University of St. Thomas

01/07/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/07/2019 10:34

Center for Irish Studies Board Member honored by Irish America Magazine

Center for Irish Studies Board Member honored by Irish America Magazine

Irish America magazine honored William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board member J. Patrick Herlihy, MD, at the Annual Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 on Friday, Nov. 2. According to the website, the Annual Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 'recognizes the excellence, performance, and extraordinary contributions of Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in fields including medical care, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, research and development, and life sciences venture capital.'

Herlihy, a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, is founding Chief of the Critical Care Service at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and clinical staff of the Texas Heart Institute.

Herlihy's parents hail from West Cork and the Dingle Peninsula. Born in Spain, he grew up in Maryland before enrolling at the University of Dallas for undergrad. He received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine and received the Harvard Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at The Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was a staff member of the 98th General Army Hospital in Nuremburg, Germany during the Gulf War. He has served on the Center's Adviosory Board since 2009.

'Dr. Pat Herlihy has made a significant contribution to the University by bringing awareness of the Center for Irish Studies to those in the world of medicine and science in Houston and around the globe,' Lori Gallagher, JD, Center director, said. 'One of his specific interests is in the contributions and lives of the Irish in Texas and the Irish American experience. The Center intends to expand the scope of its focus to attract students who can pursue research projects in that field. Pat brings first-hand knowledge about Ireland and the Irish, as well as insight and humor, to our board.'