Dr David Cavan is a consultant endocrinologist currently working part-time at the Poole Diabetes Centre and has a private clinic at London Medical. He is also the director of Cavan Limited. He was based at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre from 1996 until 2013. Early in his career, he developed an interest in patient self-management education and together with colleagues developed the BERTIE program for people with type 1 diabetes, the BERTIE online course, and innovative educational models of care for insulin pump therapy. In 2011 he turned his focus to a lifestyle approach to the management of type 2 diabetes, and in 2014 wrote his first book, ‘Reverse Your Diabetes: the step-by-step plan to take control of type 2 diabetes.
This was followed by ‘Reverse your Diabetes Diet’ in 2016, ‘Take Control of type 1 Diabetes’ and the ‘Low Carb Diabetes Cookbook’, both published in 2018. He left Bournemouth to take up the role of Director of Policy and Programs at the International Diabetes Federation in Brussels, which he held for over three years. He has since set up a lifestyle management program for type 2 diabetes in Bermuda and has piloted a similar intervention in Kenya, as well as delivering training for health professionals from across Kenya.