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Prof Lawson DouglasDr Ludlow Lawson Douglas is arguably the Caribbean's foremost name in clinical urology. Highly decorated (including receiving the Order of Jamaica in 1996), Dr Douglas forged ahead in the field of urology when, technically, one did not exist in Jamaica. Lawson was inspired by his own father, Dr Ernest G Douglas, who was a general practitioner.

"In those days general practitioners sometimes ended up doing surgery. I saw my father excise a large lump from someone, then cover the wound over with some skin; from that moment, I decided I wanted to be a doctor, too." The Caribbean region owes a debt of gratitude to Dr Lawson for making that decision. In the 1970s and into 1980s "when hardly anyone specialised in urology", the eminent doctor had to travel the region extensively, lending his expertise to patients in Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands, Haiti and Antigua, among others. Now he is pleased to say many of these regions have a number of specialised urologists.

His pioneering work came at a price, though. He admits that time he could spend with his children -- Christopher, David and Jamie -- had to be sacrificed due to his extensive travelling. But his children have benefited tremendously from witnessing their father's work ethic first-hand. His eldest, Christopher, is a retired pilot. David, 41, is co-founder of the architectural firm ' ltd'. And Jamie, 38, is the owner of a small business. "My father," says David, speaking on behalf of his brother, "taught me that hard work and perseverance are the keys to success. But by far, the greatest lesson I have learned from him is simply to show respect, kindness and generosity to others, regardless of who they may be."



Ludlow Lawson Douglas, C.D., M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.; Medical Practitioner, Consultant Urologist, University Hospital of the West Indies. Hon. Consultant, Kingston Renal Transplant Unit; Senior Lecturer in Surgery (U.W.I); Member of Committee of International Society of Urology. Organizations: Past President, Association of Surgeons in Jamaica; Member, British, American, and Canadian Urological Associations.

Born: Clarendon, Jamaica, June 13, 1934, son of the late Ernest G. Douglas, Medical Practitioner, and Mildred Adaisma Case-Douglas.

Educated: Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Kingston College, University of the West Indies. (Kingston College - Nethersole House Captain. Represented school in Football, Cricket, Track, and Tennis.

Representative - All Schools Football and Cricket. Football and Cricket Colours - University. Tennis Champion 1959, Sportsman of the Year 1959).

Career: Surgical Training- (Savanna-la-Mar), U.H.W.I., Edinburgh 1966, Urological Fellowship (Ottawa) 1969, Consultant Urologist 1970. Pioneered Kidney Transplantation in Commonwealth Caribbean 1970, Past Governor - American College of Surgeons, Past President (Jamaica Section) International College of Surgeons. Awards: Chancellor Hall Super Lion Award 1972, Institute of Jamaica Centenary Medal (Science) 1981.

Publications: Medical Scientific Publications on Surgical Techniques, Priapism, Transplantation, Impotence, Diabetes, Mellitus, Sickle Cell Haematuria, and Case History Reports.

Denomination: Methodist.

Married: Dr. Carole Rattray; 3 sons.

Interests: Photography, Squash, Tennis, Golf. Clubs: Kingston Cricket, Constant Spring Golf, Liguanea.

Address: (business) Medical Arts Building, 16 Tangerine Place, Kingston 10. Jamaica; (residence) “The 1/4 Deck”, Jack’s Hill P.A., St. Andrew.




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