At Unicoi County Memorial Hospital in Erwin, Tennessee, Cedric Fernando, MD, oversees a variety of employment-related health services that benefit both employers and the workforce. Cedric Fernando, MD, also supports a variety of charitable causes, including the Clarendon Foundation.A major project of the Clarendon Foundation is the Clarendon Children’s Home located in Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka. Since its founding in 1990, the home has sheltered orphans and other children in need. Many of the children served by the Clarendon Children’s Home lost their parents and families in the civil unrest and war that once plagued Sri Lanka. Other residents of the home were orphaned as a result of a devastating tsunami. The home is a safe place for these children. It protects them from abuse and exploitation while providing clothing, food, medical care, and education. With help from the Clarendon Foundation, the home continues to support many of its previous inhabitants who have moved on to boarding schools or institutes of higher education. The goal of the Clarendon Children’s Home is to remain a constant in children’s lives throughout their schooling to ensure that they have the support necessary to make the most of their talents. To learn more about the Clarendon Foundation, visit clarendonfoundation.org.
A graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Sint Maarten, Cedric Fernando, MD, completed an internship and residency in family medicine at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Fernando continues to teach at the medical school in the Department of Family Medicine. For five years following the completion of his education, Cedric Fernando, MD, owned a private practice in Erwin, Tennessee. He departed the business to serve as an emergency room physician at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital in Erwin, where he went on to become Chief of Staff. Dr. Fernando was later tapped by the Board of Directors as Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Inc. to become the first Medical Director of the Occupational Health Department. As part of his regular duties, Cedric Fernando, MD, manages health services for local industries. A certified Medical Review Officer, he oversees and reviews all substance abuse monitoring in the workplace, performs physicals, and treats individuals injured at work. Additionally, Dr. Fernando serves as a corporate physician. In other occupational health duties, Dr. Fernando manages pre-employment assessments, including gathering pre-placement histories and performing physicals. The department tests pulmonary function, hearing, and functional capacity. Under the direction of Cedric Fernando, MD, occupational health professionals also offer stress testing, EKGs, and X-ray and lab services. In the workplace, Dr. Fernando offers free ergonomic analyses and implements the Employee Assistance Program. A Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Cedric Fernando, MD, also maintains membership in the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and the American Association of Medical Review Officers as well as De Mazenod College Old Boys Union of North America. He provides free physicals to high school athletes and acts as the onsite doctor at Boys Scouts of America summer camps. A native of Sri Lanka, Dr. Fernando supports the Clarendon Foundation, which aids Sri Lankan individuals facing poverty, with special efforts devoted to children.