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World Renowned Neurosurgeon and President of the RCSPG awarded Hon Fellow of RCSI

10 July 2006

Leading neurosurgeon and President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCSPG), Professor Sir Graham Teasdale, was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) at the College’s Postgraduate Conferring Ceremony today.


Pictured L to R: Mr. John Caird, who was awarded with an Intercollegiate Board Specialty Diploma in Neurosurgery; Professor Gerald O’ Sullivan, President of the RCSI; and Professor Sir Graham Teasdale, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCSPG), and new Honorary Fellow of the RCSI.

Born in County Durham, Sir Graham, qualified from the University of Durham Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1963. He moved to Scotland in 1967 where he trained in neurosurgery and neurosurgical research at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow. From 1981 to 2003 he was Professor and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Glasgow, Chairman of the University's School of Neuroscience and Associate Dean for Medical Research.

A prolific researcher Sir Graham’s main interests include the assessment of coma, guidelines for the management of head injuries and the assessment of outcome and incidence of disability. He has also, with colleagues, developed a scale for the assessment of subarachnoid haemorrhage and has initiated trials on the management of acute neurosurgical conditions. His research has added much to knowledge and understanding of cerebral ischaemia, the place of neuroprotective agents and the genetic aspects of brain damage in head injuries.

Sir Graham was also instrumental in devising the Glasgow Coma Scale or (GCS) which is routinely used today as a valuable and easily assessed marker of severity of head injury.As a world renowned neurosurgeon Sir Graham is author of some 400 refereed publications and has held office in several societies both in the UK and internationally including President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons and Chairman of the European Brain Injury Consortium. He has received numerous prestigious awards, is a member of the editorial boards of the leading journals in neurosurgery and an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

In 2005 was knighted for his services to neurosurgery. Delivering the citation for Sir Graham RCSI Past-President Professor Niall O’Higgins said “It is appropriate that we in this College recognise officially what we have appreciated for years-the extraordinarily high achievements of Sir Graham in academic surgery and his international reputation as a medical leader.”

Approximately 100 students were conferred with postgraduate awards at today’s ceremony including Intercollegiate Board Speciality Diplomas in General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Plastic Surgery and Paediatric surgery and both Intercollegiate Memberships and Memberships of the RCSI. New Members and Fellows of the Faculties of Radiology, Dentistry and Sports and Exercise Medicine were also conferred.

Please click here for a copy of RCSI President Professor Gerald O’Sullivan’s speech.


Pictured L to R: Mr. Michael Butler, Past-President of the RCSI; Professor Sir Graham Teasdale, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCSPG), who was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of the RCSI; Professor Gerald O’ Sullivan, President of the RCSI; and immediate Past-President of RCSI, Professor Niall O’ Higgins, who read the citation for Professor Sir Teasdale.


Pictured from L to R at the Postgraduate Ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) were: Mr. Parnell Keeling, RCSI Council member and consultant surgeon at Connolly Hospital, Dublin; his son Mr. Parnell Keeling, who received Intercollegiate Membership of the RCSI; Professor Gerald O’Sullivan, President of the RCSI and Mrs Josephine Keeling.


Pictured from L to R at the Postgraduate Ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland were Ms Deirdre Fitzgerald, Dublin and Ms Dearbhaile Collins, Kilkenny who were both awarded Intercollegiate Membership of the RCSI.


Pictured from L to R at the postgraduate ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland were: Ms Criona Harte, Cork, who was awarded Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI; Mr. John O’Mahony, Waterford, conferred with Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI; Ms Juliet O’Connor, Co. Kerry and her husband Mr Maurice Lyons, Co. Limerick, who was conferred with Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI.


Pictured from L to R were: Dr. Julie Bergin; Ella Caird; Robin Caird; Matthew Caird and Mr. John Caird, who was awarded Intercollegiate Board Specialty Diploma in Neurosurgery.


Pictured: Little Dara Sheppard helps her father Mr. Declan Sheppard to celebrate following the recent RCSI Postgraduate conferring ceremony. Mr. Sheppard was awarded with a Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists RCSI.


Pictured (back row) from L to R were: Professor Gerald O¹Sullivan, President of RCSI; Prof. T.J. McKenna, President of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI); Dr. Michael Molloy, Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI and RCPI; Dr. Steven McNally who was conferred with membership of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI and RCPI. Pictured (front row) from L to R were: Dr. Andrina O¹Brien, Co. Wiclow; Dr.Cliona O¹Rorke, Dublin who were conferred with Membership of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI and RCPI and Dr. Philip Carolan , Honorary Secretary of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI and RCPI.


Pictured were Dr. David Rea, Dublin with his daughter Sophie. Dr. Rea was conferred with Fellowship of the RCSI Faculty of Radiologists in Radiodiagnosis.