanding of the disease, how to prevent it or control it, and what
the consequences are of poor management,” she said. “Although the Cayman
Islands have a high prevalence of diabetes, it is also blessed to have organisations
such as the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association and the Diabetic Support Group
that provide support to diabetics.” 

She recently appeared on local
television to discuss diabetes and gave a talk on “Diabetes and Cholesterol” to
the Diabetic Support Group. She said she is keen to continue such efforts to
improve Caymanians’ understanding of the disease.

She is now working with Dr. Stephen
Pickering at Grand Harbour Medical Centre, near Hurley’s.

“We are delighted Dr.
Hislop-Chestnut has chosen to join our clinic. Grand Harbour Medical now has a
team of three resident doctors who specialise in looking after adults with one
or more medical problems that can produce serious sickness. With an on-site
medical laboratory, dietitian and diabetes educator we are focused on doing a
great job for local patients that need our expertise and experience,” said Dr.
Pickering.

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