Tributes paid to first Bahamian obstetrician, Dr George Sherman

THE Minister of Health and chairman of the Board of Directors at Princess Margaret Hospital paid their respects to Dr George Sherman, a former senior consultant and the first Bahamian obstetrician and gynaecologist who recently died.

Dr Sherman, who was born in Andros, was educated at St John’s College in Nassau, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University before attending medical school at Howard University in Washington DC.

During his undergraduate medical studies, he was the recipient of a Howard University Academic Scholarship and the Alexis Nihon Medical Scholarship. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1965 and went on to complete his Rotating Internship at the Howard University Hospital in 1965 and 1966. He also spent a period in the Medical Corps in the United States Army attaining the position of First Lieutenant. Dr Sherman spoke proudly of the time he spent in military service, saying it gave him the discipline he needed to be truly successful in the medical profession. Dr Sherman joined the Bahamas’ healthcare system in 1971, with his appointment to the Princess Margaret Hospital as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He would go on to serve as Consultant Head of Department for obstetrics and gynaecology before relinquishing that position in 1989.

With the establishment of the Public Hospitals Authority, Dr Sherman was appointed the first chairman in 1999. Dr Sherman achieved many professional achievements including: First Prize, Houston, Texas - Journal National Medical Association, 1968; First Prize, San Francisco, California - Journal Medical Association; Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Fellow of American College of Surgeons; Diplomate of National Board Medical Examiners; Member of Pan American Health Organisation; Member of National Medical Association; Member of American Medical Association; Member of American Fertility Society; Member of Medical Association of the Bahamas; Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his long and outstanding service in the field of medicine; nominee for national heroes’ award and the Medical Association of the Bahamas for distinguished medical service to the people of the Bahamas.


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