June 2016 | Meitheamh 2016

In Appreciation | Dr Francis Xavier Hardiman M.D., J.D.

Wed, 8 June 16 18:41

It is with regret that we report the recent passing of Dr Francis Xavier Hardiman M.D. , J.D  (UCD Medicine Class of 1970).  Dr Hardiman died suddenly on the 16th April 2016 at the age of 71 years at Bakersfield, California, having served the area with distinction in the fields of both Medicine and Law.

The eldest son of the late Francis X Hardiman J.D and Joan Patricia Hardiman, Dr Francis Xavier Hardiman dreamed of becoming a doctor from a very young age.  He credited his mother for making this dream come true and he became a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology.  Although he later followed his father in to the legal profession by becoming an attorney practicing civil law.

Frank graduated from University College Dublin School of Medicine with an MB BCh BAO degree in 1970.  He completed his basic medical training before undertaking an obstetrics & gynaecology residency at West Virginia University from 1978 to 1981.  He secured Board Certification with the American Board of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and also completed a Diploma in Reproductive Health in Developing Countries at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

He became a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and practiced for a number of years before undertaking a law degree at Western State University College of Law graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D) degree. Dr Hardiman became a Licensed Attorney at Law by the State Bar of California and secured Board Certification with the American Board of Legal Medicine, practicing in civil law.  He became a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine (FCLM).

Throughout a distinguished career in both medicine and law, Dr Hardiman held membership associations with the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Monterey County Medical Society, the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Health Lawyers Association, the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

As both a Doctor and an Attorney, Frank’s mission in life was to make a difference to those that he served.  His patients included vulnerable populations in women's prisons in the United States of America, migrants from Mexico and during a career of dedicated service, he provided volunteer medical care in reproductive health in Asia.  His volunteer work in both his legal and medical professions included roles as a mediator and a fee arbitrator with the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. He also worked as an obstetrician/gynaecologist with the Flying Doctors of Mercy at Sinaloa and Tijuana, Mexico and at St Jude Hospital, St Lucia in the West Indies.

Frank is survived by his mother Pat, his wife Renee, his 5 children and his 11 younger siblings.  The UCD School of Medicine extends its condolences to his family and friends.  We are extremely proud of his dedicated years of public service and we know that he will be missed by many.

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