The Medical Council has a statutory duty to protect the public by investigating, and subsequently dealing with complaints from members of the public. This can be a very difficult, lengthy and legalistic process for all involved and Professor Freddie Wood will explore the inherent risks and challenges associated with being in the medical profession, while looking at how to reduce the number of patients compelled to contact the Medical Council with a complaint.
A cardiothoracic surgeon, Professor Wood graduated from UCD before completing postgraduate training with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
He pioneered heart transplantation with the late Maurice Neligan in addition to complex congenital heart surgery and reparative valve surgery. From 1999 to 2010 he served as Director of Heart & Lung Transplantation at the Mater Hospital and was pivotal in setting up the Lung Transplantation Programme in 2001 culminating in successful lung transplantation in 2005.
In April 2011, he was appointed Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon in Congenital Heart Disease to the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast to oversee and provide surgery whilst a solution for its provision was finalised. He retired from the Royal Victoria Hospital in 2013 and now teaches Anatomy two days a week in the RCSI and devotes the rest of his time to the Medical Council.