Basseterre, St. Kitts, 21st June, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Two outstanding medical doctors were recognised for their work in medicine in the federation, when the 16th Annual Scientific Conference of the Caribbean College of Surgeons (CCOS) bestowed accolades on Dr. Sir Kennedy Simmonds and Dr. Desmond Fosbery.
Current CCOS President Dr. Cameron Wilkinson said the awards banquet, held 15th June at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, fulfilled one of the mandates of the college to provide fellowship to its members while united in its efforts to improve the quality of surgical care for patients living in and visiting the Caribbean.
But specifically on the two honourees, Dr Wilkinson said, “It gives me great delight to announce that our two honourees are from St. Kitts and when their citations are read you would see that they are truly deserving of this prestigious award… I speak none other than my physician as a kid, anaesthesiologist, the first prime minister, who is also the only living national hero, Dr. The Right Excellent and The Right Honourable Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds.”
He said also, “The second was my surgeon as a kid, who perfectly mended my broken arm, later becoming my working colleague, now retired, and a friend, Dr. Desmond Fosbery.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Sir Kennedy said that it was a pleasure working in the field of Medicine, especially as he was surrounded by his brilliant and capable colleagues.
Sir Kennedy explained that most of his accolades have come because of politics, but the award from the CCOS is very different.
“This honor which you do me tonight is very special, exceptionally special, because the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be was to be a doctor and not only to be a doctor, but to be a doctor in St. Kitts,” he said. “This award goes back to the real me. I chose medicine, politics chose me.”
Dr. Fosbery gave some sound advice to the young surgeons, and persons desirous of venturing into the Medical field.
“Not everyone can rise to be head of service, department chief, but you as young surgeons have passion that’s why you’re here,” he said. “So, become excellent, be bold, and be passionate. Don’t be afraid to step off the path of your perceived goal… You may not become wealthy, but your life will be rich and your patients will thank you,” said Dr. Fosbery.
Top Photo: Dr. Sir Kennedy A. Simmonds speaking after being honoured.