Dr. Charles Diggiss
General Surgeon – Advanced Laparoscopic applications including Gastric Bariatric Surgery
About Dr. Diggiss
Born and raised in The Bahamas, and then educated in Jamaica (UWI), Scotland and the USA, Dr. Diggiss is now the Chief Medical Officer at Doctors Hospital and Bahamas Medical Center. As a leader, Dr. Diggiss pioneered in introducing laparoscopic general surgery (1994) in the Bahamas and, he has the distinction of introducing the LapBand with its inventor Prof. Mitiku Belachew in 1998 in the Bahamas. Dr. Diggiss re-introduced the lapband in 2008 with the launch of his RITEWEIGH program.
Dr Diggiss led the Medical staff at Doctors Hospital through a successful Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation process in 2010. He spends a considerable amount of his administrative time involved with professional credentialing, patient safety and healthcare quality issues.
Due in great part to his entrepreneurship in healthcare professional services and practice management, in 2009, Dr. Diggiss was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as a finalist nominee for the ‘Business Person of the Year Award’.
Hobbies & Interests:
When Dr. Diggiss isn’t busy with his practice or other professional roles, he can be found spending time with his wife Ciara and their children at their home in Old Fort Bay, New Providence in The Bahamas.
Dr. Diggiss is a co-founder (2000) of ‘Sister, Sister’, a support group for women in the Bahamas surviving breast cancer. Dr. Diggiss is also recognized for his multidisciplinary weight management program, called RITEWEIGH (2008). Dr. Diggiss is also the founder of the Student Physician Assistance Program (1996) of TEMS Ltd.
This program offers selected medical students, pre-internship physicians and post-graduate trainees/residents an opportunity to receive mentorship, job placement, clinical attachments and financial support to facilitate their education and return to contribute in the Bahamian Medical community. Since inception in 1995 this program has given more than $1 Million in assistance to student-physicians in The Bahamas.
Dr Diggiss founded Doctors Hospital’s STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) – which exposes some 40 students annually during the summer months to various opportunities available within healthcare.
• Medical School:
University of the West Indies, Mona Faculty of Medicine (MB.BS – 1980)
Final Fellowship in General Surgery: Royal College of Physician and Surgeons, Glasgow, Scotland (FRCS – 1987)
• Additional Studies:
Physician Executive Business Program: University of Southern California
Masters in Medical Management (MMM): USC Marshal School of Business
(cohort 9 – 2010)
• Posts Held:
Chief Medical Officer: Doctors Hospital & Bahamas Medical Center
Founder & CEO: The MedNet Group of Companies.
Chairman: Health Professions Council, Bahamas.
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)
Society of American Gastroenterological Surgeons
(SAGES) American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)