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John M Fitzpatrick


1948 - 2014

Summarised from Plarr's "Lives of the Fellows Online"

John Fitzpatrick, professor and chairman of the department of surgery, Mater Misericordiae Hospital and University College, Dublin (UCD), was an internationally-renowned urologist. The son of a prominent lawyer, he was born in Dublin on 15 July 1948. He was educated at Gonzaga College and won a place at Oxford University to study greats, but chose to study medicine at UCD instead. He qualified in 1971.

In 1977, he went to the UK for further training in urology. He was a registrar and then a senior registrar at St Peter's Hospital and the Institute of Urology, London.

In March 1981, he returned to Dublin as a Consultant Urologist at Meath and St James Hospitals and as a Senior Lecturer at Trinity College. Five years later, he became a Professor and Chair of the department of surgery at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital and University College, Dublin, and a Consultant Urologist at Mater Misericordiae Hospital.

He was a visiting professor at 45 leading academic centres worldwide. He wrote more than 280 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 100 book chapters and edited 18 textbooks. He was editor in chief of BJU International and was on the editorial board of 25 other academic journals.

He was president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and of the Irish Society of Urology. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Urology Foundation and chairman of their scientific committee. In 2004 he was awarded the St Peter's medal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

John died on 14 May 2014 from a massive subarachnoid haemorrhage at the age of 65. He is survived by his wife Carol, a former professor of child psychiatry at UCD, and their children, Andrew, Emma and Gareth.

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