Mike McKirdy graduated from the Glasgow University Medical School in 1985 and after surgical training in the west of Scotland, London and Manchester, was appointed a consultant surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley in 1997. Since then he has led and developed breast cancer services in the Clyde area of the West of Scotland forming a three hospital service, introducing oncoplastic surgery, sentinel node biopsy and screening surgery and a post treatment rehabilitation programme. He sat on the Councils of the Association of Breast Surgery and the Association of Surgeons of Greats Britain and Ireland, and is a trained reviewer for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Invited Review Mechanism, having conducted reviews across England, and in Scotland.
Mike has served on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow since 2005 and while Vice President, from 2013 to 2016, established the College’s Global Health programme, mainly focused on work in Malawi, and he has now taken up post as the College Director of Global Health. In that role he published a report on the value of volunteering for Global health work and is now Professional Adviser to the Scottish Government Global Citizenship programme.