Hall of Fame 2015

 

Dr. John Alcindor
Fr. Michel de Verteuil
Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick
Professor Patrick Hosein
Dr. Eugene C. P. Laurent
Dr. Valance (Val) I. Messiah, H.B.M.
Dr. Badri Rickhi
Mister David Toby. C.M.

 

Dr. John Alcindor


He was a physician who was instrumental in the formation of the African Progress Union (APU). He was born in 1873 and attended St Mary's College where he won one of the four Island Scholarships awarded in Trinidad and Tobago at that time. The scholarship funded his attendance at medical school for three years at Edinburgh University, Scotland from which he graduated in 1899.
In 1907, he established his own medical practice in Paddington, England. He also carried out research and published articles on cancer, tuberculosis and influenza in the British Medical Journal and the General Practitioner. His research suggested that poverty, low quality food and unbalanced diets played an important role in poor health. In 1911, he married Minnie Martin and the couple had three sons. Minnie was subsequently disowned by her family for marrying a black man.

As a member of the Committee of the National Council for Combating Venereal Disease and honorary member of the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, he worked to prevent syphilis and tuberculosis in Great Britain.
As well as running a medical practice at 37 Westbourne Park Road he worked as Medical Officer of Health for the Paddington Poor Law Guardians. He became Senior District Medical Officer of the Metropolitan Borough of Paddington in 1917.
He served as a British Red Cross volunteer in World War 1 – despite first being rejected from the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1914 due to what was termed, his “colonial origin”.

Not put off by the first rejection, he served Britain by helping wounded soldiers at London rail stations as they returned from the battlefields, and his determination was honoured with a Red Cross Medal after the war. He served as senior district medical officer in Paddington from 1921 to his death.
In the late 1890s, he associated with the group led by Henry Sylvester-Williams and his African Association. They were instrumental in hosting the First Pan-African Conference in 1900, which he attended in London, as a delegate from the Afro-West Indian Society.
At that conference, there were 37 delegates from Europe, Africa and the United States, including Samuel Coleridge Taylor, John Archer, Sylvester Williams and William Du Bois. Many delegates called for legislation promoting racial equality and Michael Creighton, the Bishop of London, asked the British government to confer the "benefits of self-government" on "other races as soon as possible".

In 1921 he was elected as the second chairman of the African Progress Union, succeeding John Archer. The African Progress Union was founded in London in 1918 as "an Association of Africans from various parts of Africa, the West Indies, British Guiana, Honduras and America, representing advanced African ideas in liberal education".
He died on 25 October 1924 at age 51. The funeral of the “Black Doctor” of Paddington as he had become known, was noted in the local press as follows: “He was of kindly and sympathetic disposition”, “he led a life that was a shining example of the extinction of racial prejudice by high character” and, “He was a coloured man who earned the esteem and respect of all classes of the English people, both for charming personality and sterling character.
In 2014, the centenary year of the outbreak of World War 1, a public plaque was unveiled at the site of his former surgery in Paddington, England, in recognition of his outstanding work as a local doctor, a World War 1 hero and a Pan Africanist.

At the unveiling, it was noted that he had a passion for both helping those who could not afford to pay for GP services in those days and for his fight to promote racial equality.


Fr. Michel de Verteuil

 

At the 13th Conference on Catholic Theology in the Caribbean Today held in Dominica in 2007, the highlight was the presentation of a plaque by the organizers to this Inductee designating him “A Father of the Church in the Caribbean”. After leaving College in 1947, he went on to study for the Priesthood at Kimmage Manor, Dublin, Ireland. He graduated with an MA in English and Higher Diploma in Education from University College, Dublin in 1956 and obtained his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 1959.


He was ordained on July 19, 1959 and began his ministry as a teacher at the Holy Ghost Minor Seminary, Eastern Nigeria, from 1960 to 1964, and priest formator during the revolutionary days of the Second Vatican Council, when the Bishops sought to return to the sources of Christian life so that the Church might experience the aggiornamento (updating) which Pope John XXIII had mandated.


When the Holy Ghost Fathers sought to deepen their presence in Trinidad by starting their own seminary, he was brought back from Nigeria to become its first Director, a position he held from 1965 to 1970. His Grace Archbishop Joseph Harris was one of the first fruits of that seminary. In 1970, he was appointed the first Rector of the Regional Seminary of St. John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs at Mt. St. Benedict, when the Bishops of the Antilles decided to open a Regional Seminary for the formation of local Caribbean priests at home rather than abroad. During his tenure which lasted until 1978, over 50 priests were ordained for service to the Caribbean. Hundreds of lay people also studied at the seminary, both in its regular curriculum and its extra-mural programme.


In 1978, he decided to share with others the fruits of his own “return to the sources” which Vatican II had called for. He started his first group for Lectio Divina, the Catholic method of reading and praying the Scriptures, which has since become a Christian staple for spiritual development throughout the world. From his base at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, he propagated this meditative reading of Scripture throughout the Caribbean, USA, Canada, England and Ireland. His books on the meditative reading of Scripture enjoyed wide readership and stimulated the deeper spiritual development of many Catholics. In describing the method, he often said “the Bible story must become your story, you must see yourself in the Bible story”. UWI English Professor Emeritus Gordon Rohlehr said that, after having given a literary appraisal of the method for a conference in honour of this Inductee, he was moved to use the method to more deeply appreciate the stories of his own life.


Scores of lay persons developed an interest in the theological tradition of the Church out of their experience of Lectio Divina. This laid the groundwork for the spiritual development of those who came to leadership positions in the local church in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council and the Assemblies of the Diocese, over which former Archbishop Anthony Pantin had presided. His many retreats and lectures across the region made him the single most influential priest in the development of the Catholic Church in the Caribbean. He used Literature as his academic discipline to powerfully teach scripture, ethics and spirituality, philosophy and culture in truly transformative ways.


As Editor of the Catholic News, he sought to raise the standard of literary excellence and move the paper from Catholic insularity to become one of the acknowledged national weeklies. His editorials were published in one of the Sunday newspapers and won him an award for excellence in journalism in 1998. The Catholic News shifted from being the voice of the hierarchy to being a good reflection of the rich Catholic life of the diocese in the parishes and beyond.

Among his many other achievements and accolades were:
• Co-Founder of the Antilles School of Liturgy in 1975
• Provincial of the Trinidad Province of the Holy Ghost Fathers, from 1980 to 1992
• Co-Founder of the Conference on Catholic Theology in the Caribbean, in 1994
• Founder/Director, Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, from 1980 to 2003
• Managing Director and Editor, CATHOLIC NEWS, from 1991 to 2002.

Fr. Martin Sirju, one of the local priests most influenced by him, wrote in tribute after his death in 2014, “For a man coming from a background of class and privilege, he identified with the opposite, with the lower classes and those without privilege. He understood well the upheaval of the 1970s and saw clearly the structured racism of post-colonial Trinidad. He sought to address it in his own firm but gentle manner, particularly as Rector of the Regional seminary, through Liturgy School and his prodigious output on Lectio Divina both in writing and in workshops. I learnt from him more than anybody else the concept of ‘local church’ and he defended it when it mattered most to do so.”


Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick

 

At the tender age of 16, this Inductee left St. Mary’s College and was admitted to Howard University with the dream of becoming a physician.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Medicine degree in a combined six-year program and completed his surgical residency training at Howard University Hospital. After fulfilling his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, he began his academic career at the University of Connecticut, where he served on the faculty of the Department of Surgery, as well as the Associate Program Director of Surgery Residency and Associate Director of the Cancer Center.
He returned to Howard in 2006 and has held several leadership positions including Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center, Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Deputy Provost for Health Sciences, Provost and Chief Academic Officer and Interim President. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from Howard University in May of 2011.
He is a master teacher and noted researcher, who is committed to bridging health disparities, with particular emphasis on cancer outcomes among African-Americans and other underrepresented groups. He has served as principal investigator for major grants and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. He is past chair of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. He has also served as Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Board of Medicine and as an Associate Examiner on the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Medical Honors Society and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American College of Surgeons.
He has received numerous awards, including:
• Recognized by the government of Trinidad and Tobago for his outstanding achievement in medicine in 2000.
• Named a "Super Doctor" by The Washington Post
• Listed on Ebony Magazine's Power 100 in 2010.
• Named one of America’s Best Physicians by Black Enterprise Magazine.
• Honoured by the Institute of Caribbean Studies with the Vanguard Award in 2010
• Named a Standout Scholar by Diverse Magazine in 2011
• Honoured by NIHERST for Outstanding Contribution in Medicine (Oncology) in 2012
• Awarded the Congressional Citation of Distinguished Service by the U.S. Congress

He was appointed the 17th President of Howard University in July 2014, after serving as Interim President since October 2013. As a triple alumnus of the University, he continues to support innovative solutions to further the mission of the University and the success of its students and faculty. A true son of Howard University, he is a proud and loyal exemplar of the University’s motto “Veritas et Utilitas” – Truth and Service.


Professor Patrick Hosein

 

In today’s world, it is unimaginable to live without the World Wide Web and a Smartphone. This Inductee can legitimately claim to have significantly contributed to these technologies and is responsible for introducing the Internet to Trinidad and Tobago.
Born in Curepe, he entered St. Mary’s College in 1971 and won a National Scholarship in 1978. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he obtained 5 degrees covering the disciplines of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, i.e. B.Sc Mathematics, B.Sc Electrical Engineering, M.Sc Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, E.E. (an advanced, practical oriented Electrical Engineer degree) and Ph.D Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
After his graduation, he briefly worked at Bell Laboratories before returning to Trinidad where he worked at UWI as a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, from 1991 to 1995. It is reputed that, on evenings, he would use the department’s FAX line to interconnect the Campus Local Area Network with the, then unknown, Internet, via a University in Puerto Rico. In this way, students on Campus were able to experience the Internet for the very first time. He, together with a team consisting mainly of students, was later contracted by TSTT to develop the registration, management and billing software for the first ISP in Trinidad. He also conceived and developed courses for the MSc degree in Communication Systems that is still being offered by the department.
He returned to the USA in 1995 where he remained until 2011, working with some of the major cellular communications companies in the world like AT&T, Ericsson and Huawei. Based on the novel research performed while at these companies, he has been granted 39 international patents with another 42 pending. These are mainly in the areas of telecommunications and wireless communications. He also has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. Many of his patents are for technologies intrinsic to the various generations of cellular communications technology (i.e. 2G to 5G).
After a very fulfilling international career, he returned to Trinidad and took up the position of Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at UWI and, in October 2014, he was appointed Professor of Computer Science at UWI, a position he still holds. He recently re-designed the MSc. in Computer Science and replaced most of the courses with new ones that better reflect the needs of the country (mobile computing and cloud technologies). Besides his research in wireless communications, he and his students perform research in a wide range of areas including Smart Grids, ICT in Health, ICT in Agriculture, Social Networking, Network Neutrality and Cellular Service Pricing.
He is the CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC), which manages the .tt Country Code Top Level Domain. He also personally supports the hosting of web sites and provides domain names for over 100 schools in Trinidad and Tobago. He is active in the area of Open Data and has deployed and manages Open Data repositories (data.tt and maps.tt) for Trinidad & Tobago datasets.
He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been honoured by NIHERST as an Icon in Science and Technology. He is a member of the US Honour Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu, was nominated for the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award in 2004 and was the Huawei US Wireless Research Employee of the year in 2007. Earlier this year he became an Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence Laureate in Science and Technology.


Dr. Eugene C. P. Laurent

 

He was known in Arima as ‘The Free Doctor’, because he never turned away a sick person, whether they could afford to pay or not.
Born on January 31st 1935, he followed in his father’s footsteps by attending St. Mary’s College, where he gained his Higher School Certificate. After leaving College, he went to work with the Ministry of Agriculture in Centeno. In 1956, he travelled to Canada to further his studies and enrolled at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, where he obtained his B.S. and M.D. degrees in 1959 and 1964 respectively.
He returned to Trinidad in 1965 and opened a private practice in Arima. In 1966 he took up an appointment as District Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health at the Arima District Hospital where he worked until 1972, painstakingly attending to the sick and delivering over seven thousand babies. He was transferred to Sangre Grande as District Medical Officer in 1972 and then promoted to head the Insect Vector Division of the Ministry of Health until he left to pursue post-graduate training, obtaining the Diploma in Public Health from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, in 1976. He ceased to carry on his private practice in 1977.
On his return from Jamaica, he continued working with the Ministry of Health and rose to the newly created position of Principal Medical Officer - Environment. In 1992, he was seconded to the Ministry of Health, Grenada, as the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and worked there until his retirement from the Public Service in 1994. During this period, he gained extensive experience in Environmental Health and Environmental Management and played a leading role in the recommendation and implementation of environmental policies for both countries. He also represented the Governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada at numerous regional and international conferences, workshops and seminars and delivered numerous lectures on environmental topics. In 1985, he was appointed as Chairman of a Committee to organize a Pan American Health Organization - sponsored National Consultation on Environmental Health and Protection. The major recommendation of the consultation was that there was an urgent need to establish an environmental management agency to ensure sustainable development in Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago Environmental Management Authority became a reality in 1995 and in 2000 the Environmental Commission was established. The Trinidad and Tobago Environmental Commission is a Superior Court of Record, the first to be established in the Caribbean Region. He served as a Judge on the Commission from its inception in 2000 until 2010.
After his retirement from the Ministry of Health in 1994, he remained at home for a while, tending to his beautiful garden, but was persuaded, by his family friend, Dr. Yeonnie Whorms-John, to return to his private practice, which he did. He also became the patron of the Trinidad and Tobago Visioneers, an association formed in Arima to assist the blind to participate fully in society.
He was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Orchid Society from 1969 up to his death, and served as its President from 1986 to 1989. As President, he was the driving force in enabling the society to put on a display at the internationally renowned Chelsea Flower Show in England.
He was a Charter Member of the Trinidad East Lions Club, now known as the Arima Lions Club, which was formed in 1967, and served as its President in 1969-1970. In 1973, he served as Deputy District Governor, which was the second highest position in the Caribbean at that time.
He was a dedicated husband and father to his wife Sharon and his two children. He passed away 2 months shy of his 50th wedding anniversary, a milestone that would have been one of his greatest achievements. His 49 year marriage produced two children, Andre and Marita. He spoke of his pet dogs by their names, as if he was speaking of his children. This exemplified his caring nature, caring for people, animals, plants and the environment.
He died on March 6th 2014.


Dr. Valance (Val) I. Messiah, H.B.M.

 

At St. Mary’s, this inductee earned 3rd place in the Open Mathematics category of the Island Scholarship examination, behind Sir Ellis Clarke and Fr. Arthur Lai Fook. However, 3rd place did not earn a scholarship in those times. After leaving College, he worked as a Clerk at Customs & Excise for a few years and also taught Mathematics at Queen’s Royal College for a year. He then proceeded to study Medicine at the National University of Ireland and qualified in 1951. He went on to obtain a Diploma in Child Health at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1954 and worked in Birmingham and Liverpool before returning to Trinidad in 1958.
He worked at the Port of Spain General Hospital for a while and was then transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital, where he was understudy to Consultant Paediatrician, Dr. Bruce Symonds, The Father of Paediatrics in Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1959, he was granted a Government Scholarship to study Pathology at the Hammersmith Postgraduate Medical School in London, England, where he obtained the Diploma in Clinical Pathology in 1961.
As a practising Pathologist in Trinidad and Tobago, he encountered the problem of inadequate blood supplies to cater for the emergency needs of patients. Voluntary blood donation was not in practice at the time and blood had to be solicited from Companies, University personnel and even visiting warships. He resolved to remedy this situation and, with the assistance of the Friends of the Blood Bank organization and the then Minister of Health, he organized fund raisers, mobilized resources, acquired a vehicle, got the Blood Bank relocated to much more spacious accommodation and arranged for regularly scheduled visits to business places, Banks and the University, for blood donation. These efforts were concentrated mainly in North Trinidad.
On his appointment as Principal Pathologist in 1969, he immediately assumed full responsibility for the diagnostic methods and techniques used in the Public Service in Haematology, Bio-Chemistry, Bacteriology and Histopathology. He performed with distinction, humility and compassion and retired from the Government service in 1978.
For many years, he was involved with the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade and in 1966 he became Chairman of the Council of the Brigade, a position he held for 10 years. He was very instrumental in the acquisition of its present headquarters, adjacent to the National Stadium, as well as securing Government subventions for the organization. In 1974, he was appointed Commander of the order of St. John’s Ambulance Brigade.
He also served as the Editor of the Caribbean Medical Journal for 15 years, from 1970 to 1985. During his tenure, he brought about improvements in the quality of the Journal by strengthening the Editorial Board, via the appointment of both local and overseas personnel.
He was elected President of the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association in 1974, having previously served as Honorary Secretary.
In 1980, together with the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin, he conceived and nurtured the Mary Care Centre, to provide care to young unwed mothers and their offspring and to assist these young women to develop a new outlook and acquire a healthier respect for life and life’s values. This project, which was most dear to his heart, has on average, effectively saved the lives of some 30 mothers and their babies each year since its inception.
He was aptly described by his friend and colleague, Dr. Mervyn Henry, as “a scholar, a teacher, a paediatrician, a pathologist, an editor, a family man, a community worker.”
He was awarded The Hummingbird Medal (Gold) in 1975. He died in 2004.

Note: Content extracted from his Obituary written by Dr. Mervyn Henry and published in the Caribbean Medical Journal, Vol. 66 No. 1 June 2004


Dr. Badri Rickhi

 

This Inductee attended St. Mary’s College from 1958 to 1964. At College, he studied languages, literature and history, participated in Cricket, Football and Hockey and was awarded a Gold Medal for Excellence in All Combined Activities. He went on and taught one year at St. Mary’s College. He proceeded to the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.BS) degrees in 1974. He obtained his postgraduate diploma of Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCP) at the University of Toronto in 1980, specializing in Psychiatry. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada, having been appointed since 1984.
He has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Ryodoraku (Japanese) Medicine. He also trained in Functional, Energy and Quantum Physics Medicine. He was the first Canadian member to sit on the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Academic Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), currently comprised of 62 North America Universities, and still serves as a steering committee member.
He works collaboratively with a number of International Centers for Health and Wellness. He has developed Home Spiritual Wellness Programs for stress and depression, which have been scientifically investigated and published in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has worked with professional athletes and is involved in developing a revolutionary home exercise system, which has been tested and shown to significantly reduce the required time for achieving a comprehensive cardio and strength workout.
He is a published researcher who lectures internationally and has participated as an expert in Integrative Medicine in televised documentaries. His workshops in spirituality have been broadcast on the Wisdom Channel. He has been an appointed advisor to Health Canada on complementary therapies and was a past collaborator with the World Health Organization.
In 1992, he organized a small group of friends to initiate a philanthropic project in one of the poorest areas of India. To date, this initiative has created reforestation and recycling programs, a school, a state of the art hospital, a nursing school as well as rural health centers. It also provides clothes and clean water and feeds more than 100,000 persons a week. This project was recently acknowledged by the Indian Government as one of the major projects to positively impact the Indian people.
In 2002, together with other prominent doctors in Canada, he founded the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), a not for profit organization. CINIM is the longest surviving integrative health institute in Canada dedicated solely to integrative wellness research. He holds the position of Research Chair and led the development of BreathingRoom™; an innovative online therapy program that addresses the rising concern of teenage and young adult depression and suicide. The program is available as an App and is accessible to anyone through the Apple App Store and the Googleplay store. BreathingRoom is one of the few evidence-based, e-mental health tools in the world, and the first for Canada.

Among the numerous honours and awards he has received are:
• The prestigious “Dr. Roger’s Prize” in 2009. The largest of its kind in North America, awarded for excellence in complementary and alternative medicine.
• The International Association of Healthcare Professionals “Leading Physician of the World” award in 2014.
• The 2014 True Imagination Award for the BreathingRoom youth resilience program, from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction. The award recognizes significant contributions to the improvement of mental illness and addiction and distinguishes programs which reduce the associated stigma of these conditions.
• Named as one of the “Outstanding Trinidadians in Canada, 1962 – 2012”.


He has been featured and recognized in the international media and he continues to inspire people around the world with his genuine and compassionate mission to serve humanity.
He is author of “The Cosmic Game: Reflections” – an assimilation of his life-long spiritual journey where he shares simple techniques that have helped him manage the demands of life.
This Inductee believes it is the responsibility of health professionals to be visionary in the area of health and that true scientists are those who look for opportunities to understand the unknown. He also believes that service to humanity without attachments is the most fulfilling human experience.
The name of this Inductee is, Dr. Badri Rickhi

Among the numerous honours and awards he has received are:
• The prestigious “Dr. Roger’s Prize” in 2009. The largest of its kind in North America, awarded for excellence in complementary and alternative medicine.
• The International Association of Healthcare Professionals “Leading Physician of the World” award in 2014.
• The 2014 True Imagination Award for the BreathingRoom youth resilience program, from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction. The award recognizes significant contributions to the improvement of mental illness and addiction and distinguishes programs which reduce the associated stigma of these conditions.
• Named as one of the “Outstanding Trinidadians in Canada, 1962 – 2012”.

He has been featured and recognized in the international media, and he continues to inspire people around the world with his genuine and compassionate mission to serve humanity.

He is author of “The Cosmic Game: Reflections” – an assimilation of his life-long spiritual journey where he shares simple techniques that have helped him manage the demands of life.
This Inductee believes it is the responsibility of health professionals to be visionary in the area of health and that true scientists are those who look for opportunities to understand the unknown. He believes that service to humanity without attachments is the most fulfilling human experience.


Mister David Toby. C.M.


Having qualified as a Master in his field, he is entitled to be addressed as 'Mister'. However, because of his inherent humility, he does not use this rarely assigned title.

Born on May 20th 1951, he attended Mt. Lambert RC School, where he secured entrance to St. Mary’s College in 1963. At St. Mary’s, he studied Sciences and played cricket extensively, representing the College at Colts level, as Captain of the Second Eleven and also occasionally playing on the First Eleven Team.

His academic achievements at St. Mary’s may be described as modest, but he was helped and encouraged by Frs. Gerard Pantin and Michael Harkins. After leaving College in 1970, he entered the University of The West Indies, Mona, Jamaica to study medicine and earned his MB.BS degree in 1976. He then worked for a period of 3 years as a House Officer at the Port of Spain General Hospital, following which he proceeded to the United Kingdom in 1979 where he obtained his F.R.C.S., Ed. (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) in 1982.

He returned to Trinidad in 1984 and took up official duties at the Port of Spain General Hospital as a General Orthopaedic Surgeon and super-specialized in Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Princess Elizabeth Centre on a voluntary basis. He is still attached to both institutions and his main contribution to Trinidad and Tobago is at the latter. He is the only Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Caribbean and has continued to build the Princess Elizabeth Centre as an institution which houses sixty (60) disabled and deformed children, between ages four (4) and seventeen (17), on a permanent basis. They are schooled and medically and surgically cared for at the institution, which is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. The main deformities seen are Cerebral Palsy, Clubfoot, Congenital and Acquired Diseases and Scoliosis.

He gives generously of his time, talent and treasure, by holding clinics at the Princess Elizabeth Centre four (4) days per week, available to any child in the country and in the Caribbean. He also performs surgeries two (2) days per week, all free of charge. He recently performed surgeries for children from Nigeria, where such surgeries are not performed. He has arranged for Surgeons from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Illinois to visit and perform surgeries several times per year over the past ten (10) years, also on a voluntary basis. These services have saved the Princess Elizabeth Centre, the Community and the Government, millions of dollars annually. He also acts as mentor and teacher to young upcoming Orthopaedic Surgeons who all want to learn the skill of Paediatric Orthopaedics.

He started and is still involved in the Esimaje Foundation, which is an institution for the rehabilitation and counselling of young men who wish to be steered in the right direction as regards fatherhood, entrepreneurship and general good behaviour. The Foundation has successfully nurtured and sent abroad young men from depressed areas to further their studies. It has also schooled teenagers, through mentoring at the Princess Elizabeth Centre and who have gone on to study medicine. In 1994, he, along with Sr. Paul Clarke, founded Vision of Hope, a home for battered women in La Brea.

He has professional affiliations with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the Caribbean Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

He is the recipient of several awards, including:
• The Paul Harris Fellow Rotary International Foundation
• TATUCA Inc. Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding & Dedicated Service to the Children of the Princess Elizabeth Home (2004)
• Consortium of Disability Organizations Award (2008)

He was awarded The Chaconia Medal (Silver) in 2013.

His proudest achievement, however, is the celebration of thirty five (35) years of marriage with three (3) children.

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