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

Scientific Meeting AG17

As part of the weekend's reunion activities, the Scientific Meeting will be held in RCSI on Friday, 25 August 2017.

Please note: Both the Classes of 1977 and 1987 will host standalone morning sessions: 1977 Morning Programme / 1987 Morning Programme

If you have already registered for the reunion, but now also wish to attend this meeting please email and we will add this event to your bookings. There is no charge to attend. 4.0 CPD credits apply.


10.00 - 10.20: Registration 

Morning Session

Chaired by the Association of Medical and Dental Graduates
10.20 - 10.30 Welcome
Professor Hannah McGee, Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, RCSI
10.30 - 10.45 Class of 1957
My experiences in Dublin and at RCSI in the 1950s.
Dr Ezel Orfi, pioneer in the field of private radiology and establishing diagnostic imaging clinics in Canada Read bio
10.45 - 11.00 Class of 1967
Culture in 4 Continents

Dr Hans Falkenberg, Radiologist, Tonsberg, Norway
11.00 - 11.15 Class of 1972
The evolution in our understanding of sinus disease and its management from the 1970s to the present.

Dr David W. Kennedy, Rhinology Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA Read bio
11.15 - 11.30 Class of 1982
The Health Benefits of Good Work

Associate Professor Peter Connaughton, President, the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM), Australia Read bio
11.30 -11.45 Class of 1982
Out to Africa

Mr Tom Browne, Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon, UK Read bio
11.45 - 12.00 Class of 1997
Your Microbiome in Health & Disease

Dr Alan C. Moss, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School & Director of Translational Research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts, USA Read bio


12.00 - 14.00: Lunch & Interactive Surgical Session in No. 26


Afternoon Session

Chaired by the Association of Medical and Dental Graduates
14.00 - 14.30


Three Head Porters, from past and present, Terry Slattery, Jim Sherlock, and Frank Donegan will take to the stage to discuss their memories from RCSI spanning more five decades.
14.30 - 14.45
Class of 1992
Cardiovascular MRI: getting to the heart of the matter

Dr James Carr, Vice Chair for Research, Dept of Radiology, Knight Family Professor of Cardiac Imaging, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA Read bio
14.45 - 15.00
Class of 1997
A Family Matter: Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome in Ireland
Dr Catherine McGorrian, Associate Clinical Professor and Consultant Cardiologist and Acute Physician, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7, Ireland Read bio
15.00 - 15.15
Class of 2002
GenomeFirst Medicine & Population Genetics: a new(er) paradigm of medicine
Dr Murugu Manickam, Associate Professor, Nationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University, USA Read bio
15.15 - 15.30
Class of 2007
Transitions in Care
Dr Chandhu Paka, Assistant Professor at Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, USA
15.30 Meeting Close


About the speakers


Class of 1957 - Dr Ezel Orfi: My graduation, sixty years ago from the RSCI, marked the beginning of an interesting, if not always straightforward career which continues to this day. In 1958, I returned to Cyprus and worked at the Nicosia General Hospital. After five years as a general practitioner, I travelled with my young family to the UK, to pursue post graduate studies in Radiology at the University of Bristol. The next couple of years was spent at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, as a Registrar in the Radiology Department. By 1967, it was clear that the political situation in Cyprus precluded our return home, so once again we set off in search of adventure.

Canada presented a completely new set of opportunities. In addition to hospital positions, I pioneered in the field of private radiology, establishing diagnostic imaging clinics in Toronto and other surrounding areas. I am delighted to say that twelve of these are still operational and remain the only imaging clinics in several communities. I have had the opportunity to work with some remarkable people over the years, but am most proud to still employ a handful of individuals, who joined me in the earliest days of my private practice. My younger daughter now manages the daily affairs of the clinics.

As I reflect on my career, one of my most rewarding moments was the introduction of ultrasound and mammography, to remote parts of Ontario, prior to their accessibility at the hospital. This was a risky endeavour in many ways. Not only was travel difficult, particularly in winter but there were no qualified technologists available in the communities. These modalities were not widespread and were often greeted with suspicion, as the technology was in its infancy yet to accepted by all referring physicians. I am glad to say that we met these challenges and these modalities are now part of the mainstream imaging tools in all communities.

My personal life has been equally rewarding. Bridget, my Irish wife and I have celebrated fifty-six years of marriage, which has included three children and eight grandchildren. I have been followed in the medical profession by my son, a cardiologist near Toronto, and my elder daughter who is a dental surgeon in Buffalo, New York. We split our time between Canada, Ireland and Cyprus, hoping to chase the good weather.

Finally, I feel I have come full circle, as one of my granddaughters, Clodagh Peters, started as a first-year medical student at the RCSI in Dublin in September 2017. Although, I cannot realistically hope to see first-hand where her career will take her, by the sixtieth anniversary of her graduation, I feel very confident that the RCSI will provide her with the same remarkable opportunities as it did for me.



Class of 1972 - Dr David W. Kennedy: After completing an internship at the Richmond hospital, Dr Kennedy completed a residency in otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins. Following residency, he stayed on the faculty at Hopkins where he became Director of the Residency Training Program. He was subsequently recruited as Departmental Chair to the University of Pennsylvania where he later served as vice Dean of the Medical School and remains on the faculty in active clinical practice. He is best known for pioneering endoscopic sinus surgery and minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery. Past President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, International Rhinologic Society and the ISIAN, he helped to establish the rhinology subspecialty by developing the first fellowship and holding the first courses in endoscopic sinus surgery internationally. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, he is a prior recipient of the Academy Practitioner Excellence Award, and the 2010 Top Doctors National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence Award. Currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, he has published approximately 250 articles and chapters. He is married to Elina Toskala-Kennedy and has 4 children. 


Class of 1982 - Dr Peter Connaughton is a member of the RCSI ‘Class of '82. He later studied occupational medicine at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh and he is the current President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He works in private practice in Perth, Western Australia as a consultant Occupational Physician primarily to the mining industry. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of WA. He serves on the boards of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and CINI Australia.


Class of 1982 - Mr Tom Browne: Even though we never attended one single lecture on the subject, one of the greatest lessons learnt in RCSI was that medicine is the common language of the world.

The extraordinary mix of students from both the developed and the developing worlds ensured we all graduated speaking this language.

This unattended lecture formed the basis for much of Tom Browne's work in Zambia. He has developed a cross hospital link between MEHT Essex and UTH Lusaka Zambia. A link where both worlds work together and provide solutions for each other.

During his career as a vascular surgeon, Tom invented the fenestrated vascular graft. He also invented the green ribbon approach to hospital management.

Consilio Manuqe

The End.


Class of 1997 - Dr Alan Moss is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Translational Research in the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After training at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, he completed a fellowship in Boston in 2007.
His clinical expertise is in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and he is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings on this topic. In this capacity, he is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association's IBD Committee, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Professional Education Committee.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, the European Board of Gastroenterology, and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Dr Moss is also an investigator in IBD, with research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Helmsley Foundation, and industry partners. In 2014, he led the first US trial of faecal transplantation to treat active Crohn's disease. He has published over 100 research papers since 2005, and holds two patents for innovations in IBD diagnostics.
He lives in Dover, Massachusetts with his wife, Aoife, and three sons.


Class of 1992 - Dr James Carr, MD, is professor of Radiology, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering and Vice Chair for research in the department of Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. He is the Knight Family Professor of Cardiac Imaging at Northwestern University. He attended Belvedere College, Dublin and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1992. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine (Beaumont hospital) and Radiology (St Vincent's hospital) in Dublin, Ireland and fellowship training in Cardiovascular MRI and Interventional Radiology at Northwestern University, Chicago. As director of the division of Cardiovascular Imaging in Radiology at Northwestern since 2004, he has created an independent, clinically orientated section, a collaborative effort between Radiology and Cardiology, focused on cardiovascular MRI and CT and has sought to rapidly translate advances in the research arena into clinical applications. He directs a dedicated fellowship program in cardiovascular imaging and also one in clinical/research MRI, for which he has mentored over 70 clinical and research fellows at Northwestern University. He has served on national, international and institutional committees related to research and education, including those of the American Heart Association, the American College of Radiology, the Society of Cardiovascular MR and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He has had active involvement with the SCMR for over 14 years, has delivered numerous educational and scientific talks at the annual conference, has chaired and organized several sessions and is currently a member of the SCMR Board of Trustees and Executive committee. He will be president of SCMR in 2020. He is currently the president of the Society for Magnetic Resonance Angiography (SMRA), which recently formed a collaboration with SCMR. He has delivered over 180 invited presentations on cardiovascular MRI in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Carr is principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple industry and national institute of health grants. His research focuses on the development and clinical evaluation of techniques for cardiac and vascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He has authored or co-authored over 240 publications on cardiovascular imaging, with specific focus on time-resolved MRA, ultrafast cardiac MRI techniques, mapping and myocardial function including authorship on the appropriateness criteria for cardiac MRI in JACC. 


Class of 1997 - Dr Catherine McGorrian PhD MRCPI is an Associate Clinical Professor in UCD, and a Consultant Cardiologist and Acute Physician working from the Mater Heart House, where she has been involved in the Family Heart Screening Clinic since 2010. This clinic provides services including screening and management for families affected by genetic cardiac conditions, and for families who have been affected by sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. After graduating from RCSI in 1997, Dr McGorrian worked in Beaumont, the Mater and Tallaght hospitals. She subsequently worked and studied at McMaster University in Ontario and UCD, where she graduated with an MSc and PhD respectively. Dr McGorrian is a member of the national Sudden Cardiac Death Council and has spoken on topics including SADS, SCD and exercise in cardiac diseases at national meetings. She undertook the first study looking at inherited cardiac diseases in SADS victims in Ireland, and her current research interests include the inherited channelopathies, biomarkers in cardiomyopathies, and genotype-phenotype correlations in inherited cardiac diseases.


Class of 2002 - Dr Murugu Manickam, MD, MPH, FACMG is a clinical geneticist/genomicist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. After graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, completed a residency in internal medicine-pediatrics at Case Western/MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and completed a fellowship in clinical genetics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is board certified in internal medicine and clinical genetics. His research focus is on common disease genetics/genomics, returning results to patients, health care policy and integration into an EMR. Additionally he is involved with genomics graduate education to help prepare the next generation of healthcare providers with the tools they need to handle genomics in their practice. He has been an invited lecturer and moderator at national and international meetings on the genetics and genomics.