November 2011 Volume 8

KC Old Boy Dr Paul Hunt Honored in The Bahamas

Dr. Cedric Lazarus
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Dr Paul Hunt who attended KC from 1969 to 1975 was recently honored in The Bahamas for his outstanding and exemplary medical work in that archipelagic country. Paul comes from an illustrious KC family with all his brothers and his father attending KC. Paul and I started KC in 1969 and we sat in the same class rooms from second form to lower sixth when he left for UWI. Our first impression of Paul was that he knew or seemed to know everything about KC, including the history of the school, performances in sports over the years and other facts that the average first form student did not know or was not expected to know. It was only a year or so later that some of us learnt that he had a brother who had already left KC to study engineering in Trinidad, another who was two years ahead of us and a father who was also a KC Old Boy!

In the pre-teen and early teenage years when most of us had no idea what career path we wanted to pursue, Paul was already extremely focused and knew that he wanted to be a medical doctor so it was no wonder that he was one of the top science students in our class year after year. By fifth form he had already researched and knew the shortest and best way to get into medical school and so when he left KC in lower sixth to pursue his dream his classmates were not surprised. I still remember many of the jokes he used to give in class; many were x- rated and so I dare not repeat them here. He was also a sports aficionado who knew his sports statistics in great detail, not only those stats relating to KC but to the international sports scene as well. If my memory serves me correctly he represented the school in hockey for many years and was a fitness enthusiast.  

Other KC Old Boys in his class at medical school were Ivor Nugent, Kenneth Vaughan and Donovan Calder. Paul graduated as a medical doctor in 1982 and then went to The Bahamas for his internship. He has been there ever since, except for a five year period from 1985 to 1990 when he went to Washington, DC where he completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in allergy and immunology.

Below is an excerpt from the Freeport News of September 9th 2011.

"Local Pediatrician Dr. Paul Hunt is one of two doctors being honoured by the Grand Bahama Medical and Dental Association during their 11th Annual Educational Conference set for September 29 – October 1, 2011. According to the Association Dr. Paul Hunt is a highly recognized and sought out pediatrician
and allergist within The Islands of The Bahamas. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica to Normadelle and the late Sydney Hunt and is the third of five children. Dr. Paul Hunt is married to Wendy Hunt (née Sands), who has blessed him with three beautiful children - Danielle, Sean and Michelle Hunt.

Upon graduating from the great Kingston College (high school), he attended The University of West Indies from 1975 to 1982 and graduated with his M.B., B.S. In 1982 Dr Hunt moved to The Bahamas and completed his internship at Princess Margaret Hospital and continued for a further two years (1983 to 1985) as a Senior House Officer the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics. To expand his knowledge and expertise, he completed his Pediatrics Residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington

D.C. During this time, Dr. Hunt showed superior intellectual performance over his peers and achieved top honors in each of the three years that he was in his residency program. His awards included: Intern of the
Year (year one); Mary and Oscar Randolph Award for Excellence in Child Development and the outstanding Resident Award for all three years of Pediatric Residency. Furthermore, after completing
his residency program, he did a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Howard University. In 1990, Dr. Hunt moved with his family to Grand Bahama, The Bahamas and has since operated a successful Pediatric practice.

Never to be contented, in 2001, he started the only allergy practice in The Bahamas at Harbour Bay Medical Centre in New Providence. A true island-hopping doctor, Dr. Hunt has expanded his practice to provide superior services to patients in Abaco and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. One day, he hopes to expand his services into other islands. Dr. Paul Hunt is board certified in Pediatrics and in Allergy and
Immunology and holds fellowships in these professional societies. He provides gratis pediatric coverage at The Rand Memorial Hospital Pediatrics Ward in the absence of the government consultant pediatricians. This humble spirited, reliable, efficient physician is held in high regard by his patients and colleagues. In spite of his very busy schedule, Dr. Paul Hunt still finds time to attend international conferences on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of the world of pediatrics and allergy.

Whether injured or not, Dr. Paul Hunt can always be seen running or walking on Midshipman
Road. He has a keen interest in flying and hopes to one day obtain his pilot license. Dr. Hunt
also enjoys reading, traveling, cycling and spending time with his family. Truly, a role model
physician who leads by example."

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