T.V.N. (Vid) Persaud, M.D. Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.C. Path (Lond)

Honored Member Award 2008

T. Vidhya (Vid) Persaud  has devoted his professional career to the study and teaching of  normal and abnormal human development, and its clinical application and importance.  Vid was born February 19, 1940 in Port Mourant, Guyana.  He pursued medical studies in England (London University) and in Germany (Rostock University), graduating M.D. in 1965 (Summa Cum Laude).  After completing his internship in Berlin, Germany Vid returned to Guyana where he worked as a Government Medical Officer.  From 1967-1969 he was Lecturer in Anatomy, and then Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of the West Indies, then a college of the University of London.  In 1970, he received his Ph.D. in Anatomy (experimental studies on fatty acid oxidation during embryogenesis.  Vid received his D.Sc. from Rostock University in 1974, his M.R.C. Pathology (1972) and his F.R.C. Pathology (1984) from the University of London.

In 1972, Vid moved to Canada, to assume an academic appointment in the Department of Anatomy, Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Manitoba.  He succeeded Keith L. Moore as Chair of that department in 1977, being Chair for 16 years until 1993.  In addition to his professional interest in embryology and birth defects noted above, Vid also taught Gross Anatomy to medical and dental students from which he received several teaching awards from the Faculty of Medicine and from the University of Manitoba in recognition of his outstanding teaching.  He regularly taught review courses in clinical anatomy for residents in surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and radiology.

Embryogenesis and teratogenesis have been the chief subject for Vid Persaud’s 25 books and monographs, his 35 book chapters, 160 research papers, and his 114 abstracts. He has had 25 fellows and graduate students.  His expertise in normal and abnormal development has led to participation on 8  journal editorial boards, almost 20 Honors & Awards,   He has had over 35 professional appointments, and almost 40 visiting professorships.

He has been a member of 14 professional societies or associations, serving as the President of 3 of those.   For his outstanding and exemplary contributions to clinical embryology, and clinical anatomy, the American Association of Clinical Anatomy has named Vid Persaud, M.D., Ph.D. its Honored Member for 2008.