Researchers at UCD


Martin O'Donohoe


School of Medicine
Mater Hospital
Eccles St
Dublin 7

Tel: 353 1 8600190


Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at MMUH

The Vascular Unit at the Mater is a tertiary referral centre for vascular disease serving a population of in excess of 1.5 million.  It provides the full range of open and endovascular surgical procedures in a state of the art hybrid theatre.  The staff comprises 3 consultants (2 with appointments to UCD and 1 locum), 2 SpRs 1 Registrar, 1 SHO and 3 Interns.  We have access to approximately 25 beds. An integral part of the Department is the non-invasive vascular laboratory. This facility is the busiest in Ireland, performing over 12,000 investigations annually with a staff of 5 physiologists.




Association: UCD Medical Graduates Association, Function/Role: Past President and Honorary Secretary
Association: Irish Association of Vascular Surgeons, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Society of Vascular Surgery, Function/Role: Council Member


Committee : Vascular Training Committee, ISPTC

Journals Edited

Annals Of Vascular Surgery: Reviewer.



Peer Reviewed Journals

O'Donohoe MK, Hagen PO (1996) 'New concepts of the renin-angiotensin system--implications for vascular and endovascular surgery'. European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, 11 (4):393-401. [Details]
O'Donohoe MK, Davies MG;Radic ZS;Mikat EM;Hagen PO (1994) 'Increased concentrations of angiotensin-converting enzyme in the intimal hyperplasia of experimental vein grafts'. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 23 (4):594-601. [Details]
O'Donohoe MK, Murchan PM;Marks P;Feely J;Feeley TM (1993) 'Endothelium derived relaxing factor is absent in experimental in situ vein grafts'. European Journal of Vascular Surgery, 7 (2):144-150. [Details]
O'Donohoe MK, Schwartz LB;Radic ZS;Mikat EM;McCann RL;Hagen PO (1992) 'Chronic ACE inhibition reduces intimal hyperplasia in experimental vein grafts'. Annals of Surgery, 214 (6):727-732. [Details]
Schwartz LB, O'Donohoe MK;Mikat EM;McCann RL;Hagen PO (1991) 'Effects of distention and short-term grafting on vasoreactivity in rabbit external jugular veins'. Surgery, 110 (2):146-153. [Details]
Schwartz LB, Purut CM;O'Donohoe MK;Smith PK;Hagen PO;McCann RL (1991) 'Quantitation of vascular outflow by measurement of impedance'. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 14 (3):353-363. [Details]
O'Donohoe MK, Radic ZS;Schwartz LB;Mikat EM;McCann RL;Hagen PO (1991) 'Systemic hypertension alters vasomotor function in experimental vein grafts'. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 14 (1):30-39. [Details]
Obinwa O, Canning C;O'Donohoe M (2015) 'Bilateral prevascular herniae - A rare complication of aorto-uniiliac endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and femoro-femoral bypass'. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 11 :5-7. [DOI] [Details]
Gray C, Goodman P;Cullen P;Badger SA;O'Malley K;O'Donohoe MK;McDonnell CO (2015) 'Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease and Carotid Artery Disease in Patients With Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm'. Angiology, . [DOI] [Details]
Gray C, Murray SA;Connolly M;O'Donohoe MK;McDonnell CO;Badger SA (2015) 'The implications of different criteria for grading carotid artery stenosis by duplex ultrasound'. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, 43 (9):563-566. [DOI] [Details]
Gray C, Goodman P;O'Malley MK;O'Donohoe MK;McDonnell CO (2014) 'Statins promote residual aneurysm sac regression following endovascular aortic aneurysm repair'. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 48 (2):111-115. [DOI] [Details]
Chr¿¿in¿¿n DN, Marnane M;Akijian L;Merwick A;Fallon E;Horgan G;Dolan E;Murphy S;O'Rourke K;O'Malley K;O'Donohoe M;McDonnell C;Noone I;Barry M;Crowe M;Kavanagh E;O'Connell M;Kelly PJ (2014) 'Serum lipids associated with inflammation-related PET-FDG uptake in symptomatic carotid plaque'. Neurology, 82 (19):1693-1699. [DOI] [Details]
Gray C, Goodman P;Badger SA;O'Malley MK;O'Donohoe MK;McDonnell CO (2014) 'Comparison of colour duplex ultrasound with computed tomography to measure the maximum abdominal aortic aneurysmal diameter'. International Journal of Vascular Medicine, 2014 . [DOI] [Details]
McDonnell CO, Herron CC;Hurley JP;McCarthy JF;Nolke L;Redmond JM;Wood AE;O'Donohoe MK;O' Malley MK (2012) 'Importance of strict patient selection criteria for combined carotid endarterectomy and coronary artery bypass grafting'. Surgeon, 10 (4):206-210. [DOI] [Details]
Kelly PJ, Marnane M, Merwick A, Sheehan OC, Hannon N, Foran P, Grant T, Dolan E, Moroney J, Murphy S, O'Rourke K, O'Malley K, O'Donohoe M, McDonnell C, Noone I, Barry M, Crowe M, Kavanagh E, O'Connell M (2012) 'Carotid plaque inflammation on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography predicts early stroke recurrence'. Annals of Neurology, 71 (5):709-718. [DOI] [Details]
Gray C, Goodman P;Herron CC;Lawler LP;O'Malley MK;O'Donohoe MK;McDonnell CO (2012) 'Use of colour duplex ultrasound as a first line surveillance tool following EVAR is associated with a reduction in cost without compromising accuracy'. European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, 44 (2):145-150. [DOI] [Details]
Donohoe CL, Dowdall JF;McDonnell CO;O'Malley MK;O'Donohoe MK (2011) 'Eversion endarterectomy for external iliac artery occlusive disease'. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 45 (1):46-50. [DOI] [Details]
Peirce C, Coffey JC;O'Grady H;Aly S;O'Malley K;O'Donohoe M (2009) 'The management of mycotic femoral pseudoaneurysms in intravenous drug abusers'. Annals of Vascular Surgery, 23 (3):345-349. [DOI] [Details]
Healy CF, Doyle M, Egan B, Hendrick B, O'Malley MK, O'Donohoe MK.; (2007) 'Transfusion requirements and outcomes in patients undergoing abdominal aortic surgery using intraoperative cell salvage'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 176 :33-36. [Details]
Peirce C, O'Grady H, Coffey JC, Aly S, O'Malley K, O'Donohoe MK. ; (2007) 'Arterial ligation and debridement should be considered in the management of mycotic femoral pseudoaneurysms'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 175 (1):9. [Details]
O'Donohoe, MK; Radic, ZS; Stein, AD; Schwartz, LB; McCann, RL; Hagen, PO (1991) 'Loss of Tachyphylaxis and Increased Sensitivity to Angiotensin II in Experimental Vein Grants'. Vascular Surgery, 25 :281-287. [Details]


Research Interests

Our department continues to concentrate on clinical research. My main interests are in the index procedures in vascular surgery, namely carotid surgery; abdominal aortic aneurysm disease and lower limb critical ischaemia, in particular vein bypass grafts.

We have continued our collaboration with the Neurology and Stroke service at the hospital and as a result have been involved in DUCASS, Biovasc Studies and are about to enrol patients into ECST2.

Since the last round, our Vascular Laboratory Chief has been successful with her PhD under my supervision and has helped to develop our interest in ultrasound assessment following EVAR.

I am about to enter collaboration with the Computer Science Department at UCD to develop a method of simulation for individual complex abdominal aortic aneurysm repair using 3D printer technology. This will involve the creation of patient specific simulation.

UCD Medicine Research Group: Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease 



Teaching Philosophy

The unit provides clinical attachment and teaching to all levels of student from the Medical School. We adopt a hands-on policy and try and involve the students in particularly the operative side of our work. We also accept both national and international elective students.


Internal Collaborators

Prof Peter Kelly
Prof Sean Murphy