O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery

O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery

RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

RCSI is seeking to appoint the O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery. The successful applicant will lead the RCSI Institute of Global Surgery (IGS) in Dublin. Applicants will have a strong international record of relevant research; a background in health (for example but not limited to public health, health systems, health services and surgery); and experience working in one or more low or middle income countries. RCSI encourages individuals from all of these professional groups to apply.

The O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery will be an internationally respected opinion leader with extensive experience in global health programmes and advocacy, relevant research, strong executive management experience; and will have a trackrecord or evidence of potential to lead the development of world class surgical education and training programmes.

The Professor will have the ability to drive the formation of the newly established RCSI Institute of Global Surgery and inspire the development of our unique culture of collegiality and innovation to fuel a dynamic global health community across RCSI.

The O’Brien Chair of Global Surgery will report to the Chief Officer for Surgical Affairs and will be supported by an advisory group comprised of RCSI’s Chief Officers of Academia and Research. The Professor will provide vision and leadership, particularly in the area of global surgery to ensure the delivery of education and training, research and advocacy excellence already underway.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide vision, leadership and inspiration to develop and drive the goals and objectives of the IGS in promoting surgical care, education and research pertinent to global surgery;
  • Develop, devise and then implement the strategic plan for the IGS;
  • Lead the IGS to become a global leader in obtaining research funding and in generating high quality surgical services and systems research, relevant to the needs of populations in LMICs;
  • Develop and deliver cutting-edge surgical education and training programmes that make an original and substantial contribution to the delivery of high quality, essential surgery where the needs are greatest;
  • Secure external funding to support the execution of new education and training programmes and the continued advancement of existing programmes;
  • Manage the generation and translation of evidence in the domain of surgery into action for the improvement of human health globally, with a focus on the essential health needs in resource poor settings;
  • Represent RCSI at internationally renowned conferences and events, building the IGS’ reputation in the field of global surgery and health;
  • Develop partnerships and networks that promote the IGS’s vision through:
    • research, training, education and innovation;
    • advocacy through RCSI alumni, members and fellows overseas;
    • building understanding and support from the Irish public, Government, and other stakeholders for investments in global surgery;
    • working with colleagues in RCSI to support and strengthen RCSI’s commitment to global health training, research and advocacy.
  • Establish the IGS as an advocate, a sustainable resource and a primary contact point for those working or interested in global surgery at RCSI, nationally and globally;
  • Contribute to the reputation of RCSI as a global leader in public health related research and professional education;
  • Manage an interdisciplinary team of surgeons/clinicians, researchers, administrative and technical professionals to develop academic, clinical and administrative skills in global surgery, public health and surgical systems development.

Person Specification


  • The successful candidate will be appointed at the level of Professor and as such will hold an appropriate higherlevel degree such as PhD or MD;
  • Recognised international expert in subject field as evidenced by a track record of regular invited talks at international conferences/events in relation to global/ public health;
  • A senior author on high impact peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to this post;
  • A strong track record of obtaining external funding for research and/or education and training programmes;
  • A background in health, in or related to the needs of LMICs;
  • Training and/or a background in one or more of the following areas:
    • Education/Training;
    • Healthcare economics;
    • Healthcare management;
    • Health programme/services;
    • Medicine or Surgery;
    • Public Health.
  • An ability to engage and work with people successfully across cultures;
  • Excellent leadership skills, with an ability to lead a diverse team of academic, administrative and technical professionals in a changing environment and the ability to influence and manage complex relationships at all levels;
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of strategic planning processes and the ability to devise communications strategies to develop the RCSI IGS internally and on the global stage;
  • A clear communicator;
  • Able to inspire the wider academic community and nonacademic audiences with the message of the IG;
  • A clear commitment to interdisciplinary working.

International Travel

The role will be based in Dublin with an expectation of travel to the regions in which RCSI operates. The successful candidate should expect to make a number of international trips annually.

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