GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO, October 10, 2018 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Bernard Gauthier with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Bernard Gauthier celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Doctor Gauthier was 11 years old when he decided he was going to be a doctor. His motivation was not clear to him then and still isn't but that's what he wanted to do more than anything else and he stuck to it. The young Gauthier had, and his older persona still has, a deep interest in science. The only science he remembers from primary school in France and in Algeria had to do with the human body and he thinks this may have provided the initial motivation. Doctor Gauthier was 17 when his family moved to Australia. There his high school English served him well and within a year of arrival in Australia he gained qualification for admission to university courses of studies, including the 6 year course of study of medicine. Even so, he first spent a few years working to help his family find their feet in their new country, in many ways so unlike the one they had left. On successful completion of the first year of the course, he won a “Commonwealth Scholarship” that covered tuition and provided a helpful living allowance for the remaining 5 years of the course and on completion of the course, he received the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BS) from the University of Sydney. At the time, MB, BS was the standard medical degree awarded by Australian universities. It was equivalent to the MD degree of American schools in level of training and in legal standing and medical practitioners holding those degrees were l addressed and referred to as Doctor. Dr Gauthier thus became the first healthcare provider in his family. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and in the subspecialty of Pediatric Nephrology.
Following graduation, Dr. Gauthier first did a two year rotating internship at Bankstown District Hospital near Sydney. He also did a few locums in local general practices and realized he wanted to become a pediatrician. That is also the time when, and the place where he met a young newly graduated nurse to whom he is still married 56 years later. Training in pediatrics followed with a one year internship at Sydney's Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, and was completed with a residency at Sydney's Prince of Wales Children's Hospital. In 1968, after taking successfully the most difficult test of his life, Dr Gauthier was admitted to the Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and, in the words of the notification informing him of this, was “allowed to append to his name the letters MRACP”. The Membership was upgraded to a Fellowship (FRACP) a few years later. In the environment of the time, having those letters after one's name attested to several years of additional training and to the general practitioners who provided primary care to patients of all ages it was evidence that the holder was qualified to practice as a consultant in the chosen specialty, e.g. internal medicine, pediatrics and others.
With the “Membership” in the bag, Doctor Gauthier was given a position as staff pediatrician at Prince of Wales Children's Hospital and kept it for two years, during which it became evident that he needed a subspecialty. He chose nephrology and in 1970, Doctor Gauthier, with wife and two little boys, came to America to join Melinda McVicar MD for training and experience at SUNY Health Sciences Center and King's County Hospital in Brooklyn NY. His intention was to return to the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital after two years and take a position as pediatric nephrologist. He would then have been one of the only two pediatric nephrologists in Australia. However, when he was offered a permanent faculty position in Brooklyn he took it and soon found himself in charge of the service when Doctor McVicar moved to a position at another hospital. In 1975, Dr. Gauthier was invited to start a division of nephrology in what was soon to become the Schneider Children's Hospital (later renamed Cohen Children's Medical Center) of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems in New Hyde Park, New York. He retired from there in 2004.
As chief, Dr. Gauthier was credited with creating the hospital's division of nephrology. During his time at Schneider Children's Hospital, he rose to the rank of professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. In 2000 Dr. Gauthier earned the title of chief emeritus of the division of nephrology at Schneider Children's Hospital. He continued to work part time until he retired in 2004.
Dr. Gauthier had a major role in setting up the first pediatric hemodialysis center in Brooklyn and Queens. In 1974, a first batch of 121 American pediatric nephrologists received the newly established certification of the American Board of Pediatrics and Dr Gauthier was one of them. In addition to his practical work in medicine, Dr. Gauthier was also a consultant for the Institutional Review Board of New York, chairman of the New York-New Jersey Pediatric Nephrology Study Group, director of quality assurance for Schneider Children's Hospital, a participant in the national study group on Growth Failure in Children with Renal Diseases and in the International Study of Kidney Disease in Children. He was also a prolific author and co-author of 15 books, book chapters, articles, and numerous papers that were published by professional journals. He also lectured abroad in several countries.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gauthier was dedicated to patient care and his name appeared regularly in lists of the 4-6 best pediatric nephrologists in the New York area. He has remained aware of developments in his field as member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, the New York Society of Nephrology, the New York Pediatric Society, the Queens Pediatric Society, and the Nassau County Pediatric Society. A highlight of his accomplished career was the opportunity to treat a child with a severe abnormality that caused kidney failure. The child's mother thanked Dr. Gauthier for being an instrumental part of saving her child's life.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Bernard Gauthier has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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