Newfoundland Surgeon Heralds New Era as Royal College President - William Fitzgerald, CM, MD, FRCSC



    OTTAWA, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada welcomes Dr. William Fitzgerald, CM, FRCSC, who succeeds
Dr. Louise Samson, FRCPC, as the College's 40th president. Dr. Fitzgerald, who
was invested into the Order of Canada earlier this year, is the
surgeon-in-chief at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony,
Newfoundland and Labrador.
    "I am greatly honoured to be elected president of the Royal College,"
says Dr. Fitzgerald. "I bring the perspective of a rural surgeon whose
professional circumstances have meant that I am no stranger to creative
problem-solving and resourcefulness. While I do not pretend to have all the
answers, I am prepared to ask the tough questions."
    Under Dr. Fitzgerald's presidency, the Royal College will operationalize
its new vision for the future. The College has an ambitious plan called Focus
2020 that builds on its existing strengths and a renewed commitment to remain
a leader in specialty medicine by:

    
    - Adapting and strengthening specialty medicine to meet society's health
      needs
    - Building the capacity effectiveness and accountability of the College
    - Supporting members throughout their education, profession and
      retirement
    - Advancing specialty medical education and life-long learning
    

    As such, Dr. Fitzgerald will see the Royal College working closely with
governments and other stakeholders to develop a strategy to address
inter-provincial and international mobility and other such issues that will
influence specialty human resources in this country. Just as the Royal College
moves forward, Dr. Fitzgerald will also pursue promoting its history and
heritage as the springboard for learning about health care in Canada - past,
present and future.
    "This is a crucial time in our evolving health system," he says, "and an
ideal time for the Royal College, working in collaboration with other
partners, to ensure Canadians have an appropriate supply of physician
specialists when and where they need them."
    Dr. Fitzgerald obtained his MD from the University of Toronto (U of T),
worked with the International Grenfell Association in St. Anthony, and
returned to U of T to complete the Gallie Surgical Training Program. He was
certified in general surgery and became a Fellow of the College in 1976 and
has been very involved ever since.
    Throughout his career he has held many appointments including clinical
professor of surgery at Memorial University of Newfoundland and several
visiting professorships. Dr. Fitzgerald is a past president of the
Newfoundland Surgical Society and the Canadian Association of General
Surgeons. He is a member of several other professional associations including
the Canadian Association of University Surgeons, the Newfoundland and Labrador
Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association.
    Dr. Fitzgerald's two-year term begins on September 27, 2008.




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For further information: photo or to request an interview, please
contact: Cecily Wallace, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada, (613) 260-4180, Cell (613) 286-7328, CWallace@rcpsc.edu; Cristiane
Doherty, Delta Media, (613) 233-9191, Cell (613) 799-9277,
cristiane@deltamedia.ca


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