Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Humanitarian Medicine Highlighted at RCSI.

17 February 2006

Humanitarian Medicine will be a feature of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)’s annual Charter Day Meetings 2006, which run from Thursday 16th to Saturday the 18th of February.

Today Friday the 17th of February the RCSI’s first Professor of Humanitarian Affairs, Professor Kevin M. Cahill will deliver a talk entitled ‘A Bud of Thought that wants to be a Rose.’ In this his inaugural lecture, Professor Cahill will discuss the transition of a medical school from a traditional curriculum to the broader and more complex issues posed by Humanitarian Crises. 

Professor Gerry O'Sullivan, Vice President RCSI at the Charter Day Meeting in RCSI.

Pictured from left to right at the RCSI Charter Day Meetings are Miss Geraldine McMahon from St James Hospital who spoke about The Effect of Acute Traumatic Brain Injury on the Physiological Response to Haemorrhage; Prof David Yates, Manchester who spoke about "The Trauma Registry “ A Public Health Priority; Professor Ray Fitzgerald and Dr Una Geary.

Pictured from left to right at the RCSI Charter Day Meetings are Dr Damien Ryan, Mater Hospital Dublin; Dr Conor Deasy from Cork; Mr John McInerney, Mater Hospital Dublin and Ms Jean O Sullivan.

Mr Tim O'Hanrahan from Sligo and Mr Michael Butler, Council Member and past President of RCSI at the Charter Day Meetings.

Also set to address the 2006 Charter Day Meetings today are a number of pioneering Irish surgeons who regularly travel to the developing world to carry out complex surgical procedures on both adults and children. They also use these opportunities to educate and train local surgeons to perform such procedures.

These include Professor Martin Corbally, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and Associate Professor of Surgery, RCSI; Mr. Jack McCann, Consultant Plastic Surgeon University College Hospital in Galway (UCHG); and Mr. David Orr, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, and St. James’s Hospital.

In his address ‘Surgery: A tale of two Countries,’ Professor Martin Corbally will outline his personal experiences both in a bush hospital in Ghana, Western Africa at a trainee level in 1983 and more recently his involvement in a team providing complex tertiary level paediatric surgical care to children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Mr. Jack McCann will describe his experiences in Tirana, Albania where last year he and his team assessed 160 adults and children and treated 77 with various malformations and deformities over a period of nine days. This was done under the auspices of the charity Irish Friends of Albania, with some financial assistance from Development Co-operation Ireland (DCI). Mr. McCann and his team aim to return to Tirana in April this year.

Mr. David Orr works with the International charity Operation Smile (OS) that saw its Irish branch established in 2003. According to Mr. Orr cleft lip palate occurs in approximately one in 500 births worldwide, and if left untreated causes major difficulties for those affected such as severe facial deformity and problems with speech and feeding. Operation Smile also trains local surgeons in the correction of these malformations. Today these local surgeons have become part of OS themselves and are now training surgeons in neighbouring countries.