Researchers at UCD

Ronan Cahill

Professor of Surgery

School Of Medicine



Professor Ronan Cahill graduated MB,BAO,BCh (Hons) from University College Dublin in 1997 and then completed his basic and specialist surgical training in Ireland, gaining both MD by thesis (Health Research Board Clinical Research Fellow) and FRCS by examination. Thereafter, he was a clinical fellow at the IRCAD/EITS Institute in Strasbourg, France from 2007 to 2008 before moving to the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals as senior fellow and then consultant and senior clinical researcher from 2008 to 2010. Ronan returned to Ireland in 2010 as consultant general surgeon (specialist interest in colorectal surgery) at Beaumont Hospital before taking up the position of Professor of Surgery at University College Dublin, and the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in June 2014.


He is a recipient of both the Bennett and Millen Medals (RCSI Millen Lecturer 2010) and was the ASGBI Robert Smith Lecturer in 2014. He has authored over 150 peer reviewed publications, five book chapters and four National Guidelines. He is an editorial board member of five indexed surgical journals, including Colorectal Disease and the European Journal of Surgical Oncology and is a member of the SAGES Research Committee (SAGES Career Development Award recipient 2009). He has a major academic interest in Surgical Innovation and New Technologies and active basic science, clinical and device development research partnerships both nationally and internationally.




Year 1997 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MB, BCh, BAO Subject: Medicine
Year 2009 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: MD Subject: MD by Thesis
Year 2007 Institution: Royal Coll Surgeons in Ireland
Qualification: FRCSI Subject: Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons



Peer Reviewed Journals

Cahill RA, Hompes R (2015) 'Transanal total mesorectal excision'. British Journal of Surgery, 102 (13):1591-1593. [DOI] [Details]
Kieran SM, Cahill RA;Browne I;Sheehan SJ;Mehigan D;Barry MC (2006) 'The effect of perioperative beta-blockade on the pulmonary function of patients undergoing major arterial surgery'. European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, 32 (3):305-308. [DOI] [Details]
Cleary M, Cahill RA;Younis F;Sheehan SJ;Mehigan D;Barry MC (2006) 'The impact of the establishment of a surgical high dependency unit on management of abdominal aortic aneurysm'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 175 (3):9-12. [Details]
Cahill RA, Ris F;Mortensen NJ (2011) 'Near-infrared laparoscopy for real-time intra-operative arterial and lymphatic perfusion imaging'. Colorectal Disease, 13 Suppl 7 :12-17. [DOI] [Details]
Cahill RA, Hompes R;Cunningham C;Mortensen NJ (2011) 'Sealed Orifice Laparoscopic or Endoscopic (SOLE) Surgery: technology and technique convergence for next-step colorectal surgery'. Colorectal Disease, 13 Suppl 7 :3-7. [DOI] [Details]
Ali S, Moftah M;Ajmal N;Cahill RA (2012) 'Single port-assisted fully laparoscopic abdominoperineal resection (APR) with immediate V-RAM flap reconstruction of the perineal defect'. Updates in Surgery, 64 (3):217-221. [DOI] [Details]
Moftah M, Sehgal R;Cahill RA (2012) 'Single port laparoscopic colorectal surgery in debilitated patients and in the urgent setting'. Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica, 58 (3):213-225. [Details]
Spring A, Lee M;Patchett S;Deasy J;Wilson I;Cahill RA (2012) 'Ileostomy obstruction in the third trimester of pregnancy'. Colorectal Disease, 14 (9):1-2. [DOI] [Details]
Sehgal R, Hill A;Deasy J;McNamara DA;Cahill RA (2012) 'Fast-track for the modern colorectal department'. World Journal of Surgery, 36 (10):2473-2480. [DOI] [Details]
Baig MN, Moftah M;Deasy J;McNamara DA;Cahill RA (2012) 'Implementation and usefulness of single-access laparoscopic segmental and total colectomy'. Colorectal Disease, 14 (10):1267-1275. [DOI] [Details]
Moftah M, Burke J;Narendra A;Cahill RA (2012) 'Single-access laparoscopic surgery for ileal disease'. Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2012 . [DOI] [Details]
Cahill RA (2013) 'Transgastric appendicectomy (Br J Surg 2013; 100: 911-915)'. British Journal of Surgery, 100 (7):915-916. [DOI] [Details]
Nahar Al-Furaji HH, Sehgal R;Mansoor T;Burke J;Cahill RA (2014) 'Transanal and transrectal operations for excisional surgery of the low and mid rectum (with video)'. Surgical technology international, 24 :124-132. [Details]
Goh C, Burke JP;McNamara DA;Cahill RA;Deasy J (2014) 'Endolaparoscopic removal of colonic polyps'. Colorectal Disease, 16 (4):271-275. [DOI] [Details]
Shah A, Moftah M;Hadi Nahar Al-Furaji H;Cahill RA (2014) 'Standardized technique for single port laparoscopic ileostomy and colostomy'. Colorectal Disease, 16 (7):1-52. [DOI] [Details]
Moftah M, Nazour F;Cunningham M;Cahill RA (2014) 'Single port laparoscopic surgery for patients with complex and recurrent Crohn's disease'. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, 8 (9):1055-1061. [DOI] [Details]
Shah A, Al Furajii H;Cahill RA (2014) 'Symptomatic pneumatosis intestinalis (including portal venous gas) after laparoscopic total colectomy'. World journal of gastrointestinal endoscopy, 6 (11):564-567. [DOI] [Details]
Sehgal R, Cahill RA (2014) 'Advanced laparoscopic surgery for colorectal disease: NOTES/NOSE or single port?'. Best Practice and Research in Clinical Gastroenterology, 28 (1):81-96. [DOI] [Details]
Ismael G, Al Furajji H;Cahill RA (2015) 'Near-infrared laparoscopic fluorescence to guide fascial plane identification in total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer: A Video Vignette'. Colorectal Disease, 17 Suppl 3 . [DOI] [Details]
Al Furajii H, Cahill RA (2015) 'Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Near-infrared Perfusion Assessment of in¿¿situ ileoileal, ileocolic, colocolic, colorectal and ileoanal anastomosis during intestinal operation for benign and malignant disease: A Video Vignette'. Colorectal Disease, 17 Suppl 3 . [DOI] [Details]
Kazanowski M, Al Furajii H;Cahill RA (2015) 'Near-infrared laparoscopic fluorescence for pelvic side wall delta mapping in patients with rectal cancer- 'PINPOINT' nodal assessment'. Colorectal Disease, 17 Suppl 3 :32-35. [DOI] [Details]


Cahill RA (2013) Single port surgery for rectal cancer-going up or down?. Editorial [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests


Current Postgraduate Students

Katrina Anne Knight, Medicine (MD)   -   Thesis Supervisor



Modules Coordinated

201500   SURG40080     Surgery: Surgery