Lahey doctors pledge to tackle diabetes epidemic
Specialists from the US Lahey clinic who have partnered with the Bermuda Medical Specialities Group pledged yesterday to help tackle the island’s epidemic of diabetes and heart disease.
Dinamarie Garcia-Banigan, an endocrinologist, said: “Having the opportunity to practise on the island has enabled me to learn about Bermuda’s healthcare system, Bermudian culture and the services available.
A specialist in reproductive health, diabetes, osteoporosis and thyroid disorders, Ms Garcia-Banigan added: “However, wherever you practise, diabetes is a big issue. It’s reflected all over the world.”
The BMSG signed an agreement with the Massachusetts-based hospital last month, but Dr Garcia-Banigan said she had been working with the local clinic for two years. She said the arrangement would enable local patients to have access to other Lahey specialists where needed.
Dr Garcia-Banigan will visit the island on a regular basis but also use technology to communicate with patients.
She added: “I am also planning to build upon my diabetes education programme with one-on-one education.”
Michael Levy is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist.
Dr Levy said his expertise would help fill “a huge need for the island”.
BMSG will also offer screening for heart patients — another area of expertise.
Both doctors are scheduled to attend a BMSG forum at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club today.
The free event will start at 9.30am, followed by talks at the BMSG clinic on Reid Street, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.