The Inaugural Oscar Jordan Symposium at Queen’s Park Steel Shed

The Inaugural Oscar Jordan Symposium in honour of the life and work of the late Dr. Oscar Jordan, Endocrinologist, co-founder of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre for the Caribbean is scheduled to be held January 25-28, 2017.

It is a collaborative effort between the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The symposium will involve a series of events designed for both the public and health professionals in order to educate and advocate on the multidisciplinary management of diabetes.

(FILE IMAGE) The Oscar Jordan Symposium
(Diabetes/ Diabetic Foot)
January 25-28, 2017 For more information: Visit, or call 269-6183; 253-9384

The inaugural event will have a special focus on the diabetic foot and will feature speakers from the Caribbean Diabetes Initiative out of New York and contributions local and regional health professionals. The Caribbean Diabetes Initiative’s goal is to advocate and educate about diabetes across the Caribbean and will feature Foot & Ankle Surgeon Dr. Steven Wells and two US-based Barbadian Nurses – Antsey Small and Derline Higgins. The symposium includes a public lecture on January 25 and medical education seminars January 25-28, 2017.

Nursing students of the Barbados Community College will benefit from a special seminar on January 26 aimed at building the capacity of student nurses in the area of diabetes. An award will be given in honour of Dr. Oscar Jordan to a young doctor and nurse for their outstanding work in diabetes care.

Public Lecture, Wednesday 25 January 2017, 7:00 PM – Queens Park Steel Shed, St. Michael

Barbados has been affected greatly by complications of diabetes, diabetic wounds and infections which often lead to amputations.

This interactive public lecture will feature multidisciplinary presentations from leaders in the management of diabetes and diabetic foot including guest presenter Dr. Steven Wells, Foot & Ankle Surgeon and his team from the Caribbean Diabetes Initiative, Dr. Selwyn Ferdinand, Consultant Surgeon from the QEH, Mrs. Kevamae Sobers, Diabetes Nurse of the QEH and Dr. Diane Brathwaite, Diabetologist from the Diabetes Centre and a representative from the Barbados Drug Service.

Presentations will explore optimal care of the diabetic patient – their diabetes & their feet and the importance of actually understanding diabetes, blood sugar control and how it is related to wounds, ulcers and infections. Educating persons with diabetes, their families and caregivers are key to the successful management of diabetes and tips and tools will be shared with attendees to better improve their understanding and self-management of the condition and ways to save lives and save limbs.

Patient advocate groups, churches and the general public are asked to make a special effort to attend.

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