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Biographical entry O'Driscoll, Thomas Gerrard (1924 - 2014)

MB BCh BAO NUI 1948; DO 1951; FRCS 1956.

5 December 1924
Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
16 March 2014
Ophthalmic surgeon


Thomas Gerrard O'Driscoll was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the regional eye unit, Oldchurch Hospital, Romford. He was born in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, on 5 December 1924, the second son of Patrick O'Driscoll, a civil servant in the Customs and Excise, and Mary O'Driscoll née O'Carroll. He was educated at St John's School, Kinsale, and Roscrea College, and went on to study medicine at University College, Cork, where he gained scholarships in the first and second years of his course. He qualified in 1948.

He was a house officer at Leicester General Hospital and Chester Royal Infirmary, a senior registrar at Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary and a resident medical officer at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was subsequently appointed to his post in Romford. He gained his diploma in ophthalmology in 1951 and his FRCS in 1956.

He listed John Kelly of St Finbarr's Hospital, Cork, and Seymour Philps and Frederick Ridley, both at Moorfields, as the surgeons who had most influenced him during his training.

Outside medicine, he was interested in squash, swimming and the piano. In 1963 he married Mairead Keaney. They had one daughter and two sons. Thomas Gerrard O'Driscoll died on 16 March 2014. He was 89.

Sarah Gillam

The Royal College of Surgeons of England