International leading surgeons to deliver memorial lecture at Sir Peter Freyer Symposium

From left, Professor Michael Kerin, Professor of Surgery, University of Galway; Professor Laura Viani, President, RCSI; Professor Oliver McAnena, Consultant Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Galway University Hospital; and Professor Alastair Thompson, Professor and Chief, Section of Breast Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, pictured at the 48th Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium at University of Galway. Credit – Martina Regan Photography.
Sep 01 2023 Posted: 14:09 IST

Two of the world’s leading surgeons will deliver the keynote addresses at University of Galway’s Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium, the largest Surgical Conference in Ireland.  


The 48th Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium takes place today and tomorrow, September 1 and 2, where a special symposium will take place in honour of the late University of Galway alumnus and Professor Dermot Hehir, who passed away earlier this year.


Professor Hehir was an Adjunct Clinical Professor at University of Limerick School of Medicine, a former Consultant Surgeon of Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore and Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He qualified as a doctor at the University in 1976.


The annual two day Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium at University of Galway is named in memory of the Galway-born surgeon, Sir Peter Freyer, who performed the first successful surgical operation to remove an enlarged prostate in 1900.


Professor Alastair Thompson will deliver the Memorial Lecture entitled Future Proofing of Cancer Surgery on Friday eveningProfessor Thompson is Professor and Chief, Section of Breast Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, USA, focusing on improving breast cancer surgical techniques, clinical trials and translational research.


Professor Laura Viani will deliver the State of the Art Lecture entitled Journey out of Silence on Saturday. Professor Viani is President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Consultant Otolaryngologist and Neuro-Otologist to Beaumont Hospital and Temple Street University Children’s Hospital. She established the Republic’s first and only cochlear implant programme in 1995, which has grown to become the National Hearing Implant and Research Centre.


The two-day symposium comprises of research and education sessions across the various surgical sub-specialties including a session on Adaptive Surgical Training for a Changing World to discuss the future training programmes and ambitions for surgery in Ireland and a session on clinical trials; keynote addresses; and a discussion forum around the future of surgical training in Ireland.  


Professor of Surgery at University of Galway Michael Kerin said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Thompson and Professor Viani to our University. Their work focuses on delivering high quality surgical care and achieving best outcomes for patients in the modern era, encompassing issues related to service provision, surgical training and support and gender equality in healthcare. Both lectures are the centre-points of a large programme containing some of the best surgical research from this country. This conference signals the start of the academic year and has been a mainstay of the National Academic Surgical Platform with input from a diverse group of consultants and trainees across all specialties in Irish surgery.” 


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