Professor Aongus Curran RIP
We offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and patients of the late Prof Aongus Curran who died tragically over the weekend. Prof Curran was a consultant ENT specialist at St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin and UCD Professor of Otorhinolaryngology. He is remembered as a highly accomplished cancer surgeon, a dedicated and caring professional and an inspiring and committed teacher.
A native of Oughterard, Co. Galway, Prof Curran graduated from University College Galway in 1988 and was awarded an MD degree in 1998. After specialist surgical training in head and neck oncology in Ireland and Toronto, he returned to Ireland in 2000 and was appointed consultant otorhinolaryngologist at St James’ Hospital and at Tallaght Hospital. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Otorhinolarynogology at UCD and consultant ENT surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital and the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital.
At St Vincent’s University Hospital, he established one of Ireland’s first rapid access head and neck cancer units and developed a reputation for his excellent surgical skills. He has been described by colleagues as a brilliant surgeon, compassionate consultant and a humble gentleman. To our students he was an excellent, inspiring teacher and role model.
Prof. Curran treated his students like colleagues; with respect, dignity, and patience. His many accolades honor his accomplishments, but his deliberate, sincere, and encouraging manner made him a great professor. He sparked a genuine interest in ENT and head and neck surgery for students. UCD has lost a great example of what it means to teach. He will be sincerely missed.
Dr Meaghan McCarthy (UCD Medicine 2016)
His research interests included the use of photodynamic therapy in the management of head and neck cancer, the application of proteomics to improve patient stratification and the identification of biomarkers of genomic instability to segregate malignant from benign thyroid nodules pre-operatively. He was committed to deploying new molecular medicine techniques to improve patient care and had multiple research collaborations across Ireland and aboard.
Prof Curran pioneered the use of sialendoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical approach to salivary gland disorders and introduce this surgical technique in Ireland in 2005. He introduced an annual Head and Neck Cancer conference at St Vincent’s University Hospital bringing international researchers to Dublin as part of his commitment to improving clinical services in Ireland.
He leaves a wife and five children to whom we extend our deepest condolences.
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