Christendom College

Inventor of Artificial Knee Replacement to Speak at Christendom

October 6, 2016

sheehan-tap-1Christendom will welcome Dr. James Sheehan, inventor of the Sheehan Replacement Knee System and founder of two health clinics in Ireland, to campus next Wednesday, October 12, for the college’s popular “Life on Tap” networking series. Sponsored by the college’s career and leadership development office, the talk will give students the chance to meet and learn from one of the world’s leading health entrepreneurs. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the college’s St. Kilian’s Café, with refreshments provided.

A native of County Kerry, Ireland, Sheehan holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in engineering, and performed close to 12,000 knee and hip replacements before retiring as a surgeon in 2003. During his time as a surgeon, Sheehan was responsible for co-inventing the artificial hip replacement, and invented the Sheehan Replacement Knee System as well — both world-renowned inventions in orthopedic surgery.

In addition to his work as a surgeon, Sheehan also founded the Blackrock Clinic, near Dublin, in the 1980s, which primarily serves people with private insurance — a groundbreaking initiative in Ireland, which was dominated by public, state-owned hospitals at the time. Blackrock’s success caught the attention of people in West Ireland, where Sheehan later founded the Galway Clinic as well in the early 2000s. Both hospitals, which employ hundreds of people, are run according to Catholic moral principles and offer the best facilities available.

Sheehan was ranked amongst the wealthiest people in Ireland in 2013, and was a founding member of Legatus’ Dublic Chapter. Sheehan is a supporter of Christendom’s three-week St. Columcille Institute, and has spoken to students at the Institute twice in recent years.

Christendom’s “Life on Tap” events are some of the college’s most popular, giving students the unique opportunity to gain valuable insights by bringing successful figures from a variety of different fields to campus to give talks and mentor students.

More “Life on Tap” events will be announced soon. For more information on these and any “Life on Tap” events, please contact director of career and leadership development Colleen Harmon at colleen.harmon@christendom.edu.

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