Sir Peter Freyer49th Sir Peter Freyer Surgical Symposium


About the Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture & Surgical Symposium

The Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture & Surgical Symposium is hosted annually on the first weekend of September by the Department of Surgery, University of Galway. Professor Sean O’Beirn established this conference in 1975 and was succeeded by Professor HF Given. It is currently hosted by Professors Oliver McAnena and Michael Kerin.

It is the largest surgical conference in Ireland and is open to all surgical disciplines both nationally and internationally.

The Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture & Surgical Symposium provides a platform for healthcare professionals to present their research and clinical work and allows for the merging of both scientific and clinical information. Abstracts are published in a supplement to the Irish Journal of Medical Science.

Each year the Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Medal is awarded to the best original research paper (chosen from the Plenary Session). A poster prize is also awarded. Participants at the Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture and Surgical Symposium are eligible for CPD credits.

University of Galway,
University Road,
Galway, Ireland
H91 TK33

2024 Keynote Speaker

Professor Keith Lillemoe

Professor Keith Lillemoe

General and Gastrointestinal Surgeon at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lectures

2022 – Dr Michael Blute (Harvard Medical School) Emerging Trends in Genitourinary Oncologic Surgery

2022 – Prof Anthony Costello (Royal Melbourne Hospital) From Halsted 1904 to Robotics 2023

2021 – Dr Mike Ryan (WHO) Impact of COVID19 on other Diseases, Health Service Delivery and Disease Control Objectives

2019 – Professor Hilary Sanfey (Illinois) Perspectives on the Future of Surgery: Safeguarding our Patients, our Trainees and our Colleagues

2018 – Professor Conor Delaney (Cleveland) Approaching Industrial Standards for Rectal Cancer Surgery

2017 – Chancellor Michael Collins (Massachusetts) In Search of the Tossed Cap: Following Medicine’s Privilege

2016 – Prof Michael Solomon (Sydney) 20 Years of Evolving Pelvic Exenteration

2015 – Dr Philip Schauer (Cleveland) Surgical Therapy for Diabetes – A New Order!

2014 – Dr John Birkmeyer (Michigan) Strategies for Improving the Quality of Surgical Care

2013 – Dr Leslie K Nathanson (Australia) A Journey towards the Perfect Fundoplication?

2012 – Dr John Monson (New York) Role of Centres of Excellence in Rectal Cancer

2011 – Professor R.J Heald (Basingstoke) Colorectal Cancer Surgery – Open, Keyhole, Endoscope or Robot…Where are we Going?

2010 – Dr Patrick Boland (New York) ‘Living with Metastatic Bone Cancer’

2009 – Dr Patrick Gullane (Toronto) ‘Thirty Years of Head and Neck: Lessons Learned – Imagine the Future’

2008 – Dr Ernest Moore (Denver) ‘Role of the Gut in Post Injury Multiple Organ Failure’

2007 – Dr Stephen Lowry (New Jersey) ‘Surgical Critical Illness as a Model of Complex Disease’

2006 – Dr Peter Scardino (New York) ‘Surgical Treatment of Prostate Cancer’

2005 – Dr Richard Reznick (Toronto) Surgical Training in 35 Hours per Week: Laudable or Lunacy?’

2004 – Dr Steven Wexner (Florida) Current Status of Laparoscopy for Colorectal Disorders

2003 – Dr John M Daly (Philadelphia) Speciality Surgeons: Quality and Outcome

2002 – Prof Ara Darzi, (London) Cyber Surgery

2001 – Prof Patrick J Kelly (New York) Neuorsurgery: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

2000 – Dr Patrick Craig Walsh (Baltimore) Radical Prostatectomy in the New Millennium

1999 – Sir Prof Alfred Cuschieri (Dundee) Surgical Practice in the New Millennium

1998 – Prof Henry A Pitt (Wisconsin) Benign Biliary Strictures

1997 – Dr Gabriel N Hortobagyi (Texas) What is the role for high dose chemotherapy in breast cancer?

1996 – D Murray Brennan (New York) Management of Soft Tissue Sarcoma

1995 – Prof David Bouchier-Hayes (Dublin) The Education of a Surgeon -No Royal Road

1994 – Prof Roger M Greenhalgh (London) The cause and management of aortic aneurysms

1993 – Prof Henri Bismuth (Paris) The evolution of liver surgery

1992 – Prof John R Farndon (Bristol) RIP 06/02/02 Controversies in parathyroid disease

1991 – Prof Geoffrey D Chisholm (Edinburgh) Prospects for medical treatment of prostatic hyperplasia

1990 – Prof Roger W Blamey (Nottingham) New management criteria for breast cancer

1989 – Prof Norman S Williams (London) In pursuit of normal anorectal function

1988 – Prof Bernard Fisher (Pittsburgh) The revolution of breast cancer management in our time

1987 – Prof Thomas J Fogarty (California) The evolution of catheters and catheter techniques in cardiovascular surgery

1986 – Prof Mitsuo Sugiura (Japan) Transthoracic esophageal transection with paraesophagogastric devascularisation – Sugiura Procedures

1985 – Prof Thomas E Starzl (Pittsburgh) Liver transplantation

1984 – Dr Peter Froggott (Belfast) The Belfast Medical School in the context of Irish Medicine: Past and Present

1983 – Prof GW Scott (Edmonton) Motility of human gallbladder and cystic duct

1982 – Mr Peter S London (Birmingham) Care of the injured hand

1981 – Prof Vijay V Kakkar (London) Thrombo embolism

1980 – Prof John McGovern (New York) Diagnosis and management of vesico ureteric reflux

1979 – Prof Norman L Chater (California) Revascularisation of the brain

1978 – Prof John B Kinmouth (London) Progress in lymphology

1977 – Prof Hans Marberger (Innisbruck) Urological trauma

1976 – Prof John P Blandy (London) Surgery of the benign prostate

Sir Peter Freyer State of the Art Lectures

2022 – Professor Kevin Barry (Mayo University Hospital) A Vision for Surgical Training in Ireland

2019 – Professor Deborah McNamara (RCSI) The Surgeon as Catalyst for Improvement

2018 – Mr Kenneth Mealy (RCSI) Sustainable High Quality Surgical Care: a Utopian Dream

2017 – Professor Calvin Coffey Da Vinci and Colorectal Surgery

2016 – Professor Martin Corbally (RCSI Bahrain) The Surgeon in the Modern World

2015 – Professor Cathal Kelly (RCSI) Leadership in Surgery – Perspective from a CEO

2014 – Mr James Sheehan (Galway Clinic) Irish Surgery; Reflections on the Past & A Vision for the Future

2013 – Professor Patrick Broe (Dublin) Irish Surgery: The Need for Vision and Leadership

2012 – Professor John MacFie (Scarborough, UK) Training Surgeons for Future Service Requirements

2011 – Professor Eilis McGovern (Dublin) Surgical Training & Surgical Service- Are we getting the Formula Right?

2010 – Mr Brendan Moran The Learning Curve in Colorectal Cancer Surgery – Grappling with New Technology’

2009 – Professor Arnold Hill (Dublin) ‘Breast Cancer and the Cancer Strategy – Past, Present and Future’

2008 – Professor Frank Keane (Dublin) ‘Governing Ourselves’

2007 – Professor Ronan O’Connell (Dublin) ‘Publication in an Electronic Era’

2006 – Professor Gerald O’Sullivan (Cork) ‘Surgical Practice – A Combination of Clinical and Research Based Developments’

2005 – Professor Oscar Traynor (Dublin) Surgical Education for the Future: The Irish Perspective’

2004 – Mr John Hyland (Dublin) The Evolution of Colorectal Surgery

2003 – Professor Cathal Kelly (Dublin) Vascular Surgery: What is the Future?

2002 – Professor John Reynolds (Dublin) SIRS, Sepsis and Organ Failure: The Role of the Gastrointestinal Tract

2001 – Professor Pierce Grace (Limerick) Irish Surgery: Past, Present & Future

2000 – Professor Barry O’Donnell (Dublin) The ever-rising price of professional independence: Reflections of a decommissioned warhorse

1999 – Professor Tom Gorey (Dublin) Advances in breast cancer: forward with screening

1998 – Prof Paul Redmond (Cork) Unravelling metastatic behaviour – a surgical perspective

1997 – Mr Brian Hurson (Dublin) Current surgical management of malignant bone tumours

1996 – Prof TG Parks (Belfast) An appraisal of the surgical management of abdominal injuries

1995 – Mr James J Murphy (Dublin) MedicalmMalpracticelLitigation – An Irish Epidemic

1994 – Prof William O Kirwan (Cork) Coloproctology

1993 – Mr Maurice Nelligan (Dublin) The magic lettuce leaf

1992 – Prof Tom Hennessy (Dublin) Gastro-oesophageal reflux

1991 – Prof Niall O’Higgins (Dublin) Thyroid disease

1990 – Prof John Fitzpatrick (Dublin) Urology updated

1989 – Prof Michael P Brady (Cork) Endocrine surgery

1988 – Prof David Bouchier-Hayes (Dublin) Problems and challenges in vascular surgery

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Don't miss the Surgical Symposium of the year

We cannot wait to welcome you back to the University of Galway.

Conference will be held on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of September 2024