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Editor's Viewpoint: Pioneer in his field

Published 24/01/2012

Jack Cleland was a renowned cardiac surgeon who helped to establish the Royal Victoria Hospital as a regional centre of excellence in the discipline.

He was a consultant of the old school and junior colleagues often quaked before his demanding manner, however he did not exercise authority simply for the sake of it but to ensure that high standards were maintained.

There are thousands of people in Northern Ireland whose lives were much prolonged by his skill and that of his colleagues. Today much of cardiac surgery seems commonplace, but it is a relatively new discipline which flourished in this province thanks to the pioneering spirit of Jack Cleland.

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