Remembering former RCSI President, Professor George Parks

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20 Sep 2023

The College was saddened to hear of the passing of Professor George Parks, previous President of the RCSI and father of our own College President, Professor Rowan Parks.

A distinguished alumnus of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor George Parks graduated in 1959 and pursued postgraduate training at renowned institutions across Belfast and London, with a notable stint in the USA. He obtained his FRCSEd in 1963 and FRCSI in 1981 ad eundem, marking pivotal milestones in his illustrious career.

A Fellow of RCSEd for 60 years, George contributed to the College significantly over his time with us, not only lending his wisdom to the role of Examiner for over two decades but also acting as a Northern Ireland Surgical Ambassador for 13 years.

Beyond his academic achievements, Professor Parks had an active surgical career. From 1971 to 1997, he served as a consultant surgeon in Belfast City Hospital and RVH, Belfast, and from 1997 to 2000, at RVH. His specialisation in gastrointestinal surgery, particularly colorectal disease and trauma, was a key focus of his published works. Moreover, his leadership in roles across esteemed medical associations, including President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland and more, further attested to his enduring influence on the surgical community.

We are sure the impact of this loss will be felt amongst the profession and colleagues of George far and wide. The College extends its deepest condolences to Professor Parks' family during this difficult time.

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