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Committee members

The ISRC committee is comprised of surgical trainees interested in delivering high quality, patient-centred research through National and International Collaboration. ISRC committee members co-ordinate delivery of ISRC studies, research and education days and work with the Irish Forum of Surgical Research in RCSI to represent the trainee voice in the ongoing development of the surgical research landscape in Ireland.

Committee members are elected (usually in March of each year) following competitive application. Applications are blinded and numerically scored across multiple aspects of suitability for each committee role.

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Committee members
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Stefanie Croghan

Co-Chair (RETAINER Lead)

I am an SpR in urology, currently out-of-programme to pursue full-time research.  I have been involved with the ISRC since 2018, and am the lead of the RETAINER 1 (RETention of urine After INguinal hernia Elective Repair) international study


Jessie Elliot


Having held a HRB-funded clinical research fellowship in surgical nutrition and cancer survivorship at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, I have experience in the design and conduct of clinical research, patient and public Involvement, and biostatistics. I am also the current Chair of the European Society for Diseases of the Esophagus Young Investigator Division, a role […]


Joshua Clements

Vice Chair

I am an ST6 General Surgical Registrar in Northern Ireland (NI) pursuing an Out of programme period of research (OOPR) on informed consent. I have been actively involved in academic research for over a decade and have held national lead roles for global and national collaborative research studies. I have enjoyed my role as ISRC […]


Ben Creavin

Vice Chair

I am currently a General Surgery Specialist Registrar and the RCSI representative for the ISRC. In addition, I am also a member of the Irish Forum for Surgical Research. I have a keen interest in surgical research having completed my MD in colorectal cancer. I have also been involved in a number of national (ISRC) […]


Anna Fullard


I am a trainee in General Surgery with a background in science and laboratory based research. Throughout my training, I have also been involved in numerous collaborative projects, clinical research and completed my MCh. I am delighted to become a part of the ISRC, as it will compliment my passion for both collaborative work and […]


Stephen O’Brien

Communications Rep

I graduated from University College Cork School of Medicine in 2016. Following my intern year in Cork, I undertook a PhD in Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Galandiuk in the Price Institute of Surgical Research at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. I started Core Surgical Training in Ireland in 2021. My research […]


Aine O’Neill

Communications Rep

I am currently a CST trainee pursuing general surgery. Prior to becoming an ISRC committee member, I gained a huge appreciation for the merits of collaborative research through my involvement in numerous collaborative projects in conjunction with STARSurg, EuroSurg and GlobalSurg, both as a student and surgical trainee. Collaborative research serves as an excellent gateway […]

ISRC Representatives

Éanna Ryan

RCSI Representative

Éanna is an SpR in General Surgery working in Tallaght University Hospital. His post-graduate doctoral research was conducted in a multidisciplinary translational environment at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and was focused on mismatch repair deficient colorectal cancer under the supervision of Prof. Des Winter. His interests include surgical oncology, cancer genomics, gastrointestinal disease and minimally […]

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Conor Toale

Medical Education Lead

Conor is a General Surgery Higher Specialist Trainee currently undertaking a full time doctoral degree in surgical education research


Timoleon Siempis

Northern Ireland Representative

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Hugo Temperley

International Representative

I am delighted to perform the role of “International Representative” this year. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine in 2020 and I am interested in general surgery and surgical oncology. During my intern year at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, I became enthusiastic about surgical research and the benefits it has for patients. […]

Project Leads

Czara Kennedy

OAT Study Lead

I am a second year General and Upper GI surgery SpR currently working in St Michael’s hospital in Dun Laoighre. I have completed my masters in Clinical and Translational Research from UCD. I am project lead for the OAT (Obesity Anti Factor Xa Thromboprophylaxis) trial, which was the winning clinical trial from the Sir Peter […]


Noel Donlon


Noel is a surgical specialist registrar with his subspeciality interest in Upper GI Surgery. He is the current lecturer in surgery (Trinity College Dublin/St. James’s Hospital). His PhD research focused on combining radiotherapy and immunotherapy in treating oesophageal adenocarcinoma. He has two Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) actively recruiting at present, one a multicentre trial evaluating […]


Carolyn Cullinane

QI Lead

Having graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2015 I moved to Northern Ireland to do foundation year training before commencing surgical training in Ireland. I am currently working as a General Surgery SpR.  I obtained a MCh in Surgery from UCC in 2019 and was awarded a scholarship to do a Healthcare Leadership […]

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Megan Power Foley

Vascular Research Lead

Details coming soon


Liga Akmenkalne

Vascular Research Lead

University of Latvia graduate (Year 2018.) Currently a Core Surgical Trainee in Republic of Ireland.  My passion towards surgery developed early. While being a medical student, I was a member, and subsequently the president, of my university’s Surgical Interest Group. As a junior trainee I constantly seek for new challenges and experiences. By joining the […]

Core Surgical Training Representatives

Matthew Davey

Core Surgical Trainee Representative

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Amy Edwards Murphy

Core Surgical Trainee Representative

My name is Amy Edwards Murphy. I am currently an ST2 in General Surgery in St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny.

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Adam Abdelmoneim

Core Surgical Trainee Representative

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Tim Nugent

Core Surgical Trainee Representative

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Advisory Members
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Christina Fleming

Past Chair

I am a final year General and Colorectal Surgery SpR and I have previously completed a PhD. I am current Chair and past Secretary of the ISRC. I was project lead for ISRC’s first project, a National study of perioperative fluid management in elective colectomy (PERFECT). As Chair I aim to grow the collaborative both […]


Jarlath Bolger

Past Chair

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Helen Mohan

Past Vice Chair

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Michael Boland

Past Vice Chair

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