Professor Ronan O’Connell was the 2016 AL Polglase Visiting Professor in Colorectal Surgery at Cabrini.
Ronan is the Head, Section of Surgery and Surgical Specialities at St Vincent’s Hospital, and the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences University College Dublin.
Professor O’Connell visited Cabrini from Sunday 6 to Tuesday 8 November 2016, and during this time he underwent a tour of Cabrini Malvern meeting with numerous medical, nursing and allied heath staff who work with colorectal patients.
Ronan’s visit commenced with attending the early morning Cabrini colorectal cancer multi-disciplinary team meeting. This was followed by an educational session with Cabrini’s colorectal fellow Dr Angus Lee and several other local surgical trainees on the Monday afternoon. This trainee session was very well received by all who attended, and covered a wide variety of colorectal topics and interesting cases.
On the Monday evening Professor O’Connell presented a public lecture in the Cabrini Auditorium on the current management of rectal cancer. It was a superb summary of the current status of rectal cancer management and an extremely informative session for those that attended.
On Tuesday 8 November Professor O’Connell attended the operating room where Mr Stephen Bell performed a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy. The afternoon commenced with the annual colorectal specialty group audit presented by Mr Pravin Ranchod, which is an updated overview of results from Cabrini’s own world-class Colorectal Neoplasia Database.
Ronan’s visit concluded with a lecture to Victorian colorectal surgeons on the treatment of diverticular disease. This again was a superb summary of the contemporary management of this common problem, with Ronan deftly outlining the paradigm shift that has occurred over the last ten years.
Overall Professor O’Connell’s visit was an extremely successful one and a made a great contribution to the ongoing professional development of Cabrini’s colorectal surgeons. The visit would not have been possible without the support of Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer and Medtronic.