In 1997, Dr James Hargreaves started a course in urology at St Vincent’s University, Dublin.
He soon became the first person to hold a full-time professorship at St Mary’s Hospital in the capital, and he spent years working with hundreds of patients before starting a fellowship at St. Mary’s in 2005.
His pioneering work and his passion for medicine led to his appointment as a professor at St Paul’s Hospital, and in 2010 he was elected to the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
But he was also at the forefront of a new field of urologic research.
In 2009, Dr Hargrove became the recipient of the Medical University of South Australia’s National Medal of Excellence for his pioneering work in urologics.
The medal was recognised as an example of outstanding medical and scientific achievement in medicine.
Dr Hargridge’s work with urologists around the world was also influential in the development of the new urology model developed at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.
As well as urology, he also worked as a lecturer in a number of other areas of medical science, including gastroenterology and neurology.
He is also a professor of medicine and of pediatrics at the University of Edinburgh and is one of the world’s leading urologist.
Dr Hager’s wife, Lorna, and daughter, Ann, were awarded the Order in 2007.
It is not clear when they will receive their awards.