GRAND CAYMAN:--- The fifth annual Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference will welcome a range of exceptional healthcare professionals from all over the world to speak at this year's event, taking place from 20th to 22nd November at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Presenting on subjects pertinent to this year's theme: 'Winning the war against chronic non-communicable diseases', overseas and local specialists will discuss some of the biggest challenges to our health today. As a result, the audience will hear important and timely updates and discussions on diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and mental health.
The Hon. Osbourne Bodden, Minister of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, will open the proceedings and then the audience will hear from healthcare professionals.
Dr James Hospedales is the Executive Director of Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and he will be opening the conference with an overview of whether the war is being won on CNCDs globally and in the Caribbean. Dr Hospedales, a citizen of Trinidad & Tobago, has been the Executive Director of CARPHA since February 2013 and has a wide breadth of knowledge of CNCDs in the region.
The Chief Interventional Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Health City Cayman Islands, Dr Ravi Kishore Amancharla, will discuss conquering the cardiovascular Leviathan. Since 1997, Dr Ravi has been working with Dr Devi Shetty and has been instrumental in establishing state of the art electrophysiology services across the group hospitals and has already been making a positive impact to Cayman and its visitors.
Organisers are also delighted to present Dr Edward Anim-Addo, Internal Medicine, Chief Medical Officer with Tenet Florida Physician Services. He will be addressing global trends in type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and correlates. Dr Anim- Addo is board-certified in internal medicine. His areas of interest include cardiovascular disease, critical care, diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism and rheumatology.
Dr Robert Cywes, is a specialist in neonatal, paediatric surgery and adolescent surgery with Tenet Florida Physician Services. His presentation will tackle the facts versus beliefs as they relate to obesity. Dr Cywes is a board-certified adult and pediatric surgeon and he is on-staff at Palm Beach Children's Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr Lawrence Friedman, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego will discuss using new technology to improve diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the role of electronic medical records and mobile monitoring. He is responsible for the Medical Directorship of the large faculty practice and oversight of ambulatory quality and safety, managed care, ambulatory clinical practices including primary care and specialty services.
Presenting on food security, nutrition and NCD control in the Caribbean, is Dr. Fitzroy Henry, a Professor of Public Health Nutrition at University of Technology, Jamaica. Dr Henry joined the University of Technology, Jamaica in April 2013 as Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences and the School of Public Health and Health Technology.
As a Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist with Cancer Treatment Centers of Americas, Dr Shayma Kazmi's focus will be on genetics and DNA sequencing applications in cancer treatment. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the Medical Society of New Jersey.
Medical Director at The Heart Health Centre, Grand Cayman, Dr Mikhail Kosiborod is also a Staff Cardiologist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Missouri and a Professor of Medicine with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri. He will talk about the rising "tsunami" of diabetes and its complications.
Dr. George Peoples is the founder of the Cancer Vaccine Development Program (CVDP); founder and CEO of Cancer Insight, LLC and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He will speak on the new frontier for cancer treatment: personalised cancer immunotherapy. The CVDP has 15 years of experience in discovering, developing, and clinical testing of cancer vaccines - four of which have been licensed for commercial development.
A Cayman-based speaker rounds off this incredible list of healthcare experts. Shannon Seymour, Director of the Wellness Centre will present on community first response to mental health. Ms Seymour is the founding director of The Wellness Centre Ltd and a registered clinical psychologist.
"The calibre of speakers at this year's conference is profound and we intend to highlight a range of topics that will be beneficial to the medical community and the general public alike", Hon. Osbourne Bodden said. "We continue to offer this conference and knowledge to the community free of charge, so I encourage people to register soon, as space is limited."
Committed sponsors this year include: Tenet Healthcare, Tower, Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, Dart, Health City Cayman Islands, CONCACAF, UnitedHealthcare International, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cleveland Clinic, Baptist Health International, Marsh, Cerner, BritCay, University of California-San Diego, Aitheras Aviation Group, Aon Risk Solutions, Broward Health, The Wellness Centre, Fidelity, Heart Health Centre, Saint Luke's Mid-America Institute, Generali, Cayman Airways and many other exhibitors and not-for-profit organisations.
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