Dr Dunn: It’s been a privilege

Professor Galloway presents Dr Dunn with his Past President's badge
Professor Galloway presents Dr Dunn with his Past President's badge

After three memorable and busy years heart consultant Dr Frank Dunn’s tenure as president of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has come to an end.

The College is one of the world’s most respected medical organisations. Dr Dunn was president from 2012-2015.

He told the Herald: “I’ve found my three years as president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to be not only a privilege, but also one of the most enjoyable experiences of my professional life.

“I’ve met so many fascinating and impressive people, both within the UK and beyond. Many deliver a high quality of service under the most difficult of circumstances, and yet never let their standards drop.

“Having the opportunity to visit far flung parts of the globe has been another highlight. In particular, my visits to the Indian sub-continent have been memorable.

“I’ve also appreciated the opportunity to meet and interact with those planning health service policy, and hopefully to influence decisions in a positive and productive way.”

A major part of Dr Dunn’s duties during his time as president involved activities within the Royal College building in St Vincent Street, in Glasgow.

He said: The Royal College has exceptionally dedicated and talented staff and Members and Fellows. Achievements in education and in promoting healthy living to the wider world are largely due to their support.

“Events such as the music evenings with the Royal Conservatoire have been well supported and now through our 1599 company, family and business celebrations can be enjoyed by the general public as well as by Fellows and Members within our impressive buildings, which have recently been awarded full museum status.”

He added: “Of course I will miss the challenges and especially the people, however, I am most grateful for a memorable and exhilarating three years.”

Dr Dunn was awarded the Freedom of Kirkintilloch in 2012 and received a CBE in 2014. The Royal College’s new president is Professor David Galloway. Professor Galloway was a consultant surgeon with a particular interest in colorectal surgery and surgical oncology.