Brian (Boyes) Barratt-Boyes KBE

Brian Gerald (Boyes) Barratt-Boyes KBE (1924 - 2006)

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Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes KBE formerly Boyes
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Died in Cleveland, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes (1924 - 2006) KBE, ChM Otago, FRSNZ, FACS, FRACS, was a pioneering heart surgeon.


Brian Boyes, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Boyes was born in Wellington, New Zealand, 13 Jan. 1924.[1]

His Name

From Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes in his forward to Peggy Crawford's most interesting family saga Beginnings in God's Own : A Comprehensive Chronicle of Events of the Barratt Family and Their Descendants. [2] "My mother Edna was a remarkable woman ..... She alone decided, on the death of her father, Clarence Henry Barratt, who had no sons, that the Barratt name must not be allowed to disappear from her family. Accordingly, I was marched into her Solicitor's office at the age of 18 to have my name changed from Boyes to Barratt-Boyes. This led to subsequent difficulties for my brother Derek who, to avoid confusion, also adopted the name some 10 years later; and for me when I returned to Medical School after the summer vacation and was mercilessly ragged for presuming to be above my station!"


He studied medicine at Otago's Medical School, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, from the University Otago, in 1946. He continued his training as a surgeon, initially in New Zealand, and later at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota USA, (1953-55) then as a Nuffield Fellow in Bristol UK (1955-56).[3]

Music and religion were important parts of Brian's early life. He was a soloist and member of the choir in his local Anglican church as well as being a talented pianist. He enjoyed carpentry. During his years at the University, he helped with Sunday services in trade for room and board, and he later became a lay preacher.[4]


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In 1956 he returned to Auckland, NZ. and pioneered the development of cardiopulmonary bypass. He performed the first "hole in the heart" open heart surgery in New Zealand on a 10 year old child in 1958.[5]

He is recognised for three major scientific achievements:-[5]

  • The development of the homograft aortic valve replacement.
  • The development of hypothermia techniques enabling babies to undergo cardiac repairs without suffering brain traum.
  • The book “Cardiac Surgery” co-authored by the distinguished American cardiac surgeon Dr John Kirkham. It is called the "bible" for cardiac surgeons.

He went on to achieve international recognition in the various fields of cardiac surgery including, Chairman, University Otago, 1962. Doctor of Science, University Colorado, 1985. He was knighted in 1971. He retired from surgical practice in 1990 but continued with his research work.[6]

Awards and Honors

Order of the British Empire, KBE
  • KBE, Order of the British Empire 1971[5]
  • ChM Otago, 1962, Chairman, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand[5]
  • FRSNZ, Fellow Royal Society of New Zealand
  • FACS Fellow American College of Surgeons 1960[5]
  • FRACS Fellow Royal Australasion College of Surgeons, 1952[5]
  • RT Hall Prize of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) in 1966[6]
  • Lions International 50th Golden Anniversary Special Humanitarian Award in 1966.[6]
  • Senior Anzac Fellow to Australia in 1976
  • Kempson Maddox lecturer of the Australia and NZ Cardiac Society in 1976[6]
  • Royal Australian College of Surgeons ‘Surgeon of the Decade’ award in 1977[6]
  • National Heart Foundation of NZ Lecturer in 1978[6]
  • Antonio-Samia Lecturer, Asian-Pacific Congress of Cardiology, Bangkok in 1979[6]
  • Montgomery Spencer Memorial Lecturer, RACP, Hamilton NZ, in 1982[6] :-Sir Arthur Sims Commonwealth Traveling Professor in 1982 (undertaken in 1984)[6]
  • Manuel Albertal Memorial Lecturer, American College of Chest Physicians, XIth World Congress of Cardiology, Auckland, in 1987[6]
  • Rene Leriche Prize and Medal, Societe Internationale de Chirurgie, in 1987[6]
  • Member of the Court of Examiners RACS from 1974 to 1979[6]
  • President of the Asia and Pacific Society of Cardiology from 1987 to 1991[6]
  • Chairman of the New Zealand region of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand from 1981 to 1987[6]
  • President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand from 1986 to 1987[6]
  • In 1995 Barrett-Boyes was featured on a New Zealand stamp issue featuring famous New Zealanders.[7]
  • In 2005 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award from the Mayo Clinic for accomplishments in medical practice, education and research.[6]


Parents: Edna Myrtle Barratt & Gerald Cave Boyes[8]

Barratt-Boyes 1st married in 1949 Norma Margaret Thompson[9] (divorced in 1986)

Children: David, John, Mark, Stephen, Simon.[6]

Barrett-Boyes 2nd married Sara Rose Monester in 1986.


Ironically, trouble with his own heart, caused him to need a coronary artery bypass in 1974, and then several more procedures. The last, replacing two valves, was performed at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Barratt-Boyes died from complications of this surgery at the age of 82 on March 8, 2006.[9]


  1. BIRTH - Evening Post 14th January 1924 page 1 [1] BOYES - on the the 13th January 1924, at Harris Hospital Ghuznee Street, to Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Boyes of Johnsonville, a son; both well.
  2. Beginnings in God's Own : A Comprehensive Chronicle of Events of the Barratt Family and Their Descendants by Peggy Crawford, published by M.J. Crawford, Lower Hutt, 1990
  3. Wikipedia:Brian_Barratt-Boyes
  4. Story: Barratt-Boyes, Brian Gerald at Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Plarrs Lives of the Fellows Online. Barratt-Boyes, Sir Brian Gerald (1924 - 2006). Royal College of Surgeons
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 Academy of the Royal Society of N.Z. Year Book - Obituary Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes
  7. Stamps New Zealand Post.
  8. marriage : N.Z. 1920/4402
  9. 9.0 9.1 Pickmere, Arnold. “Obituary: Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes.” New Zealand Media and Entertainment Mar 11, 2006.

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On 25 May 2016 at 04:28 GMT Eric Weddington wrote:

Here's a link to the book that Valerie mentioned.

On 23 May 2016 at 21:04 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Valerie do you have a link to this book ?

On 23 May 2016 at 19:10 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

see a family history researched and written by Peggy Crawford; with a forward by Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes -

Beginnings in God's own : a comprehensive chronicle of events of the Barratt family and their descendants from 1830 in England - to New Zealand in 1842 - following the lives of some 50 families into the twentieth century

Brian is 25 degrees from Tanya Lowry, 21 degrees from Charles Tiffany and 21 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.