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Monday, 14th July 2008-World Renowned Hepatologist and Malaysian Director-General of Health Awarded Honorary Fellowship at RCSI Postgraduate Conferring Ceremony

14 July 2008

Leading hepatologist and Director-General of Health in Malaysia Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ismail Merican, was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) at the College’s Postgraduate Conferring ceremony today.


Pictured from l to r are Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI with Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ismail Merican, who was awarded an honorary fellowship of RCSI at the postgraduate ceremony.

Born in Penang, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ismail Merican graduated from the University of Malaya in 1975. He was appointed Consultant Physician to the PenangGeneralHospital and was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship to pursue specialist training in hepatology at the RoyalFreeHospital in London. On his return to Malaysia in 1992 he set up the first specialised Hepatology Unit which now, at the Hospital Selayang, serves as the National Tertiary Referral Centre for liver and pancreato-biliary diseases.


Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI awards Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ismail Merican with an honorary fellowship of RCSI at the postgraduate ceremony.

As Director General of the Ministry of Health, he has helped to improve health delivery systems, while also enhancing working conditions for healthcare professionals. While still personally involved in patient care, he has charge of all aspects of policy and medical economics including research. He set up a network of clinical research centres in 1997 and personally directed over 20 international multicentre studies, many related to chronic hepatitis.


Pictured from l to r are Mr Nasir Shah, who was awarded an Intercollegiate Board Specialty Diploma in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery; Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI and Ms. Reem Salman, who was awarded an Intercollegiate Board Specialty Diploma in General Surgery.

As well as holding the position of President of the Malaysian Medical Council, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ismail Merican has played an important role in the success of Penang Medical College, which this summer saw the total number of graduates exceed 460.  


Pictured from l to r with twins Eoghan and Liam are mother Dr. Neasa Ni Mhuircheartaigh, who was awarded with a fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists in Radiodiagnosis; Mr. Micheál O’Muircheartaigh; Mr. Dominic Wilkinson and Mrs Helena O’Muircheartaigh.

Reading his citation, Professor Tom Gorey said “Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ismail Merican is a beacon of service and commitment, while keeping the perspective of health issues as a community and national imperative, that in the end can significantly influence the future direction and progress of that nation. For Dr Merican, medicine is a profession that requires not only a large body of knowledge and clinical skills, but also high standards of behaviour and appropriate attitudes. Competence, knowledge, judgement, commitment, vocation, altruism, and a moral contract with society, remain at the heart of what it means to him to be a caring health provider.”


Pictured from l to r with Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI Ms. Alessandra Rinaldo, Mr. Alan Byrne, Mr. Charles Getty and Mr. Richard O’Connor. They received their RCSI Fellowships (Ad Eundem) at the College’s postgraduate ceremony.

Approximately 150 people 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.


Pictured from l to r are Dr. Paul W.R. Sandys, who was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine; Dr. Pat O’Neill, Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI; Ms. Mary Sandys and Dr. Philip Carolan, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCSI.


Pictured from l to r are Mr. David Ryan, Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI; Professsor Frank Keane, President of RCSI; and Mr. Andrew Norris, who was awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Dentistry in Oral Surgery.


Pictured are Mr. Raza Hassan, who was awarded Intercollegiate Membership of RCSI and Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI.