Professor Barry O'Donnell
Professor Barry O’Donnell, past President of RCSI, former president of the Irish, British and Canadian Medical Associations and a founding member of CMRF Crumlin, sadly passed away on November 26th 2019.
Prof O’Donnell was born in Cork in 1926 and studied in University College Cork. He trained in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and in Boston, USA and worked as a paediatric surgeon in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
He was the first paediatric surgeon working outside the USA to be honoured with the Urology Medal by the American Academy of Paediatrics for his pioneering work on the sub-ureteric Teflon injection (STING) procedure for vesico-ureteric reflux.
Prof O’Donnell was appointed as the first Professor of Paediatric Surgery in Ireland in 1986 by the RCSI — a College he was also later to lead as President. He ranked the founding of the National Children’s Research Centre in 1965, who provide vital funding for Crumlin Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre, among his proudest achievements. This was the first dedicated research centre on the site of any Irish hospital, and Prof O’Donnell was the first person to take on a research fellow.
“The National Children’s Research Centre in Ireland was founded to be a major player in world medicine. We were innovative. We embraced new technologies and new ideas. We saw ourselves as the disruptors and that continues today,” Prof O’Donnell said in 2019.
He will be greatly missed.
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