Professor Calvin Coffey, Professor of Surgery, UL, Professor Bill Shannon, Director of Education, UL, Dr Feza H. Remzi, Cleveland Clinic at the Inaugural Surgical Lecture, Graduate Entry Medical School, UL
Dr Feza H. Remzi, Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA recently delivered the Inaugural Surgical Lecture at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. As Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Dr Remzi oversees one of the preeminent colorectal units worldwide. The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is one of the top hospitals in North America and the Digestive Diseases Institute, of which the Department of Colorectal Surgery comprises a major component, ranks among the top two gastrointestinal units. This has occurred under Dr Remzi`s stewardship and as such he is a key commentator on colorectal surgery worldwide. Dr Remzi has already achieved several world firsts including the first single port laparoscopic total proctocolectomy and ileal pouch anal asnastomosis, a procedure required for patients with ulcerative colitis who wish to avoid a permanent stoma.
J Calvin Coffey, Professor of Surgery, UL and co-organiser of the Inaugural Surgical Lecture said; "Dr Remzi`s visit to the mid-western region and in particular his lecture represents a historic event for medical education and for colorectal surgery in the Mid-West region."
With the recent establishment of the Graduate Entry Medical School at UL together with the development of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Mid-Western Regional Department of Surgery (comprising of Professor J Calvin Coffey, Mr David Waldron, Mr Ralph Keane and Mr Eoghan Condon) service delivery and research in this field has been greatly strengthened. In the recent past Professor Coffey and Mr Eoghan Condon returned from the Cleveland clinic where, under the mentorship of Dr Remzi they completed their surgical training.
The relationship between the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, the Mid-Western Regional Department of Surgery and the Cleveland Clinic has been further developed through multiple collaborations in several research projects and is set to continue to reap benefits for medical education and surgery in the Mid-West.
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