Sir Kenneth Stuart, August 2007

Sir Kenneth Stuart, MD, DSc, FRCP

Past Medical Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program Keynote Speaker – August 18, 2007

Professor Sir Kenneth Stuart was educated at Harrison College in Barbados and Queens University in Belfast. In 1986, he received an Honorary DSc from Queen’s University in Belfast, and he served as the Honorary Medical and Scientific Adviser to the Barbados High Commission.

A past Medical Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, Sir Kenneth Stuart also served as Professor and Dean of the Department of Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica; a consultant at University Hospital, Jamaica; and consultant adviser to the Wellcome Trust. He served as Chairman of the Court of Governors of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and as a member of the Council of Governors of Guys’, Kings and St. Thomas’ Hospitals Medical School, London. Sir Kenneth Stuart published many articles in medical journals on hepatic and cardiovascular disorders.

In a letter authored by Sir Kenneth Stuart to “The Independent” in 1996, he called for a national council to respond to emerging medical ethical issues, issues that could not be left entirely to doctors, scientists and lawyers. “It is time that society gave more attention to the processes (other than the current ‘fire-alarm’ approaches) by which such questions might be dealt with in the future. There is clearly a need for some form of National Ethical Council with a wide-ranging membership, whose role would not only be to review the issues that stemmed or seemed likely to stem from medical scientific advance,” he wrote, “but also to promote community understanding and discussion of them.”

Sir Kenneth Stuart is a member of the Academic Board of St. George’s University and a member of the Board of Directors of the UK Trust for the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF). He is also a patron of Doctors for Human Rights and trustee of London Lighthouse.