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Éilís’s qualifications

Eilis_FitzgeraldI am a fully qualified plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgeon. I am registered on the Specialist Register in plastic surgery in Ireland (IMC 060611), and hold the FRCSI (Plast) qualification and a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

I hold additional post-graduate qualifications in healthcare management, medical lasers, and sports & exercise medicine. I am an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery and Surgical Specialties, UCD School of Medicine.

 

TRAINING

Born and raised in Dublin, I undertook my primary medical degree at University College Dublin, graduating with honours in every subject in 2001. Having completed my intern year at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, I was appointed to the Basic Surgical Training Programme of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) at Tallaght Hospital.

Two years working in a variety of surgical specialties taught me that I had an affinity for reconstructive procedures, and an appreciation of the importance of technically-precise operative skills in achieving excellent results: plastic surgery was the only logical career choice! Over the following years I gained experience in the field, including a Masters in Surgery (MCh) for my research into complex wound healing at RCSI.

In 2007 I was appointed to the Higher Surgical Training Programme in Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery – the only recognised training programme for plastic and cosmetic surgery in this country. Over the next six years I worked as a Specialist Registrar in adult and paediatric plastic surgery units in Dublin and Cork. Towards the end of this time, I sat the Intercollegiate Specialty Board examination, passing which conferred me the honour of being admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons: the FRCSI (Plast) you see after my name. On completion of my training, I was awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training, and admitted onto the Specialist Register by the Irish and UK Medical Councils.

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In early 2013, I departed for the UK to complete two Interface Fellowships (advanced training posts, focussed on my subspecialty interests and delivered by internationally-renowned experts). The first fellowship, in the field of Reconstructive Aesthetic surgery, was based in Edinburgh. I gained extensive experience in breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, body-contouring surgery, post-bariatric (weight loss) surgery, facial surgical and non-surgical procedures, and skin cancer reconstruction. The second fellowship, in Therapeutic Lasers, took place in Swansea. I gained expertise with a broad range of lasers across a wide variety of applications, and completed a BTEC qualification in the field. I am the only plastic surgeon practicing in Ireland who has completed fellowship-level training in medical lasers.

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Following my time in the UK, I was appointed as the DAFPRS (Dutch Association for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) International fellow in facial plastic surgery, working in Rotterdam and London. During this time, I was able to further build on my training in all aspects of surgical, minimally-invasive, and non-surgical aesthetic treatments including fat transfer, and cancer reconstruction.

AWARDS

Eilis_Fitzgerald_Awards_bappsBritish Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Travelling Fellowship, 2013
MCh research Sylvester O’Halloran Meeting poster prize
Student Prize in Anaesthesia, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, 1999

QUALIFICATIONS

  • MB BCh BAO (Hons) (Primary medical degree, University College Dublin)
  • MRCSI (Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons)
  • MCh (Masters in Surgery, RCSI)
  • Post-graduate diploma in healthcare management (distinction) (RCSI)
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine (Trinity College Dublin)
  • FRCSI (Plast) (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons)
  • Certificate of completion of specialist training (RCSI)
  • BTEC Laser, light & associated aesthetic therapies
  • FFSEM (Fellowship of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine)

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MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

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EDUCATION, RESEARCH & CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Throughout my career, I have maintained a strong interest in clinically-relevant research, which I have published and presented internationally. Most recently, I have presented my research on long-term patient satisfaction with breast augmentation surgery at the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons annual meeting (2013), and the largest single-surgeon study of PIP breast implants reported to date at the European Society of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons annual meeting (2014). I have co-authored papers relating to the use of fat grafting to alleviate chronic pain, and the survival of fat grafts in the face. My current research interest is in relation to prehabilitation and rehabilitation of patients undergoing abdominoplasty surgery, and the impact of this procedure on quality of life and function symptoms such as back pain and stress urinary incontinence.

In addition to my involvement in training junior doctors and GPs, I am a visiting lecturer for the Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine programme at Trinity College Dublin, and am an Assistant Clinical Professor at University College Dublin.

In compliance with the Medical Council’s requirement that I am enrolled on a recognised Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) in order to maintain my Specialist Registration, I am enrolled on the RCSI PCS scheme. This scheme records my ongoing involvement in educational activities, audit, research, multidisciplinary meetings, and so on.

 

CHARITY WORK

ssGECS-photoGlobal Emergency Care Skills is an Irish voluntary non-profit organisation that provides emergency care training to doctors and nurses in countries with developing healthcare systems. The aim is to reduce morbidity and mortality in these countries, and to empower the healthcare professionals to deliver ongoing education to their peers. The training is free of charge to all participants, and funded by contributions from instructors and fundraising activities. I have been involved with GECS for a number of years, and in November 2012 travelled with the organisation to Kumasi in Ghana. There, I taught modules on wound management, resuscitation skills, major disaster management, as well as “training the trainers”. It was a remarkable experience, and I look forward to future missions.