It is with mixed emotions we announce the retirement of Dr. Barry Brandon Hobbs from clinical practice. A graduate of London Central Collegiate Institute and Oakridge Collegiate (now called Oakridge Secondary School), Dr. Hobbs graduated from Medicine at Western University in 1966. He went on to Internship at University Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, and Princess Margaret and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (1966/67), then Residency at the Department of Radiology, Toronto General (1967-1970) and Fellowship at the University of California in 1971.
Dr. Hobbs worked in Toronto at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor from 1971-1979 then as a Senior Staff Radiologist at Toronto General and Associate Professor until 1986. We were fortunate to entice him to move to London in 1986, where he became an active Radiologist at St. Joseph’s Health Care (London). From 1986-1996 Dr. Hobbs filled the role of Chief, Department of Radiology, London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital.
Dr. Hobbs has aptly filled such prestigious roles as the President of the Canadian Association of Radiologists, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – Independent Health Facilities Assessor, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Diagnostic Facilities Review Panel, and most recently, Emeritus Professor of Radiology, Department of Medical Imaging, Western University.
Over the years, Dr. Hobbs’ noteworthy contribution to Radiology was awarded: he won the prestigious Gold Medal, Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) in 1995. The CAR Gold Medal Award represents the highest award that lies within the power of the CAR to bestow to a member. It is typically awarded to an individual for distinguished and extraordinary service to the Canadian Association of Radiologists and the discipline of radiology, and under normal circumstances it is awarded to only one individual per year. In 2000, Dr. Hobbs won the Imaging Award of Excellence presented by Western University. Indeed, he has certainly contributed to the department of Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Hobbs is well known for his dedication to thorough, challenging, and potentially career-saving PGY5 resident review sessions.
We wish Dr. Hobbs all the best in this new chapter of his life, and we wish to thank him for the lessons he has taught. His sharp wit and dry sense of humor will be missed by us all.
Cindy Hunt, our finance coordinator, has taken an early retirement from the Department of Medical Imaging. Cindy has been with the department for 10 years. In her role she was responsible for managing the day-to-day finances of the department. Specifically, she managed 12 operating accounts, project management accounts, endowments, foundation funds and research accounts, hospital envelope funding, the enhanced hospital on call program, the Radiology Residency program and the Nuclear Medicine Residency program. Cindy was responsible for ensuring the financial integrity of the department on a day-to-day basis and she was exceptional in her role as finance coordinator.
Cindy is leaving the department to be closer to one of her children and her family in Kelowna, British Columbia. She will be missed by everyone who knows her, for her terrific sense of humour, her positive outlook, her articulate nature, and her extensive knowledge base. Farewell, Cindy, and congratulations to you and your family!