Samuel Sanifu Brisbane Sr

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5532
  1. Stanley D Brisbane

Samuel S Brisbane Sr was born in Royesville, Liberia. He attended high school in Monrovia, at the College of West Africa (CWA), and was a graduate of the Tübingen University School of Medicine, West Germany. He returned to Liberia to start his medical career at the JFK Medical Center from 1970 through 1974.

Brisbane then found employment with the Firestone Medical Center in Duside, Liberia, on the Firestone Rubber Plantation; where he spent a considerable period of his professional career, 1974 until 2003. He served as an internist and then as the medical director until he retired. On retiring, he returned to the JFK Medical Center to head the emergency department and serve as senior consultant to the medical staff until the day he died.

In his long career, Brisbane trained hundreds of medical students and residents, served as a mentor in the Yale-Stanford, Johnson & Johnson Scholars Program, the Heartt Foundation, and many others.

He also enjoyed farming as therapy on weekends growing coffee, pepper, pineapple, cashew, and vegetables, and rearing livestock.

He was first married to Cecelia Freeman-Bull. They had two biological children; Elizabeth Massa Brisbane and Samuel Sanifu Brisbane Jr. He later married Jenny Victoria Oorscort and together they raised five biological children.

He leaves his wife, Jenny Brisbane; eight biological children; 10 grandchildren; four adopted children; three brothers; two sisters; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 4 October, 2014 in Toledo, Ohio, USA.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5532


  • Head of the emergency department and senior consultant at the John F Kennedy Medical Center Monrovia, Liberia (b 1929; q 1969; MD), died as a result of infection with the Ebola virus on 26 July 2014.

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