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FRIENDS OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND, INC. (formerly The Colles-Graves Foundation) is an independent US not-for-profit corporation. Friends of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Inc., (the Friends) support and advance research and education in medicine and related fields, in the programmes of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and other advanced educational institutions in Ireland, the United States and globally.

The Friends can accept donations by check or credit card as well as appreciated stock, matching gifts, and planned gifts.

Making a Gift

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Please download and complete the Donation Form (PDF, 175KB) and send your gift via post to -

Dr Helen Towers
Friends of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Inc.
277 West End Avenue, 4C
New York
NY 10023

Stock/Shares, Matching Gifts and Planned Gifts

To make a gift of this kind, please contact us directly via email friendsofrcsi@rcsi.ie

Tax Efficient Giving

The Friends is a publicly supported charity, exempt from Federal taxation under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3). Contributions to the Friends are fully tax-deductible for those who pay USA taxes. You will receive a US tax receipt signed by the Treasurer of the Friends.


You can advise the Friends where you would like your gift to be directed. The Board of Trustees has complete discretion over the distribution of gifts and will consider your wishes when making grants. The Friends will indicate to RCSI that your gift has made a grant possible.

Thank you for supporting Friends of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Inc.

Board of Trustees

Photograph Dr. Siobhan Gogan Trustee Friends of RCSI

Dr Siobhan Gogan


Doctor Siobhan Gogan graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1983. For the past twenty eight years she has been a comprehensive ophthalmologist in Southern California with Kaiser Permanente, a large HMO whose goal is to deliver quality medicine at an affordable price with an emphasis of preventative care. In the last three years she has become more involved in the administrative running of this group.

Photograph Mr Michael Horgan President & Trustee Friends of RCSI

Mr Michael Horgan

President & Trustee

Mister Michael Horgan worked in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for over 33 years: starting as Administrative Assistant in 1976 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2003. Mr Horgan holds a BSc in Computer Science, and an MA from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and an Masters in Industrial Engineering from UCD. He is a Chartered Director. He was awarded a number of honorary degrees, including a DSc from the University of Massachusetts, a PhD from Revans University (The University of Action Learning) and an Honorary Fellowship of RCSI. He chairs the Fintech/Global Payments company TransferMate and is a non-executive director of Intuition Ltd and a number of other commercial and charity boards. He was previously a board member of the Rotunda Hospital, of Beaumont Hospital and a member of the Senate of the National University of Ireland.

Photograph Dr. Siobhan Kee Trustee Friends of RCSI

Dr Stephen Kee


Doctor Stephen Kee is Professor of Radiology and Chief of Interventional Radiology at UCLA Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, in 1986 and performed his General Medicine and Radiology residency at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He then completed a Thoracic Imaging Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) followed by an Interventional Radiology Fellowship at Stanford University. Following this he practiced as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Radiology from 1996-2006. In March of 2006 he took over the role of Chief of Interventional Radiology at UCLA, and in 2008 became Professor of Radiology. Dr. Kee is an active member of the Society of Interventional Radiology and is the Past Chair of the SIR Foundation. He has been Principal Investigator on a number of National and International trials, and has published extensively on Oncologic Interventions.

Photograph Professor Cathal Kelly Offico Ex Trustee Friends of RCSI

Prof. Cathal Kelly

Trustee ex officio

Professor Cathal Kelly took up the position of Chief Executive / Registrar of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2009. A Graduate and Fellow of RCSI, Professor Kelly previously held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2006 to 2009 Prior to his appointment, Professor Cathal Kellywas a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, with a special interest in endovascular surgery, in Beaumont Hospital. In 2005, Professor Kelly was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2009 he was conferred with a Master of Business Administration Degree by Institutio de Empressa of Madrid.

Photograph Dr. Helen Towers Secretary-Treasurer & Trustee Friends of RCSI

Dr Helen Towers

Secretary-Treasurer & Trustee

Doctor Helen Towers graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1983. She has been a Board member of Friends of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Inc. since 1995. She pursued postgraduate training in Ireland and subsequently moved to New York City where she completed pediatric residency and Fellowship training in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine. She has been on the faculty of Columbia University since 1995 and is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and Associate Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York.

Contact Us

Dr Helen Towers
Friends of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Inc.
277 West End Avenue, 4C
New York
NY 10023
Aíne Gibbons
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
+353 1 402 2729