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John M Fitzpatrick

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4742
  1. Ned Stafford, Hamburg
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“The best known urologist in the world”

The urologist John Fitzpatrick was a big friendly Irishman with a magnetic personality, who loved to roar with laughter. He had travelled the world for several decades, lecturing on urology at meetings, conferences, and seminars—and winning friends and admirers of myriad nationalities.

On the morning of his death, Fitzpatrick, at 65 years of age, was still robust, enjoyed trekking and cycling. An emeritus professor of surgery at University College Dublin (UCD) and head of research at the Irish Cancer Society, he was looking forward to his next journey, this time to the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Florida.

But while training in his home gym, Fitzpatrick, who was regarded as one of the world’s leading urology academic clinician scientists, fell ill and was rushed by ambulance to hospital.1

Speaking to The BMJ, Roger Kirby, director of the Prostate Centre in London, says, “It is no exaggeration to say that Professor John Fitzpatrick was the best known urologist in the world.” Kirby adds: “He visited almost every country in the world and lectured and taught everywhere he went.” …

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