The Gathering 2020

In August 2020 we hosted our first ever virtual Alumni Gathering.

All events were broadcast via our RCSI Alumni YouTube channel and the full programme is available below. 


The Welcome and Jubilee Celebration

  • Listen to our messages of welcome from Prof. Cathal Kelly (CEO, RCSI) and Dr Antonia Lehane (President, Association of Medical and Dental Graduates).
  • Stay tuned to see the names and yearbook photos of the alumni from the Class of 1970 and 1960, who are marking their Golden and Diamond Jubilee.

Watch the ceremony

Introduction to the Alumni Sessions 2020
Alumni Session #1: Dr A. David Barnes (Medicine, Class of 1965)

  • Prof. Hannah McGee (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, RCSI) introduces the 'Alumni Sessions 2020' featuring a number of alumni who have taken time to share insights into their professional careers and stories of their personal lives.
  • Dr A. David Barnes celebrates his 55th anniversary reunion as he reflects on two promises he made at his 50th reunion, his recent work with COVID-19 and provides advice for medical students wishing to extern in the United States. Along with two particularly special photographs he explores 'an incidental study' he undertook as part of an engaging and fascinating talk.

Watch the first Alumni session

Alumni Session #2: Mr Cian McCaffrey (Physiotherapy, Class of 2015)

  • Representing the School of Physiotherapy, Mr Cian McCaffrey celebrates his first ever reunion this year. As those who follow 'the beautiful game' know, Aston Villa FC returned to the English Premier League after beating Derby County 2-1 in the Championship play-off in 2018 and retained their Premier League status in an elongated season ending last month. Interesting times for the club and also for Cian who started as physiotherapist with Aston Villa FC just before lockdown. He shares his insights as a physiotherapist in an elite sporting environment.

Watch the Alumni Session #2

Alumni Session #3: Dr Tommy Tun (Medicine, Class of 2000)

  • Dr Tommy Tun concludes the Alumni Sessions on Saturday evening with an insight into his work as Consultant Endocrinologist and Senior Lecturer at Connolly Hospital. Speaking on the themes of teaching, research and leadership, Dr Tun reflects on his experiences since RCSI, which include achieving a PhD at Tallaght Hospital and undertaking an MSc in Leadership in Health Professions Education at RCSI Institute of Leadership.

Watch the Alumni Session #3

Memorial Service

  • Take some time to reflect and remember those who have passed before us.
  • We were privileged to capture some moving words from the President of RCSI, Professor P. Ronan O’Connell who was joined by Dr Antonia Lehane, Dr Patrick Troy and Dr Sheila Jones (The Association of Medical and Dental Graduates) as well as by Prof. Cathal Kelly (CEO, RCSI) in remembering those who are no longer with us
  • Listen to the moving reflection prepared by Prof. Ciarán O’Boyle as well as a beautiful musical arrangement performed by current RCSI student, Tara Jamieson.

Watch the Memorial Service

Simulation Tour

  • Many of you have never had the opportunity to take a tour of the state-of-the art Simulation Centre in 26 York Street. So, join us as Michelle Scott (RCSI Simulation Manager) leads us through the incredible National Surgical and Clinical Skills Centre located at the top floors of 26 York Street.
  • We hear also from current student Lisa Mulvey from Naas, Co. Kildare who reflects on the importance of scholarships at RCSI; she is the holder of the Richard & Lucille Nora Consilio Manque Scholarship 2017.

Watch the tour

Alumni Session #4: Dr Gozie Offiah (Medicine, Class of 2005)

  • Our Sunday, Alumni Sessions commence with a presentation from Dr Gozie Offiah. Dr Offiah is the National Clinical Lead for Intern Training for the Medical Intern Unit, HSE. In addition, she is a Senior Lecturer in RCSI. Currently undertaking a PhD on gender and surgical careers we are delighted to feature her as part of the 2020 Alumni Sessions.

Watch Alumni Session #4

Alumni Session #5: Dr Mike Gaya (Medicine, Class of 1970)

  • Celebrating his Golden Jubilee as part of the virtual Alumni Gathering is Dr Mike Gaya, a Consultant Ophthalmologist who has accumulated a vast array of experience and knowledge since his graduation from RCSI in 1970 and achieving a Fellowship in 1974. Dr Gaya will take the opportunity to speak about his career in ophthalmology in both London and Maritius.

Watch Alumni Sesson #5

Alumni Session #6: Dr Julian Suzanski (Medicine, Class of 2010)

  • The Alumni Sessions 2020 will conclude with a highly topical presentation by Dr Julian Suzanski, who represents the first group of GEM students to celebrate a 10-year anniversary reunion. Dr Suzanski practices at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and currently serves as the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, and Associate Head of the Ultrasound Division in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the hospital. Dr Suzanski will take the opportunity to speak about his recent experiences with MRI imaging in relation to COVID-19 patients in the ER.

Watch Alumni Session #6

The Alumni Gathering Finale Video

  • Help us to close what we hope will be a fantastic programme of online events – join us to hear from alumni representatives from the classes celebrating their 10-, 25- and 50-year anniversaries. We are delighted to have Dr Leina Albrabadi (Class of 2010), Dr Rahul Kacker (Class of 1995) and Dr Brian Byrnes (Class of 1970) involved in the finale video.
  • Watch as we acknowledge the huge work done by alumni from the Class of 1985 to raise funds in honour of their deceased classmate, Dr Gary Silver and see the room that has been named after him in the library.
  • Share your applause for Prof. Moira O’Brien, this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award with a citation by Dr Mary Archer and presentation by Dr Antonia Lehane (President, Association of Medical and Dental Graduates).

Watch the final video