2015 UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards
Caption: Professor Patrick Bradley (Professor of Otolaryngologic Surgery) and Dr Tony Holohan (Chief Medical Officer)
The 2015 University Alumni Awards were presented on Friday 13th November 2015 at a gala evening in UCD O’Reilly Hall as part of its Foundation Day celebrations. Two UCD Medicine alumni, Professor Patrick Bradley (UCD Medicine 1973) and Dr Tony Holohan (UCD Medicine 1991) were honoured by graduates of the Medicine and Public Health programmes.
UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks, UCD Alumni 2015 Award Winner Professor Patrick Bradley and Dean of Medicine & Head of School UCD School of Medicine Professor Patrick Murray
The annual ceremony continues a 160-year-old tradition of honouring the founding of UCD in 1854. The black-tie ceremony and banquet recognises the achievements of 13 of UCD’s outstanding alumni nominated by their fellow graduates. Following a global call for nominations from alumni, staff and students, awardees are selected based on the excellence, impact and leadership they have shown in their field. Representing each programme in UCD, awards are presented in the following categories; Agriculture & Food Science, Architecture, Arts, Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, Public Health, Physiotherapy, Science, Social Science, and Veterinary Medicine.
Continuing a tradition introduced in 2004, the Foundation Day Medal is also presented to an outstanding alumnus, selected by the President of UCD. The 2015 Foundation Day Medal was presented to Dr Catherine Day, one of only three women to have held a position of Director General in the European Commission and for the past 15 years Secretary-General of the European Commission. Dr Day was introduced by former Foundation Day Medalist, former Attorney General, Dr Peter Sutherland. The medal was inaugurated in 2004 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the opening of UCD’s antecedent institution, the Catholic University of Ireland.
Professor Patrick Bradley
Professor Patrick Bradley is Emeritus Professor of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery at the University of Nottingham and recently retired Head & Neck Oncologic Surgeon at the University Hospitals Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre. Prof Bradley has had a distinguished career as a surgeon, researcher and educator. He is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland, Scotland, England and Australia and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles on head and neck cancer, hospital management and evidence-based otolaryngology and has been visiting Professor in USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Syria, Pakistan, India and Australia. He is past President of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (2003 – 2005) and President of the European Laryngological Society (2004 – 2006). A Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland, Scotland, England and Australia, he is recognised for his strong and impactful mentorship to a generation of young otolaryngolists. He is married to classmate Dr Sheena Kelly, consultant radiologist. [More]
Dr Tony Holohan
Dr Tony Holohan graduated from UCD School of Medicine in 1991 and trained initially as a general practitioner before subsequently undertaking a degree in public health medicine at the UCD School of Public Health. After serving initially as Deputy Chief Medical Officer from 2001, Dr Holohan was appointed in 2008 as Chief Medical Officer, the most senior government adviser on health. He is responsible for a range of public health campaigns including Healthy Ireland as well as guiding government response to medical and health crises.
Alumni Award Winners
Recipients of the 2015 UCD Alumni Awards included:
Agriculture & Food Science - Mr Tom Tynan, Cabinet of the EU Agricultural Commissioner
Architecture - Ms Yvonne Farrell & Ms Shelly McNamara, Founding Principals, Grafton Architects
Arts - Dr Jim Sheridan, Film Director
Business - Ms Nóirín O’Sullivan, Garda Commissioner, An Garda Siochána
Engineering - Dr Dave Burke, VP for Engineering, Google
Law - Ms Miriam O’Callaghan, Broadcaster, RTE
Medicine - Prof Patrick Bradley, Head & Neck Surgeon, Queen Medical Centre & University of Nottingham
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems - Ms Virginia Pye, Director of Public Health Nursing, Health Services Executive
Physiotherapy - Ms Rena Buckley, Chartered Physiotherapist & GAA Superstar
Public Health - Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health & Children
Science - Fr Peter McVerry, Social Activist
Social Sciences - Ms Orlaith Blaney, CEO, McCann Blue
Veterinary Medicine - Mr Dermot Weld, Racehorse Trainer