Respects are being paid following the passing of Professor Courtenay Bartholomew ORTT
Professor Bartholomew reportedly died on Friday.
With regards to his career, he diagnosed the first case of AIDS in the English-speaking Caribbean and is the founder of the Medical Research Foundation (MRFTT), which is now the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in the country.
He was awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 1975 and The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2017.
In a statement, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh hails his distinguished career marked by trailblazing health research in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Hepatitis A and B and scorpion sting venom.
The Minister adds that his passing has created an indisputable void in the medical field, and his leadership and insight will be greatly missed.
Also paying tribute is former Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh who says he first met Professor Bartholomew at the POS General Hospital in 1973, as an intern in his final year of Medical School .
He says Professor Bartholomew was the perfect example of what a doctor should be— highly skilled, brilliant, very knowledgeable, thorough, and in-depth with every medical case.
He also praised his tremendous humanity, as he always went beyond the call to analyze the vaguest medical issues of patients, treating everyone under his care with unmatched compassion and respect.
Dr Gopeesingh went on to state:
“In his great lifetime, Professor Bartholomew was a giant of a man, highly decorated and winning global respect and acclaim, for his truly trailblazing, unmatched work in Trinidad and Tobago’s and the region’s overall medical development, and especially in Internal Medicine… He remains one of our country’s greatest intellectual, academic, scientist, public servant, doctor and patriot, and his tremendous work and legacy will live forever.”