Professor Ronan O'Connell is Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon at St Vincent's University Hospital since September 2007. He was previously Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal London Hospital (1989-1990), consultant surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (1990-2007) and Newman Clinical Research Professor at UCD (2002- 2007). In 2009 he was appointed head of the Section of Surgery and Surgical Sciences at University College Dublin. In 2011 he was elected Chairman of the South East Dublin Department of Surgery.
Professor O'Connell graduated from Dublin University, trained in Dublin and Cork and completed specialist training in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA. Prof O'Connell received the Dublin University Travelling Scholarship in Surgery (1983), a Fogarty Travelling Fellowship from NIH (1984) and a Council of Europe Travelling Scholarship (1989). He holds fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1983) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Honorary) (2001). He was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in June 2008.Prof O'Connell is a member of the Irish Society of Coloproctology, a fellow of both the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and secretary of the European Association of Coloproctology. He is a fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and a member of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons and the International Surgical Group. He is an elected member and Editor in Chief for the European Surgical Association. In 2010 he was elected to the James IV Society of Surgeons.