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

July Postgraduate Conferring Ceremony

12 July 2010

Approximately 120 doctors were conferred with postgraduate awards at the postgraduate conferring ceremony in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland today.  These include Fellowships of RCSI in Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Neurosurgery; Otolaryngology; Paediatric surgery; Plastic Surgery; Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery and Urology. New Members and Fellows of the Faculties of Radiology, Dentistry and Sports and Exercise Medicine were also conferred.

Pictured from (l-r) are Peter McKenna, Carol McKenna, Ms. Eilis McGovern, RCSI President, Prof Joseph McKenna, Siobhan McKenna and Sinead McKenna.

Professor Joseph McKenna, former President and Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland was awarded the College’s highest honour; Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) at the Postgraduate Conferring ceremony.

Pictured from (l-r) are Linsey Abreu-Molly, Maura Cotter and Katie Ryan

Joe McKenna is a graduate of University College Dublin.  He completed his residency in GeorgetownUniversity in Washington and following completion of this in 1972 he became a Fellow in Endocrinology in VanderbuiltUniversity in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1978, he was appointed Consultant Endocrinologist in St. Vincent’s UniversityHospital, where he remains to the present day. 

Pictured from (l-r) are Alan Rankin, Suzi Clarke, Dr Philip Carolan, Dean, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, RCPI & RCSI and Martin McConaghy, Hon Secretary, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

In 1988 as a tribute to his status in the medical scientific research community, he was appointed the first Director of the Education and Research Centre in St. Vincent’s UniversityHospital and in 1994 Prof McKenna was appointed Professor of Investigative Endocrinology at University College Dublin.

Pictured from (l-r) are Amir Zaidi, Afsheen Saidi, Sara Kumal and Waris Ahmad

Reading his citation, RCSI Council Member, Professor John Hyland said ‘Joe, in the true sense, is a great educationalist, being involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate education at many levels. Not only has he mentored many distinguished endocrinologists, but he was also instrumental in setting up the Forum of Postgraduate educational bodies, which has been an inspired move to ensure that the Royal Colleges remain central to all educational and research developments in this country.”

Speaking at the conferring ceremony, Ms Eilis McGovern, President of RCSI congratulated new Members and Fellows on their success in reaching this exciting milestone in their careers and wished them all the very best as they continued to strive for their goals.

Pictured is Samuel Chibuike (centre) with guests

Pictured from (l-r) are Dr Risteárd Ó Laoide, Dean, RCSI Faculty of Radiologists; Matt O'Shea and Victoria Chan.