The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, JMDA, is paying tribute to a late stalwart of Jamaican medicine, Professor Barrie Hanchard.

Professor Hanchard died suddenly yesterday after collapsing.
He was 75-years-old.

Professor Hanchard was regarded as one of the world’s leading pathologists.

JMDA Vice President, Dr. Mindi Fitz-Henley, says Professor Hanchard was a true visionary and a legend in the field of pathology.

Dr. Fitz-Henley says it must be noted that Professor Hanchard was the principal investigator on a team conducting research into the retro-virus HT-LV-1.

This virus is responsible for a number of diseases which affect several systems of the body, including a unique type of leukaemia and chronic eczema in children.

The recognition of these three diseases gained international acclaim for Professor Hanchard and the UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The groundbreaking research by Professor Hanchard and his team led to some health authorities across the world mandating blood testing for HT-LV-1 in order to prevent spreading by transfusion.

Dr. Fitz-Henley says Professor Hanchard had a habit of making time to help colleagues, including consultants.

The JMDA Vice President says the professor is a stalwart of the medical profession and will be sorely missed.

Yesterday, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, paid tribute to Professor Hanchard.

Professor Hanchard trained hundreds of young doctors in pathology.
He’s also written a chapter in one of the most widely used pathology textbooks in the world – The Pathological Basis of Disease.