Mike McKirdy has been elected by the membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to serve as President Elect. Mr McKirdy will hold this post for the next twelve months, before succeeding Professor Jackie Taylor as President in December 2021.
The announcement was made at the College’s Annual General Meeting, held on Friday 4 December.
Following the announcement of his election, Mr McKirdy said:
“I am honoured to have been elected by our Fellows and Members.
“I would like to use my time as President Elect to support, and learn from, Professor Jackie Taylor as she continues to be an outstanding President of our College and leader in healthcare.”
Prior to his election Mr McKirdy has served on the College Council since 2005 and while Vice President (Surgical), from 2013 to 2016, established the College’s Global Health programme. He currently also holds the role of College Director of Global Health. In that role he has been responsible for the publication of an influential report on the value of volunteering for global health work, and is now Professional Adviser to the Scottish Government Global Citizenship programme.
Mike graduated from the Glasgow University Medical School in 1985 and after surgical training in the west of Scotland, London and Manchester, was appointed a consultant surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley in 1997. Since then he has led and developed breast cancer services in the Clyde area of the West of Scotland forming a three hospital service, introducing oncoplastic surgery, sentinel node biopsy and screening surgery and a post treatment rehabilitation programme. He sat on the Councils of the Association of Breast Surgery and the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and is a trained reviewer for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Invited Review Mechanism, having conducted reviews across England, and in Scotland.