Bryan McIver † 2023

The world of endocrinology lost a giant in December 2023. Dr. Bryan McIver. The planet has lost a great physician, leader, teacher, researcher and most importantly a wonderful person.

Bryan had a stellar professional career. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland he went to medical school in Edinburgh and then trained further at the Mayo clinic as a fellow. Because of his outstanding performance at that great institution, he was asked to join their faculty and performed at the highest standards demanded by the organization.

For the past 10 years, he had administrative and medical leadership roles at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida where his decisions and actions were transformative in the organization of the medical and surgical programs of the institution.

During these years, he was constantly in demand for leadership roles in many national and international endocrine organizations who profited from his composed, diplomatic and strategic approach to administrative and medical issues. His wisdom was remarkable. At the same time, he found the hours to teach a generation of trainees, tend to patients and perform groundbreaking research. Oh yes, and often he would fly his own plane to the destinations.

Bryan looked forward with great enthusiasm to his next challenge as Chief Medical Officer for Prisma Health Medical Group and faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. That dream was cut short.

I first met Bryan when, in the early 1990s, he was invited to give a presentation at Greg Randolph’s Annual Thyroid Course. Given in his erudite Scottish Brogue, I listened intently mesmerized by his articulate style and masterful delivery of information, and said to myself “this guy is going places”. And boy, did he ever.

His rise to fame and respect in the field of endocrine oncology was meteoric as he became the face and voice synonymous with the molecular biology of thyroid cancer together with diagnosis and treatment thereof. When Jatin Shah and I were creating the team at our first brainstorming session for the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer, my first two heavy hitters were Bryan and Greg. And what a great decision that was; Bryan became the heart and soul of the organization.

Our lives could not have been more different growing up, a middle class Presbyterian Scot from Edinburgh and a poor Jewish kid from Hamilton; but our love and respect was mutual and we became great friends, attending meetings, vacationing, socializing and visiting each other usually with wives accompanying. He became the brother I never had and a surrogate family member to my wife and children. We managed to speak every few weeks.

Bryan loved life, celebrating anything worth celebrating, and made everyone around feel that they were the focus of his attention; he possessed a unique attribute—he made one feel as they were the most important person in the world—no wonder I loved his company. Often encounters were punctuated with gin martinis or single malt scotch.

Bryan travelled the world and I was especially proud to accompany him and it was my pleasure to watch him enjoy sailing, skiing, dancing or just schmoozing. To know him was to love him. I will really miss him.

There is a word in my culture—“mensch” which is often bandied about indiscriminately describing a person of integrity and honor. To describe Bryan as a mensch is not doing him enough justice—he goes light years above that. He had an enormous and magnanimous heart, which sadly and ironically failed him much too soon on December 16th, at age 63. To all who know him, there is inconsolable grief but as time passes his memory will be a blessing.

Our hearts go out to his wife and love of his life Heidi Gautier, his stepchildren, Sandy and Adeline Gautier, his mother, Bethia Mill Gillespie McIver, his sister Shona Jane Victory (nee McIver), his brother, James McIver and his pet dog Penelope (Penny).


Jeremy Freeman, on behalf of the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer

WCTC Board

Gregory W. Randolph, MD
Jeremy Freeman, MD
Ian J. Witterick, MD
Jatin P. Shah, MD
Ashok R. Shaha, MD

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