It is with great sadness that we inform you of the loss of our colleague, Robert Hancock, DVM, Dip American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Robert was a dear friend and colleague and a huge proponent for the use of hyperbaric oxygen in veterinary and human medicine. He was a member of HMI and on the veterinary steering committee. He was to speak at our meeting in September this year. He was incredibly accomplished and adored. We are all so sad and shocked by his loss. Our hearts go out to his family and those who loved him. He will be dearly missed.
Bob was a force that drove enthusiasm and shared knowledge with so many. To honor his life, HMI will be creating a scholarship in his name, to carry out his mission to teach and promote veterinary hyperbaric medicine.
The biography he submitted for his HMI speaking engagement should give you some insight into what a wonderful, dedicated man he was:
New Orleans native Dr. Robert Hancock graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. He completed a one-year medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001 followed by a three-year surgical residency at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. He is certified in the TTA & TPLO procedures, Penn Hip, Kyon Cementless Total Hip Replacement, and Hyperbaric Veterinary Medicine. He is trained and certified in PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate) cell therapy with Companion Regenerative Therapies. Additionally, he is certified in Stem Cell Therapy through VetStem and Medivet. He became a CHT-v in 2017.
Dr. Hancock's areas of specialization include orthopedics and sports medicine, canine rehabilitation and pain management, orthopedic regenerative medicine, and hyperbaric medicine. He has a special interest in knee stabilization surgery (including TPLO and TTA procedures) as well as minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Hancock is published in a number of peer-reviewed veterinary journals and his research publication was awarded Best Clinical Research by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005.
Additionally, Dr. Hancock fulfilled the rigorous requirements to earn board certification status by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2006. He is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons, the American Canine Sports Medicine Association, the Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine Society, and the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association. He is the owner, hospital director, and a practicing board-certified surgeon at South Paws Veterinary Specialists.
Dr. Hancock's wife Jennifer, a Registered Veterinary Technician, is the head technician at South Paws Veterinary Specialists. They have 2 beautiful daughters named Madison and Annabelle.