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dr_sanchezDr. Hugh Sanchez – Pathologist


Often referred to as “the biopsy doctor,” Dr. Hugh Sanchez is the pathologist for KHMH and the Ministry of Health. Pathology has many facets but is essentially the scientific study of diseases encompassing clinical and microscopic examination of surgical biopsy specimens, including bone marrow, peripheral blood film and PAP Smears; whereby a histo-pathology report is issued. As a pathologist, his daily professional activities are as diverse as the specimens he review; thus, it is required to give lectures, involve oneself in research and interfacing with clinicians as a means of sharing his knowledge.  Furthermore, he also liaises with surgeons, gynecologists, dermatologists and other specialist with a view to give quality care to our patients. Pathologists are no strangers to the morgue as they too conduct post-mortems with a view to determining cause of death, which is an integral part of the quality care offered at KHMH.


External audit and referral consultations have been formulated with the University of the West Indies/Pathology Department and more recently with Dr Keith England of the Good Samaritan Hospital, department of Pathology, Los Angeles California, through networking with Dr. Ellsworth R. Grant the founder and director of the Belize Cancer Treatment Center in Dangriga.


Dr. Sanchez studied at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica between 1978 and 1984. He then did two years of internship at Port of Spain General Hospital, Trinidad and Tobago.  He then returned to Belize, serving as a medical officer and district medical officer before returning to Jamaica to pursue his doctorate in pathology between 1990 – 1996, where DM (anatomical pathology) was conferred upon him by the University of the West Indies. Since his return to Belize in 1996, Dr. Sanchez has served as the country’s only pathologist.


Dr. Sanchez’s approach to life has been guided by the word of God and one of his favorite thinkers, Les Brown. Two of his favorite quotes are “go not where the path may lead, but rather, go where there is no path and leave a trail behind.” His hobbies include board games (checkers, dominoes), tuning into boxing and preaching the word of God.



Belize Medical and Dental Association

Jamaica Association of Clinical Pathologists

Belize Cancer Society

Belize Union of Seventh Day Adventist


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