Farewell to Dr Pram Mistry who leaves for the USA

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In May 1998, the Gauchers Association gave a farewell reception for Dr Pram Mistry who left the Gauchers Clinic at the Royal Free Hospital to become Associate Professor and Director of the Gauchers Clinic at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York on 1 June 1998. Jeremy Manuel the Gauchers Association Chairman presented Dr Mistry with a numbered print of a water colour of Hampstead (where the Royal Free Hospital is situated) which is a gift from his patients and friends. Jeremy said:

Tonight is an occasion of mixed emotions. We feel great sadness at having to say goodbye to Dr Pram Mistry. Sadness that he is leaving us and particularly the sadness of his own patients who hold him in the highest regard and affection.

But we also share his and his familyµs considerable excitement at the voyage that lays ahead both personally to be living (as the late Frank Sinatra put it) ?in the city that doesnµt sleepµ and professionally as the Director of the Gauchers Clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York. Our loss is their gain.

Dr Mistry is known to us as a caring and compassionate doctor, as an outstanding researcher in the field of Gauchers disease and as a friend.

As a doctor, he has always gone beyond the call of duty and I know that his days start early and end late. Over the years I have heard countless stories of Dr Mistryµs many kindnesses to his patients from sitting outside the MRI scanner to offer reassurance during a claustrophobic and worrying test to helping carry the bags of a discharged patient to his car. I know too that in making himself available to be there for his patients and give support to their families, he has missed out on personal celebrations.

Dr Mistryµs research into Gauchers disease has been recognised throughout the world. The words exquisite and beautiful are not normally words a layman would expect to associate with scientific research but they have been used by two separate researchers on his study of what happens to the enzyme when it is infused into the human body.

So he will be sorely missed by us in the UK as a researcher, as a doctor and as a friend. But our sadness is alleviated by our knowledge that in taking up a Directorship of the largest Gauchers Clinic in the USA, he will be able not only to treat a larger number of patients but will be encouraged in his research which will ultimately, I am confident, benefit countless Gauchers patients worldwide.

He leaves behind at the Royal Free a legacy of which he should feel proud. The Royal Free is now a national treatment centre for Gauchers disease given special status by the Department of Health and he leaves his patients being cared for by his colleague and friend Dr Atul Mehta who has long been involved with Gauchers patients at the Free. We look forward to working with Dr Mehta as closely in the future as we have worked with Dr Mistry in the past.

Dr Mistry and the Gauchers Association have worked together to help patients for seven years. There are people who have had his help and advice for even longer and Susan Lewis and I and all the members of our Executive thank him for the contribution he has made to us as an Association and indeed to all Gauchers patients. It is fitting that it was Dr Mistry who received our first Alan Gordon Memorial Award given for outstanding contribution to Gauchers disease and its patients.

Our gift to Dr Mistry is a signed and numbered print of Heath Street in Hampstead. The inscription on the mount reads: ?Presented to Dr Pram Mistry in Appreciation, the Gauchers Association May 1998µ.

Dr Mistry's Reply

I greatly appreciate the time and effort you gave to organise the reception. I was deeply moved by your kind words and regard for my family.

Uniquely, the Gauchers Association has shaped my professional development in many ways and for this I am eternally grateful. There is a lot still to be done for Gauchers patients and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to make a real life-long commitment to this field.

Thus despite the distance you will always be close to my heart and continue to inspire all my clinical as well as scientific endeavours in the future as you have done in the past.

Your beautiful and generous gift is a lasting memento of my time spent with Gauchers disease and its patients but I have no doubt that we shall continue to work together in our global endeavour to provide the best possible care for all Gauchers patients.

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Source: Gauchers News July 1998

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