John Michael Fitzpatrick, MCh, FRSCI, was one of Europe’s most highly regarded medical opinion leaders. He studied medicine at University College Dublin and did his clinical internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. While doing his residency at St. Vincent’s, he decided to become a urologist, and in 1977, seeing a need to further his education as a surgeon, he moved to the Institute of Urology at St. Peter’s Hospital in London.
After completing his training in London, Dr. Fitzpatrick returned to Dublin in 1981 as a consultant urologist and senior lecturer in urology in the Meath and St. James’ Hospitals and Trinity College Dublin. In 1986, he was appointed Professor of Surgery and consultant urologist in the Mater Hospital and University College Dublin. He remained on as Professor and Chairman for 25 years at the Department of Surgery, Mater Hospital, and University College in Dublin.
Dr. Fitzpatrick served as Editor-in-Chief of BJU International from 2003 to 2012. He also served as President of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and the Irish Society of Urology. From January 2012 until his death, he was Head of Research for the Irish Cancer Society. ■