The Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgeons was formed in 1972. Its functions included determining the need for new orthopaedic appointments, involvement in the replacement of those retiring, and a commitment to develop a training program in line with that being established in the UK under the auspices of the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Joint Committee of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.
PROF JOHN O’BYRNE
Professor John O’Byrne is Abraham Colles Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is founder and Director of the Masters in Surgery Degree (MCh) at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He established the first undergraduate Musculo-skeletal Module in Ireland, to introduce undergraduate students to Orthopaedic medicine and surgery. Professor O’Byrne supervises the education of in excess of 350 RCSI and 300 UCD Undergraduate medical students each year at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. Professor O’Byrne and research colleagues, has been awarded research funds from the EU in excess of €1.2m and Professor O’Byrne continues to innovate and research and also facilitate and supervise the research of his students.
MR TOM MCCARTHY
Honorary Clinical Academic Secretary
Mr Tom McCarthy he has been the Honorary Clinical Secretary since 2019. He is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, practicing in St James’s Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital and Sport Surgery Clinic Santry since 2008. He has a specialist interest in primary and revision total total hip and knee replacement surgery as well as soft tissue surgery of the hip and knee including hip arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction.
A graduate of UCC in 1994, he completed his basic and higher surgical training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in Ireland in 2007, before travelling on fellowship to the University of Toronto, Canada. He completed fellowships in lower limb arthroplasty at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and a Sports Surgery fellowship at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.
PROF JOHN QUINLAN
Honorary Academic Secretary
Prof. Quinlan is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, practicing in Tallaght and Naas General Hospitals since 2013. He has a specialist interest in primary and revision total hip and knee replacement surgery as well as soft tissue surgery of the knee.
An honours graduate of UCD in 1997, he completed his basic and higher surgical training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in Ireland in 2008, before travelling to the University of Otago, New Zealand for a lower limb arthroplasty fellowship. He commenced practice as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in University Hospital Waterford and Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital, Kilcreene in 2009. In addition to his arthroplasty practice there, he was exposed to a large and varied mixture of orthopaedic trauma.
MR NEIL BURKE
Mr Neil Burke is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with a specialist interest in hip and knee surgery. Neil specialises in computer navigated total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, total hip replacement and sports knee injuries. He is also a Consultant at Beaumont Hospital and Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital.
Neil completed a highly regarded lower limb reconstruction fellowship in Auckland, New Zealand. He completed his higher surgical training scheme in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2016, and is currently a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in Trauma and Orthopaedics and also in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Neil has over 30 research publications in peer-reviewed journals and is also the author of several book chapters. He has presented at numerous national and international scientific conferences. He was awarded the prestigious Lipman-Kessel prize for his research for his Masters of Surgery.
PROF EOIN SHEEHAN
Director of Training
Prof Eoin Sheehan is a graduate of University College Cork, UCD, the RCSI and the Rothman Institute, Philadelphia where he completed his Fellowship in 2009.
In addition to being part of the Orthopaedic team at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin, his public practice is in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore.
Prof Sheehan particular interests include:
Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction
Sports Knee and Soft Tissue Injury
Musculoskeletal Infection and Research
MR BRENDAN O’DALY
Assistant Director of Training
Mr. O’Daly is a Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon. He Graduated MB BCh BAO in 2003 from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. He was awarded his FRCS Tr&Orth Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. Following completion of a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA, he was appointed a Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (2013-present), with a sub-speciality interest in fracture fixation, post-traumatic reconstruction, hip and knee replacement.
He is a Clinical Lecturer in Postgraduate Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin.
He is a member of the Advanced Trauma and Life Support and AO Teaching Faculty in Ireland, as well as Invited Faculty at numerous International trauma courses.
PROF RUAIRI MACNIOCAILL
Core Curriculum Director
Professor MacNiocaill graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2000) with a Gold Medal in Surgery and went on to full time orthopaedic training in 2003. His higher surgical training culminated in the Intercollegiate Fellowship in Trauma Orthopaedics and the Sir Walther Mercer Gold Medal in 2012. He underwent sub-specialty fellowship training in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery in Brisbane, Australia. Ruairí was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2014.
Ruairí is active in training and research and is a reviewer for a number of journals.
Special Interests: Foot and ankle surgery, arthroscopy and joint replacement surgery.