Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Class of 1977 Scientific Meeting

If you have already registered for the reunion, but now also wish to attend this meeting please email and we will add this event to your bookings.

There is no charge to attend. 4.0 CPD credits apply for the full day meeting.

10.00 - 10.15: Registration & Refreshments

Venue: TR4 - enter RCSI via York Street entrance

10.15 - 10.30 Welcome
Class Ambassadors
10.30 - 10.45 Good Opioid Prescribing
Dr Howard Jacobs, pioneer in the practice of Pain Management, Ontario, Canada Read bio
10.45- 11.00 Diabetes -type 3A
Dr Ivar Blix, Head Senior Consultant, Kristiansund Hospital, Norway Read bio
11.00 - 11.15

Sleep Disordered Breathing
Dr Joseph A. Korkis, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, section of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Read bio

11.15 -11.30 Africa and the Diabesity Pandemic
Prof. Richard Firth
11.30 -11.45 RCSI: Then and Now
Dr Frank Keeling
11.45 - 12.00

"The Cure is in the Water" The Holy Wells of County Clare.
Dr Michael Harty TD, Independent, Co. Clare, Ireland Read bio

12.00 - 12.15 "The privilege of being educated at RCSI"
Dr Michael McPhillips, Principle, Group General Practice, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Read bio

12.15 - 14.00: Lunch in No. 26 with all alumni


The Class of 1977 will then join the main Scientific Meeting for the afternoon-session. Click here to view the programme. 


About the Speakers

Dr Howard Jacobs graduated from RCSI in 1977. After completing training in both family practice and internal medicine and gaining a specialty in family practice in Ireland, he immigrated to Canada and worked in rural medicine in Newfoundland and Northern Ontario. In 1990, Dr Jacobs moved to Toronto and became involved in the fledgling field of pain medicine, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the Ontario Pain Physicians Association. He worked hard to obtain Section recognition in the Ontario Medical Association and subsequently served for many years as Chair of the OMA Section on Chronic Pain, retiring only recently from that position. He continues to serve on the Executive of the Section.
Dr Jacobs helped establish the Canadian Academy of Pain Management, serving as President and Executive Member for many years. As an advisor to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, he developed Guidelines for Out of Hospital Interventional Pain Premises, and has served on numerous other committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, including one to develop the Standards for Change of Scope of Practice in Pain Medicine. Dr Jacobs has been an invited speaker to medical meetings in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has served on numerous expert panels related to pain medicine.

He is currently the Director of the Jacobs Pain Centre in Markham, and continues to be active in training physicians in interventional and comprehensive pain medicine.

Dr Jacobs is a family man who enjoys life to the fullest, with a passion for everything he does.


Dr Ivar Blix started in hospital medicine doing two years of Pediatrics. Thereafter he entered Internal Medicine - after which he achieved a subspecialty in Gastroenterology. Although his present position also involves being the administrative leader of the staff of doctors, it is the clinical work and guidance of junior doctors that he finds the most rewarding.

Life - and work - in the small coastal town of Kristiansund, Norway has given Dr Blix an apparently never ending chance to get to know the marvelous people in this part of the country - help them with their health problems, including exploring miles and miles of their interiors.
But his special interest in diabetes no doubt started during his years in pediatrics, but the innumerable biochemistry lectures by the honorable Prof. Moore - during the first medical year surely gave him a strong foundation.

Family wise, he has had the privilege of being married to Kari and, more than thirty-odd years ago, happy to bring three boys into this world.


Dr Joseph A. Korkis, MB, FRCSI, FRCSC, FRCS, FCAFPS, Otolaryngologist and Head and Neck surgeon

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, section of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,

Accomplishments include Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Ireland, Canada and United Kingdom; Fellowship from the Canadian academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Korkis is affiliated with all the teaching hospitals of McMaster University and the Joseph Brant Hospital.He served as the chief of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at the Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington, Ontario, and served as an adviser to the Ontario medical association in the Audiology committee.


Dr Michael Harty is a graduate of 1977, MICGP 1984, MRCGP 1986, who since 1984 has been a GP in Kilmihil, Co.Clare since 1984, and an elected TD in Dáil Eireann since Feb 2016.


Dr Michael McPhillips LRCP&SI. Dch. Joined Paediatric training scheme in Auckland Nz 1978. Returned to Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe (Paediatrics and Obs and Gynae). Moved to Australia and commenced Gp practice in Ipswich Qld. Established a country General Practice in Central Qld form 1981-1986. Moved to Perth Western Australia and returned to Brisbane Qld in 1988. Currently Principle of a group General Practice. 5 children (Wife deceased 2013).