UCC Graduate Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Spinal Surgery

University College Cork (Ireland)—August 21, 2012

Dr. Patrick F. O’Leary, a spinal surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, and graduate of Medicine at University College Cork (UCC), has earned a lifetime achievement award.

The award was presented at the 29th Annual Tribute Dinner of HSS recently, at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. HSS is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation.

A 1968 graduate of the School of Medicine at UCC, Dr O’Leary is regarded as a leading surgeon globally by many of his peers. He is a specialist in disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He helped co-develop the Spine Section in Biomechanics in 1990 and establish the Biomechanics Fellowship at HSS in 1991.

Dr O’Leary holds a special interest in the area of surgical technology and advances in surgical technique, and treats patients ranging from professional athletes to laypersons that travel from around the world. He collaborates continuously with colleagues in the United States and Europe.

Dr William Fennell, Chair, UCC Medical Alumni and Faculty, said, "The UCC School of Medicine and Health has a long tradition of delivering an excellent education to generations of medical students. The University takes tremendous pride in the outstanding achievements of graduates such as Patrick O’Leary. He has been a great ambassador for UCC throughout his career and is an active member of the alumni network of over 100,000 graduates around the globe.”

Dr Thomas P. Sculco, surgeon-in-chief at HSS, said,“Dr O'Leary’s incredible skill and dedication to his patients have made him a leader at HSS and in international spine surgery. His work has improved surgical techniques and patient care and led to great advances.”

“I am deeply honored to have received the Lifetime Achievement Award,” Dr O’Leary said. “It has been a privilege to work and grow professionally at one of the finest specialty hospitals and orthopedic research centers worldwide.”


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