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Professor Gerry O'Sullivan awarded Honorary Fellowship of COSECSA

09 May 2011
Professor Gerry O'Sullivan, Past-President of RCSI, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) on Monday, 9th May 2011 at a ceremony which took place in RCSI in Dublin.

COSECSA Conferring
COSECSA President, Dr. Frederick Mutyaba, (right) presents the Honorary Fellowship of COSECSA to Professor Gerry O'Sullivan (left).

Professor O'Sullivan was responsible for establishing links between RCSI and COSECSA which resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Colleges in 2007 with the objective of enhancing surgical training and standards in the East, Central and Southern African region.

COSECSA Group
Pictured (l-r) are Professor Krikor Erzingatsian, CEO/ Registrar, COSECSA; Professor Stephen Ogendo, Secretary General, COSECSA; Mr Yusuf Kodwavwala, Chairperson of Finance and General Purposes Committee, COSECSA ; Mrs Breda O'Sullivan; Professor Gerry O'Sullivan; Professor Eilis McGovern, President, RCSI; Mr Jack Kyle; and Dr Frederick Mutyaba, President, COSECSA.

Reading the Citation for Professor O'Sullivan, Professor Krikor Erzingatsian, CEO/ Registrar of COSECSA said: ‘The honour which COSECSA is about to bestow on Professor O'Sullivan is a fitting tribute coming from the surgical fraternity in East Central and Southern Africa, who think it essential to express their gratitude and respect to an outstanding representative of Irish Surgery.'

COSECSA Conferring
Pictured (l-r) are Mr Roger Duggan, Programme Director of the COSECSA/RCSI Collaboration; Ms Fiona Walsh, Associate Director, RCSI; Professor Stephen Ogendo, Secretary General, COSECSA; Mr Declan Magee, Council Member, RCSI.

Professor O'Sullivan completed his Higher Surgical Training in 1979, following which he spent time in the Middle East and North America before returning to Ireland. Since then he has devoted his life to cancer work in Ireland and became Director of the Cancer Research Centre in Cork.

COSECSA Conferring
Pictured (l-r) is Professor Sean Tierney, Dean, Professional Development and Practice, RCSI congratulating Professor O'Sullivan on his award.

Professor O'Sullivan has a remarkable curriculum vitae with 229 publications to his name; 9 postgraduate qualifications; 37 awards, achievements and titles; 44 memberships of learned societies and committees; 29 keynote invited lectures; 7 patents, and has developed 11 new surgical techniques, mainly in gastrointestinal oncology.

COSECSA Conferring
Pictured is Professor Gerry O'Sullivan at the reception following the Honorary Conferring.

Professor O'Sullivan was President of RCSI from 2006-2008.