Do No Harm - MMUH Surgical Grand Rounds

Wed, 22 June 16 07:45

We are delighted to welcome renowned neurosurgeon and acclaimed author, Professor Henry Marsh who will be presenting at Surgical Grand Rounds at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 at 7:45am in the UCD Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre.  Prof Marsh is in Ireland attending a conference as a guest of the Neurological Society of America and has kindly agreed to give a short career reflection.  The Mater Surgery team extend a general invitation to all staff and students who wish to attend this event.

Neurosurgeon Prof Henry Marsh visited the MMUH Surgical Grand Rounds on 22nd June 2016

A specialist in operating on the brain under local anaesthetic, Prof Marsh was the subject of a major BBC documentary Your Life in Their Hands in 2004, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal.  His work with Ukrainian neurosurgeons since 1992 was the subject of the BBC Storyville film The English Surgeon from 2007.  Prof Marsh’s most recent book entitled ‘DO NO HARM’ is the product of a lifetime’s thinking and experience on the frontline of healthcare. This is the first time a neurosurgeon has written so openly about their work, revealing the frustrations of life in a busy modern NHS hospital. It is also an astonishingly candid story of falling in and out of love with his profession and of learning to live with the ghosts that haunt all surgeons.  In addition to his critical acclaim as an author, Prof Marsh has an interest in the influence of hospital buildings and design on patient outcomes and staff morale, a subject on which he has also broadcast and lectured widely.

Also joining Prof Marsh for the Mater Surgical Grand Rounds is Mr Dominic Stanley, artist and recent surgical patient of Professor Ronan Cahill, UCD Professor of Surgery.  Dominic has endured a challenging illness and prolonged recovery from numerous surgeries having been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.  Showing similar honest reflection as Prof Marsh has described, Dominic presents his perspectives as a patient having to endure a descent into incapacitation and chronic ill-health, a succession of difficult surgical interventions before an eventual successful surgery restored his health and quality of life.  Demonstrating his return to full health, Dominic has created a five painting series entitled ‘A Patient’s Perspective’ which will be displayed in the Mater Hospital’s new Whitty Gallery over the coming months.

About Prof Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University where he graduates with a first class honour before studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1984 and was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's in 1987.  He has been the subject of two major documentary films, Your Life in Their Hands, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal, and The English Surgeon, which won an Emmy.

In his spare time he keeps bees and makes furniture. He was made a CBE in 2010. He is married to the anthropologist and writer Kate Fox.  Henry Marsh’s first book, DO NO HARM, won the 2015 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature. It was also been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize, the Costa prize, and The Guardian First Book Award as well as being longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.