This memorial site was created in memory of, Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes, who was born on January 13, 1924 and died on March 8, 2006.
Pioneering heart surgeon Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes is now at rest. He died today while undergoing a heart valve operation in the United States.
Sir Brian has long been recognised as one of our Kiwi Greats. He and his medical team at Auckland's Greenlane Hospital achieved international acclaim for the work they did. In the course of this he earned the utmost respect of his collegues and the love and grattitude of his patients.
Sir Brian was recognised as a man with a strong single focus on the goals he set, a personality trait recognised by Christiaan Barnard in the introduction given by him to Barratt-Boyes' 1986 biography "From the Heart". Barnard said:
"I had the privilege of meeting Sir Brian at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland where his surgical unit had achieved an international reputation. What struck me was his single-mindedness - a clear-sighted striving towards a goal and a vision.
"Little wonder that he refused to suffer bureaucratic limitations on his work and plans. Having gone down that same road, I can identify strongly with his epic fights with bureaucracy for a better deal for his unit and an improved health service for his country.
"Fame he had, fortune he spurned - turning down lucrative overseas offers and preferring instead to stay with the team he had built up and the country of his birth."
Sir Brian made history by developing techniques to replace defective heart valves, which attracted immense overseas attention and brought many patients to New Zealand. He also found new ways to treat babies born with heart defects.
He held the post of Head of the hospital's Heart Surgery Unit for almost a quarter of a century and was Knighted at the age of 47 for his outstanding contribution.
Only last year Sir Brian received a Distinguished Alumini Award from the Mayo Clinic in the United States. The award acknowledges and shows appreciation for the national and international contributions and accomplishments made to the field of medicine in medical practice, education and research.