This prize of £500 is awarded to an undergraduate medical/dental
student or a doctor/dentist within 10 years of qualification and is
judged on works of art submitted to a Medical Art Society exhibition. It
was initiated in 2021 by Professor Victor Hoffbrand in memory of his
brother Dr Barry Hoffbrand who was for many years an active
member of the Medical Art Society.
Barry Hoffbrand (1934-2020) was a consultant physician at
the Whittington Hospital, North London. He became
director of its Academic Centre for Postgraduate Medicine
in 1975 and Editor in Chief of The Postgraduate Medical
Journal (1980-94), giving it an international reputation. He
helped many junior doctors to advance in their careers. He
wrote over 100 scientific papers, mostly on renal disease and
hypertension. He held many honorary medical posts and had been
Vice-President of the Royal Society of Medicine, President of the
Harveian Society and of the London Jewish Medical Society.
After retirement Barry was able to develop his lifelong interest in art, studying at Hampstead School of Art, exhibiting at the Royal Free Hospital and the Royal Society of Medicine. He is remembered not only as
an eminent and compassionate doctor and talented artist, but as a kind, warm and witty companion, offering good advice.