American pediatrician joins local practice

Christine Zamastil

Pediatrician Christine Zamastil has joined Dr. Gordon Smith’s Children’s Clinic practice in George Town.

“Since joining Dr. Smith’s practice, I have enjoyed getting to know my patients and their families as well as getting to know the community as a whole,” she said.

“I look forward to caring for children of all ages here in Grand Cayman. I hope that my training in infectious diseases will help me better care for the sick children here, while at the same time working to improve the overall health of children by focusing on strong preventative medicine initiatives.”

Dr. Smith said he was delighted to have a well-qualified and experienced pediatrician join the practice.

“The bulk of the workload in pediatrics is due to infectious disease. There are new problems emerging with dengue, chikungunya, and now Zika to contend with, on top of all the existing ones. I have always been an advocate for immunizations against infectious disease. Next to clean drinking water, vaccination against infectious disease has been the main public health advance in the last 100 years,” said Dr. Smith.

Dr. Zamastil, from the United States, did her medical school training at Rush University in Chicago where she obtained her medical doctorate. She then completed a pediatric residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Zamastil continued her postgraduate training by completing a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is board certified in general paediatrics and paediatric infectious diseases. After completing her training, Dr. Zamastil continued her pediatric work as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics for Ohio State University while practicing at a busy inner city clinic in Columbus.

She has been practicing at the Children’s Clinic on Smith Road since December.