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The O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
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The O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery

Department:                   Institute of Global Surgery

Location:                        RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland

Reporting to:                 Chief Officer for Surgical Affairs

Tenure:                          This post will be a full-time, permanent Professorial appointment


The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is a private, self-financing, not-for-profit medical and surgical college headquartered in Dublin (Ireland) with global reach through its overseas medical universities and health care centres in the Middle East, the Far East and Africa. Since its foundation in 1784, it has played a leadership role in Irish surgical and medical education. Currently, it operates the largest Medical School in Ireland and provides undergraduate education in Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, and Nursing. In addition to Surgery, it also provides postgraduate training and education in Radiology, Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Healthcare Management and Leadership, and has an Institute of Research.


RCSI recognises that excellence in research is critical to the quality of its educational activities, its credibility, and, overall, to its mission to enhance human health. Recently, RCSI has implemented a new research strategy that will build upon its strength in translational biomedical and clinical research to deliver transformational, high impact changes in health care. Targeting both Irish national and EU funding, along with increased collaboration with industry, is a major part of the RCSI research strategy. Forging increased collaboration between RCSI PIs and industry is of critical importance to achieving success in this area. RCSI is also committed to provide its researchers with the supports and developmental opportunities to enable them to continuously grow and support their overall career development.


RCSI is seeking to appoint the O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery. The successful applicant will lead the RCSI Institute of Global Surgery (IGS) in Dublin. Applicants will have a strong international record of relevant research; a background in health (for example but not limited to public health, health systems, health services and surgery); and experience working in one or more low or middle income countries. RCSI encourages individuals from all of these professional groups to apply.


The O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery will be an internationally respected opinion leader with extensive experience in global health programmes and advocacy, relevant research, strong executive management experience; and will have a track record or evidence of potential to lead the development of world class surgical education and training programmes.


The Professor will have the ability to drive the formation of the newly established RCSI Institute of Global Surgery and inspire the development of our unique culture of collegiality and innovation to fuel a dynamic global health community across RCSI.


The O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery will report to the Chief Officer for Surgical Affairs and will be supported by an advisory group comprised of RCSI’s Chief Officers of Academia and Research. The Professor will provide vision and leadership, particularly in the area of global surgery to ensure the delivery of education and training, research and advocacy excellence already underway.


Key responsibilities

  • Provide vision, leadership and inspiration to develop and drive the goals and objectives of the IGS in promoting surgical care, education and research pertinent to global surgery
  • Develop, devise and then implement the strategic plan for the IGS
  • Lead the IGS to become a global leader in obtaining research funding and in generating high quality surgical services and systems research, relevant to the needs of populations in LMICs
  • Develop and deliver cutting-edge surgical education and training programmes that make an original and substantial contribution to the delivery of high quality, essential surgery where the needs are greatest
  • Secure external funding to support the execution of new education and training programmes and the continued advancement of existing programmes
  • Manage the generation and translation of evidence in the domain of surgery into action for the improvement of human health globally, with a focus on the essential health needs in resource poor settings
  • Represent RCSI at internationally renowned conferences and events, building the IGS’ reputation in the field of global surgery and health
  • Develop partnerships and networks that promote the IGS’s vision through:
    • research, training, education and innovation              
    • advocacy through RCSI alumni, members and fellows overseas
    • building understanding and support from the Irish public, Government, and other stakeholders for investments in global surgery
    • working with colleagues in RCSI to support and strengthen RCSI’s commitment to global health training, research and advocacy
  • Establish the IGS as an advocate, a sustainable resource and a primary contact point for those working or interested in global surgery at RCSI, nationally and globally
  • Contribute to the reputation of RCSI as a global leader in public health related research and professional education
  • Manage an interdisciplinary team of surgeons/clinicians, researchers, administrative and technical professionals to develop academic, clinical and administrative skills in global surgery, public health and surgical systems development


Person Specification


  • The successful candidate will be appointed at the level of Professor and as such will hold an appropriate higher level degree such as PhD or MD
  • Recognised international expert in subject field as evidenced by a track record of regular invited talks at international conferences/events in relation to global/public health
  • A senior author on high impact peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to this post
  • A strong track record of obtaining external funding for research and/or education and training programmes
  • A background in health, in or related to the needs of LMICs
  • Training and/or a background in one or more of the following areas:
    • Education/Training
    • Healthcare economics
    • Healthcare management
    • Health programme/services
    • Medicine or Surgery
    • Public Health
  • An ability to engage and work with people successfully across cultures
  • Excellent leadership skills, with an ability to lead a diverse team of academic, administrative and technical professionals in a changing environment and the ability to influence and manage complex relationships at all levels
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of strategic planning processes and the ability to devise communications strategies to develop the RCSI IGS internally and on the global stage
  • A clear communicator
  • Able to inspire the wider academic community and non-academic audiences with the message of the IGS
  • A clear commitment to interdisciplinary working

Particulars of Post

The O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery will be a full-time, permanent Professorial appointment.



An attractive remuneration package is available in line with the responsibilities of the post and the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.



International relocation support will be available, where appropriate, to the successful candidate.


International Travel

The role will be based in Dublin with an expectation of travel to the regions in which RCSI operates. The successful candidate should expect to make a number of international trips annually.


Please Note:

This job description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the Department and RCSI in developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

Similar vacancies that arise in the next 6 months may be filled from the pool of applicants that apply for this position.

RCSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or race.

If you have any particular requirements for your interview, please notify the Human Resources Department at your earliest convenience


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Posted: 2018-12-20 Expires: 2019-01-25

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