"Granville C. Bain was an exceptional physician and orthopaedic surgeon who was a great motivator and healer.  He served as the
inspiration for many aspiring MDs [doctors] and allied health care professionals."
  Dr Anthony Rankin

 

Dr Granville Bain was the first specialty surgeon and first orthopaedic expert in The Bahamas.  He cared deeply for his fellow Bahamians and did all he could to improve their lives.  He was also a pioneer in arthroscopic surgery, which was considered a revolutionary medical technology at the time.

Granville Charles Bain was born on 27th June, 1940 in Nassau, The Bahamas and grew up in a home where there was an emphasis on schoolwork and learning.  Bain attended Western Junior School and Western Senior School, completing his secondary education at St. John's College, where he showed an aptitude for both science and literature.  he pursued a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, USA and then studied medicine, specialising in orthopaedic surgery, at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee, USA on a full scholarship.  Bain excelled academically and was a popular student.

In 1970, after completing his studies, Dr Bain returned to his homeland.  He worked at the Princess Margaret Hospital and devoted himself to improving health care in The Bahamas.  He was active in the Medical Association of The Bahamas and served as president of The Bahamas Doctors' Union.

Dr Bain also contributed to the education and development of up-and-coming Bahamian professionals in medicine and other disciplines.  He mentored many young doctors and trained both doctors and nurses.  He shared office space with new doctors, gave his time and money to assist struggling medical students, and dispensed valuable advice to prospective medical students.

Dr Bain introduced a programme which allowed the hospital to provide free surgery to children who were unable to afford this service privately.  He also introduced the use of computers and new technology to Bahamian medical practice.  He campaigned for the improvement of the health sector and was active in politics until his move to Miami, Florida in 1981.  Although living in the United States allowed him to update his surgical techniques, he became homesick and returned in 1985.  He continued his private practice until his death on 29th December, 1997 at the age of 57.  In April 2002, the Princess Margaret Hospital renamed its orthopaedic ward the Granville Charles Bain Orthopaedic Ward in commemoration of his innovative spirit, commitment to his fellow citizens and his invaluable contribution to healthcare in The Bahamas.

Dr Granville Bain lived by a code of excellence enshrined in the motto, "Average is not good enough."  His advice to students is, "pursue your aspirations wholly and completely, wherever they lie.  You can be as great as you envision yourself to be.  Service to your fellow man is paramount."

Photos from top to bottom:
   1. As a schoolboy
   2. Bain, centre, with daughters Stacee (left) and Shauna (right) at Spellman College, USA (1990)
   3. Plaque commemorating the renaming of the Orthopaedic Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital in honour of Dr Granville Bain

 

 

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