Martin Fisher R.I.P.

Besi Besemar April 21, 2015

Professor Martin Fisher one of the worlds leading HIV physicians and specialists passed away last night.

Martin Fisher

MARTIN was the first professor of HIV medicine at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, he was an honorary consultant physician in sexual health and HIV at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital (BSUH) and was instrumental in the development of the HIV department there since being in post in 1995.

All staff and colleagues at BSUH this morning received the following message:

“It is with terrible sadness that we are writing to share the devastating news with you that our dear colleague and friend Professor Martin Fisher passed away unexpectedly last night.¬†We know how hard this news will be for¬†some of you¬†to hear as it has been for us.¬†Our thoughts are with his partner Adrian, close friends and colleagues in the Lawson Unit, Elton John unit and across the Trust as well as at the University. We know that his colleagues in the Lawson Unit have sent out a message to his patients who will be equally devastated.”

“In his hugely successful career he has worked with many of us and his influence and legacy will remain with us for years to come. Martin was so much more than a colleague to many of us¬†and he will be missed very much.”

All of his patients received the following message from the Lawson Unit:

“Today we received some devastating news and it is with terrible sadness that we are writing¬†to share this with you. We heard from his partner this morning that our friend and colleague¬†Professor¬†Martin Fisher died suddenly and unexpectedly (yesterday). We know how hard this news will be for¬†some of you¬†to hear and we hope you will forgive us telling you by email but we wanted to do our utmost to ensure you heard it directly from us first. As you can imagine we are all in shock as we know you will be too, if you knew him. Martin was so much more than a colleague to all of us and so much more than a doctor to many of you, and we will all miss him terribly.

“Over the next few¬†weeks and months we will find fitting and appropriate ways to remember Martin and pay tribute to the enormous contribution he made to our services and to¬†his patients.”

Martin was due to give two presentations at the British HIV Association Spring Conference (BHIVA) that starts this evening in Brighton.

The BHIVA have issued the following statement to all its members saying: 

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Martin Fisher who died last night.¬†BHIVA expresses its deepest condolences to Martin‚Äôs partner Adrian, his friends, family and colleagues.¬†We shall all miss him greatly.”

Funeral arrangements will be posted online once they have been organised.