Ireland’s Royal College Of Surgeons Honours Malaysian For Medical Education

By CodeBlue | 18 February 2020

Dr Godfrey Geh started two private hospitals in Penang that are now tertiary hospitals.

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DUBLIN, Feb 18 — Dr Godfrey Geh has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to medical education.

Dr Geh, who graduated from RCSI in 1965, was instrumental in the establishment of the Penang Medical College in 1996 in a joint venture with RCSI and University College Dublin (UCD), now known as RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC).

He is presently the senior consultant general and plastic surgeon at Pantai Hospital Penang. Following his graduation from RCSI, he did his post-graduate surgical training in Baltimore, USA; Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; and in Dublin.

In 1973, he was appointed lecturer in surgery and chief of plastic surgery at Universiti Malaya. In private practice since 1975, he was instrumental in starting two private hospitals in Penang that are now tertiary hospitals. Despite his busy practice, he managed both hospitals in their initial stages.

He also established the Malaysian Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Craniofacial Surgeons in 1984.

In 1999, he was awarded the Penang Datukship in recognition for his role in the improvement of health care services and for furthering medical education in Malaysia.

“In a career that has spanned over 50 years, Dr Geh has been an international leader in supporting and mentoring health care professionals, which has enabled people to live long and healthy lives,” said RCSI president Kenneth Mealy yesterday.

“Dr Geh embodies all of the attributes that this university instills in its graduates through the transformative education received at RCSI. He has reached out with caring compassion and professionalism to his patients, established sustainable models of surgical care and has left a lasting legacy for future leaders in medical care through the establishment of an international medical school.”

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is ranked among the top 250 (top 2 per cent) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2020) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations.

It is an international not-for-profit university, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide. RCSI has been awarded Athena Swan Bronze accreditation for positive gender practice in higher education.

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