Aggrey Benjamin Irons has developed an international reputation as one of the leading psychiatrists in the Caribbean region.
Born in Kingston, he graduated St. George’s College and the University of the West Indies where he also completed post graduate qualifications. In addition, as part of his post graduate studies, he also attended Loughborough in the United Kingdom (where he studied Sports Medicine), Harvard University in Boston and The College of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Dr. Irons has published multiple papers and monographs together with joint research projects on major psychiatric topics.
A former Senior Medical Officer of the largest mental institution in the Caribbean, The Bellevue Hospital, for 21 years; Dr. Irons was pivotal in transforming that hospital to a more efficient clinical unit. A Past President of the Jamaica Psychiatric Association, he was instrumental in initiating policies and planning in the areas of mental health policy and legal reform.
He is presently a consultant who practices in the areas of: Adult Psychiatry, Childhood & Adolescent Psychiatry, Sports Medicine and Organizational Behaviour, and has contributed significantly to the individual success of many national and international sportsmen and women.
He was a member of the Jamaican medical team to the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and the World Junior Games in 2006, and is also a certified boxing judge and referee.
A recipient of the prestigious Monsignor Gladstone Wilson Award for Excellence from the St. George’s Old Boys Association, Dr. Irons is the present Chairman of the Consie Walters Cancer Care Hospice, a member of the Medical Council of Jamaica and the current President of the Medical Association of Jamaica. In August 2012, Dr. Irons was awarded the National Honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) by the Government of Jamaica for his work in psychiatry.
Dr. Irons has been married to Jacqueline since 1975 and they have two sons, Frantz and Marcus. He is the grandfather of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He collects Jamaican art, stamps and coins and is part of the 50/50 band which performs for all types of functions.