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Friday 19 September 2014

Top medical position for Cromane native

BRENDAN MCCARTHY

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:20

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A CROMANE native has been appointed to a significant post at University Hospital Limerick.

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The University of Limerick (UL) has announced that Professor Austin G Stack, a past-pupil of Intermediate School Killorglin (ISK) has been appointed as the first Foundation Chair and Professor of Medicine and Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospital Limerick. Nephrology is a speciality of medicine that studies the kidney and functions.

Professor Stack ( right), son of Michael and Nora Stack, Cromane, trained in Ireland and the United States and had previous academic posts at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Speaking following his appointment, Austin said he felt incredibly privileged and honoured.

"The UL Medical School has done a wonderful job in bringing together an extraordinary team of dedicated health professionals and academics who are leading major developments in medical education and research. It is my goal to continue this mission. Through collaborations with national and international academic partners, we are developing research teams to improve understanding and treatment of kidney failure and lead efforts in its prevention."

A graduate of UCD, Professor Stack went on to complete a fellowship programme in Nephrology & Transplantation at the University of Michigan. He completed a Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the Rackham School of Public Health and joined the research teams at the University's Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Centre (KECC) and US Renal Registry. In 2002, he joined the Renal Division at the University of Texas Medical School as Assistant Professor of Medicine.

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