The Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society has given its first award to Shirley Cridland.
The association held its annual gala dinner on 7 June at the Wharf Restaurant.
Besides the great food, music and dancing, the doctors and their guests paid tribute to local paediatrician Dr. Cridland by presenting to her the first CIMDS award for many years of service to the people of Cayman.
Among the attendees were four other local paediatricians – Cecily Abraham, Gordon Smith, Ramon Lacanilao, and James Robertson – who were on board to honour their colleague. Dr. Cridland was one of the founding members of CIMDS in 1984 when hospital Chief Medical Officer John Williams suggested forming a medical professional association, and she has continued to be an active member.
Dr. Cridland was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, on 6 February, 1936, to John and Alice Clemetson. She attended St. Andrews High School for Girls from 1948 to 1954, receiving the Queens Guide Award in 1953 and represented the Girls Guides of Jamaica at the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in the UK as Head Girl – 1953 and 1954. She attended University College of the West Indies Medical School from 1954 to 1960, did an internship at University Hospital of the West Indies and served as House Officer in paediatrics from 1961 to 1962.
Then it was post graduate studies in the UK: Carshalton Hospital, Surry and Institute of Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London (1962 to 1963).
When she returned from London in 1963, she married the late Bernard N. Cridland, a business executive in Kingston in December. From 1964 through 1972, she served as medical officer in Childrens’ Hospital in Kingston, and then held private practice in Kingston, Jamaica (1972 to 1976).
Dr. Cridland started the first paediatric practice in Cayman Islands when she moved here from Jamaica in 1976. It was on Hospital Road in George Town, close to the George Town hospital, where she worked closely with the hospital physicians.
Dr. Cridland initiated routine six-week post natal exams and screening protocol for referrals at the Child Health Clinic. From 1976 to 2012, she worked in the Genetics Program in Cayman, documenting genetic disorders and counselling families, held monthly clinics in East End and West Bay, visiting the Lighthouse School and patients’ homes.
She is a founding member of the Cayman Heart Fund and also active in programmes dealing with childhood obesity. Dr. Cridland continues to practice primary paediatric care at 247 Smith Road in George Town.
Dr. Cridland has two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.