The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Faculty of Medical Sciences


Staff: Academic
Dr. Damian Best
Titles: Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Department: FMS
Discipline: Clinical Faculty (Phase II)
Qualifications: MBBS DM (UWI), MSc (Aberd), MRCOG
 
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), UWI, Cave Hill, 2005
  • DM (Doctor of Medicine)(Obstetrics & Gynaecology), UWI, Cave Hill, 2012
  • MRCOG (Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists), 2012
  • Master of Science (by Research)(Obstetrics & Gynaecology), University of Aberdeen, 2016
Clinical/Research Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine, University of Aberdeen/Aberdeen Fertility Centre, Jan 2015-Dec 2016
Contact: (Office) 436-6450 / 271-1508
(Email) damian.best@cavehill.uwi.edu
Biography: Dr. Best, attended Harrison College, and won a Barbadian Government Exhibition in 2000. He is a proud UWI graduate, attending Mona and Cave Hill for undergraduate medical training, and Cave Hill for postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is also a Member of the Royal College of the Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

His subspecialty interest is in Reproductive Medicine, particularly in the care of couples experiencing difficulty achieving pregnancy. His observership was at the Birmingham Fertility Centre in November 2013, and his Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine took place over two years (2015-2016) at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. He is certified in “Assisted Conception” and “Management of the Infertile Couple” by the British Fertility Society.  He was instrumental in 2017 in the creation of the QEH Fertility clinic, offering secondary care fertility services.

His main research interest has been obesity and infertility, with peer-reviewed publications and a Master of Science (MSc) by research in this area.

Additionally, he manages the website and Facebook pages for Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) and Ob/Gyn Total Care, is a member of the Barbados Medical Council’s CPE committee, enjoys taekwondo, and plays the piano.
Publications:
  1. Best D, Bhattacharya S. Obesity and fertility. Hormone molecular biology and clinical investigation. 2015 Oct 1;24(1):5-10. DOI: 10.1515/hmbci-2015-0023
  2. Best D, McIntyre G. An Audit of the Epidemiology, Investigation and Management of Fertility Patients Attending the Gynaecology Clinic of the Public Hospital in Barbados. West Indian Medical Journal. ePub ahead of print 23 Feb 2016. DOI: 10.7727/wimj.2016.006
  3. Best D, Avenell A, Bhattacharya S. How effective are weight-loss interventions for improving fertility in women and men who are overweight or obese? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence. Human reproduction update. 2017 Nov 1;23(6):681-705. DOI: 10.1093/humupd/dmx027
  4. Branch N, Best D. A missed diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy. BAMP Bulletin. 2017. Sep. No 192. pp27-28.
  5. 5.Best D, Avenell A, Bhattacharya S, Stadler G. New debate: is it time for infertility weight-loss programmes to be couple-based? Human Reproduction. 2017 Oct 12;32(12):2359-65. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/dex313.
Additional Information: Affiliations:
  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
  • British Fertility Society
  • Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners
Awards
  • Barbados Government Exhibition (2000)

George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC)
 
Professor Alafia Samuels, Director George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre

Professor Ian Hambleton, Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Natasha Sobers, Lecturer in Epidemiology

Dr. Kim Quimby, Lecturer in Immunology

Dr. Christina Howitt, Lecturer in Data Science


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Telephone: (246) 417- 4694/4703/4264 Fax: (246) 438-9170 Email: fms@cavehill.uwi.edu