Professor Brian E. Hardy, MB ChB, Division Chief of Pediatric Urology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Associate Professor of Urology at the USC Keck School of Medicine, passed away peacefully at his home on January 29, 2013. Dr. Hardy was a brilliant and gifted surgeon who dedicated his career to improving the lives of children afflicted with urologic disorders.
Brian completed his undergraduate studies at Otago University in 1959 and obtained his medical degree from the Otago Medical School in 1964. Upon completing his surgical training at the Otago University Hospital Board, Dr. Hardy completed his urology residency at UCLA, served as Chief Resident in Urology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Harvard Children's Hospital Boston.
After spending time at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Hardy was recruited to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and USC in 1984 to serve as the first full time Chief of Pediatric Urology. As Division Chief and co-director of the pediatric kidney transplant program at CHLA, he touched the lives of thousands of children by giving them the gift of life and restoring a sense of normalcy to their childhood. As a beloved teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend, he selflessly nurtured the careers of several generations of young urologists and successfully built the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Division of Pediatric Urology into a one of the premier pediatric urology programs in the nation.
In 2014 the Board of AUOA along with Sir Murray Brennan, Dr. Helen Heslop, and Brian’s daughter Victoria (Hardy) Davison established the Brian E. Hardy Memorial Fund. The interest generated by the endowment fund will be used to support a stipend for a gifted student to undertake a one-year BMedSc (Hons) program that will introduce that student to scientific/medical research part way through their MB ChB. After the BMedSc (Hons) year, students either return to the 4th year of the MBChB programme or convert the BMedSc (Hons) into the first year of a PhD.
The award will be made to a student who is considered by a panel of suitably qualified academic staff to have the best potential for success based on his/her academic performance over the previous years of study. Candidates must have satisfactorily completed three or more years of the programme for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Board of the Faculty of Medicine.