Prof. Patrick J. Broe is a general surgeon from Dublin, Ireland. He is emeritus clinical professor of surgery and was president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) from 2012 to 2014. Recently retired from surgical practice, he is group clinical director for the RCSI Hospitals Group.
Graduating in 1974 from the University College Dublin Medical School, Professor Broe did his basic surgical training in Ireland and was granted RCSI Fellowship in 1978. He spent two years stateside doing laboratory-based research into the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis and its complications at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, which formed the basis of his master’s degree in surgery. He spent a year at Guy’s Hospital London, U.K., followed in 1985 by the higher surgical training programme in Ireland, eventually becoming consultant general surgeon to both Richmond and later Beaumont Hospitals.
Elected as an RCSI council member in 1991, Professor Broe has continuously served in a leadership role. He chaired many committees and, under his presidency, the Training Committee totally revamped the duration and scope of Irish surgical training along the lines of a residency programme. His prominence as a surgical educator was recognized when he was awarded the coveted Association of Surgeons in Training’s 2015 Silver Scalpel Award for inspirational trainers who have scored highly across five categories: leadership, resourcefulness, training and development, professionalism, and communication.
Professor Broe has a continued medical leadership role with important emphasis on quality and patient safety, as well as reconfiguration of surgical services in his current role as group clinical director. He is a remarkable individual who has dedicated his professional life to the development of surgery in Ireland and who is well deserving of this honor. I am privileged to present him for Honorary Fellowship in our American College of Surgeons, as he once welcomed me into honorary fellowship with the RCSI.