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Medical Council elects Professor Freddie Wood as President

Dr Audrey Dillon Vice President for 2013-2018 term

The Medical Council today (28th June 2013) elected Professor Freddie Wood as President and Dr Audrey Dillon as Vice President for its term from June 2013-2018. 

A cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Wood has pioneered heart surgery and transplantation in Ireland.  From 1999 to 2010 he served as Director of Heart & Lung Transplantation at the Mater Hospital, where Ireland’s first successful lung transplant was carried out in 2005.  He is currently in private practice, and is a member of the council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Commenting on the objectives of the new Council, Professor Wood said: “I wish to build on the achievements of the last Council, to promote patient safety while engaging proactively with the profession.  To best meet the evolving needs of patients, I believe we need to further develop standards of postgraduate training and professional development, to ensure that doctors have a career-long focus on self-improvement.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Council members and staff to develop a strategic direction for the Council which is focused on ensuring patient protection by providing doctors with first class training and development opportunities.”

Dr Audrey Dillon is a non-consultant hospital doctor, currently undertaking the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) Specialist Registrar Training Scheme in General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  Dr Dillon was a member of Collegiate Members Committee in the RCPI and served as the trainee representative to the General Internal Medicine Speciality Training Committee.

Dr Dillon added: “Through the Council’s work in providing ethical guidance and professional competence, we can ensure both doctors and patients have a clear and positive understanding of what it means to be a good doctor in Ireland today.  I welcome the opportunity to further enhance medical professionalism by working with my colleagues on Council and supporting the President in creating a shared vision for the future of medical regulation.”

Editor’s Notes

Biographies:

Medical Council President, Professor A.E. (Freddie) Wood

A cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor A.E. (Freddie) Wood graduated from UCD before completing postgraduate training with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

He pioneered heart transplantation with the late Maurice Neligan in addition to complex congenital heart surgery and reparative valve surgery.  In 1993 he set up the National Homograft Valve Bank.  From 1999 to 2010 he served as Director of Heart & Lung Transplantation at the Mater Hospital and was pivotal in setting up the Lung Transplantation Programme in 2001 culminating in successful lung transplantation in 2005. He began the Artificial Heart Programme in 2005 and laid the foundation for the successful introduction of ECLS (extracorporeal life support) /ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) in Our Lady's Children's Hospital and the Mater Hospital.  

Prof Wood has a long standing interest in postgraduate training and is a past member of the Intercollegiate Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery.  He was a member of the Executive of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland for a decade. He has been a member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland since 2000 and became the first Chairman of Governance in 2008. Recently he has been Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Having retired from the Mater and Our Lady's Children’s Hospitals in autumn 2010, Prof Wood remains in private practice. In April 2011, he was appointed Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon in Congenital Heart Disease to the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast to direct, manage, mentor and provide surgery whilst a solution for its provision is finalised.

 

Medical Council Vice President, Dr Audrey Dillon

Dr Audrey Dillon is in her 4th year of the Royal College of Physicians Specialist Registrar Training Scheme in General Internal Medicine (GIM) and Gastroenterology. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Dillon holds a Masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where she completed a thesis on medical professionalism and the role of medical regulation in its development.    

Dr Dillon was a member of the Collegiate Member’s Committee in the RCPI and served as the trainee representative to the GIM Speciality Training Committee.  She previously served on the Acute Medicine Steering Group.

Election Results

Two candidates contested the election for President of the Medical Council, Professor Freddie Woods and Dr Ruairi Hanley.  Prof Woods was elected by a margin of 16 votes to 9.

Dr Audrey Dillon was elected as Vice President uncontested.  

About the Medical Council

The Medical Council regulates medical doctors in the Republic of Ireland. The Council's purpose is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among doctors.  The composition of the Medical Council is set out by legislation (the Medical Practitioners Act, 2007).  The membership is composed of 25 members, 13 non-medical members and 12 medics.