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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 363


Director of Robotic Surgery Education and Research, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit MI and CEO Vattikuti Foundation, USA

Date of Web Publication1-Jul-2014

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Dr Mahendra Bhandari
Director of Robotic Surgery Education and Research, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit MI and CEO Vattikuti Foundation
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Bhandari M. Obituary. Indian J Urol 2014;30:363

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With the sudden demise of Professor John M Fitzpatrick on the 14 th of May 2014, the world has lost a distinguished academician, a prolific writer, a clinician par excellence and I lost a personal friend. He was 65 years old when he passed away.

John was Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, former Chairman, Division of Surgery at Mater Misercordiae University Hospital, Dublin, and the Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society. He served as the President of the British Association of Surgeons and the Irish Society of Urology. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Urological Foundation and the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation.

John once acknowledged "My early education with Jesuits, who developed my interest in history and literature, but most importantly taught me how to speak in public. Weekly debates in school not only ensured that I learnt how to speak but also how to think on my feet. It was also a very helpful primer for how to stand up to confrontation of any kind in future." In academic meetings, he kept quiet unless he had read avidly about the subject and could cite a reference to support his statement.

He was adored by the Urology fraternity and was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Urologists of South Africa. John was an honorary member of the American Urological Association as well as an honorary member of the Urological Societies of India, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Argentina, Greece and Georgia. Winner of the prestigious St. Peter's Medal, he had over 100 visiting Professorships at academic institutions across the world to his credit. He authored 280 peer-reviewed articles and over 100 book chapters, edited 18 textbooks and was the Former Editor-in- Chief of the BJU International. Never one to rest, he was a member of editorial boards of 25 other international urological journals when he passed away.

My personal association with John dates back to 1987 when I first met him at the BAUS meeting in Edinburgh and, since then, our friendship continued to grow. I have several pleasant memories of our professional and personal association. He loved traveling to India and Pakistan and was always considerate of our invitations.

John is survived by his wife Carol, who herself is an Emeritus UCD Professor of Child Psychiatry, and their children, Andrew, Emma and Gareth. The global Urology fraternity and his many colleagues and friends will fondly remember him. I join the host of mourners to celebrate his life and bid him farewell with mixed feelings. I thank God that such a person lived in our times.

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  1. (UCD College of Medicine and Medical Sciences).
  2. (Blog by Roger Kirby) Legends in Urology, The Canadian Journal of Urology, 19 (5), Oct 2012.

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