An orthopedic surgeon, whose mother was the first woman from Cayman Brac to become a physician, has joined the Health Services Authority.
Dr. Eirik Randolph Hesla, who specializes in trauma and fracture treatment and a variety of elective surgeries, comes to Cayman from Umea University Hospital in Sweden and the Akershus University Hospital in Oslo, Norway.
Dr. Hesla said he moved to Cayman because of his family ties here, but also because he wanted to try something new. “It is a bit different from what I am used to, but we have settled in quite nicely,” he said.
“My mother is from the Cayman Islands and so I feel a particular bond with the community here,” he said. “My parents, brother and two sisters are all doctors, so having a career in the medical field seems to be a family tradition. As a doctor, it’s always a privilege to help those in need. I’m really looking forward to working with all my new colleagues at the hospital and the various opportunities that lie ahead.”
His mother, the late Dr. Margeret “Molly” Hesla, née Brown, was born to Mavis and Irvin (Charles) Brown at Watering Place in Cayman Brac. She was the first female from Cayman Brac to become a physician.
She was honored posthumously on the 2009 National Heroes Day with a Spirit of Excellence Award. She passed away in 2008.
According to Dr. Hesla, his mother moved to and studied in Dublin, Ireland. “My mother was a primary pediatrician with a double specialty in psychiatry,” he said. “My father, who is still practicing, is a neurologist specializing in sleeping disorders.”
Dr. Hesla said his mother never practiced in Cayman but worked in Norway for many years. All four of her children became doctors.
His uncle Charlie Brown, who lives on Grand Cayman, said his sister’s children frequently come to Cayman to visit and he expects to see more of the doctors returning to Cayman in the near future.
Lizzette Yearwood, chief executive officer of the Health Services Authority, said she is delighted to announce Dr. Hesla’s appointment.
“We are fortunate to have an orthopedic surgeon and physician of Dr. Hesla’s ability working with us at the Cayman Islands Hospital,” she said. “The fact that he comes with an impeccable pedigree following his mother’s place in our history books as the first female Caymanian doctor, makes his appointment all the more rewarding for us.”
Dr. Hesla completed an officer course with the Norwegian Cavalry and played football to a semiprofessional level in Sweden. He also enjoys fishing, snorkeling, swimming, hunting and spending time with family and friends. He comes to Cayman with his wife Sara and three sons, 6-year-old Simon and 3-year-old twins Edwin and Charlie.