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North American Alumni Gathering 2016

05 April 2016

As part of this year's annual North American Alumni Gathering, Professor Kevin M. Cahill, MD was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of RCSI in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a physician, teacher and humanitarian, at a ceremony that took place in the American Irish Historical Society in New York on the 5th April.

Reading the citation, Professor John Hyland, Vice-President of RCSI said: "It is always difficult in a short citation to do justice to a stellar career and in Professor Cahill's case a career spanning more than 50 years. Kevin Cahill is an outstanding physician, humanitarian and academic. Abroad and at home, whether among the famous or the forgotten, he has approached the healing arts with the same degree of unfailing professionalism and uncommon concern. He has been a true and loyal friend and servant of this College and I hope you will agree a most worthy recipient of our highest honour, the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland."

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About Professor Cahill:

Professor Kevin Cahill commenced as Chair of Tropical Medicine in RCSI in 1969 and took up the role of Professor of International Humanitarian Affairs in 2003. He is the longest serving Chair in the history of the College and has taught more than 4000 medical students over the course of his career.

Professor Cahill completed his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College and as a young physician he volunteered to work alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta. Since then, his work as an expert in humanitarian disaster relief has brought him to the most distressed regions of the world. He has been director of the Tropical Disease Centre at Lennox Hill Hospital, Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine and Molecular Parasitology at NYU Medical School and Consultant in Tropical Medicine for the United Nations. Following the attacks of 9/11, he was made the NYPD's Chief Medical Adviser for Counterterrorism. He is President and Director of the Centre for International Humanitarian Cooperation and Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University. Professor Cahill has either written, co-written or edited 18 books including "The Open Door: Art and foreign policy at the RCSI" and his most recent publication: "A Dream for Dublin".