Trainer of the Year 2019 – Mr Peter Keogh MCh (Orth) FRCSI FRCSEd
The Trainer of the Year is awarded annually to an Orthopaedic Consultant selected by the trainees in special recognition of their significant contribution to orthopaedic training. Started in 2017, previous winners have included Mr Michael O’Sullivan and Mr Keith Synnott.
It then comes as no surprise to Orthopaedic trainees and indeed his Consultant colleagues that this year’s Trainer of the Year award goes to Mr Peter Keogh. Mr Keogh qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1979, and commenced practice as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1994, with appointments to Tullamore Hospital initially, and later Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital and Connolly Hospital from 1997. Over the past 25 years of practice, Mr Keogh has actively participated in the training of the next generation of Orthopaedic surgeons. His great enthusiasm for training coupled with his good humour has endeared him to his colleagues, both young and old. Moreover, he carries himself in such an unassuming way that belies his contribution to training.
Whether it be that stalwart of the Core Curriculum calendar; the Connolly Core Curriculum in the anatomy lab in the College, or when he stands beside you to supervise you performing a total hip replacement, or any of the several administrative roles he has taken on over the years, his contribution to Irish Orthopaedics has been enormous.
Older surgeons will have fond memories of Mr Keogh’s Tom Selleck impersonation. And while he may have long since gotten rid of his exceptional moustache, some other habits die hard. Mr Keogh can still be seen cruising around town in his beloved Jag! Long may it continue!
For all of these reasons, and many more, it is with great delight that the Irish Orthopaedic trainees have selected Mr Peter Keogh as this year’s Trainer of the Year. Congratulations!