December 2012

Leaders of Change: An Appreciation of Prof William G. Powderly

Fri, 14 December 12 09:00

The UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science is proud of its tradition of producing leaders in healthcare and wider society. In addition to providing first class healthcare, our graduates have played a central role in patient advocacy, in shaping healthcare policy and in delivering healthcare change during and since the foundation of the State.

They have built new hospitals, introduced new medical innovations and have transformed the administration of health in Ireland. Many have progressed to senior leadership positions in this and other Irish Medical Schools, in UCD and internationally. Our previous Dean and our Professors of Paediatrics and General Practice assumed leadership roles in the embryonic Health Services Executive.

Our distinguished graduates include the current UCD President, the President of the Medical Council of Ireland and a President of Ireland (1976 – 1990).

During his tenure as Head of School, Professor Bill Powderly has built on the legacy of former Deans of Medicine to deliver a research-active, student-centred School with a strongly engaged adjunct clinical faculty. He has helped establish Dublin Academic Medical Centre, Ireland’s first patient-centred, academic-led health system which is leading change in the delivery of acute medicine in Ireland.

The University wishes to pay tribute to Professor Powderly as outgoing Head of School, Dean of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer, Dublin Academic Medical Centre with a programme of academic events which take place in UCD Health Science Centre on Thursday 20th December 2012 from 1-6pm.

The Programme will open with the naming of three UCD Health Science Centre lecture theatres after three distinguished alumni:

  • Dr Kathleen Lynn, (UCD 1899), Founder of St Ultan’s Hospital for Infants
  • Dr James Ryan, (UCD 1917), Former Minister for Agriculture, Health & Social Welfare and Finance
  • Dr Patrick Hillery, (UCD 1947), President of Ireland (1976 – 1990)

This event will be followed by a School Meeting to which staff, our adjunct faculty and guests are also invited to attend. The School Meeting will be followed by a Leadership Forum involving our adjunct clinical faculty and the current School leadership. This structured conversation is designed to inform the School’s priorities for the coming years as we seek to continue leading change in education, research and healthcare in Ireland and overseas. This important engagement will provide our large clinical faculty of over 300 hospital consultants, general practitioners and radiographers with an opportunity to interact with School academics and our students, the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.

The proceedings will be closed with a plenary session with talks by Prof Des Fitzgerald (Vice-President for Research, UCD Medicine 1977), Dr Paddy Mallon (Associate Dean for Research & Innovation) and Prof Gerry Loftus (Prof of Paediatrics, NUIG and UCD Medicine 1978).

We hope that these events will act as a suitable tribute to the seven highly successful years of leadership by Professor Powderly over the period 2005-2012. The event will be attended by students and staff of the School as well as by friends and colleagues from other institutions with whom Professor Powderly has worked during his time in UCD. Although we are extremely sorry to lose Professor Powderly, we take great pride in his appointment to an important global health leadership role in Washington University, St Louis.

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