June 2016 | Meitheamh 2016

Prof Hyland Elected as President, RCSI

Sun, 12 June 16 20:18

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has announced the election of Prof John Hyland as its 170th President following the College’s biennial Council Elections. Professor Hyland (UCD Medicine 1972) replaces outgoing President Mr Declan Magee.  Mr Kenneth Mealy, a Consultant General Surgeon with a special interest in gastrointestinal surgery, based at Wexford General Hospital, has been appointed as the new Vice-President.

A native of Dublin, Prof Hyland graduated from UCD Medicine in 1972 and trained in surgery in Ireland, at the University of Liverpool in the UK and at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA.  He became a Fellow of the RCSI in 1976 and was awarded MCh by thesis in 1979.  He was appointed as a Lecturer in Surgery at the RCSI in 1981 and subsequently took up post as Consultant General/Colorectal Surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin in 1982.

A Professor of Clinical Surgery at UCD, Prof Hyland has been a Member of the Council of the RCSI since 2002 and he chaired numerous major committees, spanning governance of surgical practice and training, as well as the broader College remit, including the Finance Committee, Audit Committee, College Committee, and BST and HST Committees.

Speaking on his appointment, Prof Hyland said:

“I am greatly honoured to be elected President of RCSI, and I look forward to leading the College over the next two years. During these challenging times for our health system, RCSI will play a central role as we position the College as a key driver in the delivery of a truly patient-centred service, as it continues to work with the HSE and Department of Health. The successful development of RCSI’s new Health Outcomes Research Centre and refocussing of the Institute of Leadership will be pivotal in achieving this goal.”

Prof Hyland’s clinical interests are broad with a sub-speciality interest in coloproctology, while his laboratory and clinical research interests are focussed on inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.

He has a long-standing involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate education and training and is Chair of the RCSI’s Court of Examiners and was a past Examiner for both FRCSI and Intercollegiate Fellowship in General Surgery. He is a member of the RCSI College Board, RCSI Medical and Health Sciences Board, Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training Committee, the RCSI Surgical Affairs Committee and Postgraduate Surgery and Faculties Board.

He is Past-President of the Irish Society of Gastroenterology, Past-President of Irish Surgical Travellers and Past-President of the Irish Association of Coloproctology. His previous international roles have included President and Chair of International Tripartite Colorectal; President of the Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland; Member of the Specialist Advisory Committee on General Surgery, Representative on UEMS; Member of the European Board of Surgery; and he is currently a Member of the European Society of Coloproctology.


Adapted from original articles by the Irish Medical Times and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland