Dear Colleagues,

The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies have announced Dublin as one of four cities (Budapest, Dublin, Lima & San Jose) for their 2020 World Tour. RCSI will host the 2020 IFHNOS conference.

IFHNOS is a global organization established through cooperation of national and regional Societies and Organizations in the Specialty of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology with membership from national and regional multidisciplinary organizations, representing 65 countries.

On an annual basis IFHNOS offers a global continuing medical education program featuring the most respected clinical and scientific leaders in the field. The conference provides state of the art knowledge and explores the frontiers of Head and Neck cancer diagnosis through introductory lectures, intense interactive discussions with regional specialists through case presentation and demonstration of operative techniques through video sessions. IFHNOS will also be running the Graduate Online Fellowship Program (GOLF) oral examinations for national and international students who have completed 6 online examinations as part of the International GOLF initiative.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Irish Head, Neck and Skull base surgical oncology

James Paul O'Neill
Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

15th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology

ENT National Clinical Programme wins Best Educational Project in Primary Care at recent Irish Healthcare Awards

The National Clinical Programme for ENT Education in Primary Care was awarded the Best Educational Project for 2018 in Primary Care, at the recent Irish Healthcare Awards in October. Ms Camilla Carroll, the National Clinical Lead, in collaboration with Professor Nash Patil at Sligo University Hospital and Mr Martin Donnelly at Waterford University Hospital trained 60 primary care healthcare professionals in the technique of ear suctioning.

The aim of this integrated care programme is to develop a national network of credentialed primary care practicitoners, empowered to deliver an adult ear - suction service for common ear conditions in a primary care setting. The patient maintains their connection with their primary care provider and this re-directed delivery of care would have a significant impact on reducing the demand for ENT OPD services, freeing-up the hospital based ENT surgeon to see, treat and manage patients with more complex conditions.

The pilot programme was funded by the HSE, through the National Clinical Programme in Surgery. It is envisaged that 1,200 patients will have been treated in the primary care setting, upon completion of this pilot programme, by March 2019. These patients would previously have had to attend a hospital based ENT Surgeon for delivery of care.

This is estimated to be in the region of 32,000 patients per annum.


The Opportunity to Eliminate HPV Cancers

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is holding a scientific meeting for health professionals on 9 July 2018 focused on HPV prevention and the latest research on HPV associated cancers.

The Opportunity to Eliminate HPV Cancers takes place in RCPI, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 9 July 2018 at 09:30 and is approved for 6 CPD credits. All healthcare professionals are welcome to attend.
Professor Ian Frazer, the Australian immunologist who co-invented the HPV vaccine Gardasil, is among those speaking at this event. He predicts that cervical cancer can be eliminated over a 20-year period if a comprehensive vaccination programme is implemented.

GPs are on the frontline of HPV vaccination and we are pleased to welcome Dr Deirdre Lundy, GP and coordinator for sexual and reproductive education, ICGP, as one of our guest speakers for this event.

We will hear the facts about HPV and head and neck cancers from Prof James Paul O’Neill, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Beaumont Hospital and RCSI.

We will also hear from patients who have been directly affected by HPV, including Emily Hourican, a journalist and best-selling author who was diagnosed with mouth cancer, caused by the HPV virus, in 2015.

Topics to be discussed on the day include

  • The burden of HPV related cancer in Ireland
  • Screening – the benefits and limitations
  • Improving HPV vaccine uptake - how can GPs help?
  • HPV and Head and Neck Cancer
  • A case for gender neutral HPV vaccination
  • Developing a therapeutic mucosal-targeted HPV vaccine

View the full programme for this event (PDF)

We hope you can join us on 9 July to hear the latest scientific updates on a vaccine that promises to save tens of millions of lives over the coming decades.

To read more or book online go to

Minister for Health Simon Harris will be in attendance on the day.

XXVIII Waterford Surgical October Meeting In Conjunction with The Surgical Section of The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Saturday 13th October 2018

This year the Waterford Surgical October meeting in conjunction with The Surgical Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland will take place on Saturday 13th October 2018.

The meeting will be held in the Health Sciences Building of the Waterford Institute of Technology. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Challenges in Reconstructive Surgery”. As usual the meeting will also include our Orthopaedic Colleagues who will have a specific research prize session and visiting guest speaker.

The faculty will also include:

  • Professor Paul O’Neill, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Beaumont Hospital
  • Mr. Barry O’Sullivan, Consultant Plastics and Reconstructive Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital
  • Mr. Seamus Murphy, Consultant General and Breast Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford
  • Mr. John Clegg, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics, Warwick University Medical School
  • Mr. Morgan McMonagle, Consultant General, Vascular and Trauma Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford
  • Professor Peter Neary, Professor of Surgical Oncology, University Hospital Waterford & UCC
  • Dr. Jacqui Stow, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine(POLAR Programme),National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin


This year’s “Gordon Watson Lecture” will be delivered by Ms. Fiona MacNeill, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. She will talk on the issue of ‘Innovation and Patient Safety in Reconstruction’.

Ms. Jessie Elliott will deliver the “William O’Keeffe” Lecture and the meeting will include a research section for the “William O’Keeffe” Memorial Prize which will be awarded for the best original paper. Abstracts for the research session should be submitted to the Department of Postgraduate Surgery, HSE/ RCSI Education Facility, University Hospital Waterford via e-mail to not later than Wednesday 22nd August 2018. There will also be prizes for the best full size general surgery poster and for the best full size orthopaedic poster on a wide spectrum of General Surgery and Orthopaedic issues. The closing date for these competitions is also the Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

We hope that this programme of events will be of interest to many surgeons. We look forward to seeing you in Waterford on Saturday 13th October 2018.

Yours sincerely

Professor K. Simon Cross MD., M.Med.Sci., FRCSI(Gen).,FRCS(Ed)
Senior Lecturer in Surgery RCSI & UCC
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
Chairman/Lead Clinician Dept. of General Surgery
University Hospital Waterford
Convenor Waterford Surgical October Meeting
Council Member RCSI

Mr. Gerrard O'Donoghue MD FRCSI (Gen Surg)
Consultant General Breast and Endocrine Surgery
Lead Surgeon South East Regional Breast Cancer Programme
University Hospital Waterford
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, RCSI

Mr. Joseph O’Beirne MB, MCh(Orth), FRCSI, FRCSEd(Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
University Hospital Waterford
Senior Lecture in Orthopaedics, RCSI
Council Member RCSI

Dear Colleagues,

Professor Gerard O’Donoghue (Nottingham) is being awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, on Tuesday 10 July. Ms. Camilla Carroll (RVEEH, Dublin) will read the citation.

Do try and make it to this august event!

Dear Colleagues,

The North of England Otolaryngology Society meeting will take place in Liverpool on the 19th of October, and Ray Clarke (President) would love to welcome colleagues from Ireland! The event is to be held at the Liverpool Medical Institute, and Professor Terry Jones has already confirmed his talk - 'The Management of Oropharynx Cancer in the HPV Era'. The conference will also feature short papers, and Ray would very much welcome abstracts from our trainees. The program is currently being developed ... details are to be found at:

Do try and make it!

Dear colleagues,

The Spring RAMI is due in a month's time. An informal dinner has been organised for Saturday night, with our international guest, Prof Bernard Lyons from Australia. As many who have attended previously have attested to, this is an informal gathering in which trainees and consultant trainers mingle over sumptuous fare on joint tables, which has the ability to break out into song, should Mr. Considine care to bring his guitar with him. Mr. Walshe has regaled us with his rendition of classic rock, and Naisrin, Eadoin, and Ms. Lang have immersed us in their hauntingly beautiful tunes of Irish folklore. Mr. Khoo has attempted "Mary from Dungloe" whilst reading the lyrics from his mobile phone. John Rutka has educated us on ENT affectations of classical music moguls, and Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen has given us a virtual tour of his home city of Valencia. Prof Lyons will bring his love of all things Aussie sport to life during this upcoming trip. We have been treated to Mr. Garda Colreavy's walk, Prof JP O'Neill's dance routines, and Mr. Conlon's Fiat adventures previously, in a "How Well do you know your consultants" quiz, in addition to Ms. Lang's Anuna connections and the power marriage of Mr. Choo and Ms. Bresnihan.

Dinner has oft been poorly attended by the trainees, and I would urge you you attend on this occasion. There is nothing more cordial than dining with your trainers in an informal atmosphere, during which the formal gap of work-life can be placed firmly behind us. For those nearing the end of your training, these dinners give you the opportunity to meet immense personalities from Australia, Europe and North America, all of whom have the clout and ability to offer you clinical fellowships in outstanding institutions of learning. For those thinking of Australia as a fellowship destination, there is no better person to speak to than Prof Lyons.

Mount Wolseley have asked for numbers for dinner in advance, and I would be grateful if you could kindly email me if you intend to attend, and any spouse or partner you may wish to bring along.

On behalf of President Kieran O'Driscoll and I, it has been a wonderful 3 year tenure which is sadly coming to an end this Spring. We intend to go out with a bang.

With kindest regards,
Mr. S.Guan Khoo
Consultant Otolaryngologist / Head and Neck Surgeon, St. Vincent's University Hospital.


ESSD 2018

Dear Colleagues,

This is to inform you that the World Head and Neck Cancer Day is taking place on the 27 th of July. Professor Paul O’Neill (RCSI) has organised the following activities:

  1. Prof. O’Neill will speak on the day at the Irish Cancer Society’s Decoding Cancer event: ‘HPV Cancer and Vaccination: Time for a Reality Check’, at 6.30pm in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. This public talk is free, but registration is required. To register please search ‘Decoding Cancer’ on The session will be live streamed on the Irish Cancer Society’s Facebook page.
  2. The Irish Times & the Irish Medical Times will publish Head and Neck articles and patient interviews.
  3. Screening clinics will be held in Beaumont Hospital and RCSI. The IIOHNS encourages participation at ENT centres throughout the country by both Consultants and Specialist Registrars to raise awareness and understanding regarding this important topic. Please pass on any suggestions and/or updates you might have to Paul or to me.

With best wishes,
Nash Patil
President / IIOHNS
087 2495 855

The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies

Head and Neck Cancer Symposium

Early bird registration until December 31

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Meeting

RCSI is delighted to host the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) for the inaugural Women in Surgery meeting in Dublin. 
This unique event is the first Association of Women Surgeons meeting to take place in Ireland and seeks to celebrate the work of women surgeons from around the world. The event will focus on the experience and evolution of gender equality in surgery in the United States and Ireland. 
Date: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 
Location: College Hall, RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.


Congratulations to Prof M Shahed Quraishi, OBE, FRCS, FRCS (ORL, H&N) on his recent OBE.

Congratulations to Ms Eadaoin O’Cathain on being awarded the gold medal at the recent intercollegiate exam.