Sunday 17 December 2017

Medical tradition upheld by proud graduate

Fiona Ellis

FOR this family, it's something of an historical medical condition.

Andrew Fennell (26) graduated from The Royal College of Surgeons yesterday and became the fourth generation of his family to graduate from medicine.

His great-grandfather John Stafford Johnson was an ear, nose, and throat surgeon in Dublin.

His grandfather, Cyril Fennell, was a company doctor with CIE and married fellow medic, Cicely Stafford Johnson, a GP.

And his father John is a consultant physician in St Vincent's and Blackrock College.

"It's cool actually," Mr Fennell said yesterday when asked about carrying on the family tradition.

"My dad and my family history influenced my decision but I've always been interested in medicine and genetics," he told the Irish Independent.

Next year he will be working in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght and he hopes to study clinical genetics in the future.

Also graduating yesterday was the wife of former world snooker champion Ken Doherty.

Sarah Evelyn Prasad received a post-graduate degree of doctor in medicine where she specialised in psychiatry.

The mother of one said her husband was very supportive.

"Ken is great. He's really understanding. He knew when I was writing the thesis I just had to get the head down, so he gave me loads of space to do what I had to do."

Irish Independent

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