Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) is pleased to announce that Consultant Haematologist, Professor Fred Jackson has been appointed as an Honorary Associate Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI); a significant honour for Professor Jackson and an important endorsement of WRH as a teaching hospital.

In September 2008, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the RCSI celebrated the official opening of a new €4.2 million Education Centre at WRH. This facility was jointly funded by the HSE and the RCSI and is designed to enhance the teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical personnel in the South East and to act as an education and learning resource centre for all health and allied health professionals in hospitals in the region (Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary).

The HSE’s Hospital Network Manager for the South East, Mr. Richard Dooley welcomed Dr. Jackson’s appointment and said:

“The appointment of Professor Jackson as an Honorary Associate Professor of the RCSI, together with the opening of the new Education Centre, has significantly improved the potential to attract and retain highly qualified personnel to WRH. Professor Fred Jackson has long been associated with a commitment to RCSI undergraduate teaching at the Hospital. This academic appointment is a tribute to him and the major contribution he has made in developing WRH as a powerful regional hospital, attracting specialist registrar accreditation in a significant number of disciplines, as well as facilitating the development of academic links with research establishments in the RCSI, University College Dublin (UCD) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).”

The General Manager of WRH, Ms. Patricia Sullivan added:

“Professor Jackson is a distinguished individual and his friends and colleagues in the Regional Hospital offer their congratulations to him on this prestigious appointment.  It acknowledges his achievements in undergraduate education at WRH, ensuring the Hospital fulfills its brief as a teaching hospital for the region and in the future as regional hospital and as one of the eight designated cancer centres in the country.”

Professor Fred Jackson began his academic career and third level education at Trinity College Dublin qualifying with BA (Mod) in Physiology in 1972 and an MB, BAO and BCH in 1975. Professor Jackson subsequently worked in a variety of hospitals in Dublin, Bristol and London, as well as lecturing in Haematology at St. James’s Hospital Dublin. Appointed to WRH in 1992 as the first Consultant Haematologist to the South Eastern Area, he played a pioneering role in developing what is now a 3 person consultant haematology service, complementing the full range of oncology services at the Hospital. Professor Jackson has also contributed to the development of services nationally and served on the former Comhairle na nOispidéal Consultant Appointments Committee from 1995 to 2000, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board 1998-2001 and the Steering Committee of the National Haemovigilance Committee in 1998. 

Professor Jackson has been Dean of Undergraduate Studies at WRH for the RCSI since 1999, while concurrently fulfilling his busy clinical commitments and developing the clinical haematology service for the South East region.

Last updated on: 12 / 12 / 2008